Weekly Brief 2 - Friday 10 January 2020

News 10 Jan 2020

A wrap of the week's small business news from FSB's Westminster Press, Policy and Public Affairs Office.

A wrap of the week's small business news from FSB's Westminster Press, Policy and Public Affairs Office. To sign-up for Weekly Brief emails, please use this link.

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Three weeks until self-assessment deadline

A reminder that the self-assessment deadline is fast approaching on the 31 January. According to HMRC, there remains more than five million taxpayers who are yet to complete their self-assessment returns before the deadline. Find out more about it from HMRC.

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Do you have concerns about finding staff with the right skills under a new post-Brexit immigration system? FSB has been approached by a number of UK and international media outlets which would like to speak to small business owners who worry they could be impacted. If that's you, and you would potentially be happy to speak to a journalist, please email [email protected]  

THE SMALL BIZ WEEK IN REVIEW

Monday

New research from FSB reveals the impact of fake and malicious reviews on small businesses that trade online. One in five report having issues with fake reviews, with a similar proportion affected by sudden changes to terms and conditions. The findings were widely covered, including by the Mirror, i newspaper, Daily Mail and Sun.

Tuesday

The Treasury announced a review aimed at addressing business concerns regarding changes to IR35 - legislation which can cause contractors to be taxed in the same way as employees - set to take effect in April. Responding to the announcement, FSB National Chair Mike Cherry called for a delay to the April date, stressing that the "important review presents an opportunity to reassess our flawed off-payroll legislation." Read more in The Times.

Wednesday

In other news from Westminster, it was announced that the Budget will take place on the 11 March.

Thursday

It was announced in Washington that Jovita Carranza has been appointed as the new head of the Small Business Administration.

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