Social distancing at work

May 21st, 2020

The following guidelines have been released to cover social distancing concerns if working in offices or call centres. The objective being to maintain 2m social distancing whenever possible. The published guidelines are: You must maintain social distancing in the workplace wherever possible. Where the social distancing guidelines cannot be followed in full in relation to […]

Title: Coronavirus – Business support updates 19 May 2020

May 19th, 2020

Trade credit insurance guarantee Last week, the government announced that businesses with supply chains that rely on Trade Credit Insurance, and who are experiencing difficulties maintaining cover due to coronavirus disruption, will get support from government. In a news story released 13 May 2020, the Treasury said: Trade Credit Insurance provides cover to hundreds of […]

Six-month extension to MOT dates

May 18th, 2020

A reminder that if you need to renew your vehicle MOT after 30 March 2020, the usual annual renewal date should have been extended by six-months. Conditions that apply are: Eligibility Your MOT certificate will be extended by six-months if it was due to expire on or after 30 March 2020 and your vehicle is […]

Coronavirus – Business support updates 13 May 2020

May 13th, 2020

Easing back from lock-down Boris Johnson made his long-awaited statement on the government’s plans to ease lock-down (7pm, Sunday 10 May 2020). No great surprises and we have included a brief business-related summary in this post. In his address he said: And the first step is a change of emphasis that we hope that people […]

Claiming tax relief for home office expenses

May 7th, 2020

In the past, claims for the costs of home office furniture and other equipment has been difficult to obtain unless your employer dictates that you must work from home. With the advent of lock-down and working from home now mandated for a large proportion of the working population, HMRC are being inundated with claims. Employees […]

Tax Diary May/June 2020

May 5th, 2020

1 May 2020 – Due date for corporation tax due for the year ended 30 July 2019. 19 May 2020 – PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 May 2020. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 May 2020). 19 May 2020 – Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly […]

Companies House support for ailing businesses

May 5th, 2020

The following announcement was recently made by Companies House: Businesses will be given additional support to help them meet their legal responsibilities under changes announced today (16 April 2020). Companies House will temporarily pause the strike off process to prevent companies being dissolved. This will give businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak the time they […]

Claiming Child Benefits for new-borns

May 5th, 2020

General Register Offices are currently operating with reduced capacity and with government guidance to social distance and stay at home, new parents are advised not to visit them. They can however still claim Child Benefit without having to register their child’s birth first to ensure that they do not miss out. If they already claim […]

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

May 5th, 2020

There has been considerable commentary in the media about this support initiative as business owners – struggling to cope with the reduction in their cash resources due to the COVID-19 outbreak – are finding it difficult to secure support from their bank. Readers will be encouraged by the Chancellor’s recent comments when he confirmed that […]

Self-employment income support scheme

May 5th, 2020

If you are eligible, payments under the above scheme are due to be made by HMRC next month, June 2020. Readers who need financial support at an earlier date can still apply for Universal Credits as an interim measure. Who can claim under SEISS? To qualify for a payment under SEISS you will need to […]