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Workplace pension contributions bounce back after slump

Workplace pension contributions bounce back after slump

Payments into defined-contribution workplace pension schemes increased in the third quarter of 2020, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). During the first national lockdown last spring, many employees stopped or reduced contributions into their workplace pensions to save money amid fears of being made redundant or losing their jobs. Data from the ONS … Continued

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HMRC rolls out new measures to ‘tackle CIS abuse’

HMRC rolls out new measures to ‘tackle CIS abuse’

Four new measures affecting the construction industry scheme (CIS) were enacted from 6 April 2021 as HMRC cracks down on tackling abuse of the scheme. First, the tax authority can now amend the CIS deductions suffered and reclaimed on real-time information via the employment payment summary to an amount matching any evidence HMRC holds. If … Continued

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VAT-registered firms start using digital links under MTD

VAT-registered firms start using digital links under MTD

A million businesses need to have digital links in place to submit VAT returns and comply with phase two of Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT. All VAT-registered firms have until their first VAT return period, starting on or after 1 April 2021, to put digital links in place. A digital link is an electronic … Continued

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Super-deduction tempts 51% of manufacturers to invest

Super-deduction tempts 51% of manufacturers to invest

Investment in the UK’s manufacturing sector is poised to rise as a result of the capital allowances super-deduction.  The super-deduction enables companies that invest in qualifying new plant and machinery to benefit from a 130% first-year capital allowance. The policy kicked in on 1 April 2021 and allows companies to cut their tax bill by … Continued

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VAT-registration and deregistration thresholds frozen until 2024/25

VAT-registration and deregistration thresholds frozen until 2024/25

The Treasury has frozen the UK’s VAT thresholds for a further two years in a bid to start repairing tattered public finances following COVID-19. Businesses with annual taxable turnover of more than £85,000 have to register for UK VAT and file digital VAT returns through compatible software. This VAT-registration threshold for 2021/22 remains at £85,000 … Continued

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Treasury issues guidance on the final two self-employed grants

Treasury issues guidance on the final two self-employed grants

More help for the self-employed has been announced, with the final two income support grants available until the end of September 2021. The fourth taxable grant available through the self-employed income support scheme (SEISS) covers a three-month period from 1 February to 30 April 2021. As with two of the previous SEISS grants, the fourth … Continued

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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

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Record number miss self-assessment filing deadline due to COVID-19

Record number miss self-assessment filing deadline due to COVID-19

Around 1.8 million taxpayers missed the 2019/20 deadline for self-assessment on 31 January 2021, according to figures published by HMRC. The tax authority revealed 1,790,368 people failed to beat the midnight deadline, almost double last year’s total of 958,296. HMRC attributed the spike in the number of personal taxpayers missing this year’s midnight deadline – … Continued