Spring Budget 2021

Yesterday, Chancellor Rishi Sunak presented his Budget, which as expected focussed a lot on continuing short-term measures to help support both individuals and businesses through the next few months, but also included some longer-term plans in the government’s attempt to try and reduce the national borrowing. Here is a summary of some of the key… Continue reading Spring Budget 2021

VAT reverse charge for construction services

After three false starts the VAT reverse charge will now come into effect on 1st March 2021. The reverse charge represents part of a government clampdown on VAT fraud. Large amounts of VAT are lost through 'missing trader' fraud. As part of this type of fraud, VAT is charged by a supplier, who then disappears,… Continue reading VAT reverse charge for construction services

Self assessment deadline approaching – 31st January 2021

The deadline for submitting your 2019/20 self assessment return is 31 January 2021. The deadline applies to taxpayers who need to complete a tax return and make direct payments to HMRC in respect of their income tax, Classes 2 and 4 National Insurance Contributions (NIC), capital gains tax and High Income Child Benefit Charge liabilities. … Continue reading Self assessment deadline approaching – 31st January 2021

£1 million Annual Investment Allowance cap extended

The Treasury has confirmed that the £1 million cap on the Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) is to be extended for an additional year as the government continues to look at ways to stimulate the economy. The AIA provides a tax write off against profits for expenditure incurred on plant and machinery by businesses and owners… Continue reading £1 million Annual Investment Allowance cap extended

Self assessment customers to benefit from enhanced payment plans

Self assessment taxpayers are now able to benefit from enhanced payment plans and can apply online for additional support to help spread their tax bill into monthly payments. The online payment plan service was already able to set up instalment arrangements for paying tax liabilities up to £10,000. From 1 October 2020, HMRC increased the… Continue reading Self assessment customers to benefit from enhanced payment plans

Time To Pay Tax

If coronavirus means you can't pay a tax bill on time, the government is offering Time To Pay (TTP) as a way of easing cash flow problems. It is important to appreciate that TTP cannot be used to reduce tax liability. TTP is just that - it buys time, giving you breathing space and spreading… Continue reading Time To Pay Tax

Government launches small business micro loan scheme

As part of the government's measures to mitigate the economic damage caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a micro loan scheme for small businesses. The Bounce Back Loan Scheme will allow small businesses adversely affected by COVID-19 to apply for up to £50,000, with the government guaranteeing 100% of the… Continue reading Government launches small business micro loan scheme

New tests and new car benefit percentages

As part of its drive to encourage green motoring, the government has introduced a new emissions test, as well as new car benefit percentages. The scale of charges for working out the taxable benefit for an employee who has use of an employer provided car is computed by reference to bands of CO2 emissions multiplied… Continue reading New tests and new car benefit percentages

Employer Update

National Living/Minimum Wage Changes from 1 April 2020 From 1 April 2020 the National Living/Minimum Wage rates will increase as follows: • £8.72 an hour for workers aged 25 and over - previously £8.21• £8.20 an hour for workers aged 21 to 24 – previously £7.70• £6.45 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20… Continue reading Employer Update

Chancellor unveils help for self-employed workers

On the 26 March, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a scheme to help self-employed workers who have been hit by the COVID-19 crisis. Under the scheme the government will pay self-employed people a taxable grant based on an average of their earnings over the past three years. The grant will cover up to 80% of earnings… Continue reading Chancellor unveils help for self-employed workers