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Prepare accounts quickly

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As most self-employed readers will be aware, Self-Assessment tax and NIC payments on account are based on profits earned in the previous tax year and balancing payments due are not payable until the 31 January following the tax year end date. From a ... read more

What is solvency?

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During periods when demand for your goods and services drop – for example, if your business has been closed down or adversely affected by the recent COVID-19 outbreak – your sales and incoming cash receipts tend to drop at a faster rate ... read more

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – update for directors

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HMRC’s guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has recently been updated. HMRC will reimburse 80% of furloughed workers' wage costs, capped at £2,500 per month per employee. The scheme will run for at least 3 months, ... read more

CJRS – how to treat employees

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The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) allows UK employers to access government support to help retain staff that they would otherwise may have considered laying-off, reducing pay / hours or making redundant. If your employee is furloughed, they ... read more

National Minimum Wage and training time

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An interesting quirk of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is that furloughed workers are not entitled to the minimum wage. HMRC's guidance categorically states that 'individuals are only entitled to the National Living Wage (NLW)/National ... read more

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

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Small-and medium-sized businesses and employers can reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid for sickness absence due to COVID-19. You are eligible for the scheme if your business is UK based, small or medium-sized and employs fewer than 250 employees ... read more

Tax relief for working from home

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If your employer has requested that you work from home you can claim tax relief for some of the bills you pay that are related to your work. These tax reliefs have always been available, but as many of us are now being instructed to work from home, a ... read more

Self-employed COVID-19 support

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If you are self-employed and qualify for the Self-employment Income Support Scheme you will receive a cash grant from HMRC based on 80% of profits, capped at £2,500 per month. The initial grant will be for the three months, from 1 March through ... read more

Commercial tenants protected from evictions

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The government has confirmed that there will be an eviction freeze for commercial tenants who miss rent payments as a result of the Coronavirus crisis. The protection for businesses on commercial leases is one of the measures in the Coronavirus Act ... read more

Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme

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The Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS) will be made available to enable banks to make loans of up to £25m (the present limit for the smaller scheme is £5m). This will allow firms with an annual turnover of ... read more
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