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Businesses will find it easier and quicker to gain access to government support schemes under a new simplified system.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding taxpayers that a number of important new measures are due to come into effect in April.

From 1 April 2009, the Scottish Government’s Small Business Bonus Scheme will allow businesses with premises worth up to £8,000 to pay no rates at all.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has called on the Chancellor to introduce tax reliefs for businesses in the forthcoming Budget.

Taxpayers are being reminded that they have only until Friday to prepare for the end of the tax year.

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