HMRC has confirmed that the fifth Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant covering the period May 2021 to September 2021 will open to claims from late July. To be eligible for the grant, an individual must be self-employed or a member of a partnership. They must have traded in the tax year 2019/20 and submitted… Continue reading Fifth SEISS grant will be open to claims from late July
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From 1 April 2021 the National Living/Minimum Wage rates will increase as follows: • £8.91 an hour for workers aged 23 and over - previously £8.72 The National Living wage now applies to workers who are 23 years of age or older (previously 25). • £8.36 an hour for workers aged 21 to 22 – previously £8.20 • £6.56 an hour… Continue reading National Living/Minimum Wage Changes from 1 April 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
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
During the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a lot of information about the virus and its effects on mental health. Bereavement, isolation, loss of income and fear to name a few are triggering mental health conditions or aggravating existing ones. Many people may be facing increased levels of alcohol and drug use, insomnia, and anxiety.… Continue reading Covid-19 And Your Mental Wellbeing
HMRC has received more than 54,800 claims from taxpayers using a new online portal which allows workers to claim tax relief for working at home. From 6 April 2020, employers have been able to pay employees up to £6 a week tax-free to cover additional costs if they have had to work from home. Launched… Continue reading Taxpayers claim tax relief for working from home
Photo by Burst on Pexels.com As part of the Winter Economy Plan the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will be extended under the name SEISS Grant Extension. The grant: will be limited to self-employed individuals who are currently eligible for the SEISS, andwill be available to individuals who are actively continuing to trade but are… Continue reading Winter Economy Plan support for the self-employed
Photo by Andrew Neel on Pexels.com The existing job support scheme, the furlough scheme, comes to an end on 31 October. As part of the Winter Economy Plan the government announced it will be introducing a new Job Support Scheme from 1 November 2020. For employers to participate in the scheme: employees will need to… Continue reading Job Support Scheme
HMRC has sent letters to VAT-registered businesses in Great Britain trading with the EU, or the EU and the rest of the world. They explain what businesses need to do to prepare for new processes for moving goods between Great Britain and the EU from 1 January 2021. Measures explained in the letter include: making… Continue reading New trade arrangements with the EU from 1 January 2021