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25 September 2020

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has today delivered a statement to the House of Commons outlining plans to help protect jobs across the UK whilst the country faces a resurgence of coronavirus and a winter of uncertainty. The Chancellor was facing mounting pressure to reveal future changes as many of the schemes and reliefs previously announced are coming to an end including the furlough scheme at...

24 September 2020

The cash basis scheme helps landlords, sole traders and other unincorporated businesses to benefit from a simpler way of managing their financial affairs. The scheme is not open to limited companies and limited liability partnerships. The entry threshold for the cash basis scheme is £150,000 and qualifying businesses can stay in the scheme until their business turnover reaches £300,000. 

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24 September 2020

The majority of gifts made during a person's life are not subject to tax at the time of the gift. These lifetime transfers are known as 'potentially exempt transfers' or 'PETs'. These gifts or transfers achieve their potential of becoming exempt from Inheritance Tax if the taxpayer survives for more than seven years after making the gift. There is a tapered relief available if the donor dies...

24 September 2020

A Partnership is a relatively simple way for two or more legal persons to set up and run a business together with a view to profit. Partnerships can take many forms. Legal persons other than individuals can also be partners in a partnership. For example, companies may form partnerships with other legal persons including individuals, other companies and trustees.  For tax purposes, a ‘company...

24 September 2020

Company directors and other eligible people such as company secretaries, people with significant control (PSC) and LLP members can apply to remove their personal addresses from the UK’s official company register on Companies House. 

Company directors and others are still required to provide an alternative correspondence address if they are appointed to a live company. If they are no...

24 September 2020

Employees who need to buy equipment to use as part of their employment may be able to claim tax relief based on the cost of the equipment acquired. In most cases you can claim tax relief on the full cost of this type of equipment as it usually qualifies for a type of Capital Allowance called annual investment allowance. Any tax relief would be reduced if the employer provides a contribution...

24 September 2020

The government has published the new rules for duty free and tax free shopping that will come into effect from 1 January 2021. The changes are wide ranging.

For anyone who smokes or drinks there will be no duty charged on alcohol or tobacco products from January 2021. This will apply irrespective of whether you are travelling to an EU or non-EU country. The new rules will apply to...

24 September 2020

It has become a requirement for premises and venues across England to have a system in place to record contact details of their customers, visitors and staff. This move is intended to help trace people should a venue be linked to a coronavirus outbreak. 

The government has said that further guidance and, where necessary, regulations will be published specifying the settings affected by...

23 September 2020

1 October 2020 - Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 31 December 2019.

19 October 2020 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 October 2020. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 October 2020.)

19 October 2020 - Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly return for the month ended 5 October 2020. 

19 October 2020 - CIS tax deducted for...

23 September 2020

It is really difficult to maintain a sense of equilibrium and optimism in these difficult times. Even if you can embrace the notion that everything changes, and they do, the present restrictions on our daily business and home lives seem all consuming and never ending.

Where is the silver lining, the light at the end of the tunnel?

An effective vaccine would help as would...

23 September 2020

Mothballing as used in a business sense is usually defined as to stop using a piece of equipment or process, and then storing and preserving mothballed assets for later use.

Many business owners are now faced with marshalling their resources in this way.

There is a temptation to sell off assets that are under-utilised due to the present COVID disruption. If assets are readily...

17 September 2020

The government has published detailed new guidance for employers on the regulations and legal obligations relating to running internal workplace coronavirus (COVID-19) testing programmes, i.e. those which are outside of the NHS Test and Trace service. The guidance covers:

  • legislation, regulations and best practice surrounding the testing process, including compliance with the GDPR...
17 September 2020

A new advice line for employers who are supporting employees experiencing or at risk of domestic abuse has been launched by domestic abuse charity Hestia. The Everyone’s Business Advice Line, which is being funded by the Home Office, will be a point of contact for employers, advising them on how to approach disclosures of domestic abuse by their employees, particularly in light of coronavirus...

17 September 2020

The annual allowance for tax relief on pensions has been fixed at £40,000 since 6 April 2014. The annual allowance is further reduced for high earners. Since 6 April 2020, the tapered annual allowance increased from £150,000 to £240,000. 

This means that anyone with income below £240,000 is no longer affected by the tapered annual allowance rules. Those earning over £240,000 will begin...

17 September 2020

Corporation Tax relief may be available where your company or organisation makes a trading loss. The loss may be used to claim relief from Corporation Tax by offsetting the loss against other gains or profits of the business in the same accounting period.

Where the amount of a trading loss exceeds the profits of the same accounting period, the company may claim to carry back the excess...

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