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20 May 2020

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published guidance for employers on workplace testing during the coronavirus pandemic. It covers the extent to which employers can carry out tests on staff on their return to work to see if they have either coronavirus or symptoms of it.

The guidance makes clear that any testing needs to comply with the GDPR and the Data Protection Act...

20 May 2020

We thought it would be useful to remind our readers of the upcoming bank holiday dates across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Whilst many people are still under lockdown, there are still some extra days off to look forward to for the rest of the year.

2020 bank holidays in England and Wales

Monday 25 May - Spring bank holiday
Monday 31 August - Summer...

20 May 2020

The government has produced guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed in England understand how to work safely on their return to work during the coronavirus pandemic. The so-called “COVID-19 Secure” guidance currently comprises eight separate guides covering the following workplace settings: 

  • construction and other outdoor work
  • factories, plants and...
20 May 2020

The insolvency measures to help prevent businesses unable to meet debts due to the impact of Coronavirus to continue trading and not be forced to file for bankruptcy have been extended. It was confirmed that the temporary suspension of wrongful trading liability during the pandemic will now continue until 30 June. The measure was initially set to expire on 1 June 2020.

This means that...

20 May 2020

Under the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme small-and medium-sized businesses and employers will be able to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid for sickness absence due to COVID-19. It has now been confirmed that the online service to reclaim SSP will launch on 26 May 2020.

In order to claim, you will need the Government Gateway user ID you acquired when...

20 May 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...

20 May 2020

The Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) opened for applications on 13 May 2020. HMRC has confirmed that by midnight on 17 May there had been a total of 2 million claims with over £6.1 billion claimed. The scheme will provide grants of up to £2,500 per month based on 80% of average profits to qualifying applicants.

The initial grant is for the three months, from 1 March through...

20 May 2020

Employees who need to buy substantial equipment to use as part of their employment may be able to claim tax relief based on the initial cost. 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 towards...

20 May 2020

There are special rules in place which limit the ability to change a company’s year-end date. A company’s year-end date is also known as its ‘accounting reference date’ and is historically set by reference to the date the company was incorporated. Under certain circumstances it is possible to make a change to the year-end.

As a general rule, you can only change the year-end for the...

19 May 2020

For less than you would spend on tea milk and coffee each month, you can acquire the use of cloud-based accounting software.

Why bother?

Computerising your accounting routines in this way has a number of benefits for your business; of crucial concern if we are to survive the current COVID disruptions.

Benefits for individual businesses will vary but may include:

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19 May 2020

Most companies will have fairly healthy accounts up to the middle of March 2020 when the lock-down of activity to control coronavirus started.

Since that date, many firms will have struggled to maintain profitability even with the support of the various government programmes.

If we do manage to extract ourselves from lock-down without re-awakening COVID-19, it will probably be...

14 May 2020

The Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) opened for applications at 8am on 13 May 2020. The scheme will provide grants of up to £2,500 per month based on 80% of average profits to qualifying applicants.

HMRC has reiterated that the claim is designed to be made by the claimant directly and that advisers cannot make a claim on behalf of their clients. Instead, qualifying...

13 May 2020

HMRC has a useful guide for employers who have employees working from home due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This could be a result of the workplace being closed or because employees are following government advice to self-isolate. This guidance is not relevant for furloughed workers as they should not be doing any work whilst on furlough.

Employers may reimburse employees for certain...

13 May 2020

We would like to remind our readers that as part of the package of measures to tackle the Coronavirus outbreak, the basic element Working Tax Credit payments was increased to £3,040 for the 2020-21 tax year.

This increase of £1,045 is equivalent to an extra £20 each week for the current tax year. The actual amount that Working Tax Credits recipients will receive depends on their...

13 May 2020

If you lost your job after 28 February 2020, your previous employer could have agreed to re-hire you and then place you on furlough. However, there is no compulsion on the part of your ex-employer to do this and many firms have been reluctant to make such a move.

You may also have been disadvantaged if you lost your job before the 28 February 2020 deadline or started a new job or were...

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