Future Fund Scheme expanded for start-ups

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The government has expanded its Future Fund scheme for start-ups businesses. The reforms in scheme aim to support start-up businesses not eligible for other Coronavirus (Covid-19) rescue measures. The start-ups that have previously taken part in accelerator programmes can now easily access the Future Fund Scheme. However early-stage firms might continue to struggle. This means […]

Overseas VAT claims delayed: Covid-19

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The tax authority has stated that VAT claims submitted under the Overseas Refund Scheme will be subject to delays. HMRC has admitted that changes to its working practices, as a result of the pandemic, have resulted in delays in processing and refunding VAT claims. The delays relate to payments due to overseas businesses that are not […]

Mortgage Payment Deferrals: Lenders grant 1.9 million

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  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

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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

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  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 […]

Reverse charge VAT for the construction industry-delay in implementation

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HMRC has announced a five-month delay to the introduction of the domestic reverse charge for construction services, due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the construction sector. The VAT change will not now apply until 1 March 2021. A domestic reverse charge means the UK customer who gets supplies of construction services must […]

Changes to Job Retention Scheme: Chancellor’s announcement

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced changes to the government’s Job Retention Scheme (JRS). The changes to the scheme will gradually wind down over the next few months. The changes mean businesses will be able to bring furloughed employees back on a part-time basis from 1 July.   Furloughed staff will continue to get 80% of […]

FSB urges government to supply company directors more support

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  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 […]