Category Archives: Coronavirus News

Self Assessment filing deadline: No relaxation

Self Assessment filing deadline No relaxation calculator

HMRC has rejected requests from professional bodies (ACCA, CIOT, AAT, ICAEW and ICAS) to relax the Self Assessment filing deadline. HMRC will issue penalty notices as usual to all who file late but will allow more time to appeal. Many members contacted ICAEW in relation to the 31 January self assessment filing deadline. ICAEW wrote […]

Extend SEISS : IPSE calls for Government

Extend SEISS IPSE calls for government

The government must extend SEISS Self-employment Income Support Scheme to fulfil their commitment with employed workers, says IPSE. Chancellor Rishi recently announced the extension of the coronavirus (COVID-19) Job Retention and loan schemes from March until April 2021. IPSE welcomed this announcement. However, it claims that self-employed workers have received less comprehensive support from the […]

Furlough scheme extended until end of April 2021

Furlough scheme extended until end of April 2021

UK Chancellor has extended the furlough Scheme (Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme) until the end of April 2021. The government will continue to contribute 80% towards wages of employees’ salaries for hours not worked until the end of April. Employers will only be required to pay wages, national insurance contributions (NICs) and pensions for hours worked, […]

New state-backed SME loan scheme

New state-backed SME loan scheme application

The UK government is planning to replace existing the £65bn Covid loans programme with a permanent state-backed SME loan scheme. The new scheme will support lending by banks to a broad range of small to medium-sized business. Under the plans, the government would guarantee 80 per cent of loans to small businesses. The business could […]

Payment deferrals: Lenders to support borrowers

Payment deferrals Lenders to support borrowers blackboard in hand

The banking and finance industry continues to support thousands of borrowers with payment deferrals. According to the latest figures from UK Finance, mortgage lenders will continue to provide support to homeowners facing financial difficulties The number of customers seeking support from deferrals has dropped significantly since earlier this year. As of mid-November, there were still […]

CBILS applications predicted to rise

CBILS applications predicted to rise

The experts have predicted a rise in the number of CBILS applications. The government’s Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) supports small businesses that have lost capital due to covid-19 outbreak. The finance lender MarketFinance recently surveyed 5,000 UK companies, employers with a minimum turnover of £250,000. The lender conducted the study in November 2020 […]

Third SEISS grant: Government tightens eligibility criteria

third SEISS grant government tightens eligibility criteria

The government has tightened the eligibility criteria for the third SEISS grant – Self-employment Income Support Scheme. Applicants for the grant will face a new test, warns the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). Applications for the third SEISS grant will open from 30 November 2020. Make your claim from the date […]

HMRC Starts checks on Eat out scheme

HMRC Starts checks on Eat out scheme people eating food

HMRC is writing to businesses in the hospitality sector requesting them to verify their claims made under the Eat Out scheme. The COVID support scheme was available throughout August. It provided firms with up to £10 per diner to enable them to offer up to 50% discount on food on specific weekdays. HMRC stated that […]

Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) £1m cap extended

Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) £1m cap extension manufacturing

The Treasury has confirmed the extension of £1 million Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) cap for an additional year. Earlier it was designed to stimulate investment in UK manufacturing. The government extended AIA for an additional year in an effort to counter the current slump in economic activity. Now businesses, including manufacturing firms, can continue to […]

Extension of CJRS: Furlough scheme changed for new lockdown

Extension of CJRS Furlough scheme changed for new lockdown UPDATE

Treasury has announced the extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) until December, with furloughed employees set to receive 80% of their salary for hours not worked and businesses asked only to cover national insurance and employer pension contributions. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a new national lockdown for England on 31 October. The […]