Inflation

Government figures released show that the inflation rate increased to 3.5% in January 2010 from the previous month’s figure of 2.9%.

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The Tax Health Plan (THP)

HMRC have obtained information from various sources, including NHS trusts, private hospitals and medical insurers and are introducing the THP as an opportunity for medical professionals with tax to pay to get their affairs up to date with the benefit of a fixed penalty.

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HMRC new scam emails

HMRC have issued a warning about a new scam email which is being sent from 'HMRC Online Services – test@test.com' stating that the recipient has one new ALERT message and should log onto their Online Account to read the message.

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Tax codes being issued

HMRC are advising employees that between January and March 2010 they will be issuing new PAYE coding for 2010/11. The tax codes should reflect the individual’s personal circumstances and include the tax allowances and reliefs that individuals are entitled to.

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Scrappage Scheme

The Vehicle Scrappage Scheme is a voluntary scheme for motor dealers under which participating dealers give buyers a £2,000 discount off the purchase price of a new car (or certain types of small van) in exchange for scrapping their old qualifying vehicle.

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Statutory payments

The new Statutory Payment Rates for 2010/11 have been announced. The new rates are as follows:

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