Monthly Archives: July 2020

Making Tax Digital – getting prepared

We have been waiting for some time for government to announce an extension to its Making Tax Digital (MTD) program; this they did last week.

What is MTD?

HMRC are keen to digitise the collection of information to calculate your tax liabilities. At present they are reliant on you submitting a variety of tax returns to do...

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Brexit – get someone to deal with customs for you

It seems fairly likely that we are heading for a no-deal exit from the EU, 1 January 2021. Many smaller businesses that presently import or export goods from and to the EU will need to deal with a complex raft of customs and VAT issues if they continue trade with the EU after this date.

The...

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Losses and loans

Many businesses in vulnerable sectors may have slipped into a loss making position following lock-down. Some of those businesses may have availed themselves of government backed “soft” loans to provide them with the cash-flow to survive the process.

Even with rigorous planning to reduce costs, furlough employees and benefit from other COVID related grants, businesses that...

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Audiences back in theatres from 1 August

Social distancing will be challenging theatre and other performance arts facilities as they grapple with the news announced last week that indoor performance with socially distanced audiences will be able to take place across the country from 1 August 2020.

The idea that an audience can be socially distanced is mind boggling, adds a whole new...

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Employers face difficult choices

The furlough scheme has enabled employers to defer decisions about their workforce – who to retain, who to let go – but as from the beginning of August 2020, employers will be obliged to meet the furlough costs on an incremental basis.

Another change this month, July 2020, is that employees can be invited back to...

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Time to dust-off your gym shoes and swimming togs

The government announced further easing of lock-down restrictions last week. Outdoor pools can reopen to the public from 11 July, followed by indoor gyms, pools and leisure centres on 25 July 2020.

In a recent press release they said:

The Government has outlined the measures that will allow outdoor pools to reopen from 11 July and indoor...

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Its tax payment time again

If you submit a self-assessment tax return you may need to consider your options as any second payments on account for 2019-20, are coming due for payment 31 July 2020. In a nut-shell you have three options:

 

Defer payment until 31 January 2021

As part of his support for taxpayers during the present disruption, Rishi Sunak has...

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Summer Statement 8 July 2020

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak continued with his campaign to support the business and jobs community today, 8 July 2020, as firms engage with the disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak and the measures taken to control infection.


The main thrust of his announcements during his Summer Economic update concerned his nominated Plan for Jobs 2020,...

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Which businesses can reopen 4th July 2020

As the town of Leicester demonstrates, the recent announcement that many businesses would be able to reopen since 4 July 2020, depends on local conditions. Rates of infection in Leicester are causing concerns and consequently, local businesses were unable to reopen.

However, for the rest of England (regional variations may apply for Scotland, Wales and Northern...

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What happens if VAT rates are changed

A number of EU countries have reduced VAT rates in an attempt to stimulate the economy: if VAT rates fall, prices should fall encouraging consumers to spend more.

There has been much press commentary recently that Rishi Sunak will announce a similar reduction in the UK. Note, at present this is pure speculation.

If announced, any reduction...

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