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Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan

29 lenders have now signed up for the Bounce Back Loan (BBL) scheme. BBL enables smaller businesses to access finance more quickly during the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme helps small and medium-sized businesses to borrow between £2,000 and up to 25% of their turnover. The maximum loan available is £50,000. The government guarantees 100% of […]

Read more December 9th, 2020

Government Announces Christmas Grant For “Wet-Led Pubs”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced an additional £1,000 Christmas grant for ‘wet-led pubs’ in England in tiers 2 and 3, who will miss out on turnover during the busy Christmas period. Pubs that predominantly serve alcohol rather than provide food, have been asked to make sacrifices over the festive season and will be eligible […]

Read more December 9th, 2020

Third Grant For SEISS

The third grant for SEISS is now open. To make a claim for the grant, your business must have been impacted by coronavirus on or after 1 November 2020. You can make a claim for the third grant if you are eligible, even if you did not make a claim for the first or second. […]

Read more December 9th, 2020

Make A Claim If You Are Working From Home

With more of us working from home there is good news from HMRC that employees can now make a claim for tax relief to cover some of their costs while they are working remotely from home. The previous rule for employees was that there had to be a home working arrangement with their employer under […]

Read more December 9th, 2020

Vaccine Optimism – The End Of Lockdown?

The news is full of stories this week of the UK Government approving the Pfizer vaccine and who will be first to be offered the jabs and how the vaccine will be rolled out and, rightly so, people are more optimistic about the ending of lockdown and a return to some form of normality. The […]

Read more December 9th, 2020

Business Christmas Gifts

How about a virtual Christmas Party? HMRC are not the Grinch after all. They have recently announced that employers may arrange a “virtual” Christmas party this year and there will be no taxable benefit for employees provided that all staff are invited and the cost per head does not exceed the normal £150 limit. Maybe […]

Read more December 9th, 2020

New Penalties For Overclaimed CJRS, SEISS And “Eat Out To Help Out” Grants

HMRC have announced that they will be imposing penalties of up to 100% of the amounts overclaimed on businesses so make sure that your claims are correct. The penalties depend on whether or not the overclaim is the result of a deliberate error and whether or not the disclosure was prompted by HMRC. The penalty […]

Read more December 9th, 2020

Claim Your Furlough Grant By 14th

We now have further details of the operation of the extension of CJRS “furlough” that will apply from 1 November 2020 through to the end of March 2021. The government support will initially be at the rate of 80% of an employee’s reference pay for hours they are furloughed, subject to a maximum of £2,500 […]

Read more December 9th, 2020

Important Update On VAT Returns Submissions

Following the original implementation of Making Tax Digital in April 2019, initially for VAT-registered businesses over the VAT threshold, it has been fairly quiet especially after the postponement by a year of further implementations was announced in the summer. The next wave of businesses required to register and comply with MTD are the remainder of […]

Read more November 19th, 2020

The Off-Grid Day

Blocking out a whole day once a month can work wonders for your productivity. Time management courses, books and best practice all suggest carving out some time each day to focus on being productive and working towards your goals and personal business objectives. However this often conflicts with the emails, notifications, calls and reminders that […]

Read more November 19th, 2020

Diversity In Leadership

The business case for diversity is clear – diverse teams produce better solutions to complex problems. Diversity can boost innovation and employee engagement. Businesses with greater gender and racial diversity tend to be more successful and perform very well financially. However, progress within the business community has been slow and there is still a lack […]

Read more November 18th, 2020

Details Of The Extended CJRS

What you need to do for Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) claims – for periods from 1 November (from HMRC announcement on 10 November) The key facts are: The CJRS is being extended until 31 March 2021. The government will review the scheme in January 2021. 30 November 2020 is the last day employers can […]

Read more November 12th, 2020

Rent Covered By Rent A Room Relief

For many property owners, the rental income will be tax free if it is within the £7,500 rent a room relief and will not even need to be reported. This applies where room(s) in the taxpayer’s main residence are rented out, typically to lodgers. Where the house is owned jointly, they would qualify for £3,750 […]

Read more November 12th, 2020

AirBNB Reporting Property Rental Details To HMRC

You may have seen in the newspapers that Airbnb will share data with HMRC about the earnings of hosts (those who let out property) on its UK platform in the years 2017/18 and 2018/19. It is anticipated that HMRC will use this data to open enquiries into the tax affairs of individuals who have not […]

Read more November 12th, 2020

CGT Business Asset Disposal Relief Lifetime Limit Just £1 Million

In the March 2021 Budget, it was announced that CGT Entrepreneurs’ relief (ER) was replaced by CGT Business Asset Disposal relief (BADR) for disposals on or after 11 March 2020. It was also announced that the 10% CGT rate would only apply to the first £1 million of qualifying gains in the taxpayer’s lifetime and […]

Read more November 11th, 2020