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8th January 2021 Wrongful Trading Liability Suspension – Renewed 26 November 2020

In March 2020 the Government temporarily suspended wrongful trading provisions until 30 September 2020.   The purpose of this measure had been to ensure that company directors could continue to operate during Covid-19 without worrying about becoming personally liable for wrongful trading.   On 26 November 2020, following the 2nd lock down, new legislation came…

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4th January 2021 Coronavirus loan scheme deadline extended

On 17th December the government announced a further extension to the Coronavirus Business Interruption Scheme loans (CBILS) – meaning that businesses now have until 31st March 2021 (previously 31st January) to apply.   This welcome announcement means that more businesses will be able to enter the loan scheme, benefitting from the needed funds during these…

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8th December 2020 BREXIT: Is your SME ready?

As 1-Jan-21 draws ever nearer what changes should your SME business prepare to adopt ready for Brexit: Exporting Goods to the EU  Despatches are renamed exports. Apply for an EORI number (which will look something like: GB123456789123). Check whether what you sell is a restricted good that requires an export licence. Check whether there are…

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7th December 2020 Farming Update: Winter Newsletter

Whitings Farming Group publish their half yearly commentary on what’s topical in the agriculture sector: Click Here (for edition 17) Blog Entry by: James Cater

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7th December 2020 Prevention of abuse of R&D tax credit refunds for small and medium sized companies

From 1 April 2021, HMRC are to introduce a limit on the amount of payable tax credits which can be claimed by a loss-making company. The refund will be restricted to £20,000 plus 300% of its PAYE and NIC liability for the period. Where the accounting year straddles 1 April 2021, the company will be…

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7th December 2020 Company accounts – do you know your new filing deadline?

As a response to COVID-19, earlier this year the Government announced a temporary extension to the filing deadline of certain documents that are filed at Companies House. Private companies whose annual accounts filing deadline fell between 27 June 2020 and 5 April 2021 were given an additional three months to prepare and file their accounts.…

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7th December 2020 Covid-19 – Support for the hospitality and tourism industries extended

In response to the continuing Coronavirus health emergency, the Government has extended the period during which the reduced rate of VAT will apply to the hospitality and tourism industries.  The reduced rate of VAT, which came into force on 15 July 2020, will continue to apply until 31 March 2021. As a result, VAT at…

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7th December 2020 Extension to Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The Government has announced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be extended until the end of April 2021. The Government has reviewed the terms of the scheme and confirmed that the claim will remain at the current level of 80% of an employee’s usual wage for the hours not worked up to a maximum of…

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4th December 2020 Agriculture Act 2020 – Changes to subsidies for agriculture

Following the publication of the Agriculture Act 2020 it is now clearer how subsidies to agriculture are going to change, with the first predominant feature being the running down of the Single Farm Payment regime. For farmers in parts of Norfolk and Suffolk there is opportunity to tender to participate in a £320,000 project to…

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4th December 2020 Have you considered these areas ahead of Brexit?

Whether a trade deal has been reached or not, the UK will leave the EU’s Single Market on the 31st December 2020. In order to reduce the impact of changes SMEs are faced with, there are a few key areas that need to be considered:   Engage with your suppliers Make sure you define customs…

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