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17th November 2020 Staff Redundancies and the Employer Allowance

Many small to medium sized companies have made use of the £4,000 employer allowance (EA) rebate so far this tax year. However, with the somewhat uncertain times companies are facing at the moment, the number of redundancies made has unfortunately seen a significant increase.   A change in the EA rules for 2020-21 saw companies…

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16th November 2020 The Christmas party is cancelled?!

With many Christmas parties being cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic you may be wondering how you can say ‘Merry Christmas’ to your staff this year.   Did you know there are no tax implications on gifts classed as a  ‘trivial benefit’ where all of the following conditions are met: it cost £50 or less…

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12th November 2020 Companies House urges all companies to go paperless

Companies House have recently announced that they have stopped their paper service which includes paper reminders to file Confirmation Statements and Annual Accounts.   You can register with Companies House to receive electronic reminders and thereby reduce the chance of late filing which can result in penalties being levied.   Please see below link on…

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11th November 2020 Good debt vs. Bad debt

It has never been easier for businesses to get a loan following the introduction of the Bounce Back Loan (BBL) scheme. The scheme has been extended to 31 January 2021 and businesses will now be able to apply for top-ups if they have not previously taken the full amount available.   But what is the…

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5th November 2020 Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) Extension

Following from October’s announcement that the CJRS would be extended by a further month, the government has today declared a further extension through to 31st March 2021.   Full guidance for the extension will be published on 10th November, but as things stand claims to 31st January will be paid at 80% of an employee’s…

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2nd November 2020 Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) Decrease

The annual investment allowance (AIA) limit is currently due to decrease from £1 million to £200,000 from 1 January 2021. Many businesses will have deferred decisions about purchasing capital equipment this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to a number of professional bodies urging the Chancellor to postpone this decrease. However, it…

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27th October 2020 Updated Job Support Scheme (JSS)

The new Job Support Scheme (JSS) replaces the Furlough scheme from November 1st, 2020. Under JSS claims can only be made in arrears and the first claims can only be made after December 8th, 2020. This means that any employers trying to claim for weekly payrolls may have to wait 5 weeks before they receive…

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20th October 2020 Indexation Relief: Bank it

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has been in consultation with individuals, businesses as well as professional advisers – including accountancy bodies – to review the capital gains tax system and see whether there is any scope to simplify the current tax system. The consultation process closes on 9th November 2020.   Speculation has been…

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15th October 2020 Job Retention Bonus (JRS)

HMRC have announced more details on the Job Retention Bonus scheme they set forth in July. The JRS allows an employer to claim a one-off payment of £1000 per employee furloughed and claimed for through the CJRS and kept employed until at least 31st January. This money is to be paid to the employer and…

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12th October 2020 AGM deadline extension for Charities

Due to Coronavirus, the Charity Commission had previously released guidance allowing Charities to postpone their scheduled AGMs to 30th September 2020, and allowing them to be held digitally.   This guidance has now been updated to allow postponement of AGMs to 30th December 2020.   The updated guidance can be viewed at – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-the-charity-sector  

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