More than 50,000 people claim working from home tax relief through HM Revenue & Customs online portal

13 Nov 2020

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has received more than 50,000 claims for tax relief for working from home since opening a new online portal on 1 October. Since the start of the current tax year on 6 April 2020, employers have been permitted to pay employees up to £6 a week in respect of the […]

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A quarter of businesses don’t think they will be ready for post-Brexit Britain

13 Nov 2020

A survey of almost a thousand company directors by the Institute of Directors (IoD) has found that nearly a quarter of businesses are not prepared for Brexit and do not expect to be ready by the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020. A further 21 per cent said they were still not […]

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Homebuyers need to start purchases this month to take advantage of Stamp Duty savings

13 Nov 2020

Thousands of people across the UK have purchased new homes to take advantage of the Government’s Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) holiday, but Legal & General Mortgage Club has warned a backlog in the sales and mortgage process means that sales need to be completed quickly. The SDLT holiday announced earlier this year, ends in March […]

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Annual Investment Allowance – Time is running out

23 Oct 2020

Since 1 January 2019, the Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) for capital allowances has been £1 million – helping businesses to invest tax efficiently. However, from 1 January 2021, the AIA will fall back to just £200,000, reducing the amount of tax that can potentially be saved. By using the AIA, businesses can claim against most […]

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Time to prepare (once again) for the VAT reverse charge

23 Oct 2020

In just a few months, more than 150,000 businesses connected to the construction industry will have to make a fundamental change to how they manage their VAT affairs. Although the world has been in lockdown, and with it, parts of the construction sector, the Government still intends to launch the VAT domestic reverse charge for […]

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Companies House reforms to combat fraud and assist businesses

23 Oct 2020

Companies House, the UK’s register of company information, is to be reformed under new plans designed to prevent fraud and money laundering. As part of the reforms, directors will have to have their identity verified by Companies House before they can be appointed. The amendment will increase the accuracy of data that Companies House holds, […]

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New Coronavirus regulations place self-isolation obligations on employers

23 Oct 2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) Regulations 2020 came into effect on 28 September 2020 and place new obligations on employers in relation to self-isolation. Regulation 7 creates a new offence of knowingly permitting a worker, including agency workers, to attend a place other than where they are self-isolating. This affects workers who are self-isolating […]

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Businesses may be entitled to insurance pay-out after important judgment

23 Oct 2020

A new judgment at the High Court has clarified that policyholders denied business interruption (BI) insurance claims due to COVID-19 may be due compensation. In an important test case, brought by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the court has found in favour of BI policyholders after many insurers denied pay-outs, claiming that the pandemic was […]

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Four in five SMEs are confident over their Coronavirus recovery

09 Sep 2020

Four in five UK small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are confident that they will recover from the Coronavirus pandemic, according to research by Starling Bank and the Great British Entrepreneur Awards. The data indicates that 75 per cent of business owners are feeling more confident than they did in July as lockdown measures ease. While […]

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Key dates for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

09 Sep 2020

As the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is slowly wound down by the Government, businesses must adapt their PAYE reporting and payroll function to reflect the required funding contributions. To help, we have provided a list of key dates for September and the following months to ensure you are prepared for the changes ahead: 1 […]

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