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19 November 2020

The Bounce Back Loans scheme was launched in May 2020 to provide financial support to businesses across the UK that are losing revenue and seeing their cashflow disrupted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The scheme allows small businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 and access the cash in most cases within 24 hours of approval.

The scheme was launched for an initial period...

19 November 2020

The Government has confirmed that the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant extension will apply for 6 months from 1 November 2020. It will be possible to claim the SEISS grant extension even if no previous claim had been made under the scheme once the eligibility criteria are met.

The self-employed will receive 80% of qualifying average trading profits for the first claim...

19 November 2020

Now is usually the time that businesses are planning Christmas parties for staff as well as possibly for partners/spouses, clients and prospective clients. Of course, with the continued pandemic and various lockdowns Christmas is looking pretty much cancelled this year. However, we have set out the benefit conditions for annual parties and events so that we can take advantage of tax exemptions...

18 November 2020

Many of the business disruption grants that have become available in the last few weeks are being distributed by local authorities. They include support for:

  • Businesses obliged to close due to local or national lockdown and
  • Businesses that have been severely affected by local or national restrictions but are still trading.

Central government is funding these...

18 November 2020

If your business acquires goods or sells goods to the EU, and you have no import/export trade with non-EU countries you probably have no experience of dealing with the raft of red tape involved in clearing goods through customs and settling any duties or VAT payable.

Affected businesses will need to abide by the new regulatory situation from 1 January 2021. Only a matter of weeks from...

12 November 2020

The government guidance for landlords and tenants as a result of the coronavirus pandemic has been updated. The Coronavirus Act 2020 provides protection to social and private tenants by delaying when landlords can start proceedings to evict tenants. 

To give tenants greater protection from eviction, landlords are required to provide tenants with 6 months’ notice period before they can...

12 November 2020

The transfer of a business as a going concern (TOGC) rules concern the VAT liability on the sale of a business. Normally the sale of the assets of a VAT registered or VAT registerable business will be subject to VAT at the appropriate rate.

Where the sale of a business includes assets and meets certain conditions the sale will be categorised as a TOGC. A TOGC is defined as 'neither a...

12 November 2020

The coding threshold entitles tax payers to have tax underpayments collected via a tax code, provided they are in employment or in receipt of a UK-based pension. The coding applies to certain debts such as Self-Assessment liabilities, tax credit overpayments and outstanding Class 2 NIC contributions.

Instead of paying off debts in a lump sum, money is collected in equal monthly...

12 November 2020

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) commonly known as the furlough scheme is open to all UK employers and will now run until 31 March 2021. From 1 November 2020, employees will receive up to 80% of their salary for hours not worked with a review date in January.

One common question concerns holiday pay entitlement if furloughed. Employees will accrue holiday entitlement while...

12 November 2020

Business Asset Disposal Relief used to be known as Entrepreneurs’ Relief before 6 April 2020. The relief was renamed in Finance Act 2020. The name change does not affect the operation of the relief.

Business Asset Disposal Relief applies to the sale of a business, shares in a trading company or an individual’s interest in a trading partnership. Where this relief is available CGT of 10%...

12 November 2020

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has announced new proposals to ensure that lenders provide tailored support to mortgage borrowers who continue to face payment difficulties due to the COVID-19 crisis. This follows the additional government measures announced over recent weeks to control the spread of coronavirus.

Payment holidays to support mortgage borrowers who are experiencing...

12 November 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 previous accounting period.

The loss can also be set against future qualifying trading income. Any claim for trading losses forms part of the Company...

11 November 2020

The detailed Furlough Scheme rules were updated 10 November 2020.

To use the extended scheme – to 31 March 2021 – the steps that are required are:

  1. Check if you can claim
  2. Check which employees you can put on furlough
  3. Steps to take before calculating your claim
  4. Calculate how much you should claim
  5. Claim for your employees’ wages online
  6. ...
11 November 2020

Shielding for clinically extremely vulnerable people was paused in England on 31 July 2020. However, the government has now updated its guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 to cover the period of the new national restrictions from 5 November to 2 December 2020. 

Whilst there is no return to the very restrictive shielding...

11 November 2020

The Living Wage Foundation has announced that its UK Living Wage has risen by 20p per hour from £9.30 to £9.50 per hour. Its London Living Wage has risen by 10p per hour from £10.75 to £10.85 per hour. Over 250,000 UK workers will now receive a pay rise as a result.

The Living Wage Foundation’s real Living Wage is an hourly rate which it calculates independently and updates annually...

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