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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

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

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

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

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

If You Have Claimed The Wrong Amount From CJRS

The government reminds employers that the 31 July is the last day that they can submit Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) claims for periods ending on or before 30 June. Employers can now submit claims for periods starting on or after 1 July. See: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme If you have claimed too much or not enough from […]

Read more July 30th, 2020

CJRS – Individuals You Can Claim For Who Are Not Employees

The Government has issued further updates to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) regarding individuals you can claim for who are not employees. From 1st July “Flexible Furlough” was introduced and the calculations and time recording of full-time, part-time and fully furloughed employees has become more complicated. Changes are occurring regularly as the Government and […]

Read more July 15th, 2020

Paying Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Grants Back

The Government has provided guidance on how to pay all or some of your grant back if you’ve overclaimed through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). If you have overclaimed through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, you can either: correct it in your next claim make a payment to HMRC (only if you are not […]

Read more July 3rd, 2020

Statutory Sick Pay Due To Coronavirus Update

Changes have been made to the guidance regarding sick pay due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). It now includes information about employees who have transferred under the TUPE regulations. This scheme is for employers. You can claim back up to 2 weeks of SSP if: you have already paid your employee’s sick pay (use the SSP calculator […]

Read more July 3rd, 2020

How To Treat Employee Expenses And Benefits Provided During Coronavirus

Find out about taxable expenses and benefits when they are paid to employees because of coronavirus and how to report them to HMRC. This guidance is about Income Tax treatment only. National Insurance contributions treatment may vary depending on the individual benefit or expense. See: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-treat-certain-expenses-and-benefits-provided-to-employees-during-coronavirus-covid-19 Please talk to us if you need clarification in […]

Read more June 11th, 2020

10 Commonly Asked Redundancy Questions

1. How do I know if I need to make redundancies? Having to make redundancies is a difficult decision, and should be a last resort. It will be case specific to each business, but typically, redundancies are necessary where a workplace needs to close indefinitely, a job no longer exists or the need for a […]

Read more June 2nd, 2020

Important Update On The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Returning Part-Time Having pre-warned the public that significant changes would be made to the ‘Furlough’ scheme, the Government released the detail on 29 May 2020, and there was quite a lot more to it than expected. These are important changes, particularly the dates by which certain parts will be implemented and also by which no […]

Read more June 2nd, 2020

PAYE Payment Deferral And Furloughed Employees Update

HMRC have now provided an update affecting those who are looking to defer PAYE payments through the Time To Pay system, but who also have furloughed employees. Basically, any PAYE which relates to furloughed employees is not eligible for the payment deferral. This will relate to payments of PAYE and Class 1 NIC due to […]

Read more May 26th, 2020

Apprenticeship Programme Response To Coronavirus

Guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers and assessment organisations in response to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19). See: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-apprenticeship-programme-response The Government states this is a difficult time for apprentices, employers and providers of apprenticeship training, assessment and external assurance. The government is committed to supporting apprentices, and employers continue to build the skills capabilities the […]

Read more May 26th, 2020