Furlough scheme guidance updated

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has published a series of updates to its guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), more commonly known as the ‘furlough scheme’. The updates cover the changes to the scheme as it is extended from 1 May 2021 to 30 September 2021. The guidance confirms that new employees who…

Coronavirus Restart Grant

Businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care and accommodation sectors can now access one-off cash grants of up to £18,000 from their local council. The Restart Grant scheme opened nationally on 1 April 2021 and is now being rolled out by local authorities across England. Eligible businesses will be paid: a one-off grant of up…

Repaying COVID-19 Government-Backed Loans

Businesses that have used the Coronavirus Business Interruption and Bounce Back Loan schemes may soon see their 12-month payment-free period end soon. Businesses that took out a loan when they were first launched last year will have to begin repaying the money lent to them from May, unless they are able enjoy a repayment holiday…

Newly self-employed asked to complete pre-verification checks before applying for fourth SEISS grant

Newly self-employed taxpayers may be required to undergo pre-verification checks before they can access the fourth self-employment income support (SEISS) grant, it has been revealed. HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) wrote to over 100,000 businesses recently informing them about the changes. The move comes after the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, extended the SEISS to include those…

Preparing for the upcoming changes to furlough

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), more commonly referred to as furlough, will now be extended until the end of September this year following confirmation in the recent Chancellor’s Budget. First introduced a year ago, the scheme has provided an essential lifeline to employers, helping them shoulder the employment costs for employees who were unable…

Take advantage of the super-deduction from 1 April 2021

At the start of April, the Government will introduce the new super-deduction and special rate first-year allowance to help businesses invest in qualifying plant and machinery, as the nation looks to rebuild. This new capital allowance scheme will be available to companies from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2023, offering them an incentive to…