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1 in 5 UK employers consider making redundancies

1 in 5 UK employers consider making redundancies

A minority of UK employers could be about to cut jobs, due to the withdrawal of the furlough scheme and rising costs. The scheme, which has protected around 11.6 million jobs since the start of the pandemic, will close on 30 September 2021. The Government currently pays 60% of a furloughed worker’s wages and employers … Continued

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Deadline approaches for fifth and final self-employed grant

Deadline approaches for fifth and final self-employed grant

The self-employed have until the end of the month to apply for the final grant available via the self-employed income support scheme (SEISS).  Everyone who is eligible for the last SEISS grant should have received a personal start date from HMRC in recent months. These gave self-employed taxpayers a date from which they can apply … Continued

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Treasury seeks feedback on business rates revaluations

Treasury seeks feedback on business rates revaluations

Business rates revaluations in England could take place every three years, following the launch of a recent consultation.  The latest consultation forms part of a comprehensive review into business rates in England, with a report due to be published in the autumn. Business rates are similar to council tax for business properties in England. They … Continued

Comments Off on Sweeping VAT reforms in the EU will affect the UK’s online retailers

Sweeping VAT reforms in the EU will affect the UK’s online retailers

Sweeping VAT reforms in the EU will affect the UK’s online retailers

Retailers that heavily rely on online sales to EU consumers need to comply with VAT reforms, which were introduced on 1 July 2021. The new rules were originally designed to stop an estimated €7 billion in annual VAT fraud by non-EU ecommerce sellers, mainly those in China. But after the UK left the EU at … Continued

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Directors back mandatory climate credential disclosure plan

Directors back mandatory climate credential disclosure plan

Most large companies and limited liability partnerships (LLPs) back plans to introduce mandatory climate-related financial disclosures, according to a report.  The Government launched a consultation on 24 March 2021, seeking views on a plan to require mandatory climate-related financial disclosures from publicly-quoted companies, large private companies and LLPs. It aims to allow investors to compare … Continued

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Deadline approaches for SME Brexit support grant

Deadline approaches for SME Brexit support grant

Smaller businesses have until the end of the month to apply for grants to help them adapt to new customs and tax rules when trading with the EU. The £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund offers eligible UK traders grants of up to £2,000 to access practical support, including training for new customs processes, rules … Continued

Comments Off on New recovery loan scheme replaces previous COVID-19 loans

New recovery loan scheme replaces previous COVID-19 loans

New recovery loan scheme replaces previous COVID-19 loans

All UK businesses can access loans and other finance of up to £10 million each, following the end of COVID-19 loan schemes. Both business interruption loans – for large firms and SMEs – and bounce-back loans officially closed on 31 March 2021. Firms that received financial support from any of those schemes can apply for … Continued

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Three-month extension for business rates holiday in England

Three-month extension for business rates holiday in England

The year-long business rates holiday in England has been extended for another three months, until the end of June 2021. Eligible retail, hospitality and leisure businesses will then pay a third of their normal charge for the rest of the financial year. A maximum discount of £2 million is available to non-essential retail firms that … Continued

Comments Off on Changes to prompt-payment code aim to end late payments

Changes to prompt-payment code aim to end late payments

Changes to prompt-payment code aim to end late payments

Thousands of small businesses that face severe cashflow problems due to late payments stand to benefit from changes to the prompt-payment code. The Government has strengthened the prompt-payment code so that 95% of invoices from smaller suppliers must be paid within 30 days from 1 July 2021. This has been halved from the current 60 … Continued

Comments Off on Opt-in to VAT deferral new payment scheme by 31 March 2021

Opt-in to VAT deferral new payment scheme by 31 March 2021

Opt-in to VAT deferral new payment scheme by 31 March 2021

Businesses that deferred paying VAT between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 do not need to pay the full amounts by the end of this month. VAT-registered firms were not required to make VAT payments during this deferral period, and initially had until 31 March 2021 to pay any liabilities. However, the Government’s winter … Continued