Business insurance rates are on the rise

The impact of the pandemic has been felt in many different ways. Some of the effects have been quite immediate, but now many businesses are starting to see how the events of the last year are affecting their annual business insurance rates as well. Before COVID-19 struck, there were already a number of factors adversely impacting the insurance industry and the market has steadily deteriorated

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The advantages of electric vehicle salary sacrifice schemes

Businesses looking to reward and retain staff members may wish to consider offering an electric vehicle (EV) salary sacrifice scheme. Not only are many EVs better for the environment, but they could also offer businesses considerable savings. Businesses can use employee salary sacrifice – similar to schemes offered for pension contributions, cycle to work schemes and childcare vouchers – to fund the purchase of new

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Consultations on future of Companies House could see filing deadlines slashed

A set of consultations on the future of Companies House published in December 2020, include proposals for mandatory digital filing, requirements to tag accountants digitally with IXBRL and shortening filing deadlines to three months for public companies and six months for private companies. The Department for Business and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is also seeking feedback on extending the powers of Companies House to allow it

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Voluntary and compulsory strike-off processes paused in response to national lockdown

Companies House will pause both the voluntary and compulsory strike-off processes for one month from 21 January until 21 February to support businesses affected by COVID-19, it has been announced. The extended measure comes in response to delays to the system caused by the third national lockdown. In a notice to customers, Companies House said reduced resources have led to delays in processing correspondence, documents

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Large and medium-sized businesses need to be ready for IR35

Large and medium-sized businesses now just have a couple of months left to prepare for the changes to the off-payroll working rules (IR35). From 6 April 2021, in most cases, the engager (employer) will be responsible for deciding whether to deduct tax and National Insurance Contribution (NICs) from freelancers and contractors, operating via a Personal Service Company (PSC), as if they were employees. The new

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The VAT Reverse Charge for the Construction Industry Scheme – Are you ready?

From 1 March 2021, businesses within the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) must record, report and pay VAT under the new VAT domestic reverse charge rules. This change affects both contractors and subcontractors and the supply of certain kinds of construction services in the UK. Under the new rules, VAT registered subcontractors who provide a service and any related goods to a VAT-registered contractor who is

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Basic rate taxpayers could face ‘high income’ child benefit charge

Due to a mismatch of earnings thresholds, basic rate taxpayers may unexpectedly come under the scope of the High Income Child Benefit Charge in April. The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) has issued a warning to families that they may be subject to a tax charge when claiming Child Benefit due to a discrepancy between two earnings thresholds used by the Government. This is

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VAT – Post-Brexit arrangements

The latest guidance on VAT on imports and services to and from the EU is complex and businesses need to account for this in their trading. To help we have provided a brief summary below, but we highly recommend you seek additional advice. Import VAT  Goods that move into the UK from the EU from 1 January 2021 onwards will be considered imports, meaning import

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FSB proposes move to turn Covid emergency debt into shared ownership schemes

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is calling on the Government to introduce new measures to help companies struggling with COVID-related debt, including employee shared ownership. The FSB has said that businesses are facing “unmanageable” levels of Coronavirus debt – with four out of 10 small businesses describing their indebtedness in this way. Already nearly half of those surveyed in the FSB’s latest study had

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