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31st July 2020 New grant for employing apprentices

A new scheme which will be launched next Monday, 3rd August to support non-levy paying businesses which recruit new apprentices aged 16-24.   The scheme is called Recruit – Retain – Reward and is provided by the apprenticeship teams at Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils.  It will pay the following:   £1,000 to businesses taking…

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22nd July 2020 Government sets out draft agenda for a 21st century tax system

Today the government has set out its draft agenda for a 21st century tax system, they say these are the next steps in an ambitious plan to create a modernised digital tax system fit for the modern world.   This is part of the Treasury’s long term tax digitisation plan, which is designed to increase…

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22nd July 2020 Are you MTD compliant?

Over the last week or two HMRC have begun getting in touch with small businesses across the UK who are not complying with Making Tax Digital (MTD) but are required by law to do so.  These businesses need to take action now to avoid any potential penalties being levied.   If you are a VAT…

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17th July 2020 Talent Retention Scheme set to aid growth in the construction industry

As the country starts to emerge from the Coronavirus pandemic where many businesses have simply been striving to survive, the new focus is likely to become one of growth.  Many bodies and institutions around the world are therefore looking to offer help in bringing the economy up to full speed again and ensuring that it…

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9th July 2020 REMINDER – Deadline for SEISS grant is 13 July 2020

Further to my blog on 22 June 2020 (please see below), just a reminder that the deadline for applying for the first SEISS grant is 13 July.   Those eligible under the Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will be able to claim a second and final grant in August 2020.The grant will be worth 70%…

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9th July 2020 VAT savings for the hospitality and tourism industries

As part of the Government’s measures to try to stimulate the economy, the Chancellor has announced a reduction in the rate of VAT payable by the hospitality and tourism industries.   From 15‌‌‌ ‌July 2020 until 12‌‌‌ ‌January 2021, the rate of VAT will be reduced to 5% on any eat-in or hot takeaway food…

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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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