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Companies who’ve had contracts with Royal Mail in the past nine years may be eligible for a large VAT claim after the European Court of Justice ruled its VAT exemption scheme unacceptable.

Historically, Royal Mail has been able to treat all of its services as VAT exempt, with other postal service providers including DHL and TNT required to charge VAT.

The cost of protecting intellectual property has been cut by 40 per cent for businesses who apply for trademark protection online.

Employers should take heed of the outcome of the fi rst corporate manslaughter prosecution and review their management systems and health and safety procedures as a matter of course.

Only around 15,000 of the UK’s 4.7 million businesses are likely to benefi t from the measures announced in the Budget, according to a post-Budget survey.

Partnership bosses are being urged to reassess their business set up as a matter of urgency to reduce the risk of personal liability for business debts.

Legal experts say recessionhit business owners operating as a partnership could be leaving their personal wealth dangerously exposed and could benefi t from remodelling as a limited liability partnership.

A decision on a case currently at the European Court of Justice (ECJ)which strengthens the EU’s consumer rights laws could make trading more difficult for online retailers.

Small employers are being urged to file their 2008/09 Employer Annual Return online this year, and get a £75 tax-free payment in the process.

Employers with fewer than 50 employees can file on paper or online, but only those filing a valid online return will qualify for the £75 payment.

The new statutory payment rates for 2009/10 have been announced.

Company bosses could be missing a trick when assessing the cost of their company vehicles.

Recession-stricken employers need to be extra careful when making women on maternity leave redundant.

Employers are being urged to follow the law to the letter, even if redundancies are inevitable, to avoid expensive compensation payouts and lost management hours.

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