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24 June 2020

The cash basis scheme helps many sole traders and other unincorporated businesses who benefit from a simpler way of managing their financial affairs. The scheme is not open to limited companies and limited liability partnerships. The scheme allows qualifying businesses to use the cash basis when recording income and expenditure. However, some small businesses are more suited to using the cash ...

24 June 2020

The option to defer your VAT payments ends on 30 June 2020. The Coronavirus VAT payment holiday gave businesses the chance to defer the payment of any VAT liabilities between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020.

Businesses that took advantage of deferring their VAT payments should consider the following:

  • Re-establish any cancelled direct debits in enough time for HMRC to take VAT...
24 June 2020

If you are self-employed – this article does not apply to the directors and shareholders of limited companies – there is often a mis-match between the amount you draw from your business and your tax bill.

When times are good profits may be high, but you may have decided to keep your personal drawing from the business to a modest amount. If drawings are lower than profits this would...

24 June 2020

The assessment of self-employed or partnerships profits is usually relatively straight-forward if the accounting date, to which annual accounts are prepared, falls between 31 March and 5 April. However, overlap profits can arise where a business year end date is not coterminous with the end of the tax year.

Overlap profits can happen in the first 3 years of the business or in any year...

24 June 2020

The HM Government guidance titled Working safely during COVID-19 in shops and branches has been updated. The updates relate to managing product handling and returns, the test and trace service, safer travel and managing security risks.

The guidance is relevant to all retail stores, bank branches, post offices and other open money businesses. This document sets out guidance on...

24 June 2020

All businesses have customers, According to HMRC, even they have customers…

Sales are the amount of goods and services that you provide your customers and there are three main features that affect your annual turnover:

  1. Number of customers
  2. Price
  3. Footfall

The first is fairly obvious, the more customers you can acquire, the greater the potential...

24 June 2020

The VAT Flat Rate scheme is intended to simplify the way a business accounts for VAT and reduce the administration costs of complying with the VAT legislation. There can also be a decent VAT saving for those using the scheme.

The scheme is only open to businesses that expect their annual taxable turnover in the next 12 months to be no more than £150,000, excluding VAT. If you have...

24 June 2020

The government has announced that the scope of the Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will be extended to help new parents. The newly announced measures are designed to help new parents whose trading profits dipped in 2018-19 because they took time out to have children.

The change in the scheme will allow parents, including mothers, fathers and those who have adopted, who...

17 June 2020

There are a number of tax reliefs available for self-employed taxpayers that make a loss carrying on their trade, profession or vocation (collectively referred to as a ‘trade’) and for their share of trading losses in any partnerships.


For the 2019-20 tax year, trade losses can be relieved in a number of ways. This includes the following:



  • By using the...
17 June 2020

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) also known as the furlough scheme has been extended until 31 October 2020. There are a number of important changes to the way the scheme works starting from 1 July 2020, when employers can bring back furloughed employees to work part-time, for any amount of time and any shift pattern. One of the specified changes is that the final date employers...

17 June 2020

The UK has confirmed that it will neither accept nor seek any extension to the Brexit transition period which expires on 31 December 2020. The EU has formally accepted this position. With just over six months to go before the end of the transition period there remains a lot of work to be done if agreement is to be reached. This move could result in the possibility of a no-deal Brexit.

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17 June 2020

Corporation Tax relief may be available where a 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 or 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...

17 June 2020

HMRC has released the latest bi-monthly issue of the 'Agent Update' publication which includes summaries of recent changes and updates that have been announced. The document which is aimed at taxation and accountancy practitioners includes links to more detailed information on each of the topics covered.

The topics covered in the latest edition include the following:

  • COVID-...
17 June 2020

If you are an employee, you must tell your employer as soon as possible if you are showing signs of Coronavirus or someone you live with has symptoms of the disease.

Your employer will be able to inform you if you are covered by their sick leave policy. If you are, you may be asked to furnish them with an isolation note that proves you cannot work due to Coronavirus symptoms. You can...

16 June 2020

Last week, we considered one of the issues that employers will likely need to consider in the coming weeks and months: productivity.

This week we have listed other factors that you may need to consider if you presently have staff furloughed under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS).

From 1 July, it is possible for furloughed staff to return to part-time work. From 1...

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