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April 2020

COVID-19: Business Rates Relief

The Chancellor has announced a raft of measures designed to help businesses during the coronavirus crisis.  One of the headline measures announced in the Spring Budget was the Business Rates Holiday - 100% relief from Business Rates for retail, leisure and hospitality businesses in England for 2020/21. 

COVID-19: Register now to claim for the Job Retention Scheme

Although we are still waiting for detailed guidance on how to compile claims, government guidance states you must have enrolled for PAYE online to be able to claim.  Please see attached fact sheet providing instructions on how to set this up.   

COVID-19: Job Retention Scheme - further information

The government have released further updates for the job retention scheme including confirmation that office holders, directors and salaried members of LLPs are eligible for the scheme and provides further information on what should be included in the calculation of monthly earnings.

COVID-19: Travel to Work

To clarify the situation regarding travel – travel for work purposes is currently permitted, but only where you cannot work from home and provided you are not showing coronavirus symptoms and neither you nor any of your household are self-isolating.   

Making Tax Digital VAT deadline extended to 1 April 2021

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has just confirmed that they are allowing an extension to the deadline for implementing full digital links for Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT, therefore extending the soft landing period.

COVID-19: Job Retention Scheme - Furloughed Workers

Under the Job Retention Scheme, announced by the Government on 20 March 2020, all UK employers will be able to access support to allow them to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those employees’ that would have otherwise been laid off during the crisis.  

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