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We need a Budget to help small businesses, South West tax expert tells Chancellor

Release date: 15/03/2013

With the Budget less than a week away (Wednesday March 20), South West tax expert Paul Aplin says the Chancellor must help small businesses.
“Reducing red tape doesn’t cost the government anything, but it frees small businesses to do what they are best at: creating jobs and driving economic growth,” says Aplin, tax partner at A.C.Mole & Sons and chairman of the influential Tax Faculty technical committee at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

“The annual A.C.Mole & Sons New Year business survey showed a widespread feeling amongst smaller businesses that they are not understood by government.
“Although the government has set targets for reducing red tape, many small businesses think it is actually increasing. The new PAYE Real Time Information (RTI) requirement to report payments at the time they are made, or within seven days, will increase the burdens on many smaller businesses.
“If I could ask one thing of the Chancellor it would be that he does something positive to reduce burdens on these businesses. Easing the RTI rules to reflect the realities of small business life would be a good start.”

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Notes for editors
A C Mole & Sons is an independent West Country firm of Chartered Accountants and Chartered Tax Advisers with several thousand clients across the UK. Clients are both individuals and businesses spanning a broad range of sectors including farming, the motor trade, manufacturing, retail, leisure and professional services.
The firm filed the UK’s first ever electronic tax return in 1997 and has a national award winning tax team.
Stephen Golby is the firm’s managing partner and advises a wide range of businesses.
David Perry and Chris Loveluck specialise in advising the farming community on tax and finance issues.
Paul Aplin OBE is a tax partner with the firm and is also Chairman of the Tax Faculty Technical Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a member of H M Revenue & Customs Administrative Burdens Advisory Board.

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