Upturn in Remortgages Indicates a Summer Surge

NUMBERS of remortgages completed on buy-to-let properties jumped in the second quarter of the year, according to Mortgages for Business, say Bournecoast Property Agents. Mortgages for Business back this up by saying its buy-to-let index found that remortgage deals outweighed purchase in the three months to June as landlords sought to raise capital in order to take on new properties over the...

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Tax deadline nears for health professionals

Health professionals such as physiotherapists and psychologists are running out of time to bring their tax affairs up to date on the best terms possible under a campaign being run by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Over 180,000 people working across the health sector were given the chance to take advantage of the opportunity being offered under the Health and Wellbeing Tax Plan, launched in...

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Cardiff printer must pay £135k for VAT fraud

A Cardiff VAT fraudster has been told to pay HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) almost £135,000, or serve 32 weeks in jail.  Andrew Allen, 52, had admitted his role in a £145,000 VAT fraud where he produced false invoices showing non-existent sales between an insolvent company he owned and another he had set up.  He must pay the money by the end of March. Colin Spinks, Assistant Director, Criminal...

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Virgin Trains achieves environmental management certification

Virgin Trains has achieved certification to the internationally recognised ISO 14001 Environmental Management System standard.  It is believed to be one of the first UK train operating companies to be awarded ISO: 14001 for its entire operation, covering all stations, trains and offices. Peter Bowes, Safety and Environment Director said: “After a year of hard work I am delighted that Virgin...

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Four guilty in £30m mobile phone VAT fraud

Four members of an organised crime gang have been convicted of involvement in a £30 million “missing trader” VAT fraud.  HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigators shut down the multi-million pound fraud, which involved the importation of mobile phones and computer chips from Europe and the United States, after stopping attempts by Amber Communications Management Ltd (ACM) to claim VAT...

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