Coronavirus is more than a world health emergency, the economic impacts are very real and emergency provisions are being made worldwide in an attempt to support individuals, business and anyone who advises them. HB Accountants are monitoring the COVID19 situation closely and collating resources as conditions unfold
This guide will help you understand the full range of business support measures that have been made available by the Government to help you and your business financially during Covid19. Plus find out how to access the support measures that have been made available (who is eligible) and how to apply.
The insurance industry and consumers throughout the UK have been waiting for today’s ruling since the early days of the COVID19 pandemic – the final ruling on the appeal of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)’s business interruption case. The Supreme Court livestreamed its judgement today, substantially allowing the FCA’s and the Hiscox Action Group (HAG)’s appeal and dismissing insurers’ appeals.
Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors are to receive a one-off Lockdown grant on top of grants already being paid out. This is in addition to the discretionary grant funding for Local Authorities & Local Restriction Support Grants & extension to Furlough.
You have always been able as an employee to claim expenses for working from home if your employer requires you to work at home. This has become much more relevant during the 2020/21 tax year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. HMRC has confirmed that claims from employees working at home due to coronavirus measures, if their usual workplace is closed, count as working from home for tax purposes.
Check your October emails. HMRC have emailed approximately 24,000 self-employed traders who have claimed a self-employed income support (SEISS) grant asking whether they were still trading – if you have received an email you must respond to HMRC by 20 November 2020 or you won’t be able to make a further claim for another SEISS grant
According to legend, Thomas Edison made thousands of prototypes of the light bulb before he finally got it right. Yet despite dealing with ‘failure’ throughout his life he never let it get the better of him. “I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”. His resilience gave us some of the world’s most amazing inventions such as the phonograph, the telegraph and the motion picture.
The government has published further guidance regarding the extended furlough scheme today (11th November 2020). The basic workings of The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme have not changed – the scheme will remain open until 31 March 2021. From 1 November 2020 you can claim 80% of an employee’s usual salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month.
The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant extension provides critical support to the self-employed in the form of 2 further grants, each available for 3 month periods. Grant 3 covering November 2020 to January 2021 and Grant 4 February 2021 to April 2021.
Just announced, the government is extending the CJRS to support individuals and businesses who are impacted by disruption caused by coronavirus (COVID-19) this winter. This is an extension of the CJRS and the scheme rules will remain the same except where HMRC state otherwise.
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