Forum of Private Business welcomes the Finance Bill announcement as HMRC listen to the pleas from business

The Forum of Private Business has welcomed today's announcement from Government on the timetable for the introduction of Digital Tax returns, providing relief for micro businesses and delaying the rollout of the changes being introduced for the larger ones.

Simplifying tax has been at the centre of the Forum’s agenda in its discussions with Government, and today’s announcement demonstrates that HMRC has listened to the views of businesses and acted upon them.

Chief Executive of the Forum, Ian Cass, said, “We have been lobbying government hard on their tax accounting proposals. Whilst we are completely supportive of the efficiencies that digital solutions can bring, the timeline for introduction of Digital Tax, and the broad scale approach, were both giving our members concerns, which we have fed into HMRC in a constructive way.”

“The alignment to VAT thresholds and quarterly reporting will limit the amount of additional work needed by businesses, and is welcomed. Similarly, giving the businesses over the VAT threshold level more time to change their systems, and adjust their cash flow, is a move that will help many.”

About Forum of Private Business

The Forum of Private Business is a not-for-profit comprehensive business support organisation founded in 1977. Our membership is spread throughout the UK and primarily made up of companies that employ between 1-50 employees, helping them to manage employees, saving time, giving advice, support and protection where a business needs it. We are a recognised leading authority on business issues and represent the interests of business owners on many consultative bodies. We have built a solid reputation, being influential in many areas of policy-making, in changing laws that affect small businesses, and we continue to campaign for the fair treatment of businesses within the UK. Everything we do is about making sure our members’ businesses operate profitably. This means that every penny we make goes back in to supporting our members, providing the support and resources that will enable businesses to flourish and grow.

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