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Coronavirus Future Fund launched

20/05/2020

Last month, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced a number of measures to help innovative firms survive the Coronavirus pandemic. One of these measures was the launch of a special investment fund for high-growth companies impacted by the crisis, made up of funding from government and the private sector, called the Future Fund. The

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Maximum loan under CLBILS increased to £200m

20/05/2020

The scope of the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) is to be extended from 26 May 2020. The maximum loan size will be increased from £50 million to £200 million. Larger businesses will be able to benefit from loans up to the lower of 25% of turnover or £200m. The changes are expected to go live

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Working safely during coronavirus

19/05/2020

The government has produced guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed in England understand how to work safely on their return to work during the coronavirus pandemic. The so-called “COVID-19 Secure” guidance currently comprises eight separate guides covering the following workplace settings: construction

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Guidance for employers on workplace testing

19/05/2020

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published guidance for employers on workplace testing during the coronavirus pandemic. It covers the extent to which employers can carry out tests on staff on their return to work to see if they have either coronavirus or symptoms of it. The guidance makes clear that any testing needs

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Trade credit insurance guarantee

19/05/2020

Trade credit insurance is a contract acquired by suppliers to make sure they get paid even if their customers default. This gives businesses the confidence to trade with one another and is especially important as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to decimate many businesses. The risk of COVID-19 meant that insurers could withdraw insurance

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Upcoming bank holiday dates

19/05/2020

We thought it would be useful to remind our readers of the upcoming bank holiday dates across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Whilst many people are still under lockdown, there are still some extra days off to look forward to for the rest of the year. 2020 bank holidays in England and Wales Monday 25 May - Spring bank

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Extension of vehicle MOT dates

19/05/2020

A reminder that MOT expiry dates are being extended by 6 months for all MOTs due on or after 30 March 2020. This includes vehicles that are due their first ever MOT test and applies to cars, motorcycles, light vans and other light vehicles. The MOT expiry date will be automatically extended approximately 7 days before it’s due to

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Launch of SSP Rebate Scheme

19/05/2020

Under the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme small-and medium-sized businesses and employers will be able to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid for sickness absence due to COVID-19. It has now been confirmed that the online service to reclaim SSP will launch on 26 May 2020. In order to claim, you will need the Government

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Coronavirus insolvency and AGM measures

19/05/2020

The insolvency measures 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 have been extended. It was confirmed that the temporary suspension of wrongful trading liability during the pandemic will now continue until 30 June. The measure was

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Claiming tax relief on work-related expenses

19/05/2020

Employees who need to buy substantial equipment to use as part of their employment may be able to claim tax relief based on the initial cost. In most cases you can claim tax relief on the full cost of this type of equipment as it usually qualifies for a type of capital allowance called annual investment allowance. Any tax relief would be

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Definition of trading profits for SEISS

19/05/2020

The Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) opened for applications on 13 May 2020. HMRC has confirmed that by midnight on 17 May there had been a total of 2 million claims with over £6.1 billion claimed. The scheme will provide grants of up to £2,500 per month based on 80% of average profits to qualifying

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Changing a company’s year end date

19/05/2020

There are special rules in place which limit the ability to change a company’s year-end date. A company’s year-end date is also known as its ‘accounting reference date’ and is historically set by reference to the date the company was incorporated. Under certain circumstances it is possible to make a change to the

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Removing a home address from the public register

19/05/2020

Company directors and other eligible people such as company secretaries, people with significant control (PSC) and LLP members can apply to remove their personal addresses from the UK’s official company register on Companies House. Company directors and others are still required to provide an alternative correspondence address if

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Ring-fencing COVID losses

18/05/2020

Most companies will have fairly healthy accounts up to the middle of March 2020 when the lock-down of activity to control coronavirus started. Since that date, many firms will have struggled to maintain profitability even with the support of the various government programmes. If we do manage to extract ourselves from lock-down without

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Why use cloud accounting software?

18/05/2020

For less than you would spend on tea milk and coffee each month, you can acquire the use of cloud-based accounting software. Why bother? Computerising your accounting routines in this way has a number of benefits for your business; of crucial concern if we are to survive the current COVID disruptions. Benefits for individual businesses

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Self-employment Income Support Scheme launched

13/05/2020

The Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) opened for applications at 8am on 13 May 2020. The scheme will provide grants of up to £2,500 per month based on 80% of average profits to qualifying applicants. HMRC has reiterated that the claim is designed to be made by the claimant directly and that advisers cannot make a claim

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Furlough Scheme Extended to 31 October 2020

12/05/2020

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak has today (12 May 2020) announced significant changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, now commonly referred to as the furlough scheme. The scheme had been due to run until at least 30 June 2020. The Chancellor has now confirmed to the House of Commons that the furlough scheme will be extended for a

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Working Tax Credits are now increased

12/05/2020

We would like to remind our readers that as part of the package of measures to tackle the Coronavirus outbreak, the basic element Working Tax Credit payments was increased to £3,040 for the 2020-21 tax year. This increase of £1,045 is equivalent to an extra £20 each week for the current tax year. The actual amount that

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Financial support if you have Coronavirus symptoms

12/05/2020

Guidance is published by the Department for Work and Pensions about support measures in place if you are employed and have Coronavirus symptoms. You must tell your employer as soon as possible if you are showing signs of Coronavirus. Your employer will be able to inform you if you are covered by their sick leave policy. If you are, you

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Self-employed and getting no work?

12/05/2020

If you are self-employed and qualify for the Self-employment Income Support Scheme you could receive a cash grant from HMRC based on 80% of your profits, up to £2,500 per month. The initial grant is for the three months, from 1 March through to the end of May 2020, but this measure could be extended. You can only make a claim if

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Lost your job? What to do…

12/05/2020

If you lost your job after 28 February 2020, your previous employer could have agreed to re-hire you and then place you on furlough. However, there is no compulsion on the part of your ex-employer to do this and many firms have been reluctant to make such a move. You may also have been disadvantaged if you lost your job before the 28

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Working from home tax breaks

12/05/2020

HMRC has a useful 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. This guidance is not relevant for furloughed workers as they should not be doing any work whilst on

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Businesses that must presently stay closed

12/05/2020

Government guidance on businesses in England that must presently stay closed has been updated. The government is clear that failure to follow the law relating to these closures can lead to the individual responsible for the business being issued a prohibition notice, a fixed penalty notice or prosecution. The current pandemic has seen

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No VAT on supply of PPE

12/05/2020

The government has introduced a zero-rate of VAT on the sale of personal protective equipment (PPE) for Covid-19. The temporary measure will apply from 1 May 2020 until 31 July 2020 unless any further extensions are announced. This move will save care homes and businesses dealing with the Coronavirus outbreak more than £100

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Laid off? Brush up your skills online

11/05/2020

The present lock-down has created a raft of employed persons described as furloughed. One of the criteria that employers and employees are required to abide by to benefit from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – that funds furloughed employees – is that employees cannot work whilst furloughed. Which begs the question,

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Why pay your bills early?

11/05/2020

If your suppliers offer you goods or services on credit, this will have a beneficial impact on your cashflow. You will have had the benefit of using the goods or services supplied, and the funds to pay for them, initially, stay in your bank account. This benefit can be multiplied if you are able to convert the supplies into cash sales as

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Additional funding for SMEs in Scotland

05/05/2020

The Scottish Government has announced a new £100 million package of additional grant support for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) and newly self-employed people. The money is allocated to three separate funds. The funds opened for applications on 30 April 2020 with the first funds expected to be paid out in early May. The

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Directors paid annually – furlough update

05/05/2020

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme allows employers to claim cash grants of up to 80% of wages (capped at £2,500) for furloughed workers. In the most recent update to HRMC’s guidance there is a clarification relevant to directors that are paid annually. The guidance confirms that company directors who are paid annually are

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Lifetime ISA rules changed

05/05/2020

The Lifetime ISA allows those aged between 18 and 40 to save for a new home or for their retirement. Under the scheme, the government provides a 25% bonus on yearly savings of up to £4,000 and once you start saving before you are 40, you can continue using the scheme until you turn 50. The money held in a Lifetime ISA can be used to

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Low interest rate for Bounce Back Loans

05/05/2020

The Bounce Back Loans scheme first announced by the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, in late April was launched on 4 May 2020. The new 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 loans come with a 100% government guarantee and businesses can

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