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What sort of budget would suit online accountants?

A number of leading organisations are calling on George Osborne to deliver a budget that supports small businesses such as contractor accountants [1].

Recent research from BDO found that business leaders in the UK want the coalition to speed up its plans for simplification of the tax system and concentrate on helping entrepreneurs, rather than big multinationals, in the budget.

66% of business leaders think the coalition should accelerate its plan to reform the business taxation system [2] and make it fit the needs of all UK firms.

Respondents to the survey were also asked what measures the chancellor should take to reduce the deficit. 50% favoured more public spending cuts but very few thought the solution was to increase taxes such as income tax or VAT [3].

However, when the economic situation improves, 41% of business leaders believe a cut in personal taxation should be prioritised. 35% said further measures should be taken to reduce the deficit and only 6% thought a cut in corporation tax was a priority.

Stephen Herring, a senior tax partner at BDO, said the results highlight that there is an urgent need for business tax reforms to drive business growth across all sectors.

The REC [4] has written to George Osborne asking him to make sure the Budget really is a ‘Budget for Jobs’. The letter builds on the themes of the REC manifesto to remove the barriers that are prohibiting growth and deliver opportunities and jobs.

In particular the REC suggests avoiding any increase in business taxes, implementing an NI holiday for SMEs that hire young people and scrapping the National Insurance increase. The Confederation also calls on the government to do all it can to smooth the AWR implementation and promote flexible working.

The ICAEW [5] says the chancellor should concentrate on long-term growth plans rather than quick-fix solutions. In order to achieve this, he should develop a simpler taxation system, a better approach to supporting enterprise and a highly-skilled, socially mobile workforce.

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