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Venues required to record contact details
24/09/2020 - More...
It has become a requirement for premises and venues across England to have a system in place to record contact details of their customers, visitors and staff. This move is intended to help trace people should a venue be linked to a coronavirus outbreak. The government has said that further guidance and, where necessary, regulations will

Changes to duty free shopping
24/09/2020 - More...
The government has published the new rules for duty free and tax free shopping that will come into effect from 1 January 2021. The changes are wide ranging. For anyone who smokes or drinks there will be no duty charged on alcohol or tobacco products from January 2021. This will apply irrespective of whether you are travelling to an EU or

Claiming tax relief for work related expenses
24/09/2020 - More...
Employees who need to buy equipment to use as part of their employment may be able to claim tax relief based on the cost of the equipment acquired. In most cases you can claim tax relief on the full cost of this type of equipment as it usually qualifies for a type of Capital Allowance called annual investment allowance. Any tax relief

Removing your home address from the public register
24/09/2020 - More...
Company directors and other eligible people such as company secretaries, people with significant control (PSC) and LLP members can apply to remove their personal addresses from the UK’s official company register on Companies House. Company directors and others are still required to provide an alternative correspondence address if they

Companies in partnership
24/09/2020 - More...
A Partnership is a relatively simple way for two or more legal persons to set up and run a business together with a view to profit. Partnerships can take many forms. Legal persons other than individuals can also be partners in a partnership. For example, companies may form partnerships with other legal persons including individuals, other

Definition of a potentially exempt transfer
24/09/2020 - More...
The majority of gifts made during a person's life are not subject to tax at the time of the gift. These lifetime transfers are known as 'potentially exempt transfers' or 'PETs'. These gifts or transfers achieve their potential of becoming exempt from Inheritance Tax if the taxpayer survives for more than seven years after making the gift.

When the cash basis is not available to a property business
24/09/2020 - More...
The cash basis scheme helps landlords, sole traders and other unincorporated businesses to benefit from a simpler way of managing their financial affairs. The scheme is not open to limited companies and limited liability partnerships. The entry threshold for the cash basis scheme is £150,000 and qualifying businesses can stay in the

Furlough Scheme changes September 2020
17/09/2020 - More...
As our readers will no doubt be aware, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is closing on 31 October 2020. The scheme moved to a more flexible working arrangement from 1 July 2020 to allow employees to resume part-time working and to begin to ease employers away from their reliance on the scheme. These changes continued with

Companies with a 31 December year end
17/09/2020 - More...
For companies with taxable profits of up to £1.5 million the payment of any Corporation Tax is due 9 months and 1 day after the end of your accounting period. The accounting period is usually the financial year of your business but can be different especially in the first year of business. This deadline means that companies with the

Working from home tax claim
17/09/2020 - More...
If you do not receive compensation from your employer you can still claim tax relief for some expenses that result from home working. HMRC will usually allow you to claim tax relief if you use your own money for things that you must buy for your job and you only use these items for work. You must make a claim within 4 years of the end of

Video-witnessed wills
17/09/2020 - More...
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has confirmed that video witnessed wills in England and Wales will be made legal during the coronavirus pandemic. The change in law to introduce this measure is due to come into force later this month - the reforms will be backdated to 31 January 2020 - the date of the first confirmed coronavirus case in the

VAT on compensation payments
17/09/2020 - More...
HMRC has published a new Revenue and Customs Brief on the VAT treatment of early termination fees and similar compensation payments following recent judgments of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). HMRC has said that this will impact anyone who charges their customers to withdraw from agreements to supply goods or

Relief for self-employed trading losses
17/09/2020 - More...
There are a number of tax reliefs available for self-employed taxpayers that make a loss carrying on their trade, profession or vocation (collectively referred to as a ‘trade’) and for their share of trading loss for any partnerships they are involved with. For the 2020-21 tax year, trade losses can be relieved in a number of ways. This

Carry Corporation Tax losses back
17/09/2020 - More...
Corporation Tax relief may be available where your company or organisation makes a trading loss. The loss may be used to claim relief from Corporation Tax by offsetting the loss against other gains or profits of the business in the same accounting period. Where the amount of a trading loss exceeds the profits of the same accounting

The private pensions’ annual allowance
17/09/2020 - More...
The annual allowance for tax relief on pensions has been fixed at £40,000 since 6 April 2014. The annual allowance is further reduced for high earners. Since 6 April 2020, the tapered annual allowance increased from £150,000 to £240,000. This means that anyone with income below £240,000 is no longer affected by the tapered annual

Free domestic abuse advice line for employers
17/09/2020 - More...
A new advice line for employers who are supporting employees experiencing or at risk of domestic abuse has been launched by domestic abuse charity Hestia. The Everyone’s Business Advice Line, which is being funded by the Home Office, will be a point of contact for employers, advising them on how to approach disclosures of domestic abuse

Coronavirus testing guidance for employers
17/09/2020 - More...
The government has published detailed new guidance for employers on the regulations and legal obligations relating to running internal workplace coronavirus (COVID-19) testing programmes, i.e. those which are outside of the NHS Test and Trace service. The guidance covers: legislation, regulations and best practice surrounding the

Green Homes Grants
15/09/2020 - More...
A reminder that home owners and landlords can now access funding to help pay for the cost of energy saving improvements. In a recent press release the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy said: Homeowners and landlords can, since Friday 28 August, see for themselves how the government’s new Green Homes Grant scheme

Cars – it’s all online
14/09/2020 - More...
If you have access to the internet there are a bewildering number of online resources that you can access to help you manage recurring tasks. This week we have listed a number of these with links to the relevant website pages. Book a theory test - https://www.gov.uk/book-theory-test Get vehicle information from DVLA -

New grants for businesses affected by local lockdowns
10/09/2020 - More...
New grant support was announced 9 September that offers businesses in areas subject to a local lockdown a measure of financial support. In a news story posted to the GOV.UK website HM Treasury said: Businesses in England required to close due to local lockdowns or targeted restrictions will now be able to receive grants worth up to

English plastic bag charge to double
09/09/2020 - More...
The single-use carrier bag charge came into effect in England on 5 October 2015. This introduced a minimum charge of 5p on single-use carrier bags supplied by large shops (with over 250 employees) in England. Since then single-use carrier bags are no longer given away free when buying goods from large shops. Shoppers who bring their own

Kickstart program opens in Wales
09/09/2020 - More...
Under the new £2 billion Kickstart scheme, employers will be able to offer young people on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment, state-subsidised work placements for six months. The Kickstart scheme is available to qualifying 16 - 24 year olds in England, Scotland and Wales. Commenting on the launch of the scheme in

Companies House has new bank account
09/09/2020 - More...
Companies House has announced that they have new bank details effective from 1 September 2020. This is due to a Companies House change in status from a trading fund to a central government organisation. This has necessitated the introduction of a different type of bank account which come under the Government Banking scheme. Any letters

Fast-tracking passport applications
09/09/2020 - More...
Due to coronavirus disruption, it is currently taking up to six weeks to renew or replace a passport online. It can take even longer if you apply by post or if applying for a first adult passport. Passport offices and the premium and fast track services are currently closed. However, you may be able to get a passport urgently to travel

 

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Venues required to record contact details
24/09/2020 - More...
It has become a requirement for premises and venues across England to have a system in place to record contact details

Changes to duty free shopping
24/09/2020 - More...
The government has published the new rules for duty free and tax free shopping that will come into effect from 1 January

Claiming tax relief for work related expenses
24/09/2020 - More...
Employees who need to buy equipment to use as part of their employment may be able to claim tax relief based on the cost

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