HMRC contacts self-employed individuals who could be eligible for fourth SEISS grant

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is now contacting self-employed individuals who could be eligible for the fourth round of the Government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). The fourth round of the scheme covers the period from 1 February 2021 to 30 April 2021 and is worth 80 per cent of three months’ average trading profits, paid in a single instalment capped at £7,500. HMRC is

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Furlough scheme guidance updated

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has published a series of updates to its guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), more commonly known as the ‘furlough scheme’. The updates cover the changes to the scheme as it is extended from 1 May 2021 to 30 September 2021. The guidance confirms that new employees who have not previously been eligible for furlough can be furloughed

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New claims needed to continue receiving working from home tax relief

Employees who are continuing to work from home as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic and whose expenses have not been reimbursed by their employers should make new claims to continue receiving working from home tax relief. This is because claims made in the 2020-21 tax year, which ended on 5 April 2021, will not be carried over automatically to the current 2021-22 tax year.

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Coronavirus Restart Grant

Businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care and accommodation sectors can now access one-off cash grants of up to £18,000 from their local council. The Restart Grant scheme opened nationally on 1 April 2021 and is now being rolled out by local authorities across England. Eligible businesses will be paid: a one-off grant of up to £6,000 in the non-essential retail sector a one-off grant

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VAT Deferral New Payment Scheme goes live

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has announced that its online VAT Deferral New Payment Scheme is now open for applications to help businesses arrange smaller monthly repayments of deferred VAT. Under the New Payment Scheme, you can repay VAT deferred between 20 March and 30 June 2020 in up to 11 instalments from March 2021 (the length of repayment and number of instalments will depend

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Self-Assessment late payment penalties relaxed but interest still accrues

Following HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC) announcement that it is waiving late filing penalties for Self-Assessment taxpayers who file by 28 February, it has now announced that it is waiving the five per cent late payment penalty that usually applies from 3 March for taxpayers who pay or set up a payment plan by 1 April 2021. Self-Assessment taxpayers who are unable to pay all

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COVID-19 Bounce Back Loan repayment period extended

The Government has announced changes to the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) available to small businesses in the UK that will give companies longer to repay what they have borrowed. Around 1.4 million small and medium-sized businesses have taken out a loan since they were introduced last year, amounting to around £45 billion of financial support. Under the current scheme, firms get interest-free loans for

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HM Revenue & Customs waives late filing penalties for Self-Assessment taxpayers who file by 28 February – but payment deadline remains

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has announced that any Self-Assessment taxpayers who miss the 31 January 2021 tax return deadline will not receive late filing penalties if they file online by 28 February 2021, although the 31 January 2021 payment deadline remains. Taxpayers who do not pay any outstanding balance on their 2019-20 tax bill by 31 January 2021 will be charged interest from 1

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Only a few days are left to submit applications for the third SEISS grant

Any applications for the latest round of the Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) must be submitted by the deadline on 29 January 2021. This grant offers a taxable support payment equal to 80 per cent of the average of three months’ trading profits (up to a maximum of £7,500) to eligible individuals. If you believe that you are eligible for this grant, you should

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