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Changes announced to Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

02/04/2020

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

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Tax Diary April/May 2020

31/03/2020

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

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Directors – between a rock and a hard place

31/03/2020

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

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Coronavirus tax payment helpline

31/03/2020

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

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Working Tax Credits increased for one year

31/03/2020

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

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Relaxation of phone contracts during COVID-19 outbreak

31/03/2020

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

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Further details on Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

31/03/2020

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,

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Coronavirus – relaxation of insolvency rules

31/03/2020

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

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Coronavirus deferral of VAT payments

31/03/2020

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,

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Contactless payment limit increased

31/03/2020

The spending limit for contactless card payments has been increased from £30 to £45 effective 1 April 2020. The change in the limit had been under consideration and has now been expedited as part of the industry’s response to the

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Financial support for exporters

31/03/2020

There is a special financial support targeted specifically at exporters. This is in addition to the package of government-backed and guaranteed loans and other measures designed to support businesses coping with the financial effects of Coronavirus

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Businesses and employers in Northern Ireland

31/03/2020

The Northern Ireland Office (NIO) is a UK government department responsible for Northern Ireland affairs. The NIO seeks to ensure the smooth working of the devolution settlement in Northern Ireland. A new press release, jointly published by the NIO,

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Removing your home address from the public register

31/03/2020

Company directors, company secretaries, people with significant control (PSC) and LLP members can apply to remove their personal addresses from the UK’s official company register at Companies House. Prior to the introduction of this law (in

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HMRC interest rates

31/03/2020

Following the recent cut in the Bank of England base rate from 0.25% to 0.1%, HMRC has announced changes to the rates of interest they charge. The new late payment interest rate, applied to the main taxes and duties, took effect from 30 March

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Converting assets into cash in the bank

31/03/2020

During and after any period when economic activity is depressed, companies that survive the process are those that manage their cashflow effectively. A number of businesses will be in the fortunate position of heading into the current COVID-19

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Deferring VAT and tax payments

31/03/2020

As part of the government’s response to assist businesses during the COVID-19 crisis is the offer to defer VAT and self-assessment tax and NIC payments. VAT HMRC will not enforce payment of VAT liabilities that fall due between 20 March 2020

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National Minimum Wage compliance in relation to pay advances and loans

30/03/2020

The government has issued a bulletin providing advice for employers regarding compliance with the National Minimum Wage (NMW) framework, particularly with regard to the effect under that framework of pay advances and loans to workers, in the context

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Self-Employed Income Support Scheme

26/03/2020

The long-awaited statement from the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak regarding COVID-19 support for the self-employed has been announced. The Chancellor said that the scheme will benefit some 95% of people whose main income source is derived from

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Coronavirus: government launches online “isolation notes” service

25/03/2020

Employees who are unable to work for more than seven days because of coronavirus (COVID-19) can now obtain an “isolation note” through a new online service. The new isolation note, which can be used by employees as evidence of their

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Acas publishes updated coronavirus resources

25/03/2020

Acas has published updated guidance for employers and employees on the coronavirus (COVID-19). The guidance now covers: social distancing and vulnerable people self-isolation and sick pay what to do if the employer needs to close the

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Television licence fees for over-75s

24/03/2020

In a joint statement from the BBC and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport it has been announced that the changes introducing television licence charges for the over-75s has been delayed. These changes had been due to come into

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Companies House deadlines and Coronavirus

24/03/2020

There are automatic late filing penalties which are designed to encourage companies to file their accounts and reports on time. All companies, private and public, large or small, trading or non-trading must send their accounts to Companies

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Sick pay if you are unable to work

24/03/2020

The government has announced a number of funding and support measures to help those affected by the COVID-19 virus outbreak. A significant number of the measures are designed to help provide financial support at this most difficult time. One of the

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

24/03/2020

If you have been 'furloughed' then the new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme may be able to help. If you are furloughed it essentially means that your employer has given you a temporary leave of absence or a type of sabbatical to help cope

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COVID-19 and claiming benefits

24/03/2020

The government has announced that certain benefits will be increased as part of the package of measures to help households affected by COVID-19. This will see the standard rate of Universal Credit and Tax Credits increased by £20 a week

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Business rates and grants - regional variations

24/03/2020

We have written about the changes to business rates for businesses in England due to COVID-19. There is also a Retail and Hospitality Grant Scheme that provides businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with a cash grant of up to

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The importance of credit control

24/03/2020

Most business owners are rightly focussed on sales. If sales dry up business costs will quickly result in losses; and losses will eventually burn through your assets until insolvency rears its ugly head. In the current “lock-down”

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Please read our emails and news updates

24/03/2020

The current “lock-down” to slow down the Coronavirus epidemic is a sensible medical response, but a potential disaster for small businesses desperately trying to keep their businesses open and operational. Since the 10 March, we have had

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Further details on Hardship Fund published

24/03/2020

The launch of a new £500 million Hardship Fund in England was announced at Spring Budget 2020 by the Chancellor. On 24 March 2020, the Local Government Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP confirmed the Hardship Fund will provide council tax

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Paper tax returns

24/03/2020

HMRC has announced that taxpayers still using paper returns will no longer routinely do so. This is part of the efforts to encourage the use of online services and reduce the unnecessary use of paper. Last year, HMRC automatically sent out more than

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