Legislation / Legal

HMT: The Government has issued a joint statement with the Governments of France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United States, setting out an agreed approach to the US ‘FATCA’ legislation, which aims to combat cross-border tax evasion.
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ScotGovNew rules designed to make it easier for people to make changes to their homes have recently come into force.
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HMRCNew powers to tackle employers who try to dodge paying their PAYE or National Insurance contributions (NICs) come into effect from April 2012.
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BIS: The Secretary of State for Business has announced a series of measures on UK export licensing designed to make the system more transparent and to allow for the immediate suspension of export licences to countries that experience a sharp deterioration in security or stability.
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HMRCThe UK Government’s groundbreaking tax agreement with Liechtenstein - the Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility (LDF) - which has ensured the UK receives its fair share of tax revenues from UK taxpayers with investments in the principality, has been consolidated recently with the initialling of a Double Taxation Agreement (DTA).
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WAG: The Environment Minister, John Griffiths has announced that he wants to pursue new legislation that will help to control dangerous dogs. The Minister said that new legislation might encompass measures for owners or keepers of dogs who have failed to keep their dogs under control and it might also include extending requirements for keeping dogs under control within private premises and ensuring all animals are treated appropriately whatever their breed. 

WAG will also consult on plans for compulsory microchipping in 2012.
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