Category Archives: Loan Schemes

New COVID Fraud Hotline

The government has launched a new COVID fraud hotline to stop fraudsters who make illegal claims for support. The public can now call a dedicated phoneline anonymously and free of charge to report suspected fraudulent activity. The launch of the new Fraud Hotline is an initiative of government and independent charity Crimestoppers. Although fraud is […]

Furlough Job Retention Bonus Updates

HMRC has published guidance on how businesses can claim the government’s £1,000 job retention bonus. The bonus will be available to employers who keep furloughed workers on the payroll for the next three months. The bonus is a £1,000 one-off taxable payment to the employer, for each eligible employee that was furloughed and kept continuously […]

Self-Employment Income Support: Claim a second payment

The second stage of Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) opens for applications today. Under the scheme, the government pays self-employed individuals a taxable grant based on an average of their earnings over the past three years. The businesses eligible will receive a government grant worth up to £6,570. Over 2.7 million people have benefitted […]

Small business grants update

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has urged local councils in England to ensure the speedy issuance of vital small business grants to firms that require them. The business group found that councils across England have distributed on average 92 per cent of the funds. However, only 23% of councils across England have issued 100% […]

Overclaimed grants and penalties: CJRS Covid-19 update

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has warned taxpayers that they have 90 days to notify HMRC of overclaimed coronavirus (COVID-19) grants. The 90-day period to inform HMRC of any overclaimed amounts is now law. Finance Act 2020 recently received Royal Assent, which confirms the taxability of the Coronavirus Job Retention […]

Coronavirus Loan Schemes:UK businesses have borrowed over £46 billion

UK businesses have now borrowed over £46 billion through the government-backed coronavirus loan schemes. These schemes are helping firms during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, according to the latest figures from the Treasury. In total, £46.3 billion has now been lent to over 1.1 million businesses through the following schemes: Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) Coronavirus […]