Chancellor gives new lifeline

The UK’s furlough scheme is winding down. But with local lockdowns and new cases of COVID-19 in a state of escalation, Sept 24th was the chosen apt time for Chancellor Rishi Sunak to step to the podium once again. The reason? The announcement of his ‘Winter Economy Plan’. Not intended to be a direct extension …

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Video-witnessed wills become legal in England and Wales

The witnessing of wills over video-conferencing platforms in England and Wales has been temporarily legalised, the Government has confirmed. The law still requires a will to be made “in the presence of” at least two witnesses to be legally valid, while the use of video should be a last resort.  However, some people have understandably …

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Getting on top of self-assessment

Why 2019/20 is the year to get it done early. With everything that’s happened so far this year, it might be easy to forget your obligations to file a tax return for 2019/20 by midnight on 31 January 2021. The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent economic crisis has caused chaos with businesses up and down the …

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Maintaining your NIC contributions record during Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has meant that many people will suffer a reduction in income in 2020/21. Not all individuals are eligible for support under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme or the Self-Employment Income Support scheme, and those who are eligible for the grants will not generally receive their full pay. Where income drops this may …

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Extracting income from a family company with no retained profits

The Covid-19 pandemic has had an adverse effect on millions of family companies, potentially reducing or eliminating profits. Where there is cash in the business that can be withdrawn, possibly because the business has received a Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan or a Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan, and the family need to withdraw funds to meet …

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Claiming the second grant under the SEISS

Claims for the second grant under the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) can be made from 17 August 2020 onwards. Who can claim? A self-employed individual or member of a partnership who meets the eligibility criteria and whose business has been adversely affected by Coronavirus on or after 14 July 2020 can claim the second …

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Tax implications of providing PPE to employees

The Covid-19 pandemic has seen many employees being required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) at work. The way in which this is provided and the extent that it is needed to enable the employee to undertake the duties of their employment will determine the associated tax implications. HMRC have published guidance on the treatment …

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Bonus for retaining staff when CJRS comes to an end

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has provided a lifeline to millions of employees and their employers during the Covid-19 pandemic. As at 19 July 2020, 9.5 million employees had been furloughed by 1.2 million employers, benefitting from support totalling £29.5 billion. As with all good things, the CJRS must come to an end. The …

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Corporate tax planning in 2020/21

Managing and planning during COVID-19. Even among those who follow good tax-planning practice and maintain forecasts running several years forward, it is unlikely that many foresaw the dramatic end to the 2019/20 tax year. With the arrival of COVID-19 and the subsequent lockdown, the economy shrank a record 20.4% in April 2020, and 19.1% in …

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