Businesses that took out government-backed Bounce Back Loans to get through Covid-19 will now have greater flexibility to repay their loans, the government has announced Bounce Back Loan borrowers will now have the option to tailor payments according to their individual circumstances with the option to delay all repayments for a further six months. Pay as You Grow (PAYG) will ...

If applicable to your business you should act now so that you can benefit from postponed VAT accounting (PVA) if  VAT-registered and importing goods into: • Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) from anywhere outside the UK ; • Northern Ireland from outside the UK and EU.  PVA allows for the declaration and recovery of  import VAT on the same VAT Return, rather than hav ...

Increased minimum wage rates have been announced to take effect from 1 April 2021. The government has announced that the National Living Wage (NLW) will increase by 2.2% from £8.72 to £8.91, and will be extended to 23 and 24 year olds for the first time. For workers aged under 23, Commissioners recommended smaller increases in recognition of the risks to youth employment, whic ...

HMRC have written letters to VAT-registered businesses in Great Britain trading with the EU and/or the rest of the world, highlighting actions they need to take to continue trading with the EU from 1 January 2021. The  letter explains what businesses need to do to prepare for new processes for moving goods between Great Britain and the EU from 1 January 2021, including: Mak ...

Two self assessment deadlines are approaching: 5th October 2020 For those individuals who have not previously completed a tax return but need to report a liability for 2019/20. 31st October 2020 For those individuals who have previously submitted 'paper' self assessment tax returns the deadline for the 2019/20 return is 31 October 2020. Returns submitted after that ...

HMRC has announced a five-month delay to the introduction of the domestic reverse charge for construction services, due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the construction sector. The VAT change will not now apply until 1 March 2021. The new rules mark a complete overhaul of the way VAT is payable on building and construction invoices. Under the domestic reverse char ...

Phishing is the fraudulent act of emailing a person to get their personal or financial information. These emails often include a link to a bogus website encouraging you to enter your personal details. If you are unsure if you have received a bogus email or text from the HMRC. Please follow the link for a current list of digital and other contact issued from HMRC. ...

HMRC has just updated its guidance on the extension of existing off-payroll working rules (IR35) to the private sector, scheduled for April, with a new contractor factsheet setting out the changes.   Download Off worker - Contractor factsheet on IR35 rules   While the factsheet references the review the government has launched into the implementation of changes to the off-p ...

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has urged the government to simplify the complexities of accessing apprenticeship funding. The Apprenticeship Levy took effect from 6 April 2017 and changed the way in which apprenticeships are funded. Larger employers are required to pay a levy of 0.5% of their annual pay bill. However an annual allowance of ...

In order to try and ensure that businesses are ready to trade post-Brexit, HMRC is automatically enrolling them in the customs system. HMRC has confirmed that more than 88,000 VAT-registered businesses across the UK will be allocated an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number in order to enable them to keep trading with customers and suppliers in the EU ...