UK employers, stung by new levies, call for overhaul of tax system

By William Schomberg

LONDON (Reuters) – British businesses demanded that finance minister Rishi Sunak stop raising their taxes and instead offer more help to meet the challenges of Brexit, COVID-19 and climate change when he makes major budget statements next month.

The Confederation of British Industry urged Sunak to “flip business taxation on its head” when he sets out new tax proposals and a three-year spending plan on Oct. 27.

“The lack of detail and pace from the government on some of the big economic choices we must make as a country are the biggest concerns for business,” CBI Director General Tony Danker said in excerpts of a speech to be delivered later on Monday.

Danker told Sunak to stop hitting companies that invest in making their premises less carbon-intensive with increased property tax payments, a quirk of the business rates system.

He also said more needed to be done

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Microsoft challenges Apple’s business model with new Windows 11 operating system

A Microsoft logo is pictured on a store in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., January 25, 2021. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo

June 24 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) on Thursday showed Windows 11, its first major operating system revamp since 2015 with new changes that take direct aim at Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) lucrative App Store business model.

Windows 11, which will hit the market by the end of this year, will include a new Windows Store that will let software developers use their own in-app payment systems and pay no commissions to Microsoft. It will also let users both find and run Android mobile applications on their laptops and PCs, thanks to technology assistance from both Amazon.com (AMZN.O) and Intel Corp (INTC.O).

The moves stand in contrast to Apple’s “walled garden” approach, in which the iPhone maker only lets users download software from the App

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