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Business updates on Covid-19

24/03/2020

As your business advisors, we are experiencing a continuous flow of information from the Government. With guidance for employers, employees and businesses on how you should respond to the impact of Covid-19, we have summarised some of the key points to help you and your business. We will continue to update this as more information flows

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HMRC’s Annual Tax Summary

03/12/2020

The Annual Tax Summary is a document provided by HMRC that provides details on the tax you pay and how this is used by government. The Annual Tax Summary shows: your taxable income from all sources that HMRC knew about at the time that it was prepared the rates used to calculate your Income Tax and National Insurance contributions a

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Pay January tax by instalments

03/12/2020

The deadline for submitting your 2019-20 Self-Assessment tax returns online is 31 January 2021. You should also be aware that payment of any tax due should also be made by this date. This includes the payment of any balance of Self-Assessment liability for the 2019-20 plus the first payment on account due for the current 2020-21 tax year.

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Confirmation of Minimum Wage increases 2021

03/12/2020

The Chancellor used the recent Spending Review to confirm that increased National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates will come into effect on 1 April 2021. From 1 April 2021, the National Living Wage will increase by 19p to £8.91. This represents an increase of 2.2%. The National Living Wage currently applies to those aged 25

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EU exit - did you read this letter?

03/12/2020

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma has written a letter to businesses in the professional services sector. The letter (available in English and Welsh) provides tailored advice on what key actions businesses must take after the transition period ends on 31 December 2020. The UK government

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Deadlines for paying deferred VAT

03/12/2020

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. The option for businesses to defer their VAT payments ended on 30 June 2020. There are two options available for repaying this VAT. The first option is to pay the deferred VAT in full on or

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New advisory fuel rates published

03/12/2020

Advisory fuel rates are intended to reflect actual average fuel costs and are updated quarterly. The rates can be used by employers who reimburse employees for business travel in their company cars or where employees are required to repay the cost of fuel used for private travel. HMRC accepts there is no taxable profit and no Class 1A

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Treasury directive re third SEISS grant

03/12/2020

HM Treasury has published a further Treasury Direction made under the Coronavirus Act 2020, ss. 71 and 76, which modifies and extends the effect of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).The Direction mainly deals with the expansion of the SEISS from 1 November 2020 to 29 January 2021, officially referred to as the SEISS Grant

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Accounting and Reporting standards from 1 January 2021

03/12/2020

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) have jointly published a letter to the accounting and audit sectors setting out the UK’s legal framework for accounting and corporate reporting at the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020. The information in the letter

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Recent case re late filing appeal

03/12/2020

The First-tier Tribunal (FTT) has dismissed a taxpayer’s appeal for having a reasonable excuse. The taxpayer applied out of time for permission to appeal against penalties imposed by HMRC. The appeal was in relation to late payment penalties imposed on the taxpayer for failing to submit annual Self-Assessment returns on time for the tax

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Supply chains, a predictive approach for 2021

02/12/2020

One of the more positive aspects - perhaps the only positive aspect - of COVID disruption has been the movement away from fixed systems to more flexible systems to cope with the changing demands of lock-down. Who would have predicted a year ago that many of us would grow accustomed to working from home plus having to deal with economic

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Coping with the new EU reality

02/12/2020

It is apparent that our final exit from the EU, 1 January 2021, will disrupt the movement of goods, back and forth, while transport links and customs authorities adjust to the new reality. Hopefully, readers that are directly affected - with customers or suppliers in the EU - will already be aware of the customs red tape that they will

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Spending Review 2021/22

26/11/2020

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak delivered the government's spending plans for the coming year to Parliament on 25 November 2020. The Spending Review usually covers 3 to 4 years but given the many unknowns as a result of the pandemic the review will only cover the period from April 2021 to April 2022. The Chancellor said his immediate

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Tax Diary December 2020/January 2021

26/11/2020

1 December 2020 - Due date for Corporation Tax payable for the year ended 28 February 2020. 19 December 2020 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 December 2020. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 December 2020) 19 December 2020 - Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly return for the month ended 5 December

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Reasonable excuses for making a late furlough claim

26/11/2020

HMRC’s guidance on making claims through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme was updated on 19 November 2020. The updated guidance now includes various examples of what is meant by a ‘reasonable excuse’ for employers that submit furlough claims after the stated deadline. Claims for the periods from 1 July 2020 to 31 October 2020 must be

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Beware tax deadline scammers

26/11/2020

Fraudsters are continuing to target taxpayers with scam emails in advance of the 31 January deadline for submission of Self-Assessment returns. In fact, over the last year, HMRC received more than 846,000 reports about suspicious HMRC contact. A number of these scams purport to tell taxpayers they are due a tax rebate or tax refund

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Register for Northern Ireland Trader Support Service

26/11/2020

The Northern Ireland Trader Support Service was launched on 28 September 2020 to support businesses moving goods under the Northern Ireland Protocol from 1 January 2021 after the Brexit transition period comes to an end. There will be changes in moving goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland whether or not a Free Trade Deal is

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MTD for Corporation Tax consultation

26/11/2020

HMRC has issued a new consultation to examine how the principles established for Making Tax Digital (MTD) could be implemented for those entities within the charge to Corporation Tax. The consultation is open for comment until 5 March 2021. The regime MTD started in April 2019 for VAT purposes only. MTD for Income Tax is expected to be

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Proposed changes to CIS abuse rules

26/11/2020

The Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) is a set of special rules for tax and National Insurance for those working in the construction industry. It was announced at Spring Budget 2020 that a consultation on measures to tackle abuse of the CIS would be launched. Following the consultation and further meetings with those working in the

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Deciding length of CJRS claim period

26/11/2020

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) commonly known as the furlough scheme was due to come to an end on 31 October 2020 but has now been extended until 31 March 2021. Effective from 1 November 2020, employees will receive up to 80% of their salary for hours not worked. There will be a review date of the CJRS in January 2021, which

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Why compound interest is important

25/11/2020

Many of us are building a pension fund, a portfolio of shares or deposits with our bank or building society. Most of these investment options reward us for our participation by offering income (usually in the form of interest or dividends) or by demonstrating capital growth (share prices increasing). Accordingly, there are three

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Immigration Act receives Royal Assent

19/11/2020

The Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Act 2020 received Royal Assent on 11 November 2020. This is the legislation which will end the free movement of persons under retained EU law in the UK at 11pm on 31 December 2020. It will also repeal other retained EU law relating to immigration. A new points-based

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Email to replace Companies House postal reminders

19/11/2020

Companies House has issued a press release to remind all companies to sign up for email reminders for annual accounts and confirmation statement. Companies House has now stopped sending reminders by post and has sent a final reminder letter to all companies currently receiving paper reminders. The letter explains why Companies House has

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Claiming the Self-Employed Income Support for first time?

19/11/2020

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

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Bounce Back loans still available

19/11/2020

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

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£1 million Annual Investment Allowance extended

19/11/2020

In a welcome move, the government has announced that the temporary Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) cap will be extended for a further 12 months until 1 January 2022. The government says that this move is intended to boost confidence as companies look to weather the pandemic and plan for the future. This should also encourage investment

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Benefit conditions – annual parties and events

19/11/2020

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

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Benefit conditions – Trivial benefits

19/11/2020

The trivial benefits in kind (BiK) exemption applies to small non-cash benefits like a bottle of wine or a bouquet of flowers given to employees or any other benefit in kind classed as 'trivial' that falls within the exemption. Although the benefit is defined as ‘trivial’, employers should remember that this offers a great opportunity to

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Businesses within the scope of VAT in the UK

19/11/2020

The VAT system is policed by HMRC who can and do levy penalties for breaches of the legislation. There are four conditions that must be satisfied in order for an activity to be within the scope of UK VAT. These conditions are that the activity: Is a supply of goods or services That the supply takes place in the UK Is made by a

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HM Treasury instructions re CJRS

19/11/2020

An updated Treasury Direction under sections 71 and 76 of the Coronavirus Act 2020 concerning the extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) was published on 12 November 2020. The CJRS was due to come to an end on 31 October 2020 but has now been extended until 31 March 2021. Effective 1 November 2020, employees will receive up to

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