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Job Retention Bonus

The government is introducing a new Job Retention Bonus to provide additional support to employers who keep on their furloughed employees in meaningful employment, after the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ends on 31 October 2020. The Job Retention Bonus is a one-off payment to employers of £1,000 for every employee who they previously claimed […]

Read more August 27th, 2020

Brexit Transition Planning

As the end of the Brexit Transition period approaches, we look at what you will need to do from 1st January 2021. While this might seem far away at present, and with little of Brexit finalised, it is necessary to start planning now. The Government website covering the UK Brexit transition, has an interactive questionnaire […]

Read more August 26th, 2020

How To Improve Your Sales Strategy

In today’s challenging trading environment, a good sales strategy is essential. With the world changing at a rapid pace, from both technology as well as current events, you must always be looking for new sources of sales. Talk to existing customers Your current customers are one of your best sources of information. Your existing customer […]

Read more August 25th, 2020

Instagram Stories As A Marketing Tool

Today’s customers are making purchase decisions based on the story behind a particular brand. Instagram’s Stories functionality can allow you to harness this. Instagram Stories allows you to post photos and videos in chronological order to tell a “story”. These posts do not appear in your regular collection of Instagram posts: instead, they disappear after […]

Read more August 25th, 2020

Cultivating Creativity

Creative businesses tend to be successful – just look at Google, Netflix or Amazon. So how do you start cultivating creativity in your business? You can’t force creativity, but the right environment will enable your team to work in new and innovative ways in order to generate imaginative solutions. Business is all about people. Hiring […]

Read more August 25th, 2020

Returning From Furlough

Bringing your employees back from furlough is not a straightforward process. As furloughed employees begin to return to work, business owners and managers need to consider both the practical and emotional aspects of returning to “normal”. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has been unprecedented. After several months of lockdown and social distancing, some employees […]

Read more August 25th, 2020

August CJRS Update

As the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) continues to wind down, from 1 September you will need to do the following: From 1 September CJRS will pay 70% of usual wages up to a cap of £2,187.50 per month for the hours furloughed employees do not work. You will still need to pay your furloughed […]

Read more August 24th, 2020

Rumours Of CGT Increases

There has been a lot of speculation in the Press that the Chancellor may introduce radical changes to capital gains tax to start to repay the substantial Government borrowings to support businesses and employees affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. It has been suggested that the current £12,300 CGT annual exemption will be reduced and the […]

Read more August 10th, 2020

High Income Child Benefit Charges Not Valid

A recent tax tribunal has ruled against HMRC who were seeking to raise tax assessments for the High Income Child Benefit Charge (HICBC) for earlier years that had not been reported to HMRC. HICBC is a special tax charge that applies where one member of a couple in receipt of child benefit receives income in […]

Read more August 10th, 2020

Reporting Property Gains Within 30 Days

Since 6 April 2020 where UK residential property is disposed of, the resulting capital gain needs to be reported and the capital gains tax (CGT) paid within 30 days of completion of the disposal. There have been a number of teething problems with the new online reporting system. HMRC stated that there would be no […]

Read more August 6th, 2020

Second Home Buyers And Buy-To-Let Landlords Welcome SDLT Cut

Although the temporary increase in the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) threshold to £500,000 was aimed at those buying their main residence, it also benefits those buying a second or subsequent property where there is a 3% supplementary charge. Thus, the rate of SDLT on a second home costing up to £500,000 is now 3%. […]

Read more August 6th, 2020

More Details On Hospitality VAT Reduction

When the Chancellor announced a temporary cut in the rate of VAT for the hospitality sector and attractions in his Summer Statement on 8 July there were a number of areas that needed clarification. The reduction applies to supplies made between 15 July 2020 and 12 January 2021. HMRC have now set out more details […]

Read more August 4th, 2020