COVID support schemes are ending, find out what is continuing

The SEISS fifth grant period ends today as does the furlough scheme, with employers having until 14 October to submit a claim for the latter – as does the VAT reduction for hospitality and tourism to 5%, which will see an increase to 12.5

The ICAEW have issued a handy timeline for the remaining schemes.

Two forms of data are shown in the chart: how much money has been spent or lent on each scheme so far, and each scheme’s end date.

The chart does not include all of the support measures provided by the government or the Bank of England to businesses and individuals, for example the £20 a week uplift in universal credit to those on low incomes that also comes to an end on 30 September or the corporate finance lending facilities provided by the Bank of England to very large businesses.

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Phishing email – Think that you won’t open one?

We all send emails daily. Yet, an increasingly large number of emails are a phishing email. Phishing (pronounced “fishing”) emails are sent by criminals who want you to give them your personal details. The email will ask you to fill in a form or to click on a link and download code to your computer – this allows the criminals to simply gather information or more severely, attack your IT system by implanting malware: software that will disrupt or destroy your data or tools or install ransomware, which encrypts data that will only be released once the victim has paid a ransom. Cybercrime is sadly rife.

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Be Prepared – changes to furlough from July 2021

Furlough has been extended until 30 September 2021, however, the level of grant available to employers under The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is set to reduce from 1st July, 2021. This means that employers will need to ‘top up’ wages to ensure that their employees continue to receive 80% of their salary, capped at £2,500 per month.

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SEISS 5 grant applications to open in late July (Self-Employment Income Support Scheme)

Applications for the fifth round of the self-employed income support scheme grant (SEISS 5) are due to open in late July. SEISS 5 covers the period May 2021 to September 2021 and eligibility is based on your tax returns. Am I eligible? How much will I receive?

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Act Now! Super-deduction – a very attractive £25m tax break on capex investment

Super-deduction, a new capital investment allowance, has been introduced to boost business investment and help economic recovery. It is a great incentive to encourage businesses to invest in plant and machinery and there are very few exclusions on what can be purchased. Available for two years from April 2021, the 130% capital allowance deduction will deliver 25p off company tax bills for every £1 of qualifying spend.

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Cash is King – Here’s how to generate cash right now

Covid-19 has hit many businesses hard. Many of us are working long hours to keep solvent: others are failing through no fault of their own, whilst a few are flying. The reason is simple: As a nation, we were not spending during lockdown. This means limited or non existent cash flow for impacted businesses.

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Cash Bonus For Employers Who Take On A New Apprentice

HIRE AN APPRENTICE AND RECEIVE UP TO £4,000

Any employer hiring new apprentices from 1st April 2021 will be eligible for extended cash bonuses of up to £4,000. Until 30 September 2021, grants of £3,000 per new hire, regardless of the apprentice’s age, will be distributed from the Treasury. This is on top of the £1,000 payment provided for new apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those under 25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan, meaning that some employers could receive £4,000 in total.

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The fourth Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant is worth up to £7,500 – do you know how to claim?

Updated: 26 April 2021 – The fourth Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant is worth up to £7,500 & covers the period from February 2021 to April 2021. The online service to claim the fourth grant will be available from late April 2021. If you’re eligible based on your tax returns, HMRC will contact you in mid-April to give you a date that you can make your claim from. It will be given to you either by email, letter or within the online service.

The Government Gateway is now open for the fourth round of SEISS grants – you will need to login and will then be given a date to return to make your application

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UK Tax Rates for 2021/2022

HB Accountants have produced a Tax Card which summarises many of the rates and allowances fundamental to your business and personal lives. It’s a great point of reference throughout the coming tax year and contains lots of information on personal, business, employment, property and capital taxes, including any changes.

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