HMRC has waived late filing and late payment penalties for Self Assessment taxpayers for one month

If you run a business, or are an investor or a trustee, it is important that you are aware of important dates and deadlines. Failure to do so can result in HMRC issuing penalties for late payment. Normally, late filing penalties are applied to all returns due on but filed after the 31 January deadline. This year, like last year, HMRC are waiving late filing penalties for Self-Assessment taxpayers for a month, giving you extra time, if you need it, to complete your 2020/21 tax return and pay any tax due. Self Assessment late payment penalties waived – more information below.

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Just announced: Additional financial support will be available for businesses who have been impacted by the Omicron variant

Rishi Sunak has announced that £1 billion of additional support will be available for businesses most affected by Omicron across the UK with businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors in England eligible for one-off grants of up to £6,000 per premises. Plus more discretionary funding will be made available for local authorities to support other businesses

What additional financial support is being made available?

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Corporation Tax Changes Explained

Corporation tax is a huge source of revenue for the Government. Collected by the Government from the profits of companies operating in the UK and it is changing. (The profits of unincorporated businesses, sole traders and partnerships are subject to income tax as opposed to corporation tax)

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How does the Autumn Budget 2021 impact on you and your business? Find out here

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak presented his third Budget on 27 October 2021. In his speech he set out the plans to “build back better” with ambitions to level up and reduce regional inequality. Find out how the Budget impacts on you and your business below

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Autumn Budget 2021 – what is anticipated – Green Budget perhaps?

The Autumn Budget (the second budget of the year) will be delivered this Wednesday, 27th October and comes on the same day as the Spending Review which sets out how government will fund public services for the next three years.

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Planning For Growth

Welcome to our new series of blogs that will help organisations and businesses of all sizes with PLANNING FOR GROWTH.

After the roller coaster 18-months of lockdowns, openings and for some, a reduced customer base, it’s time to refocus our energies on growth. Over the next few months, we will write a number of blogs on this topic. They will be packed full of guidance and tips that will help your business flourish. Featuring ways to streamline your processes, that will prompt you to review your activities, as well as offering invaluable advice.

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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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