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Prepare accounts quickly
07/04/2020 - More...
As most self-employed readers will be aware, Self-Assessment tax and NIC payments on account are based on profits earned in the previous tax year and balancing payments due are not payable until the 31 January following the tax year end date. From a cash flow point of view this is an advantage but only if taxable profits year on year are increasing. During this unsettled...

What is solvency?
07/04/2020 - More...
During periods when demand for your goods and services drop – for example, if your business has been closed down or adversely affected by the recent COVID-19 outbreak – your sales and incoming cash receipts tend to drop at a faster rate than you are able to reduce your outgoings. Expenses tend to fall into one of two groups: Those that tend to vary in direct...

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – update for directors
07/04/2020 - More...
HMRC’s guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has recently been updated. HMRC will reimburse 80% of furloughed workers' wage costs, capped at £2,500 per month per employee. The scheme will run for at least 3 months, backdated from 1 March 2020, but will be extended if necessary. Company directors and other office holders can be furloughed under the...

CJRS – how to treat employees
07/04/2020 - More...
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) allows UK employers to access government support to help retain staff that they would otherwise may have considered laying-off, reducing pay / hours or making redundant. If your employee is furloughed, they should not be undertaking any work. This includes providing services or generating revenue. HMRC has published useful guidance...

National Minimum Wage and training time
07/04/2020 - More...
An interesting quirk of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is that furloughed workers are not entitled to the minimum wage. HMRC's guidance categorically states that 'individuals are only entitled to the National Living Wage (NLW)/National Minimum Wage (NMW)/ Apprentices Minimum Wage (AMW) for the hours they are working or treated as working under minimum wage...

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme
07/04/2020 - More...
Small-and medium-sized businesses and employers can reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid for sickness absence due to COVID-19. You are eligible for the scheme if your business is UK based, small or medium-sized and employs fewer than 250 employees as of 28 February 2020. The scheme will cover up to 2 weeks’ SSP per eligible employee, who has been off work because of...

Tax relief for working from home
07/04/2020 - More...
If your employer has requested that you work from home you can claim tax relief for some of the bills you pay that are related to your work. These tax reliefs have always been available, but as many of us are now being instructed to work from home, a claim for the use of your home, from your employer or HMRC, may be relevant. Employers can reimburse employees for the...

Self-employed COVID-19 support
07/04/2020 - More...
If you are self-employed and qualify for the Self-employment Income Support Scheme you will receive a cash grant from HMRC based on 80% of profits, capped at £2,500 per month. The initial grant will be for the three months, from 1 March through to the end of May 2020, but could be extended for a longer period. The grants are expected to be paid out at the beginning of...

Commercial tenants protected from evictions
07/04/2020 - More...
The government has confirmed that there will be an eviction freeze for commercial tenants who miss rent payments as a result of the Coronavirus crisis. The protection for businesses on commercial leases is one of the measures in the Coronavirus Act 2020. The measures will stay in place until 30 June 2020. There is an option for the government to extend this deadline if...

Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme
07/04/2020 - More...
The Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) will be made available to enable banks to make loans of up to £25m (the present limit for the smaller scheme is £5m). This will allow firms with an annual turnover of between £45m and £500m access to the 80% government guarantee. The CLBILS is expected to be launched later this month....

CBILS – what clients need to submit when making an application
07/04/2020 - More...
The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), delivered by the British Business Bank, is designed to help support primarily small and medium-sized businesses to access bank lending and overdrafts. The government will provide lenders with a guarantee of 80% on each loan (subject to a per-lender cap on claims) to give lenders further confidence in continuing to...

Changes announced to Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)
02/04/2020 - More...
Many small businesses that have applied for a government backed CBILS loan thus far have been offered standard overdrafts and loans – without the Government's 80% guarantee – on the basis that they fit the banks’ criteria for this type of lending. The Chancellor has now confirmed that this is not the intention of his CBILS scheme and that from now on all...

Tax Diary April/May 2020
31/03/2020 - More...
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 return for the month ended 5 April 2020. 19 April 2020 - CIS tax deducted for the month ended 5...

Directors – between a rock and a hard place
31/03/2020 - More...
Directors that have drawn remuneration from their companies as a mix of low salary and higher dividends would seem to be overlooked by the schemes announced in the past two weeks to support the employed and the self-employed. In the first news story published by government announcing the Self-Employed Income Support arrangements (26 March 2020), the following paragraph was...

Coronavirus tax payment helpline
31/03/2020 - More...
The phone number for the COVID-19 helpline launched earlier this month has been changed to 0800 024 1222. Calls to the previously published number will be redirected. The launch of the new number will help increase capacity. The helpline will field questions and concerns from any business or self-employed individual worried about paying their tax due to Coronavirus disruption...

Working Tax Credits increased for one year
31/03/2020 - More...
As part of the package of measures to tackle the Coronavirus outbreak, the government has announced that the basic element Working Tax Credit payments will be increased from an expected £1,995 to £3,040 for the 2020-21 tax year starting on 6 April 2020. This annual increase of £1,045 is equivalent to £86.67 per month for one year from 6 April 2020. The...

Relaxation of phone contracts during COVID-19 outbreak
31/03/2020 - More...
An interesting joint statement from the Government, Ofcom and the telecommunications industry has been published to help offer support to vulnerable consumers and those who may become vulnerable due to circumstances arising from COVID-19. The UK’s major internet service and mobile providers, namely BT/EE, Openreach, Virgin Media, Sky, TalkTalk, O2, Vodafone, Three,...

Further details on Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
31/03/2020 - More...
HMRC has published further details on how the new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will work in practice. It had already been announced that the new scheme will see the government cover up to 80% of wage costs, up to a cap of £2,500 per month, for each employee that has been furloughed (on a leave of absence). The scheme will run for at least 3 months, backdated from 1...

Coronavirus – relaxation of insolvency rules
31/03/2020 - More...
New insolvency measures have been announced 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. The measures were announced by the Business Secretary, Alok Sharma. These changes will see the temporary suspension of the wrongful trading law during the pandemic. It will apply...

Coronavirus deferral of VAT payments
31/03/2020 - More...
In another move to help businesses the government announced that VAT registered businesses can defer any VAT payments due between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020. There is no application process required to defer the relevant payment. However, businesses can still choose to pay any VAT due as normal. It is important to note that this is only a deferral and whilst no interest...

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