Businesses can still access the Recovery Loan Scheme

Businesses affected by Coronavirus can still access the Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS) launched in April, despite the closure of applications for other Government loan schemes, including the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS). The RLS opened for application on 6 April 2021, following the closure of several other Government loan schemes on 31 March 2021. Finance worth up to £10 million, backed by a Government

Read more…

Fifth round of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme to launch in late July

The fifth round of the Government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will launch in late July, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has confirmed. This round of the SEISS will differ from previous rounds as it will be paid at two different rates, which depend on the reduction in turnover a self-employed individual experienced in the year from April 2020 to April 2021. Those whose turnover

Read more…

Government extends ban on commercial evictions until March 2022

The Treasury has reassured many distressed business owners by confirming that a moratorium on commercial evictions introduced in April 2020 will now be extended for another year. The ban, introduced more than a year ago, has already been extended twice and was due to expire at the end of June but will now remain in place until at least March 2022. Under the temporary rules,

Read more…

CJRS – Upcoming changes to payments and the furlough scheme

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) continues to support many businesses, who are reliant on the financial support it offers to cover the costs of staff on furlough. Extended earlier this year in the Budget, support from the CJRS will slowly be withdrawn in the next three months before closing altogether at the end of September. The withdrawal of this scheme could have a substantial

Read more…

Bank of England and CBI expect the biggest rise in economy for decades

Both the Bank of England and the UK’s leading business members’ organisation believe the economy is set to take off after the vaccine bump. GDP (Gross Domestic Product) is expected to rise sharply in the second quarter as lockdown eases. Bank economists say this is a result of the vaccine rollout and the fastest predicted economic growth for decades. Adding to its report, the Bank

Read more…

Tax saving strategies for landlords

Putting together an efficient tax strategy should be a no-brainer for buy-to-let landlords seeking to maximise their income. It may not be quite as glamorous as hunting down the perfect property, but when it comes to saving cash, it can make a huge difference to your bottom line. There are several ways you can reduce your tax bill, so you could: Set up a limited

Read more…

New recommendations in sweeping CGT review

The second part of a sweeping review of Capital Gains Tax (CGT) has been published with 14 key recommendations. In July 2020, the Chancellor asked the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) to carry out a review, to “identify opportunities relating to administrative and technical issues as well as areas where the present rules can distort behaviour or do not meet their policy intent”. Given the

Read more…

Carry back scheme brings welcome relief for business

For many businesses, the pandemic has turned the world on its head, with many who might have expected to be profitable experiencing a loss. Sometimes losses happen simply because the business is very new, or because costs have unexpectedly risen. However, COVID-19 has thrown another dimension into the mix, seeing thousands of companies fail to turn a profit due to closures and restrictions placed on

Read more…

Beware of the HMRC scammers, but ignoring calls can be costly

There are many problems associated with the pandemic, apart from the obvious one of the illness caused by the virus itself. Conmen and scammers have taken advantage of the situation, bombarding people and businesses with bogus claims about tax owed in the hope that just a few respond. For businesses, the accountant is the first and last line of defence and can save you thousands

Read more…