9am Lowdown: KPMG recruitment, Brexit & Sage report

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Good morning and welcome to Tuesday's 9am Lowdown. 

News round up

Small businesses spend an average of 120 working days a year on administrative tasks such as invoices and recruitment, a new report from Sage has calculated. (The Telegraph)

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Amsterdam is planning to increase taxes on tourists by as much as €10 a night, as the authorities attempt to limit stag weekends and visitors to the red-light district and reclaim the city for residents. (The Guardian)

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The government has just announced plans to establish a regional office hub in Leeds which is to be occupied by HMRC and NHS Digital. (ICAEW)

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Introducing customs declarations after Brexit would affect up to 180,000 UK traders and could cost traders over £4bn a year, according to the Institute for Government.

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KPMG’s 2017 recruitment drive has seen a 40% increase in the number of apprenticeship hires, up from 129 in 2016 to 181 this year. (London loves business)

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Richard Evans from the Telegraph says the fact that the finance bill, at 674 pages, is as long as War and Peace justifies the need to reform Britain’s “ridiculously complex” tax laws. (The Telegraph)

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The Office of Tax Simplification is looking to recruit four part time or full time enthusiastic tax professionals with current or recent experience in the private sector. (GOV.UK)

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