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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Requests for exemption from publication of furlough claims must be submitted by Monday 25 January

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has confirmed that the final deadline for employers to request an exemption from the publication of furlough claims will be this coming Monday 25 January 2021. Shortly after it was announced in the autumn that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) would be extended and reset to resemble the original scheme launched in March 2020, HMRC said it would begin

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Insurance industry to pay out on COVID-19 business interruption claims

More than 370,000 small businesses in England and Wales could be due a payout on their business interruption insurance after the Supreme Court ruled in favour of payments being made on previously refused claims and policies. A number of insurers have lost an appeal against an earlier ruling, brought in a test case by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), which required them to payout on

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Are you making full use of the Government’s COVID-19 financial support package?

Download our latest guide to make sure you are taking advantage of the support on offer As we enter yet another national lockdown, businesses may be concerned about their ability to survive and succeed in the weeks and months ahead. The level of support on offer from the Government and local authorities is unprecedented via the various grants, loans and payment holidays now available. To

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Chancellor announces grants worth up to £9,000 for businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has announced a package of one-off grants worth between £4,000 and £9,000 for businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors, following the announcement of a nationwide lockdown in England lasting until at least mid-February. The new scheme will be accessed through local authorities and offers funding based on the rateable value of a closed business’s premises: £4,000 for businesses with

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