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Deferral Of VAT And VAT Cut Continues

Up to half a million businesses who deferred their VAT bills will be given more breathing space through the New Payment Scheme, which gives them the option to pay back in smaller instalments. Rather than paying a lump sum in full at the end March next year, they will be able to make 11 smaller […]

Read more September 25th, 2020

Self-Employed Income Support Scheme Update

The existing self-employed income support scheme (SEISS) grant is to be extended on the same basis as the job support scheme The new Government scheme will last for six months to 30 April 2021. An initial taxable grant will be provided to those who are currently eligible for SEISS and are continuing to actively trade […]

Read more September 25th, 2020

New Job Support Scheme Announced

Yesterday Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a new job scheme starting 1 November 2020 to replace the current Job Retention (“furlough”) Scheme which ends 31 October 2020. All small and medium-sized businesses are eligible, larger businesses must show their turnover has fallen during the pandemic. Employers can use the new scheme even if they have not […]

Read more September 25th, 2020

Extra Flexibility On Bounce Back Loans

More than a million businesses who took out a Bounce Back Loan will get more repayment time through a new Pay as You Grow flexible repayment system. This includes extending the length of the loan from six years to ten, which will cut monthly repayments by nearly half. Interest-only periods of up to six months […]

Read more September 25th, 2020

Review Of Furlough Claims

In recent weeks, HMRC have been making it clear that they will be auditing furlough claims where they believe there has been an inaccuracy, whether deliberate or not. They believe between 5-10% of claims made contain some form of error. It is likely that there will be a large number of furlough claims across the […]

Read more September 22nd, 2020

Running Effective Virtual Meetings

Over the course of the past few months, we have all had to adapt to working remotely. Despite lockdown restrictions, many businesses have found ways to move their operations online, with all staff working remotely. This has given rise to an increased volume of virtual meetings on services such as Skype, Zoom, Teams, WebEx or […]

Read more September 21st, 2020

Can Soft Skills Be Taught?

A positive attitude, a strong work ethic, an innovative mindset, being a team player – are just as important to employers as practical skills and academic background. It is important to have teams of people who have the hard skills to do a job – i.e. they’re qualified, have relevant experience, can write code, design […]

Read more September 21st, 2020

Contract Cancellations And Refunds Due To Coronavirus

There are a wide range of contracts that have been affected due to the pandemic. The statement outlined below replaces what was published by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) on 30 April 2020. The CMA’s view remains that a consumer will generally be entitled to a refund when they have paid money in advance […]

Read more September 8th, 2020

MTD For VAT Extended To 2022

Since 2019, the vast majority of VAT-registered businesses with a taxable turnover above the VAT threshold (£85,000) have been mandated to keep digital VAT records and send returns using Making Tax Digital (MTD)-compatible software. From April 2022 these requirements will apply to all VAT-registered businesses. It has also been announced that MTD for Income Tax […]

Read more September 8th, 2020

Property Business Owners Liable To Class 2 NICs

Class 2 National Insurance Contributions (NICs) are currently paid at the rate of £3.05 per week by self-employed earners. A person who is liable to Income Tax on the profits arising from the receipt of property rental income will only be a self-employed earner for NICs purposes if the level of activities carried out amounts […]

Read more September 7th, 2020

Company Vans As Motor Cars

The Court of Appeal have now ruled on the tax status of certain vehicles provided to employees of Coca Cola. The court has upheld the HMRC view that vans with windows and a second row of seats behind the driver are not goods vehicles but motor cars for benefit in kind purposes. Consequently, the income […]

Read more September 7th, 2020

Numerous Fraudulent CJRS Claims Identified

HMRC’s CJRS fraud reporting portal had received over 2,000 reports of wrongful claims.   Examples of such wrongful claims include; Claiming furlough payments for staff who are continuing to work Furloughing staff but asking them to work “voluntarily” on an unpaid basis. Claiming furlough payments for “ghost” employees, and those who left employment before 19 […]

Read more September 7th, 2020

Kickstart Scheme Launches In November

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has launched the Kickstart Scheme, designed to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. The £2 billion Kickstart Scheme is designed to create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people across […]

Read more September 3rd, 2020

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