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30th November 2020 Utilising the share premium account

For some privately owned companies, negative profit and loss reserves means that they are unable to pay out dividends as they do not have enough distributable reserves. However, they might have a significant share premium reserve, which is a non-distributable reserve. The Companies Act 2006 allows a private company to utilise the share premium account…

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25th November 2020 ‘Tis the season to be Zooming

It seems that HMRC have heard about our disappointment with Christmas parties being cancelled this year…   The Employment Income Manual EIM21690 has been updated to incorporate the news that virtual events can be included when considering the £150 per person benefit in kind exemption for annual functions.   The event should be an annual…

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23rd November 2020 Brexit – make sure you’re ready

The Brexit transition period ends on 31 December 2020.   There will be significant changes to the way that Import and Export business is conducted and the documentation needed, even if a Free Trade Agreement is ultimately reached with the EU.   Time is running out to consider the impact of the changes on your…

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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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9th October 2020 Pre-Packs: All change?

After many years of perceived abuse, the Government has announced that they are soon to introduce new laws to require stricter, independent, scrutiny (by an ‘Evaluator’) where connected parties purchase a failed business out of  administration (a Pre-pack). In announcing the move, the government said that while pre-pack administration sales are widely considered to be…

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18th August 2020 SME Growth: where next?

As UK GDP growth for the first two quarters of 2020 turns negative, COVID-19 has officially tipped us back into recession. As expected. SME’s were already struggling to find growth, mainly due to Brexit, so business owners will now be wondering what their own growth will look like: Source Data The answer is complicated. Some…

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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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8th July 2020 Summer Budget: What’s in it for SME’s?

As we all slowly unwind from Coronavirus lock-down and the end of furlough support rapidly approaches, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has taken the unusual step of making fiscal announcements in the Summer, to try and head off a recession. New initiatives, of interest to SME’s, include:   Job Retention Bonus – £1,000 bonus paid per employee…

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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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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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