Category Archives: Business News

Mortgage Payment Deferrals: Lenders grant 1.9 million

  The UK’s mortgage lenders have granted 1.9 million payment deferrals to customers impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19). According to the latest figures from the UK Finance One in six mortgages is now subject to a payment deferral. For the average mortgage holder, that payment amounts to £755 per month of suspended payments. Hence, the […]

SEISS is taxable: LITRG alerts self-employed

LITRG has alerted self-employed individuals that the government’s coronavirus (COVID-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) is taxable. The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) is concerned that many may wrongly assume that the SEISS funds are exempt from tax, particularly as they are termed ‘grants’ by the government. It is warning that many people may […]

UK economy falls by 20.4% due to coronavirus lockdown

  The UK economy fell by 20.4% in April due to coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown. The lockdown has paralysed business activity, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The record decline in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) completely eclipsed the previous record contraction of 5.8%, which ONS recorded in March. The services sector fell by 19.0% in […]

FSB urges government to supply company directors more support

  The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has urged the government to supply company directors with additional support during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.   The FSB has recently written a letter to Small Business Minister Paul Scully. The letter highlighted that self-employed company directors do not have access to the government’s Self-employment Income Support Scheme […]

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme is ready to launch

The government is ready to launch an online service (portal) for employers to claim under the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme. Under the scheme, employers can claim the payments they have made to their employees during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The portal for claiming under the SSP rebate scheme will open on 26 May. […]

Job Retention Scheme extended until October: Coronavirus

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until the end of October, the Chancellor announced on Tuesday 12 May. Chancellor Rishi Sunak has extended the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (JRS) until the end of October. Mr Sunak confirmed that employees will continue to receive 80% of their monthly wages up to £2,500. However, the […]

Online Marketplaces should collect VAT

  The government should compel online marketplaces to collect and remit VAT, according to the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT). The AAT was responding to ‘Claims and Elections Review’ call for evidence published by the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS). It said the move would help combat online VAT fraud and create a level playing […]

Bounce Back Loan Scheme : Coronavirus

The government has announced a 100% government-backed Bounce Back Loan Scheme for small business to help them make it through the coronavirus outbreak.   What does the new Small Business Bounce Back Loan actually mean for small businesses?  Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a new government-backed loan to support small businesses on Monday 27th April. The […]

Lenders offered 1.6 million payment holidays

  Lenders have given over 1.6 million mortgage payment holidays to support customers impacted by Coronavirus, UK Finance revealed. Payment holidays are now covering 1/7 mortgages following lenders’ steps to help households. Coronavirus crisis has affected the finances of homeowners badly. For the average mortgage holder, the payment holiday amounts to £755 per month of […]

Tax consultation deadlines extended: Covid-19

HMRC and the Treasury have extended their tax policy consultation deadlines. They have set out revised timelines for tax policy consultation and other work in the light of the current Covid-19 crisis. Government has extended the deadlines in order to allow more time for feedback but has declared that all planned reforms will still go […]