SME confidence is on the rise as employers make plans to expand their workforce

Official research has found increasing confidence amongst SME employers, with 26 per cent saying they expect to increase their employee headcounts over the coming year. The findings from the Small Business Survey, carried out by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), show that the number of small employers – those with fewer … Continue reading

New weapons in the war on cybercrime

It is a nightmare that plagues both business and private users alike, but cyber security experts are continuing to fight back against the online crooks using email scams targeting their organisations. The UK’S cyber police force, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), has published guidance for businesses on a new reporting tool that can be … Continue reading

Frustrated SMEs turning to unsecured loans to grow businesses

As the UK emerges from the economic crisis caused by the pandemic there are many positive indicators of financial recovery, such as a fall in COVID-induced public spending, a rise in job vacancies and a decline in unemployment, all of which are encouraging businesses to grow. The economic indicators are good news for SMEs with … Continue reading

HMRC auto-correcting 2020-21 SEISS tax returns

Where grants claimed under the self-employment income support scheme (SEISS) do not correspond with records held by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), it will auto-correct 2020-21 tax returns and issue a new SA302 calculation to both taxpayer and acting agent. Corrections may be necessitated if: The grant amount was omitted; The amount received appears in … Continue reading

Taxman says help available as debt collection resumes

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has warned that debt collection will resume as the UK emerges from the pandemic and it will be contacting taxpayers who have fallen behind with their taxes. During the Coronavirus crisis, HMRC tax debt collection was paused as businesses grappled with the disruption caused by the pandemic. However, on 30 … Continue reading

Super-deduction gives businesses confidence to grow

As the UK economy gets back to full speed and confidence grows amongst small businesses, the impact of the ‘super-deduction’ and the ‘special rate allowance (SRA)’ should encourage even stronger growth. The super-deduction will allow companies to cut their tax bill by up to 25p for every £1 they invest, ensuring the UK capital allowances … Continue reading