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03-04-2020
Changes announced to Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

Changes announced to Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

Many small businesses that have applied for a government backed CBILS loan thus far have been offered standard overdrafts and loans – without the Government's 80% guarantee – on the basis that they fit the banks’ criteria for ... read more

01-04-2020
Tax Diary April/May 2020

Tax Diary April/May 2020

1 April 2020 - Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 30 June 2019. 19 April 2020 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 April 2020. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 April 2020). 19 April 2020 - Filing ... read more

01-04-2020
Directors – between a rock and a hard place

Directors – between a rock and a hard place

Directors that have drawn remuneration from their companies as a mix of low salary and higher dividends would seem to be overlooked by the schemes announced in the past two weeks to support the employed and the self-employed. In the first news story ... read more

01-04-2020
Coronavirus tax payment helpline

Coronavirus tax payment helpline

The phone number for the COVID-19 helpline launched earlier this month has been changed to 0800 024 1222. Calls to the previously published number will be redirected. The launch of the new number will help increase capacity. The helpline will field ... read more

01-04-2020
Working Tax Credits increased for one year

Working Tax Credits increased for one year

As part of the package of measures to tackle the Coronavirus outbreak, the government has announced that the basic element Working Tax Credit payments will be increased from an expected £1,995 to £3,040 for the 2020-21 tax year starting ... read more

01-04-2020
Relaxation of phone contracts during COVID-19 outbreak

Relaxation of phone contracts during COVID-19 outbreak

An interesting joint statement from the Government, Ofcom and the telecommunications industry has been published to help offer support to vulnerable consumers and those who may become vulnerable due to circumstances arising from COVID-19. The ... read more

01-04-2020
Further details on Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Further details on Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

HMRC has published further details on how the new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will work in practice. It had already been announced that the new scheme will see the government cover up to 80% of wage costs, up to a cap of £2,500 per month, ... read more

01-04-2020
Coronavirus – relaxation of insolvency rules

Coronavirus – relaxation of insolvency rules

New insolvency measures have been announced to help prevent businesses unable to meet debts, due to the impact of Coronavirus, to continue trading and not be forced to file for bankruptcy. The measures were announced by the Business Secretary, Alok ... read more

01-04-2020
Coronavirus deferral of VAT payments

Coronavirus deferral of VAT payments

In another move to help businesses the government announced that VAT registered businesses can defer any VAT payments due between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020. There is no application process required to defer the relevant payment. However, ... read more

01-04-2020
Contactless payment limit increased

Contactless payment limit increased

The spending limit for contactless card payments has been increased from £30 to £45 effective 1 April 2020. The change in the limit had been under consideration and has now been expedited as part of the industry’s response to the ... read more

01-04-2020
Financial support for exporters

Financial support for exporters

There is a special financial support targeted specifically at exporters. This is in addition to the package of government-backed and guaranteed loans and other measures designed to support businesses coping with the financial effects of Coronavirus ... read more

01-04-2020
Businesses and employers in Northern Ireland

Businesses and employers in Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Office (NIO) is a UK government department responsible for Northern Ireland affairs. The NIO seeks to ensure the smooth working of the devolution settlement in Northern Ireland. A new press release, jointly published by the NIO, ... read more

01-04-2020
Removing your home address from the public register

Removing your home address from the public register

Company directors, company secretaries, people with significant control (PSC) and LLP members can apply to remove their personal addresses from the UK’s official company register at Companies House. Prior to the introduction of this law (in ... read more

01-04-2020
HMRC interest rates

HMRC interest rates

Following the recent cut in the Bank of England base rate from 0.25% to 0.1%, HMRC has announced changes to the rates of interest they charge. The new late payment interest rate, applied to the main taxes and duties, took effect from 30 March ... read more

01-04-2020
Converting assets into cash in the bank

Converting assets into cash in the bank

During and after any period when economic activity is depressed, companies that survive the process are those that manage their cashflow effectively. A number of businesses will be in the fortunate position of heading into the current COVID-19 ... read more

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