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HMRC clarifies P2P tax treatment


An update from HM Revenue & Customs has detailed the investor, not the peer-to-peer lending platform, will have to pay the tax bill and notify the government about interest paid. A brief, published on 8 January, set out HMRC’s current position on the obligation to deduct income tax at source on interest that is paid on P2P loans. (FT Adviser)


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FinTech to seriously disrupt banking in the next five years


Fintech providers could pose a real threat to banks within five years, according to new research which shows that by 2020 half of consumers expect to use a technology outfit for at least one service their bank would usually provide. (ITProPortal)


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ISA wrapper to put P2P on the map for investors close to retirement age


One in four investors aged over 55 will consider moving money onto peer-to-peer lending platforms once the new innovative finance ISA launches in April, according to research from ThinCats. (The Economic Voice)


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LendInvest hits £500 million funding milestone


Peer-to-peer lender, LendInvest, has lent over £500 million to property entrepreneurs, after launching less than three years ago. (Mortgage Finance Gazette)


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Small businesses prefer challenger banks to high street rivals


Small businesses that are clients of “challenger banks” are likely to be happier with the service they receive than those that use the biggest high street lenders. The top-ranked lenders in a survey of about 12,000 small and medium-sized businesses were “challenger banks”, while most big banks were rated below average, according to a Financial Times analysis of the research. (FT)


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Banks charging small businesses £4bn a year in hidden costs


Banks in the UK have been accused of charging small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) £4 billion a year in hidden transfer fees each year to make international payments, according to new research conducted by payments consultancy Accourt on behalf of foreign exchange and payments service Money Mover. (Fresh Business Thinking)


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Study shows UK SMEs are uneasy about growth


SMEs are becoming increasingly nervous about growth, a new survey has revealed. Bibby Financial Services (BFS) polled more than 1,000 small and medium-sized businesses, and found that just 36 per cent expect to grow during the first quarter of this year, City AM reports. This compares with 46.4 per cent three months ago. (SME Insider)


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