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Changes to CJRS – Employer costs

03/06/2020

HMRC’s guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been updated a number of times as the workings of the scheme evolve. The most recent update, on 29 May 2020, followed an announcement by the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak. The Chancellor outlined further details on the extension of the scheme to 31 October 2020 and the...

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Eligible for extended self-employed scheme?

03/06/2020

The Chancellor has confirmed that the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) is to be extended for a final three-month period to 31 August 2020. The maximum grant for the final 3 months of the scheme will be based on 70% of eligible earnings (previous quarter 80%). This means that the SEISS will in total provide qualifying...

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Certain retail outlets given green-light to re-open

03/06/2020

The government has started the slow process of reopening selected businesses as we continue to face restrictions in almost all aspects of daily life. The reopening of retail outlets reflects the acceptance that life for the foreseeable future will operate under what is being referred to as the ‘new normal’ complete with social...

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New code of practice for High Street businesses and their landlords

03/06/2020

The government has announced that a new code of practice is to be published for High Street businesses and their landlords to help provide clarity and reassurance over rent payments. A new working group has been setup with leading businesses and trade associations to develop the new code of practice. The government has said that the new...

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National Insurance numbers

03/06/2020

If you have lost or forgotten your National Insurance number you should try and locate the number on paperwork such as your tax return, payslip or P60. You can also login to your personal tax account to view, download, print, save or share a letter with your National Insurance number. If you do not already have a National Insurance...

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CJRS closure to new entrants

03/06/2020

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is open to all UK employers to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those employees that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis. The CJRS will close to new entrants on 30 June 2020. From that date onwards, employers will only be able to...

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Intellectual Property Office service changes

03/06/2020

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is the official UK government body responsible for intellectual property (IP) rights including patents, designs, trademarks and copyright. The IPO buildings are currently closed but the majority of services remain unaffected. A number of service changes were put in place on 27 March 2020. The...

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Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

03/06/2020

The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme allows small and medium-sized businesses and employers to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid for sickness absence due to COVID-19. The online service to reclaim SSP launched on 26 May 2020. The scheme covers up to 2 weeks’ SSP per eligible employee who has been off work because of...

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One step forward

03/06/2020

The recent news that the lockdown is being eased for certain businesses is good news. Unfortunately, there are many other businesses that are still closed and unable to trade. And there is always a background risk that any relaxation of the lockdown will increase the number of COVID-19 infections. The Government seem intent on easing...

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Bounce-back economy

03/06/2020

Recent statistics published by HM Treasury confirm that £22bn of Bounce-Back Loans have been taken up by 700,000 small businesses across the UK. That is an average loan of approximately £31,000 per business. As these loans are limited to 25% of business turnover, the average turnover of each business is £124,000. The...

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Self-Employed and Job Retention Scheme changes

31/05/2020

On Friday afternoon, in the Government's daily news briefing, the Chancellor outlined how the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will operate moving forward to allow for employees to return to work part time. Following that announcement, self-employed workers got a boost when it was revealed that they will be able to get Government...

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Additional funding for charities and social enterprise

27/05/2020

The government's dormant assets scheme allows money in accounts that have been dormant for at least 15 years to be made available for certain qualifying charitable and community causes. The Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden has announced that £150 million from dormant bank and building society accounts is to be unlocked to help...

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Further support for charities from VAT receipts

27/05/2020

It has been revealed by HM Treasury that the VAT collected on donated personal protective equipment (PPE) will be given to charities supporting the NHS and care workers. This measure will apply to all the VAT collected on donations made from 1 March until 30 April - the period between PPE donations starting and when the temporary zero VAT...

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Apply for NIC Childcare Credits

27/05/2020

National Insurance credits can help qualifying applicants to fill gaps in their National Insurance record. This can assist taxpayers to build up the amount of qualifying years of National Insurance contributions which can increase the amount of benefits a person is entitled to such as the State Pension. National Insurance credits are...

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Reimbursing expenses for home office equipment

27/05/2020

HMRC has updated its guide for employers who have employees working from home due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This could be a result of the workplace being closed or because employees are following government advice to self-isolate. The updated guidance reflects temporary changes to the rules for reimbursing employees for the purchase of...

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Employee car ownership schemes

27/05/2020

An Employee Car Ownership Scheme (ECOS) is a set of arrangements whereby employees acquire cars from a specified, often single source and within a specified financing framework. The use of an ECOS can effectively be seen as a halfway measure between providing a company car and leaving an employee to make all their car arrangements...

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New HM Treasury instructions re CJRS

27/05/2020

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak has made a further Treasury Direction under sections 71 and 76 of the Coronavirus Act 2020 concerning the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). The CJRS currently helps employers furlough their employees with significant government support. Employers can currently claim cash grants of up to 80% for eligible...

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Estate Agents who may be exempt from Money Laundering registration

27/05/2020

HMRC is responsible for the money laundering supervision of a number of businesses including estate and lettings agents. Estate agency businesses that HMRC is responsible for supervising should be aware of the requirement to register with HMRC and the penalties for not doing so. It is a criminal offence to trade as an estate agency or...

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