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5% VAT On Tourism And Hospitality Ends 30 September

The reduced VAT rate of 5% has been extended until 30 September 2021. Following this, an interim rate of 12.5% will be in place for a further six months with the standard rate of 20% returning in April 2022. If you are a VAT registered business, check if you can temporarily reduce the rate of […]

Read more September 20th, 2021

Final Month For CJRS “Furlough” Grants

The Government are pulling the plug on support to employers for furloughed staff at the end of September as they anticipate that the economy will be back to normal by October. The grant claims for employees furloughed in the month of September are 60% of the employee’s usual pay up to a maximum cap of […]

Read more September 10th, 2021

COVID-19 Commercial Rent Arrears

The Government has issued the following statement with regard to ring-fencing commercial rent arrears arising as a result of the impact of COVID-19: ‘The Government has announced that it intends to put in place through legislation a scheme to ring-fence outstanding rent arrears relating to periods when a business’s ability to trade has been impacted […]

Read more September 8th, 2021

Strategic Challenges In The New Normal

As we move towards a post-pandemic recovery and the economy begins to stabilise in the next few months, businesses face new challenges and will have to adapt to a new normal. Supply chain issues Supply chains were disrupted as producers and manufacturers shut down during the pandemic. Some businesses are now facing difficulties in obtaining […]

Read more August 27th, 2021

Guidance On SEISS Turnover Test Issued By HMRC

The fifth (and final) Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant has been available for the self-employed to claim since the end of July. HMRC has contacted those traders that may be eligible with their claim date. The eligibility criteria remain broadly the same as the fourth grant. Self-employed profits in 2019/20 must not exceed £50,000 […]

Read more August 9th, 2021

Company Loss Relief Can Be Claimed Early

Where a company makes a trading loss of no more than £200,000 in an accounting period it is now possible to claim relief for that loss even though the corporation tax return CT600 has not been submitted. This will enable the company to carry back the loss to earlier years and obtain a repayment of […]

Read more August 2nd, 2021

Fifth Self-Employed Income Support Grant To Be Paid In July

The fifth (and final) Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant will be available for the self-employed to claim towards the end of July. The eligibility criteria remain broadly the same as the fourth grant. Self-employed profits in 2019/20 must not exceed £50,000 and must be more than 50% of your total income. If that test […]

Read more July 12th, 2021

Furlough Grant Reduces To 70% For July

For the month of‌‌ July, the CJRS Furlough grant support from the government via HMRC reduces to 70% of the employee’s usual pay for hours not worked. This is despite the fact that “Freedom Day” in England has been delayed four weeks to 19 July 2021, and now called “Terminus Day”. The government support to […]

Read more July 12th, 2021

Taxation of Self Employed Income Support Scheme

HMRC have now confirmed the basis on which the Self Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will be taxed on individuals. It will be taxed in the tax year in which it was received, rather than being treated as additional income in the accounts year in which it was received. There will be a separate section […]

Read more June 15th, 2021

Landlord Right To Rent Checks

This update replaces previous guidance issued on 20 April 2021. The temporary COVID-19 adjusted right to rent checks will now end on 20 June 2021, and from 21 June 2021 landlords will revert to face to face and physical document checks as set out in legislation and guidance. This is aligned with the easing of […]

Read more May 21st, 2021

Financial Support From Test And Trace Support Payment Scheme

The £500 Test and Trace Support Payment is for people on low incomes who have to self-isolate due to coronavirus (COVID-19). You may be eligible if you are employed or self-employed, cannot work from home, and will lose income as a result. You can only apply if you’ve been told to self-isolate by NHS Test […]

Read more May 21st, 2021

Apprenticeships during COVID-19

The government has released guidance for apprenticeship training providers (providers), employers, end-point assessment organisations (EPAOs) and apprentices. It describes: how and when apprentices can safely train and undertake an assessment in the workplace, education and assessment settings the temporary flexibilities which apply during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic It should be read alongside: the safer working guidance […]

Read more May 20th, 2021

Right To Work Checks – Temporary Measures To End

Advice for employers carrying out right to work checks during the coronavirus pandemic has been updated and replaces previous guidance issued on 20 April 2021. The temporary COVID-19 adjusted right to work checks will now end on 20 June 2021, and from 21 June 2021 employers will revert to face to face and physical document […]

Read more May 20th, 2021

New “We Offer Testing To Our Staff” Scheme Launched

The new scheme for businesses offering workplace testing for staff through NHS Test and Trace has been launched across the UK. It will show customers, employees and the wider public the businesses that are going the extra mile to keep their staff and the public safe. In addition to workplace testing, business owners and staff […]

Read more May 20th, 2021

Lockdown Rule Changes

From 17 May government advice is we should continue to work from home if we can and below we summarise the new relaxed lockdown rules: Gathering limits will be eased. Outdoor gatherings will be limited to 30 people and indoor gatherings will be limited to 6 people or 2 households (each household can include a […]

Read more May 17th, 2021