Covid-19

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New legislation introduced to protect redundancy pay of furloughed workers

The Government has announced that from 31 July 2020 any furloughed worker that is made redundant will receive a payment based on their normal wage rather than the reduced rate of pay they may have received under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). Reports of a small number of employers taking advantage of the Coronavirus […]

Government confirms Job Retention Bonus of £1,000

During the Summer Economic Update, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced his Plan for Jobs, which included a new incentive for users of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) to keep furloughed workers employed until January 2021. The Job Retention Bonus (JRB) will encourage employers to bring back furloughed employees by allowing them to claim a […]

Upcoming key dates for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

In the next few weeks, employers may need to submit additional information or change the way they manage their Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) claims. To help you prepare, here are some key dates and actions you may need to take: 31 July 2020 – Submit your CJRS claim for periods ending on or before […]

Paying for COVID-19: Government begins exploring tax take back

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has commissioned the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) to undertake a review into how Capital Gains Tax (CGT) is paid by small businesses and individuals. It is estimated that the UK Government has already incurred hundreds of billions of pounds in costs in its economic fight against the Coronavirus and it […]

Government confirms the next steps for the digitisation of taxation

The Treasury has released new details on the next steps it intends to take as part of its long-term tax digitisation plan. Its timeline for a modernised digital tax system will see HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC) Making Tax Digital (MTD) programme gradually extended over the next few years to cover most businesses. Under the […]

Download our updated Coronavirus Support grids

Following the Chancellor’s Summer Economic Update on Wednesday 8 July, we have comprehensively updated our Coronavirus Support Grid and our Coronavirus Support Timeframes. Together, the grids offer a helpful overview to the support available at any given time, with substantial changes to the availability of different schemes over the coming weeks and months. View the […]

Coronavirus apprenticeships guidance updated

Updated guidance from the Department for Education on apprenticeships during the Coronavirus crisis has been published and contains a number of announcements relating to employment arrangements for apprentices. These updates include confirmation that: Apprentices aged 19 and older can begin to resume on-site training; Apprentices who are made redundant but continue their study element can […]

HM Revenue & Customs updates Self-Employment Income Support Scheme guidance

Ahead of the second round of funding for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) opening for applications on 17 August, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has updated its guidance documents relating to the scheme. The first round of applications for SEISS grants closed on Monday 13 July 2020 and had allowed self-employed individuals to claim […]

Reminder: Deferral of second payment on account

Those facing financial difficulty as a result of COVID-19 are being reminded that they can defer their second 2019/20 self-assessment payment on account, normally due at the end of July, until 31 January 2021. To benefit from this deferral, taxpayers do not need to contact HMRC. Simply by not paying their tax bill due by […]

HM Revenue & Customs confirms first arrest in connection with furlough fraud

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has revealed that a 57-year-old man from Solihull in the West Midlands was arrested on 8 July on suspicion of a £495,000 furlough fraud relating to claims from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). HMRC says he is the first person to have been arrested in connection with fraudulent claims […]