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14
Jun

Make sure to include SEISS grants on your next tax returns

Make sure to include SEISS grants on your next tax returns

People who enrolled in the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) have been reminded that they must include income from their grants on tax returns to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), as it is subject to Income Tax and National Insurance. They should liaise with their accountants so an accurate return can be sent to HMRC...

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14
Jun

Beware of the HMRC scammers, but ignoring calls can be costly

Beware of the HMRC scammers, but ignoring calls can be costly

There are many problems associated with the pandemic, apart from the obvious one of the illness caused by the virus itself. Conmen and scammers have taken advantage of the situation, bombarding people and businesses with bogus claims about tax owed in the hope that just a few respond.

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14
Jun

Carry back scheme brings welcome relief for business

Carry back scheme brings welcome relief for business

For many businesses, the pandemic has turned the world on its head, with many who might have expected to be profitable experiencing a loss. Sometimes losses happen simply because the business is very new, or because costs have unexpectedly risen. However, COVID-19 has thrown another dimension into the mix, seeing thousands...

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14
Jun

New recommendations in sweeping CGT review

New recommendations in sweeping CGT review

The second part of a sweeping review of Capital Gains Tax (CGT) has been published with 14 key recommendations. In July 2020, the Chancellor asked the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) to carry out a review, to “identify opportunities relating to administrative and technical issues as well as areas where the present...

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14
Jun

Tax saving strategies for landlords

Tax saving strategies for landlords

Putting together an efficient tax strategy should be a no-brainer for buy-to-let landlords seeking to maximise their income. It may not be quite as glamorous as hunting down the perfect property, but when it comes to saving cash, it can make a huge difference to your bottom line.

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14
Jun

Bank of England and CBI expect the biggest rise in economy for decades

Bank of England and CBI expect the biggest rise in economy for decades

Both the Bank of England and the UK’s leading business members’ organisation believe the economy is set to take off after the vaccine bump. GDP (Gross Domestic Product) is expected to rise sharply in the second quarter as lockdown eases. Bank economists say this is a result of the vaccine rollout and the fastest predicted...

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3
Jun

Financial Reporting: GRC, Governance Risk and Compliance Tools

Financial Reporting: GRC, Governance Risk and Compliance Tools

Looking for information on how a business organises its finances? Learn about financial reporting through GRC or Governance Risk and Compliance tools.

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17
May

HMRC unveils penalty regime for VAT deferral scheme

HMRC unveils penalty regime for VAT deferral scheme

Companies that signed up to the VAT deferral scheme have been warned they face a five per cent penalty if they do not make payment arrangements by 30 June this year. Over half a million businesses deferred VAT payments last year. HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has confirmed that companies will be liable for the penalty or interest...

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17
May

COVID forces businesses to change direction

COVID forces businesses to change direction

The devastating effects of the pandemic have meant small businesses in the UK have changed the direction of their organisations to survive the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and lockdown restrictions. More than a year on from the start of the first official national lockdown and with the country currently slowly exiting...

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17
May

Workers can continue to claim home working tax allowance in the new tax year

Workers can continue to claim home working tax allowance in the new tax year

One unexpected bonus for staff forced to work from home because of the pandemic has been a £6 per week tax break. People will have seen their household bills naturally go up over the last year, from increased working at home and the Government has recognised this.

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17
May

Reimbursed expenses – What you need to know

In most cases, expenses an employee incurs at work are paid for by their employer, but some, like travel and accommodation expenses, are reimbursed later by the employer. Since 2016, the system for reimbursed expenses has been simplified, which means that HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) will usually accept that business expenses...

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17
May

HMRC to tackle SEISS abuse with new penalty regime

HMRC to tackle SEISS abuse with new penalty regime

With the fourth round of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) now well underway, HM Revenue & Customs has announced tough new fines for those that abuse the financial support on offer. The new penalty regime is aimed at those who have overclaimed the SEISS grant, which includes any amount of grant...

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17
May

New Debt Respite Scheme launched

New Debt Respite Scheme launched

A new Debt Respite Scheme, designed to give a debtor with problem debt the right to legal protection from their creditors, is now available. The new scheme consists of two new two types of ‘breathing space’: A standard breathing space – Available to anyone with problem debt, which offers legal protection from creditor action...

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17
May

National Insurance relief launches for employers that hire veterans

National Insurance relief launches for employers that hire veterans

Employers that hire veterans in their first employment after leaving the armed forces are now entitled to National Insurance (NI) relief up to the upper secondary threshold for one year. The relief, announced at the 2020 Budget, came into effect in April and applies to all veterans of the regular armed forces who have...

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19
Apr

Parents missing out on tax-free childcare bonus of up to £500

Parents missing out on tax-free childcare bonus of up to £500

Parents are being encouraged to check whether they are missing out on a tax-free childcare bonus of £500. Families using tax-free childcare accounts to pay for their childcare costs could receive a Government top-up worth up to £500 every three months, but thousands are missing out on the payout, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has warned.

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19
Apr

Applications for SME Brexit Support Fund underway

Applications for SME Brexit Support Fund underway

A new scheme that supports small and medium-sized businesses with a grant of up to £2,000 has opened. The scheme provides grants to help tackle the new admin requirements for imports and exports to and from EU countries, as well as elsewhere in the world, or the movement of goods between GB and Northern Ireland.

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19
Apr

Thousands of cases of COVID-related fraud and cyber-crime are being investigated

Thousands of cases of COVID-related fraud and cyber-crime are being investigated

A special police task force, tackling fraud in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, says it is investigating 6,000 cases of cybercrime, worth a staggering total of £34.5 million since March last year. The Action Fraud team is investigating many cases, but said that of those reporting a cyber-attack...

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19
Apr

Majority of SME owners have loaned personal money to their business during the pandemic

Majority of SME owners have loaned personal money to their business during the pandemic

A new study has found that nearly six in 10 (59 per cent) small business owners loaned personal money to their business during the pandemic to help it survive. Research undertaken by one of Europe’s largest small business lenders, iwoca, showed that many owners had taken drastic steps during the pandemic to support their business.

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19
Apr

Coronavirus insolvency measures extended until the end of June

Coronavirus insolvency measures extended until the end of June

To help businesses with the ongoing impact of the pandemic the Government has decided to extend measures in the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act (the Act) to protect struggling companies. The extension to the measures introduced in the Act, includes an extension of the suspension of liability for wrongful trading...

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19
Apr

Inheritance tax reporting to be simplified

Inheritance tax reporting to be simplified

Rules coming into effect from 1 January 2022 will mean that nine in 10 estates that are not subject to Inheritance Tax (IHT) will no longer need to complete IHT forms as part of the probate process. Meanwhile, a temporary measure that is currently in place so that IHT returns can be submitted without a physical signature will...

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16
Apr

HMRC contacts self-employed individuals who could be eligible for fourth SEISS grant

HMRC contacts self-employed individuals who could be eligible for fourth SEISS grant

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is now contacting self-employed individuals who could be eligible for the fourth round of the Government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). The fourth round of the scheme covers the period from 1 February 2021 to 30 April 2021 and is worth 80 per cent of three months...

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16
Apr

Furlough scheme guidance updated

Furlough scheme guidance updated

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has published a series of updates to its guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), more commonly known as the ‘furlough scheme’. The updates cover the changes to the scheme as it is extended from 1 May 2021 to 30 September 2021.

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16
Apr

New claims needed to continue receiving working from home tax relief

New claims needed to continue receiving working from home tax relief

Employees who are continuing to work from home as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic and whose expenses have not been reimbursed by their employers should make new claims to continue receiving working from home tax relief.

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9
Apr

The Best Cloud Accounting Software For Pubs

The Best Cloud Accounting Software For Pubs

Find out more about using cloud accounting software for your pub or restaurant and how you can use these services for other hospitality sectors.

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7
Apr

Coronavirus Restart Grant

Coronavirus Restart Grant

Businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care and accommodation sectors can now access one-off cash grants of up to £18,000 from their local council. The Restart Grant scheme opened nationally on 1 April 2021 and is now being rolled out by local authorities across England.

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22
Mar

Student loan thresholds to rise from 6 April 2021

Student loan thresholds to rise from 6 April 2021

At the start of the new tax year in April the thresholds for student loans will increase, which may affect employees that are repaying their academic fees. The threshold for student loan Plan 1 will increase from £19,390 to £19,895 from this date, and employees on Plan 2 will see their student loan threshold rise from £26,575 to £27,295.

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22
Mar

HMRC updates tax rules and calculations on ultra-low emission vehicles

HMRC updates tax rules and calculations on ultra-low emission vehicles

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has released new guidance that brings changes to the company car benefit calculations, as the Government looks to encourage greater use of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV). Under the new rules, if a ULEV has a CO2 emission figure of 1-50g/km, businesses will now need to provide the...

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22
Mar

Almost two-fifths of small businesses are looking to trade overseas

Almost two-fifths of small businesses are looking to trade overseas

Despite the impact that Brexit has had on trade in the UK, a new survey conducted by YouGov has found that 38 per cent of small businesses are likely to trade overseas this year. The study, commissioned by Lawbite, found that of the 791 small businesses questioned two-fifths were planning to trade overseas, which scaled...

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22
Mar

National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rates to increase from 1 April

National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rates to increase from 1 April

The Government is pressing ahead with plans to increase the rates of the National Living Wage (NLW) and the National Minimum Wage (NMW) from 1 April 2021, while people aged 23 and 24 will be entitled to the National Living Wage for the first time. The NLW will rise from £8.72 an hour to £8.91 an hour, the NMW for people aged...

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22
Mar

Business rates review report delayed

Business rates review report delayed

The Government has announced that the final report of its fundamental review of business rates will be delayed and will be published in the autumn. It says that by then there should be greater clarity about the economic situation and the future of the public finances. The review was announced by Rishi Sunak at his Budget a year ago...

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22
Mar

Vaccine rollout prompts SME optimism about prospects for 2021

Vaccine rollout prompts SME optimism about prospects for 2021

New research has found that SMEs across the UK are feeling increasingly optimistic about their prospects for the rest of 2021, after the success of the vaccine rollout. The Barclaycard Payments Barometer research found that SMEs expect to grow their revenues by an average of eight per cent. London SMEs, meanwhile, expect to see...

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3
Mar

Budget 2021

Budget 2021

In the year since the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, delivered his first Budget to a packed Commons chamber in March 2020, more than 135,000 people in the UK have died from Coronavirus, there have been three national lockdowns, the economy has shrunk by 9.9 per cent and Coronavirus support measures have cost around £280 billion.

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22
Feb

Self-Assessment late payment penalties relaxed but interest still accrues

Self-Assessment late payment penalties relaxed but interest still accrues

Following HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC) announcement that it is waiving late filing penalties for Self-Assessment taxpayers who file by 28 February, it has now announced that it is waiving the five per cent late payment penalty that usually applies from 3 March for taxpayers who pay or set up a payment plan by 1 April 2021.

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18
Feb

Business insurance rates are on the rise

Business insurance rates are on the rise

The impact of the pandemic has been felt in many different ways. Some of the effects have been quite immediate, but now many businesses are starting to see how the events of the last year are affecting their annual business insurance rates as well. Before COVID-19 struck, there were already a number of factors adversely impacting...

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18
Feb

The advantages of electric vehicle salary sacrifice schemes

The advantages of electric vehicle salary sacrifice schemes

Businesses looking to reward and retain staff members may wish to consider offering an electric vehicle (EV) salary sacrifice scheme. Not only are many EVs better for the environment, but they could also offer businesses considerable savings. Businesses can use employee salary sacrifice – similar to schemes offered for pension...

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18
Feb

Consultations on future of Companies House could see filing deadlines slashed

Consultations on future of Companies House could see filing deadlines slashed

A set of consultations on the future of Companies House published in December 2020, include proposals for mandatory digital filing, requirements to tag accountants digitally with IXBRL and shortening filing deadlines to three months for public companies and six months for private companies.

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18
Feb

Voluntary and compulsory strike-off processes paused in response to national lockdown

Voluntary and compulsory strike-off processes paused in response to national lockdown

Companies House will pause both the voluntary and compulsory strike-off processes for one month from 21 January until 21 February to support businesses affected by COVID-19, it has been announced. The extended measure comes in response to delays to the system caused by the third national lockdown.

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18
Feb

Don’t forget to claim home working tax relief

Don’t forget to claim home working tax relief

Due to the ongoing restrictions of the Government’s Coronavirus response, millions of UK workers continue to work from home. Many may not be aware that they can claim tax relief for additional household costs if they are required to work from home regularly, either for all or part of the week. This tax relief is not available to those...

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18
Feb

Large and medium-sized businesses need to be ready for IR35

Large and medium-sized businesses need to be ready for IR35

Large and medium-sized businesses now just have a couple of months left to prepare for the changes to the off-payroll working rules (IR35). From 6 April 2021, in most cases, the engager (employer) will be responsible for deciding whether to deduct tax and National Insurance Contribution (NICs) from freelancers and contractors...

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18
Feb

The VAT Reverse Charge for the Construction Industry Scheme – Are you ready?

The VAT Reverse Charge for the Construction Industry Scheme – Are you ready?

From 1 March 2021, businesses within the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) must record, report and pay VAT under the new VAT domestic reverse charge rules. This change affects both contractors and subcontractors and the supply of certain kinds of construction services in the UK. Under the new rules, VAT registered subcontractors...

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18
Feb

Basic rate taxpayers could face ‘high income’ child benefit charge

Basic rate taxpayers could face ‘high income’ child benefit charge

Due to a mismatch of earnings thresholds, basic rate taxpayers may unexpectedly come under the scope of the High Income Child Benefit Charge in April. The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) has issued a warning to families that they may be subject to a tax charge when claiming Child Benefit due to a discrepancy between two earnings...

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11
Feb

The VAT Deferral New Payment Scheme

The VAT Deferral New Payment Scheme

Any business that deferred VAT payments due between 20 March and 30 June 2020 as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, must now consider how they will repay this outstanding tax. They can choose from the following options in order to do this.

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8
Feb

COVID-19 Bounce Back Loan repayment period extended

COVID-19 Bounce Back Loan repayment period extended

The Government has announced changes to the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) available to small businesses in the UK that will give companies longer to repay what they have borrowed. Around 1.4 million small and medium-sized businesses have taken out a loan since they were introduced last year, amounting to around £45 billion of financial support.

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28
Jan

Calculating Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme claims for annually paid directors

Calculating Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme claims for annually paid directors

Small company directors that were not able to claim under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) because they paid themselves an annual salary in March 2020 may now be eligible to claim under the scheme. Many directors missed the cut-off date on 19 March 2020 to be eligible for the first and second iterations of the furlough scheme.

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28
Jan

HM Revenue & Customs waives late filing penalties for Self-Assessment taxpayers who file by 28 February – but payment deadline remains

HM Revenue & Customs waives late filing penalties for Self-Assessment taxpayers who file by 28 February – but payment deadline remains

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has announced that any Self-Assessment taxpayers who miss the 31 January 2021 tax return deadline will not receive late filing penalties if they file online by 28 February 2021, although the 31 January 2021 payment deadline remains. Taxpayers who do not pay any outstanding balance on their 2019-20 tax...

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22
Jan

Requests for exemption from publication of furlough claims must be submitted by Monday 25 January

Requests for exemption from publication of furlough claims must be submitted by Monday 25 January

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has confirmed that the final deadline for employers to request an exemption from the publication of furlough claims will be this coming Monday 25 January 2021. Shortly after it was announced in the autumn that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) would be extended and reset to resemble the original...

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22
Jan

Only a few days are left to submit applications for the third SEISS grant

Only a few days are left to submit applications for the third SEISS grant

Any applications for the latest round of the Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) must be submitted by the deadline on 29 January 2021. This grant offers a taxable support payment equal to 80 per cent of the average of three months’ trading profits (up to a maximum of £7,500) to eligible individuals.

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21
Jan

What could Budget 2021 have in store?

What could Budget 2021 have in store?

The UK Government’s budget deficit is expected to reach a peacetime high of around £400 billion this year as a result of the cost of economic support measures during the Coronavirus crisis as well as the impact of the crisis on the economy and, in turn, tax receipts. That is around seven times higher than the £55 billion deficit...

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20
Jan

HM Revenue & Customs increases the threshold for Self-Assessment online payment plan service to £30,000

HM Revenue & Customs increases the threshold for Self-Assessment online payment plan service to £30,000

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has increased the threshold for Self-Assessment taxpayers to use its online self-service Time to Pay payment plan service from £10,000 in tax liabilities to £30,000. The move means that more taxpayers will be able to spread the cost of their tax bills by paying in monthly instalments...

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20
Jan

Independent commission argues against annual wealth tax but advocates a one-off charge

Independent commission argues against annual wealth tax but advocates a one-off charge

An independent commission established last spring by the London School of Economics, the University of Warwick and the Economic and Social Research Council to analyse proposals for a wealth tax has rejected an annual tax but has advocated a one-off charge. The commission comprises senior academics from the universities involved...

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20
Jan

Could the Government be about to launch a new permanent state-backed small business loan scheme?

Could the Government be about to launch a new permanent state-backed small business loan scheme?

According to reports in the Financial Times, the Government is considering launching a new loan scheme, where businesses could borrow anything up to £10 million through an 80 per cent state-guaranteed bank loan. The new scheme, which could be a successor to the existing Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)...

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20
Jan

HMRC issues new warning over lockdown fraudsters

HMRC issues new warning over lockdown fraudsters

Within hours of the Prime Minister announcing a new national lockdown in England, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has issued new warnings after it received reports that fraudsters were attempting to dupe taxpayers by pretending to be the tax authority. Throughout the last year, criminals attempted to scam businesses...

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20
Jan

FSB proposes move to turn Covid emergency debt into shared ownership schemes

FSB proposes move to turn Covid emergency debt into shared ownership schemes

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is calling on the Government to introduce new measures to help companies struggling with COVID-related debt, including employee shared ownership. The FSB has said that businesses are facing “unmanageable” levels of Coronavirus debt – with four out of 10 small businesses describing...

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20
Jan

VAT – Post-Brexit arrangements

VAT – Post-Brexit arrangements

The latest guidance on VAT on imports and services to and from the EU is complex and businesses need to account for this in their trading. To help we have provided a brief summary below, but we highly recommend you seek additional advice.

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18
Jan

Insurance industry to pay out on COVID-19 business interruption claims

Insurance industry to pay out on COVID-19 business interruption claims

More than 370,000 small businesses in England and Wales could be due a payout on their business interruption insurance after the Supreme Court ruled in favour of payments being made on previously refused claims and policies. A number of insurers have lost an appeal against an earlier ruling, brought in a test case by the Financial...

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8
Jan

Are you making full use of the Government’s COVID-19 financial support package?

Are you making full use of the Government’s COVID-19 financial support package?

Download our latest guide to make sure you are taking advantage of the support on offer As we enter yet another national lockdown, businesses may be concerned about their ability to survive and succeed in the weeks and months ahead. The level of support on offer from the Government and local authorities is unprecedented via the various grants, loans and payment holidays now available.

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7
Jan

Government extends agricultural visa scheme to fill jobs left by EU workers

Government extends agricultural visa scheme to fill jobs left by EU workers

The UK Government has tripled the number of workers employers can recruit from overseas to work on UK farms in 2021, it has been revealed. Under the Seasonal Workers Pilot, 30,000 visas are now available to overseas talent seeking agricultural and horticultural work for a period of up to six months.

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18
Dec

Brexit: UK Trader Scheme to support movement of goods between Britain and Northern Ireland

Brexit: UK Trader Scheme to support movement of goods between Britain and Northern Ireland

The UK Trader Scheme (UKTS) has now been launched to support businesses moving goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland after the Brexit transition period ends. Here’s what you need to know: What is the UK Trader Scheme? Simply put, the UKTS will ensure that UK traders do not pay international tariffs on the movement...

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18
Dec

Coronavirus furlough and loan schemes further extended

Coronavirus furlough and loan schemes further extended

As businesses prepare to enter a new year, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak has confirmed a further extension to the Government-backed loans and Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). In a move that the Chancellor said would provide “certainty for millions of jobs and businesses”, the Government has extended the furlough scheme...

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14
Dec

Brexit trade deal negotiations continue as businesses warned to prepare for a ‘no deal’ scenario

Brexit trade deal negotiations continue as businesses warned to prepare for a ‘no deal’ scenario

Sunday’s deadline for reaching a post-Brexit trade deal between the UK and EU came and went as both sides committed to continue negotiating ahead of the end of the Brexit transition period at 11pm UK time on 31 December 2020. The decision to keep negotiations open appears to have been driven by progress on tariffs, suggesting a deal...

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10
Dec

VAT under the Northern Ireland Protocol

VAT under the Northern Ireland Protocol

Under the newly agreed Northern Ireland Protocol, the Value Added Tax Act (1994) will be amended so that Northern Ireland maintains alignment with the EU VAT rules for goods. This means that the rules for intra-EU movements of goods that currently apply, will continue to apply after the end of the transition period on...

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10
Dec

Northern Ireland customs duty arrangements confirmed

Northern Ireland customs duty arrangements confirmed

The Government has confirmed further details of the customs duty arrangements that will apply to Northern Ireland with the publication of the Taxation (Post-transition Period) Bill. The Bill enacts several of the arrangements contained in the Northern Ireland Protocol, a critical element of the Withdrawal Agreement that...

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10
Dec

Government launches new export finance guarantee scheme

Government launches new export finance guarantee scheme

The Government has launched a new export finance guarantee scheme, targeted at SME exporters. The General Export Facility scheme will provide an 80 per cent Government guarantee on financial support of up to “around £25 million” from lenders to support the general costs of exporting.

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10
Dec

How can your business prepare for customs and VAT after Brexit?

How can your business prepare for customs and VAT after Brexit?

We are now less than one month away until the UK officially leaves the European Union. For businesses, this means new processes, protocols and procedures. In this blog, we are going to explore how your business can approach just two of these issues: customs and VAT. Here’s what you need to know.

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4
Dec

UK launches points-based post-Brexit immigration system

UK launches points-based post-Brexit immigration system

The UK’s new points-based immigration is now live to help businesses as they prepare for the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020. The new system outlines who can work in the UK once the free movement agreement with the EU ends on 1 January 2021. There are several new Immigration categories under the new...

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4
Dec

Business Secretary writes to professional services sector ahead of end of Brexit transition period

Business Secretary writes to professional services sector ahead of end of Brexit transition period

The Business Secretary has written to the professional and business services sector warning them about the actions they need to take to prepare for the end of the Brexit transition period. With just a month to go, the letter, titled Are You Ready For New Rules For Business With The EU, sets out the key steps businesses in industries...

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4
Dec

HMRC updates Statutory Residence Test due to COVID-19

HMRC updates Statutory Residence Test due to COVID-19

New guidance has been issued by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) which alters how the Statutory Residence Test (SRT) for tax will operate as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest COVID-19 guidance is likely to affect taxpayers’ ability to move freely into and out of the UK, which could affect their status under the SRT.

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3
Dec

Scammers are targeting Self-Assessment taxpayers, says HMRC

Scammers are targeting Self-Assessment taxpayers, says HMRC

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is calling on Self-Assessment taxpayers to keep a look out for scammers posing as the tax authority. HMRC has said that scammers are using calls, emails and texts to contact individuals in the run-up to the tax return deadline on 31 January 2021. During the last year, HMRC responded to more than...

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3
Dec

Eat Out to Help Out compliance checks underway

Eat Out to Help Out compliance checks underway

More than 84,700 food and drink establishments took part in the Eat Out to Help Out (EOTHO) scheme, according to the Treasury’s latest figures. This resulted in 130,000 claims at the end of the scheme and is estimated to have cost the Treasury around £522 million. The claims system was set up quickly by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)...

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3
Dec

Businesses face legal action over unpaid business rates

Businesses face legal action over unpaid business rates

Local authorities have begun to take legal action against businesses that fail to pay their business rates bills. A new report from property consultancy Colliers has shown that an increasing number of businesses have begun to receive letters demanding payment and/or a court summons. In response, many businesses have started...

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3
Dec

HMRC publishes consultation on MTD for Corporation Tax

HMRC publishes consultation on MTD for Corporation Tax

A new consultation has been published by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) which explores how the core principles of Making Tax Digital (MTD) can be applied to Corporation Tax (CT). Within the new consultation document, HMRC has made it clear that MTD for CT is a means of tackling the underpayment of tax, especially among SMEs, where HMRC...

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3
Dec

HM Revenue & Customs issues Capital Gains Tax reminder

HM Revenue & Customs issues Capital Gains Tax reminder

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has issued a reminder of recent changes to Capital Gains Tax (CGT) to taxpayers and the impending deadline for reporting profits from sales of residential property in the 2019-20 tax year. Various changes to how CGT is reported and paid came into effect at the start of the current tax year on 6 April 2020.

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3
Dec

Virtual Christmas parties eligible for £150 annual function exemption

Virtual Christmas parties eligible for £150 annual function exemption

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has confirmed that virtual Christmas parties will be eligible for the £150 annual function exemption that employers often put towards in-person festivities at this time of year. Typically, employers can make use of the exemption for a Christmas party, as long as it is open to all employees...

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3
Dec

Grandparents set to increase gifting following pandemic and families set to inherit more than expected

Grandparents set to increase gifting following pandemic and families set to inherit more than expected

A pair of studies have revealed that UK grandparents are reconsidering their plans following the Coronavirus pandemic, which may mean that many families are set to inherit more than they expected to. A survey of 2,006 grandparents, carried out by an investment firm, found one in seven are reassessing how they will pass on...

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27
Nov

Access to European Union VAT refund system to end on 31 March 2021, HMRC confirms

Access to European Union VAT refund system to end on 31 March 2021, HMRC confirms

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has confirmed that access to the European Union VAT refund system for expenses incurred before 01 January 2021 will cease on 31 March 2021.

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27
Nov

Brexit: How to claim grant funding to help cover the costs of completing new customs declarations

Brexit: How to claim grant funding to help cover the costs of completing new customs declarations

If you are a business who imports or exports products overseas, you may be entitled to grant funding to cover the cost of recruiting, training and adapting your business to the new demands of global trade.

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26
Nov

Companies House to scrap paper reminder letters

Companies House to scrap paper reminder letters

Companies House has announced that businesses will no longer receive reminder letters, as it seeks to end paper communications.

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26
Nov

Third round of Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) opens on Monday with tighter eligibility criteria

Third round of Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) opens on Monday with tighter eligibility criteria

The third round of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will open on Monday 30 November 2020 with tighter eligibility criteria than have applied to the previous two rounds of the scheme.

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26
Nov

Important deadlines approach for the furlough scheme

Important deadlines approach for the furlough scheme

Businesses across the UK are being reminded of key deadlines and actions for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), which are just days away.

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26
Nov

Spending Review highlights long-term economic impact of Coronavirus pandemic

Spending Review highlights long-term economic impact of Coronavirus pandemic

The Chancellor’s statement to Parliament setting out his Spending Review decisions came against a backdrop of predictions from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), which indicated that the UK economy will shrink by 11.3 per cent this year – the largest fall in output for 300 years.

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25
Nov

The New COVID-19 Tier System

The New COVID-19 Tier System

When the national temporary lockdown ends in England on 2 December 2020, the country will enter a new tougher, tiered local system of restrictions.

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23
Nov

VAT after the Brexit transition

VAT after the Brexit transition

One of the key issues to consider before and after the Brexit transition period ends is VAT. Much of the UK’s current VAT rules and regulations are derived from EU VAT directives or existing customs arrangements.

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19
Nov

IFS predicts tax rises of more than £40 billion a year by the middle of the decade

IFS predicts tax rises of more than £40 billion a year by the middle of the decade

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has predicted that taxes will need to rise by more than £40 billion a year by the middle of the decade to prevent Government debt from growing out of control. The widely-respected think tank issued the warning following the news that the Government’s Coronavirus response has cost more than...

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19
Nov

More than 50,000 people claim working from home tax relief through HM Revenue & Customs online portal

More than 50,000 people claim working from home tax relief through HM Revenue & Customs online portal

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has received more than 50,000 claims for tax relief for working from home since opening a new online portal on 1 October. Since the start of the current tax year on 6 April 2020, employers have been permitted to pay employees up to £6 a week in respect of the additional costs of working from home.

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19
Nov

HMRC called on to simplify the administration of tax reliefs

HMRC called on to simplify the administration of tax reliefs

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) is calling on HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to simplify the process of applying for tax reliefs so that fewer taxpayers miss out. In total, the UK has 1,190 tax reliefs, that each require taxpayers to claim or make an election to benefit from them. The OTS in its report has considered the...

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19
Nov

A quarter of businesses don’t think they will be ready for post-Brexit Britain

A quarter of businesses don’t think they will be ready for post-Brexit Britain

A survey of almost a thousand company directors by the Institute of Directors (IoD) has found that nearly a quarter of businesses are not prepared for Brexit and do not expect to be ready by the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020. A further 21 per cent said they were still not ready, but hoped to be prepared by the...

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19
Nov

HMRC warns taxpayers still aren’t ready for Making Tax Digita

HMRC warns taxpayers still aren’t ready for Making Tax Digita

The Director of Making Tax Digital (MTD) at HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has warned that “not all taxpayers are ready for a digitalised tax system.” Roy Wallace spoke with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) about the implementation of the new digital tax system after HMRC was criticised by the Public...

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19
Nov

Homebuyers need to start purchases this month to take advantage of Stamp Duty savings

Homebuyers need to start purchases this month to take advantage of Stamp Duty savings

Thousands of people across the UK have purchased new homes to take advantage of the Government’s Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) holiday, but Legal & General Mortgage Club has warned a backlog in the sales and mortgage process means that sales need to be completed quickly. The SDLT holiday announced earlier this year, ends in March 2021.

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19
Nov

Daily penalties waived for Self-Assessment late filing

Daily penalties waived for Self-Assessment late filing

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has confirmed that it will not charge the usual daily penalties for late filing of 2018-19 Self-Assessment tax returns, which were due by 31 January 2020. HMRC says the move is in response to the Coronavirus pandemic and the challenging circumstances taxpayers have faced in recent months.

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16
Nov

Furlough scheme update – Publication of claims and employees serving notice

Furlough scheme update – Publication of claims and employees serving notice

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has confirmed that employees serving notice cannot be claimed for from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) from 1 December 2020 onwards. It has also confirmed further details of plans to disclose details of claims made by employers from December onwards.

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11
Nov

Extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme FAQ

Extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme FAQ

To help you get to grips with the extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) please use our helpful FAQ. What does the CJRS offer? The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is a temporary scheme open to all UK employers until 31 March 2021 that is designed to support employers whose operations have been severely affected by the pandemic.

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5
Nov

Government extends furlough scheme and provides a boost to SEISS

Government extends furlough scheme and provides a boost to SEISS

As businesses deal with the impact of yet another national lockdown in England, the Chancellor has taken further steps to protect jobs, businesses and the self-employed by announcing additional changes to the Government’s financial support measures. Speaking in Parliament, Rishi Sunak announced further changes to the Coronavirus...

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3
Nov

Government extends further help to businesses and the self-employed during national lockdown

Government extends further help to businesses and the self-employed during national lockdown

As England prepares for a four-week national lockdown, the Government has announced it will extend existing support measures to help businesses and the self-employed business community in the weeks ahead. As part of its latest support package, the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) and the various Government-backed...

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2
Nov

National Lockdown – Extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Business Support Update

National Lockdown – Extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Business Support Update

The Government has extended the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) following the announcement of new Coronavirus restrictions in England from Thursday 5 November 2020 to Wednesday 2 December 2020, which will require many businesses to close. It has also confirmed that those businesses that are required to close will be...

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22
Oct

Government extends further support to businesses affected by COVID-19

Government extends further support to businesses affected by COVID-19

Under increasing pressure from business groups, local authority leaders and the public, the Government has decided to extend several of its existing support measures to help businesses across the UK – regardless of whether they are forced to close or remain open. Speaking to Parliament, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced three...

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14
Oct

HM Revenue & Customs publishes further details of the Job Support Scheme

HM Revenue & Customs publishes further details of the Job Support Scheme

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has published further details of the Job Support Scheme (JSS), announced by the Chancellor during his Winter Economy Statement in Parliament on 24 September. The JSS is intended to support businesses facing reduced demand over the winter as a result of the Coronavirus crisis, helping to keep employees...

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14
Oct

Annual Investment Allowance – Time is running out

Annual Investment Allowance – Time is running out

Since 1 January 2019, the Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) for capital allowances has been £1 million – helping businesses to invest tax efficiently. However, from 1 January 2021, the AIA will fall back to just £200,000, reducing the amount of tax that can potentially be saved. By using the AIA, businesses can claim against...

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14
Oct

Accounting for mobile phone use

Accounting for mobile phone use

During the last few months, to assist workers with working from home, many businesses have supplied a work mobile phone, but how should they account for this benefit? Typically, the provision of equipment, such as a mobile, could be considered a benefit in kind for tax purposes, however, an employee can benefit from an...

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14
Oct

Time to prepare (once again) for the VAT reverse charge

Time to prepare (once again) for the VAT reverse charge

In just a few months, more than 150,000 businesses connected to the construction industry will have to make a fundamental change to how they manage their VAT affairs. Although the world has been in lockdown, and with it, parts of the construction sector, the Government still intends to launch the VAT domestic reverse charge for...

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14
Oct

Is the Government considering a National Living Wage freeze?

Is the Government considering a National Living Wage freeze?

New reports have suggested that the Treasury may be considering postponing a planned increase to the National Living Wage (NLW) rates next year. Under plans outlined last December by then Chancellor, Sajid Javid, the legal minimum wage paid to workers over the age of 25 was due to rise by 6.2 per cent from £8.72 per hour to £9.21 per hour...

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