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3rd July 2020 31 July: Is full amount of income tax payable?

Many taxpayers who are required to file a self-assessment tax return to HM Revenue & Customs should now be preparing for their next half-yearly tax payment which is due by 31st July. The amount payable is the second payment-on-account for the 2019/20 tax year and is automatically calculated as half of the total tax liability…

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2nd July 2020 Covid Charity update

Many of the charities we support have been concerned about the impact of Coronavirus, and have understandably had many questions with regards to support and how to manage the charity.   Below is some of the latest government guidance (as of 26th June 2020) with regards to some of the most frequently asked questions that…

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30th June 2020 New electrical safety regulations for all landlords

While the Coronavirus pandemic holds our attention it is easy to overlook other changes taking place in its shadow. From 1 June 2020 new electrical safety regulations have come into force which apply to all new lettings of dwellings; from 1 July 2020 (tomorrow!) the regulations will be extended to cover all existing lettings of…

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29th June 2020 Companies House automatically extend year end

On 25 June 2020, the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 received Royal assent.  As a result, Companies House have announced that for eligible companies they will automatically extend the filing deadline for 3 months because of Covid-19.  These are for companies with a filing deadline between 26 March 2020 and 29 September 2020.  This…

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29th June 2020 Guidance on pension scheme financial reports and audit featuring Covid-19

A joint guidance has been published by ICAS, ICAEW and PRAG on pension scheme financial reports and audit, with a large focus on Covid-19 matters.   The impact of Covid-19 pandemic on the control environment of pension schemes is explored, to help auditors navigate the additional challenges they are likely to experience and help them…

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26th June 2020 Delaying Import duty and VAT

HMRC have implemented measures to assist businesses that are registered importers who pay VAT and Duty at the time of import and are facing financial difficulties as a direct result of Coronavirus.   What to do if you’re a Duty deferment account holder   You can contact HMRC for approval to enter into an extended…

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24th June 2020 Disclosures required for government grants

Government grants are much more common recently, due to the various aid offered during the Coronavirus pandemic. Beforehand, only a small proportion of companies would have received a grant from the government, but it is now expected that most companies will have some sort of grant included in their 2020 accounts.   What wording is…

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24th June 2020 Accounting for government financial support during the Coronavirus pandemic

Many companies have been receiving financial support from the government during the Coronavirus pandemic, either through the furlough/job retention scheme, rates relief or grants.   The technical advice   Under UK accounting standards, income from the government should be recognised under one of two models, based on the nature of the grant as follows:  …

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23rd June 2020 COVID-19 – Reminder to reinstate VAT direct debit

Many businesses have taken advantage of HMRC’s concession to defer VAT payments falling due between 20 March and 30 June 2020.  If you have used this concession, and as a result cancelled your direct debit, do not forget to reinstate the direct debit mandate in time for any VAT payments falling due on or after…

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22nd June 2020 COVID-19 – Potential to advance the opportunity to reclaim corporation tax

To reflect the exceptional trading position many companies find themselves in during the Covid-10 pandemic, HMRC has updated its internal guidance regarding companies making claims for repayments of corporation tax based on anticipated losses, and claiming a repayment of corporation tax paid under the quarterly instalments regime.  Companies wishing to make such a claim will…

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