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On 6 September 2012, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) published its paper, Audit exemptions and change of accounting framework. This explained the Government’s intentions concerning:

  • the audit exemption threshold, and
  • proposals to allow companies more flexibility to change their accounting framework.

The changes take effect for accounting periods ending on 1st October 2012 or later.


The Chancellor of the Exchequer has confirmed that the business rates increase originally scheduled for this year will be staggered.

The annual increase, which had been set at 5 per cent for the 2009/10 financial year, has been reduced to 2 per cent, with the remaining 3 per cent to be paid over the following two years.

The move is intended to ‘smooth the effects of the spike in inflation of 5 percent in September’, which would have had an impact on cash flow this year. It reckons that the delay will help business ratepayers will be able to defer around £600 million across 1.6 million properties.

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