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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.

The burden of complying with regulations for Scottish companies went up by £600 million in 2008, according to estimates by the Scottish Chambers of Commerce.

As from 6 April, parents with children aged up to 16 will have the right to request flexible working, the government has confirmed.

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