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ACS Calls for Tobacco Register Plans to be Scrapped in Public Health (Wales) Bill Evidence Session

ACS has given evidence to the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee on the Public Health Wales Bill, calling on plans for a tobacco register in Wales to be scrapped in favour of strengthening the existing sanctions available to enforcement authorities.

During the evidence session on the Bill, ACS acknowledged the significant negative impact that the illicit tobacco market has on both legitimate retailers and the Treasury, but suggested to the Committee that introducing a retailer tobacco register would not be effective in tackling the illicit trade.

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ACS Welcomes Select Committee Recommendations on 'Making Tax Digital' Plans

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed a report from the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee which calls on the Government to delay the implementation of mandatory digital tax reporting.

In the report, the Committee states that the initially proposed timetable of April 2018 for most businesses to be reporting tax digitally is over-ambitious, and could result in unnecessary costs and administrative burdens for businesses.

Other recommendations in the report include:

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Proposed PRS Tariffs Could Cost Convenience Sector £1.2m

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to the PRS for Music consultation on the simplification of the PRS retail tariff, raising concerns that the changes will hit the smallest shops the hardest.

Under the proposals, any business that previously had a reduced rate for having a small audible area (by broadcasting through a single radio or television) will incur a £51.50 increase to their rates each year.

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ACS Welcomes Transitional Rate Relief in Wales

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed the Welsh Government’s approach to fund Transitional Relief for retailers who will be adversely affected as a result of the revaluation.

Business rates represent the second-largest fixed rate cost for the convenience store sector, meaning the 2017 revaluation and associated transitional relief scheme is important for retailers across the UK.

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ACS: Introduction of New £1 Coin Must be Clearly Communicated to Retailers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has warned that the introduction of a new £1 coin in March 2017 could cause disruption and confusion in stores if the changes are not properly communicated to retailers.

It has been confirmed that the new coin will be introduced in March 2017 and that there will be a six-month period of co-circulation, where the current £1 and the new £1 coins will both be in circulation.

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