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Changes to Self-Employed and furlough schemes

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced the following changes to the Self-Employed Income Support (SEISS) and Coronavirus Job Retention Schemes (CJRS) at the close of business last week. SEISS changes In response to lobbying by interested business groups this scheme has been extended for a final three-month period (June – August 2020). The amount being offered ...

Waiving salaries or dividends

HMRC advice for people choosing to give up their income to support their business or donate to charity during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been published. Business owners who have decided to give-up their rights to receive dividends, salary or bonuses from their companies need to follow HMRC’s guidelines to be effective. To be effective ...

Coronavirus – Business update 27 May 2020

This week, the formal process to claim back certain Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments is launched. From 26 May 2020, employers can register their claim using a new online process. Making a claim To use the online service, you will need the Government Gateway user ID you received when you registered for PAYE Online. If ...

Cash boost for new business start-ups

Innovative businesses and start-ups are set to benefit from a £40 million government investment to drive forward new technological advances. It was announced 20 May 2020, that government is doubling investment in the Fast Start Competition with an additional £20 million. The competition aims to fast-track the development of innovations borne out of the coronavirus ...

Social distancing at work

The following guidelines have been released to cover social distancing concerns if working in offices or call centres. The objective being to maintain 2m social distancing whenever possible. The published guidelines are: You must maintain social distancing in the workplace wherever possible. Where the social distancing guidelines cannot be followed in full in relation to ...

Title: Coronavirus – Business support updates 19 May 2020

Trade credit insurance guarantee Last week, the government announced that businesses with supply chains that rely on Trade Credit Insurance, and who are experiencing difficulties maintaining cover due to coronavirus disruption, will get support from government. In a news story released 13 May 2020, the Treasury said: Trade Credit Insurance provides cover to hundreds of ...

Six-month extension to MOT dates

A reminder that if you need to renew your vehicle MOT after 30 March 2020, the usual annual renewal date should have been extended by six-months. Conditions that apply are: Eligibility Your MOT certificate will be extended by six-months if it was due to expire on or after 30 March 2020 and your vehicle is ...

Coronavirus – Business support updates 13 May 2020

Easing back from lock-down Boris Johnson made his long-awaited statement on the government’s plans to ease lock-down (7pm, Sunday 10 May 2020). No great surprises and we have included a brief business-related summary in this post. In his address he said: And the first step is a change of emphasis that we hope that people ...

Claiming tax relief for home office expenses

In the past, claims for the costs of home office furniture and other equipment has been difficult to obtain unless your employer dictates that you must work from home. With the advent of lock-down and working from home now mandated for a large proportion of the working population, HMRC are being inundated with claims. Employees ...

Tax Diary May/June 2020

1 May 2020 – Due date for corporation tax due for the year ended 30 July 2019. 19 May 2020 – PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 May 2020. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 May 2020). 19 May 2020 – Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly ...

Companies House support for ailing businesses

The following announcement was recently made by Companies House: Businesses will be given additional support to help them meet their legal responsibilities under changes announced today (16 April 2020). Companies House will temporarily pause the strike off process to prevent companies being dissolved. This will give businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak the time they ...

Claiming Child Benefits for new-borns

General Register Offices are currently operating with reduced capacity and with government guidance to social distance and stay at home, new parents are advised not to visit them. They can however still claim Child Benefit without having to register their child’s birth first to ensure that they do not miss out. If they already claim ...

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

There has been considerable commentary in the media about this support initiative as business owners – struggling to cope with the reduction in their cash resources due to the COVID-19 outbreak – are finding it difficult to secure support from their bank. Readers will be encouraged by the Chancellor’s recent comments when he confirmed that ...

Self-employment income support scheme

If you are eligible, payments under the above scheme are due to be made by HMRC next month, June 2020. Readers who need financial support at an earlier date can still apply for Universal Credits as an interim measure. Who can claim under SEISS? To qualify for a payment under SEISS you will need to ...

E-publications get VAT boost

From 1 May 2020, VAT on e-publications has been scrapped. Good news for those of us who subscribe to newspapers online or buy books to read on electronic devices. The change will potentially slash the cost of e-books and newspapers making reading more accessible as people stay at home. Newspapers will also benefit from up ...

Coronavirus – Business update 4 May 2020

Low interest rates announced for Bounce-Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) This new scheme announced last week, was the subject of a letter from the Chancellor (1 May 2020) to the accredited lenders who have been instructed to facilitate the scheme since 4 May 2020. In his letter he said: In my statement to the House of ...

Do not forget to file returns for benefits and expenses

Aside from the plethora of schemes to support businesses during the coronavirus disruption, employers should not forget that there is a raft of filing obligations that still need to be met. This post lists the various employer reporting obligations regarding employee benefits and expenses for 2019-20.   The following table is reproduced from the government ...

Aggressive rent collection to be banned

High street shops and other companies under strain will be protected from aggressive rent collection and asked to pay what they can during the coronavirus pandemic. In a recent press release a government spokesperson said: “The majority of landlords and tenants are working well together to reach agreements on debt obligations, but some landlords have ...

Carry-over of unused annual leave

The rules that would have limited the rights of employees in key industries to carry forward any unused annual leave will be delighted by the announcement made two weeks ago. This will mainly apply to workers in key industries such as food and healthcare. Workers who have not taken all of their statutory annual leave ...

COVID-19 – support grants and loans update

This week has seen a flurry of changes to the various government support schemes. We have summarised a few in this article. Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) The HMRC portal – where you formally register your claim – should be live as from 20 April 2020. HMRC have published a “user” guide to the claims ...

Coronavirus – Business update

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) Employers will be relieved that the waiting is over, as of 5.30am this morning (20 April 2020), they can login to HMRC’s new portal and claim their CJRS rebate for the first pay periods. HMRC have promised that money will be in employers’ bank accounts within six working days of ...

Safety first options for manufacturing and retail sectors

Both of these sectors require people to work in close proximity to each other. Government has issues broad guidelines to reduce the risks for workers from Coronavirus. Manufacturing and processing businesses Manufacturing plays an important role in the economy. It can continue if done in accordance with the social distancing guidelines wherever possible. Where it ...

More Coronavirus tax support options

Apart from the main business and personal tax reliefs that have received publicity in the past few weeks, a number of supplementary support items have been introduced. We have highlighted two in this post.   Claiming Child Benefits for new-borns General Register Offices are currently operating with reduced capacity and with government guidance to social ...

Tax planning options for 2020-21

The 6th April marks the beginning of a new tax, and for the coming year, unprecedented challenges. As with most things in life, problems are a necessary precursor to finding solutions. We have listed below a few reminders of the issues you may want to consider as worthy of including in your 2020-21 tax planning ...

How to apply for a Business Interruption Loan

The British Business Bank has updated its guidance on how to apply for the recently changed Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS). A summary follows; Who can you apply to? Most of the UK High Street banks can provide a CBILS loan facility. As your present bankers already know you and your business, for most ...

Dividends excluded from job support scheme calculations

When first announced as a news story, published by government 26 March 2020, information regarding the support scheme for the self-employed included a telling paragraph. It said: Those who pay themselves a salary and dividends through their own company are not covered by the scheme but will be covered for their salary ...

Tax Diary April/May 2020

1 April 2020 – Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 30 June 2019. 19 April 2020 – PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 April 2020. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 April 2020). 19 April 2020 – Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly ...

Changes to Entrepreneurs Relief

Prior to 11 March 2020, business owners could sell multiple, qualifying businesses during their lifetime, and as long as the total chargeable gains did not exceed £10m, a reduced rate of Capital Gains Tax of just 10% would apply. Since budget day, 11 March 2020, this lifetime allowance has been reduced to £1m. Business owners ...

Protecting cash flow – tax payments

It is unlikely that our businesses will be unaffected by the inevitable slow-down in economic activity as the Coronavirus outbreak starts to bite. Maintaining a strict control over your personal and business cash-flow is going to be a key decider in surviving this process. A major expenditure item is taxation whether that be VAT, PAYE/NIC, ...

Business rates changes

In England The government will increase the Business Rates retail discount to 100% for one year, expand it to the leisure and hospitality sectors and increase the rates discount for qualifying pubs to £5,000. Taken together with existing small business rate relief (which provides full relief for businesses using a single property with a rateable ...

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)

Employers have been rightly worried about the cost of funding SSP for employees that are self-isolating or suffering from the COVID-19 virus. Especially as SSP is now due on day one of absences. The Chancellor has now confirmed that he will create a means for employers to recover any SSP paid for the first 14 ...

Self-Employed Income Support Scheme

The long-awaited statement from the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak regarding COVID-19 support for the self-employed has been announced. The Chancellor said that the scheme will benefit some 95% of people whose main income source is derived from self-employment. A list of the scheme features as announced, and published, are as follows: Those that qualify will receive ...

COVID-19 BUSINESS SUPPORT UPDATE 2

Deferring your VAT liability payment Following the government’s announcement to defer the payment of VAT liabilities from 20 March to 30 June 2020, we have received a number of enquiries as to how this deferral works in practice. VAT payers on Direct Debits (DDs) must stop them in their Gateway login account or cancel their ...

Support with paying your taxes

Further support to businesses and the self-employed, to delay the payment of various taxes was announced last week. They include: VAT Any VAT that falls due for payment in the period from 20 March 2020 to 30 June 2020 can be deferred until the end of the 2020-21 tax year. This is not a cancellation ...

80 percent of your staff wages paid by government?

As one of the additional measures to support businesses affected by the Coronavirus outbreak, Rishi Sunak announced last week that HMRC is to step in and pay up to 80% of furloughed staff wages up to a monthly maximum of £2,500 per employee. Initially, this sounded as if HMRC was going to underwrite 80% of ...

COVID-19 BUSINESS SUPPORT UPDATE

On Friday, the Chancellor went significantly further than in the history of this great country, with a series of unprecedented announcements in the Government’s support of businesses, employees and individuals. The range of measures for UK businesses is significant and now includes the following: a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme deferring VAT and Income Tax payments ...

The Latest Measures to Support Businesses

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, outlined a raft of further measures to support the UK’s ailing businesses, those affected by the forbidding COVID-19 outbreak. The list that follows summarises his announcements in the order they were announced:   The Treasury are making available £330bn of loan guarantees. These guarantees will underpin government backed bank loans on ...

Government support for small businesses if affected by the COVID-19 outbreak

There were a number of reliefs in the recent budget to support small business owners during the present Coronavirus outbreak. We have listed below some of the issues covered in a recent government news item. Statutory sick pay (SSP) The government will bring forward legislation to allow small- and medium-sized businesses and employers to reclaim ...

Government support for individuals if affected by the COVID-19 outbreak

The government has published a number of measures to support individuals during the current Coronavirus outbreak. We have summarised below some of the issues covered in a recent post-budget press release. Statutory Sick Pay Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) will now be available for eligible individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 or those who are unable to work ...

Spring Budget 11 March 2020

In the face of Brexit uncertainties and the recent Coronavirus outbreak the new Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, was faced with falling economic indicators, the need to boost NHS services and was consequently limited in his options to spend on plans to improve business confidence and fund infrastructure projects. Interestingly, there were a number of measures that ...

Self-employed v Employed

Many employed persons are drawn to the idea of running their own business. This short article sets out a few of the pros and cons of this change in status. The advantages: One of the major advantages of being self-employed is the opportunity to secure more than one income stream. When employed, we normally work ...

How will the Chancellor address Coronavirus issues?

Most pundits agree that the growing disruption posed by the Coronavirus outbreak combined with continuing Brexit uncertainty – exactly what will our trading relationship with the EU be from January 2021 – are likely to have a dampening effect on demand and supply; a combination that will lead to a slow-down in global economic activity. ...

Tax Diary March/April 2020

1 March 2020 – Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 31 May 2019. 2 March 2020 – Self assessment tax for 2019/19 paid after this date will incur a 5% surcharge. 19 March 2020 – PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 March 2020. (If you pay your tax ...

Additional rates reduction for pubs

Pubs will benefit from £1,000 business rates discount from April 2020. The cut is on top of previously announced plans to slash the bills of small shops by 50%. In a fresh demonstration of the government’s support for communities up and down the country, a new Pubs Relief will be introduced in April, with £1,000 ...

Changes to minimum wage rates

From April 2020, the National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) pay rates will increase as set out below. NLW rates for workers aged 25 and over – from £8.21 to £8.72 per hour. NMW rates: workers aged 21–24 — from £7.70 to £8.20 per hour workers aged 18–20 — from £6.15 to ...

Budget predictions 11 March 2020

What can we expect from the budget next week? On the expenditure side, infrastructure and the NHS seem to be the two major areas for investment. HS2 and other rail improvements in the North are likely to be beneficiaries as will carbon capture and other climate related projects, for example, improving the energy efficiency of ...

Last chance to consider tax planning options

In a month’s time, 5 April 2020, the 2019-20 tax year expires. After this date many of the options to utilise allowances and claim reliefs to reduce tax for 2019-20 will disappear. A number of the reliefs to consider are listed below. This is by no means an exhaustive list. Any numbers quoted refer to ...

Mis-selling of leasehold interests

The Competition and Marketing Authority has published information recently that points to evidence of potential mis-selling and unfair contract terms in the leasehold housing market. Their press release is reproduced below: As part of a probe into the industry, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is concerned that leasehold homeowners have been unfairly treated and ...

30 days or else

We have reported earlier this year that from 6 April 2020, residential property sales that are subject to capital gains tax will need to be reported to HMRC within 30 days of the sale. Any CGT due will also need to be paid in this 30 day period. Property sales affected will include: a property ...

Tax Diary February/March 2020

1 February 2020 – Due date for Corporation Tax payable for the year ended 30 April 2019. 19 February 2020 – PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 February 2020. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 February 2020) 19 February 2020 – Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly ...

Current Advisory Fuel Rates

To assist with your calculations, see previous article, we have reproduced below the current, HMRC Advisory Fuel Rates. They are: These rates apply from 1 December 2019. Engine size Petrol – amount per mile LPG – amount per mile 1400cc or less 12 pence 8 pence 1401cc to 2000cc 14 pence 9 pence Over 2000cc ...

Pay-back to save tax

At first sight, company car drivers whose private fuel costs are met by their employers may seem to be onto a good thing, but there is a nasty tax hit… Enter, the Car Fuel Benefit charge. Let’s say the following circumstances apply: list price of your car when new was £30,000 your employer pays for ...

Don\’t fall for this scam

The Insolvency Service has issued a warning that fraudsters have been contacting investors in insolvent schemes claiming to be from the Official Receiver’s office or to have been appointed by the Official Receiver to help recover funds for a fee. These approaches are always fraudulent. Official Receivers or any agent legitimately instructed to act on ...

Loans to directors and staff

If a company makes loans to its employees (including directors) there may be tax consequences. The same may also apply to loans extended to their family members. For example, the employer will have an obligation to report a beneficial loan to HMRC (and pay Class 1A NIC) and the deemed benefit would be a taxable ...

We are on your side

As we approach the end of yet another tax year it is worth reflecting on the role of HMRC in our tax affairs. Without a doubt, HMRC, tax legislation and its application, will continue to ensure that you pay your taxes. You can rely on HMRC to pounce if they feel that you have underpaid ...