Personal tax

The government has been urged to look at the issue of flat rate VAT charges in the forthcoming Budget.

The tax system for people in retirement has been described as being too complex, and, as a result, too many older people overpay their taxes.

Plans to introduce a broadband tax of 50 pence a month on all fixed-line phones have been criticised by a House of Commons committee.

The government’s scheme to help businesses that are struggling to pay their tax bills could see a rise in requests to delay payments as the self-assessment date approaches.

Plans for a proposed new levy aimed at raising funds to boost the UK’s broadband network have gone out to consultation.

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