HMRC texting Tax Credit claimants about National Minimum Wage

Working Tax Credit recipients are known to be twice as likely to be underpaid the National Minimum Wage. Failure by employers to “uprate” workers following a key birthday is a common cause of non-compliance. HMRC are reminding recipients of Working Tax Credits who recently turned 18, 21 or 25, that they are eligible to a … Continue reading HMRC texting Tax Credit claimants about National Minimum Wage

£20 million to improve small business leadership and problem-solving skills #coronavirus

Two new leadership programmes to help small business leaders grow in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic have been launched Government investment in small business training, management and productivity£20 million commitment at critical time for small businesses dealing with the impact of coronavirusinterested small business leaders are encouraged to sign up The Small Business Leadership … Continue reading £20 million to improve small business leadership and problem-solving skills #coronavirus

Apprentices get job boost

A new online and telephone support service for apprentices who have lost their jobs during the Covid-19 outbreak has been launched by Gillian Keegan, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister (1st August 2020). A new Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices (ReSSA) will ensure they have access to local and national services that can provide financial, legal, health … Continue reading Apprentices get job boost

Job Retention Bonus

The Job Retention Bonus is a one-off payment to employers of £1,000 for every employee who they previously claimed for under the Coronavirus Job Retention scheme, and who remains continuously employed through to 31 January 2021. Employees must have earned at least £520 a month on average between the 1 November 2020 and 31 January … Continue reading Job Retention Bonus

Income Tax changes – Van benefit charge from 6 April 2021

From 6th April 2021, the cash equivalent of the van benefit charge for zero emission vans is nil. The government announced its intention to introduce this policy change at Budget 2020 as part of ‘Road to Zero’ targets. It will apply only to vans which cannot emit any CO2 when being driven.. This change supports … Continue reading Income Tax changes – Van benefit charge from 6 April 2021

Furloughed staff – not made a claim yet – Time is running out

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) closes for part 1 claims at midnight 31st July 2020. If you have an outstanding claim, then DO IT NOW. The CJRS Scheme was announced on Friday 20th March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic with the government supporting businesses to keep their workforce employed and paid. For … Continue reading Furloughed staff – not made a claim yet – Time is running out

Kickstart registrations for interested employers to be opened in August 2020

Over 700,000 people are leaving education this year. Many more are starting out in their careers. Under 25s are two and a half times as likely to work in a sector that has been closed by COVID. The Chancellor (Rishi Sunak) or has stated that ‘We cannot lose this generation and that's why we've launched … Continue reading Kickstart registrations for interested employers to be opened in August 2020

Over 32,000 registered restaurants for Eat Out to Help Out

Over 32,000 restaurants have registered for Eat Out to Help Out. Registration closes end of August. You can register if your establishment: sells food for immediate consumption on the premisesprovides its own dining area or shares a dining area with another establishment for eat-in mealswas registered as a food business with the relevant local authority … Continue reading Over 32,000 registered restaurants for Eat Out to Help Out

Consultation launched: National Insurance Contributions holiday for employers that hire former members of the armed forces

The government is seeking views from employers of veterans, software providers and accountants about a National Insurance Contributions (NICs) holiday for employers who hire former members of the UK regular armed forces. The measure, announced at Budget 2020 in March, will exempt employers for any NICs liability on veteran’s salary up to the Upper Secondary … Continue reading Consultation launched: National Insurance Contributions holiday for employers that hire former members of the armed forces

Are you ready for changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme?

Dear @PAYadvice, Do you want to find out more about changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and how flexible furloughing can support your business? Join our live webinar, Extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and flexible furloughing, for the latest information, including: an overview of changes to the scheme, including how you can now bring … Continue reading Are you ready for changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme?

Business events and conferences given go ahead to resume from 1st October 2020 in England

Government to begin pilots to help plan how best to restart indoor business eventsNew guidance outlines how the nation’s conference venues can get back up and running safely Business events, conferences and events centres in England will be given the go ahead to reopen on 1 October adhering to social distancing, Prime Minister Boris Johnson … Continue reading Business events and conferences given go ahead to resume from 1st October 2020 in England

PM statement on coronavirus: 17th July 2020

Boris Johnson, PM Friday 17th July 2020, the British Primeminister sets out further measures in the process of lifting restrictions. PM statement on Coronavirus The highlights Today we are publishing our framework for containing and controlling future outbreaks in England, which will enable national and local government to work closely together. ...local authorities will have … Continue reading PM statement on coronavirus: 17th July 2020

Employment in the UK

The Office for National Statistics have released their latest labour market report. While some have lost their jobs, the biggest response of employers remains cutting hours rather than employment. Lower hours includes putting people onto furlough - though there is some evidence of some people returning to work. Furloughed workers are often on partial pay, … Continue reading Employment in the UK

Off-Payroll Working – government response

In a response to the House of Lords sub committee, the U.K. government are continuing with plans to progress the introduction of off-payroll working rules in the private sector which, as a result of #COVID19, was delayed from April 2020 until April 2021. They claim that the “off-payroll working rules are designed to ensure that … Continue reading Off-Payroll Working – government response

The Office of Tax Simplification to review Capital Gains Tax

The Chancellor has written to the OTS, to ask them to undertake a review of Capital Gains Tax and aspects of the taxation of chargeable gains, in relation to individuals and smaller businesses. As well as looking at opportunities to simplify administration and the impact of technical issues, the review will explore areas where the … Continue reading The Office of Tax Simplification to review Capital Gains Tax

Latest on the #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and the Self Employment Income Scheme

The UK government have confirmed the statistics up to midnight 12 July 2020. £31.7bn for small business through Bounce Back loans, with around 55k interruption loan approvals The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has closed to new entrants as it is now phasing through flexible furlough. 9.4 million jobs had been furloughed with government grants of … Continue reading Latest on the #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and the Self Employment Income Scheme

ACAS provide a Returning to the workplace process map

ACAS interactive process map with hyperlinks The process map is designed for employers who are preparing for a return to the workplace. It is an interactive resource which signposts some recommended actions and further guidance available. ACAS also provide more guidance on the steps recommended for enabling a return to the workplace. Returning to the … Continue reading ACAS provide a Returning to the workplace process map

Eat Out to Help Out – register your establishment

The U.K. government has released guidance pages for the registration service for establishments to offer the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme. Registration opened on Monday 13th July 2020. You can use the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme to offer a discount to diners and encourage them to eat at your restaurant. You can … Continue reading Eat Out to Help Out – register your establishment

More businesses can reopen #COVID19 #coronavirus

The UK Government is continuing to ease restrictions. From 11th July 2020: you can participate in team and other grassroots sports where the sports governing body has issued guidance on how to do so safelyoutdoor swimming pools and outdoor water parks can openoutdoor performances in front of a live audience and indoor rehearsals can take … Continue reading More businesses can reopen #COVID19 #coronavirus

A Plan For Jobs

The Chancellor of the Exchequer set out a Plan for Jobs to Parliament on 8 July 2020. This is the Plan for Jobs and supporting documents. A Plan For Jobs The government state this will support the UK’s economic recovery while continuing to prioritise people’s health by: introducing a new Job Retention Bonus to encourage … Continue reading A Plan For Jobs

Find out more about the Job Retention Bonus Scheme

8th July 2020 Dear @PAYadvice, Today the Chancellor announced the introduction of the Job Retention Bonus. This is a one-off payment of £1,000 to employers that have used the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) for each furloughed employee who remains continuously employed until 31‌‌‌ ‌January 2021. The bonus will provide additional support to retain employees. … Continue reading Find out more about the Job Retention Bonus Scheme

#PlanForJobs

The U.K. governments #PlanForJobs is aimed at getting Britain working towards economic recovery as we overcome the effects of the #coronavirus pandemic. Will U.K. business invest as partners in expanding employment, increase training, providing apprenticeships. The proposals are to give business the confidence to retain jobs, hire additional new employees, provide training opportunities, and help … Continue reading #PlanForJobs

5% VAT on tourism and hospitality from 15th July 2020

Today the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced a VAT reduction from 20% to 5% on the following business activities: any eat-in or hot takeaway food and drinks from restaurants, cafes and pubs, excluding alcohol; all holiday accommodation in hotels, B&Bs, campsites and caravan sites and attractions like cinemas, theme parks and zoos. The reduction is valid … Continue reading 5% VAT on tourism and hospitality from 15th July 2020

Rishi’s Plan for Jobs will help Britain bounce back

Delivering his Summer Economic Update in Parliament, the Chancellor announced a package of measures to support jobs in every part of the country, give businesses the confidence to retain and hire, and provide people with the tools they need to get better jobs. The plan for jobs is the second part of a three-phase plan … Continue reading Rishi’s Plan for Jobs will help Britain bounce back

Over a million bounce back loans approved for small businesses #COVID19 #coronavirus

Bounce Back loans approved for small firms to help them survive the Coronavirus pandemic has passed the one million milestone. The Bounce Back Loan Scheme has been a success in providing firms with vital government-backed loans at a low, affordable rate and with no interest or repayments due in the first year. Today’s update shows … Continue reading Over a million bounce back loans approved for small businesses #COVID19 #coronavirus

Employment and skills convention – 9th July #COVID19 #coronavirus

The Coronavirus pandemic has triggered an unprecedented economic crisis. Despite the government’s measures to protect businesses and jobs, we have seen a dramatic spike in unemployment. While the economy is gradually unlocking, it is increasingly clear that the legacy of the crisis will be with us for years to come.   The Employment and Skills Convention … Continue reading Employment and skills convention – 9th July #COVID19 #coronavirus

Public asked to leave a name and number with venues to help stop the spread of COVID-19

Executive Chair of NHS Test and Trace encourages public, businesses and organisations to “play their part in new national effort” by providing names and phone numbers with venues and businesses they visit from this Saturday New guidance published for hospitality and leisure sector sets out how organisations can keep a secure, short-term record of staff … Continue reading Public asked to leave a name and number with venues to help stop the spread of COVID-19

Flexi-Furlough is OPEN and claims can commence #COVID19 #coronavirus

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) Part 1 is now concluded. Any grant claim applications must be made at the latest 31st July 2020 else it will be too late. So Flexible Furlough starts today. For employees who have completed their continuous 21 day furlough under part 1 can now be Flexi-Furloughed working as little … Continue reading Flexi-Furlough is OPEN and claims can commence #COVID19 #coronavirus

#coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Direction notice issued 26th June 2020 – flexible furlough

Chancellor, Rishi Sunak The publication of a further Treasury direction on the CJRS is now live. This direction reflects the extension of the Scheme to 31st October 2020, and the changes to the terms of the scheme from 1st July 2020 onwards, announced by the Chancellor on 12th May 2020. This direction does not contain … Continue reading #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Direction notice issued 26th June 2020 – flexible furlough

Flexible furlough starts from 1st July 2020 #coronavirus #COVID19

Dear @PAYadvice, HM Treasury letter box by PSP(c)2020 We wrote to you recently to help you prepare for changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). This is a reminder that you can start to flexibly furlough eligible employees from 1‌‌‌ ‌July onwards. From 1‌‌‌ ‌July, you can claim a more flexible grant for any employee you have previously … Continue reading Flexible furlough starts from 1st July 2020 #coronavirus #COVID19

Small Business Accelerator – free online educational programme

Today @AmazonUK and @e_nation have launched the Amazon Small Business Accelerator which will help over 200,000 businesses to start, recover, grow, and accelerate thanks to free training, services and support. Amazon Small Business Accelerator is a free, online educational programme for anyone who wants to start a new online business or grow an existing one. … Continue reading Small Business Accelerator – free online educational programme

Apprenticeships and social mobility

New Report finds that the apprenticeship system is failing people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Workers from disadvantaged backgrounds are being left behind by the apprenticeship system, with numbers slumping by more than a third since the introduction of the apprenticeship levy, says the Social Mobility Commission in its report ‘Apprenticeships and social mobility: Fulfilling potential’ published … Continue reading Apprenticeships and social mobility

Happy Brexit vote anniversary – Preparing for the EU settlement Scheme

4 years ago on 23rd June 2016 the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. Changes in employment rights start to apply from 1st January 2021 with changes applicable from 1 July 2020 in relation to right to work checks for EU citizens. There will be no change to right to work checks until … Continue reading Happy Brexit vote anniversary – Preparing for the EU settlement Scheme

‘Independence Day’ for more businesses and venues – 4th July 2020

The U.K. prime minister has announced that pubs, restaurants and hairdressers can reopen if they are #COVID19 secure from 4th July 2020 in England. Boris Johnson The Chancellor Rishi Sunak tweeted that “I can’t wait to get back to the pub.... and I don’t even drink... Good news for Business.. and glad we’ll have a … Continue reading ‘Independence Day’ for more businesses and venues – 4th July 2020

#coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self Employed Income Support Scheme update – 21st June 2020

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Part 1 is soon coming to an end on 30th June 2020. Announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on Friday 20th March 2020, the Scheme covered from 1st March through 30th June for those who were furloughed for a minimum period of 21 consecutive days. The last new furlough … Continue reading #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self Employed Income Support Scheme update – 21st June 2020

#COVID19: Can you open for business safely? New government online tool available

The UK Government has developed an online tool to help businesses in England to reopen safely during coronavirus. It encourages carrying out a risk assessment and helps identify workplace adjustments. Employers have the legal responsibility to protect their employees and other people on site, such as customers and visitors. This tool will help businesses to … Continue reading #COVID19: Can you open for business safely? New government online tool available

Employer help – #coronavirus Support for Business

The ‘employer help’ website from Jobcentre Plus offers a range of advice to help business overcome the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether needing to expand rapidly, or worried about redundancies, you can find advice on next steps and the best ways to support your staff. The types of resources and services available include: … Continue reading Employer help – #coronavirus Support for Business

#BREXIT – The UKs new immigration system – January 2021 changes

With the end of the EU transition period, the free movement within the U.K. ends with the introduction of a new points based system which will treat EU and non-EU citizens equally. This means changes for businesses and the government have issued a guide for employers: The UK’s points-based immigration system:An introduction for employers From … Continue reading #BREXIT – The UKs new immigration system – January 2021 changes

Returning to the workplace – ACAS #coronavirus #COVID19

With the start of flexible furlough from 1st July 2020, employers will be planning ways of bringing their workforce back into the workplace. Although home working may become a partial norm, business premises will start to open and commence an establishment of a new working norm! ACAS publish guidance for employers on steps and suggested … Continue reading Returning to the workplace – ACAS #coronavirus #COVID19

Penalties and appeals #HMRC #coronavirus #COVID19

Support available during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic - Late filing and payment penalties HMRC is supporting taxpayers during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic... [Taxpayers] should continue to pay and file on time... However, HMRC understands that some... will find it difficult to meet deadlines. For example, they may not have access to their business premises or be … Continue reading Penalties and appeals #HMRC #coronavirus #COVID19

Reservists returning to civilian work eligible for #coronavirus #COVID19 government support schemes

Military reservists able to access the self employment scheme and those returning to work the Coronavirus job retention scheme (CJRS) Rishi Sunak said serviceman and servicewomen who come back to their day job after completing a period of active duty will be able to be furloughed by their employer under the recently extended Coronavirus Job … Continue reading Reservists returning to civilian work eligible for #coronavirus #COVID19 government support schemes

Usual Hours! – new Flexible Furlough calculation and claim requirements #coronavirus #COVID19

From 1st July employees can return to work part-time and be furloughed for the remaining usual work time not worked. Employers claiming for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) ‘part 2’ must calculate the employees ‘usual’ and ‘furloughed’ hours to calculate their claim. From 1st July, employers will: only be able to claim for employees … Continue reading Usual Hours! – new Flexible Furlough calculation and claim requirements #coronavirus #COVID19

#coronaviris Job Retention Scheme changes for 1st July 2020 and onwards #COVID19

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have updated guidance in readiness for the commencement of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) Part 2. CJRS Part 1, covered furloughed periods for employees from 1st March 2020 through 30th June 2020 and is coming to an end, with employers who are wanting to receive a grant required to … Continue reading #coronaviris Job Retention Scheme changes for 1st July 2020 and onwards #COVID19

UK Government figures confirm support for incomes across all nations during #coronavirus #COVID19

new figures highlight Government support in protecting jobs and helping individuals across all four nationsstatistics for Coronavirus Jobs Retention Scheme and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme show uptake of schemesnew figures also reveal size and sector of businesses furloughing staff Under the CJRS, up until the 31 May more than 6.4 million jobs were furloughed in … Continue reading UK Government figures confirm support for incomes across all nations during #coronavirus #COVID19

#coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – NOW CLOSED to new added furlough cases #COVID19

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is now closed to most new furlough cases. Only those returning from extended leave from 10th June to 30th October 2020 due to maternity, adoption and shared parental leave can be added to a pre-existing employer scheme. Ordinarily, 10th June 2020 was the last start point for a minimum … Continue reading #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – NOW CLOSED to new added furlough cases #COVID19

“Employers are breaking the law and forcing pregnant women out of work during the pandemic”, warns TUC

E by ZJ (c)2019 A new survey by the TUC (published 10th June 2020) indicates that A quarter of pregnant women have faced discrimination at work during the coronavirus outbreak: 1 in 4 pregnant women have been treated unfairlyLow-paid pregnant women are most likely to have lost pay or workHealth of pregnant women at risk … Continue reading “Employers are breaking the law and forcing pregnant women out of work during the pandemic”, warns TUC

#coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Key Dates #COVID19

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is changing: From 1 July, employers can bring back to work employees that have previously been furloughed for any amount of time and any shift pattern, while still being able to claim the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme grant for their normal hours not worked. When claiming the grant for furloughed … Continue reading #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Key Dates #COVID19

Parents returning to work after extended leave eligible for furlough #COVID19 #coronavirus

E&R by PSP (c)2020 People on maternity, adoption and shared parental leave who return to work in the coming months will be eligible for the government’s furlough scheme HM Treasury announced 9th June 2020. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has been extended until October, with new flexibilities introduced from 1st July 2020 to support … Continue reading Parents returning to work after extended leave eligible for furlough #COVID19 #coronavirus

HMRC update – Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Important Dates #COVID19

Jim Harra of the HMRC has provided the following communication: Dear employer, As part of changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), I’ve outlined below important dates that may impact you in the coming weeks. Important dates – what you need to know now The scheme will close to anyone who hasn’t been furloughed … Continue reading HMRC update – Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Important Dates #COVID19

Furlough deadline less than 1 week away – #COVID19 #coronavirus – ACT NOW – keep Britain paid

Urgent need to view business continuity during #COVID19 return to work activity Have you reviewed your business strategy towards reopening and getting your workforce back into work. For employers wanting to take advantage of the new Flexible Furlough options which come into force from 1st July 2020 allowing full flexibility of part time v furlough … Continue reading Furlough deadline less than 1 week away – #COVID19 #coronavirus – ACT NOW – keep Britain paid

Need help with you furlough grant claim? #COVID19 #coronavirus

UK employers have until 10th June 2020 to furlough employees to take part in the UK Job Retention Scheme. You cannot add additional employees to the Scheme later. For employers who have furloughed employees between 1st March and 30th June for a continuous period of at least 21 consecutive calendar days, you can claim a … Continue reading Need help with you furlough grant claim? #COVID19 #coronavirus

Furlough option closing to new cases #COVID19 #coronavirus

As part of the #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme which sees the government paying 80% of furloughed workers regular wages where they agree to not work for 21 days, it is important to note that the scheme will close to new entrants from 30‌‌th June. From this point onwards, employers will only be able to furlough … Continue reading Furlough option closing to new cases #COVID19 #coronavirus

Flexible furlough from 1st July 2020 #COVID19 #coronavirus

From 1‌‌ July 2020, employers will have the flexibility to bring previously furloughed employees back to work part-time – the government will continue to pay 80% of wages for any of their normal hours they do not work up until the end of August. This added flexibility comes a month earlier than previously announced to … Continue reading Flexible furlough from 1st July 2020 #COVID19 #coronavirus

Furlough scheme changes announced 29th May 2020 #COVID19 #coronavirus

So far, the CJRS has helped 1 million employers across the UK furlough 8.4 million jobs. The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced changes to the #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Flexible furloughing is starting one month early and employers will only be asked to start contributing to furloughed salaries from September 2020. Rishi Sunak Over … Continue reading Furlough scheme changes announced 29th May 2020 #COVID19 #coronavirus

Self Employment Income Support Scheme extended – #COVID19 #coronavirus

Rishi Sunak has announced (29th May 2020) an extension to SEISS. “I know people have been waiting to hear and I understand they have been anxious. I can confirm today the self-employment income support scheme will be extended”. Rishi Sunak “Applications will open in August. The second final grant will be paid out in a … Continue reading Self Employment Income Support Scheme extended – #COVID19 #coronavirus

Working safely in Shops and Branches #COVID19 #coronavirus

Updated 25th May 2020 to reflect industry feedback and to expand coverage of non essential retail categories ahead of planned opening. After consulting businesses, unions and safety experts, the department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy have updated the COVID-19 secure guidance to help certain shops across England reopen safely from June. This advice is … Continue reading Working safely in Shops and Branches #COVID19 #coronavirus

#coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme is open

Today, 26th May 2020, the UK government’s Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Claim Back Scheme has launched online. If you’re a business with fewer than 250 employees who has paid SSP due to coronavirus related incapacity to work, you can now start to make you claim. For those who have had employees absent due to #COVID19 … Continue reading #coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme is open

#coronavirus Job Retention Scheme updates 21st May 2020 #COVID19

The HMRC has confirmed that the guidance for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been updated with some further clarifications and adjustments as follows: The updated resources are available on the following buttons: Check if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Check if you can claim for your employee's wages through the … Continue reading #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme updates 21st May 2020 #COVID19

#COVID19 government help webinars #coronavirus

Jim Harra, of the HMRC has shared the following: The government is committed to doing whatever it takes to support businesses and individuals through the coronavirus pandemic and the following webinars have the information, guidance and tips to help you to support your clients. There are a limited number of spaces, so save your place now. … Continue reading #COVID19 government help webinars #coronavirus

Off-Payroll rules progressing for April 2021 private sector introduction

The government are progressing the introduction of off-payroll working / deemed employment / IR35 changes in the private sector to mirror tax and NI activity that has applied in the public sector for the past few years. Originally intended for introduction from April 2020 and delayed by #coronavirus #COVID19, an amendment to the finance bill … Continue reading Off-Payroll rules progressing for April 2021 private sector introduction

#coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – need funds for end of May? #COVID19

HMRC are reminding employers that are dependent on receiving grant money to enable payments of for the end of May 2020. If you need the government funds for to pay Furlough wages, then apply by midnight of 20th May 2020 to receive payment by 31st May 2020. Claim for theCoronavirusJob Retention Scheme PAYadvice.UK 18/5/2020

Waiving Income or Salary as a result of #COVID19

Employers, directors and employees may want to waive their rights to salaries and bonuses during the Covid-19 pandemic to support their own business or donate to good causes related to Covid-19. Where directors give up part of their salary or bonus to a third party or direct that the money be used in a particular … Continue reading Waiving Income or Salary as a result of #COVID19

Filing deadlines (P11D, PSA etc) and #COVID19 #coronavirus

P11D deadlines are looming As a result of #coronavirus lockdown and increased home-working arrangements, many payroll and reward professionals are concerned with some of the rapidly arriving submission and distribution deadlines and whether they can be met. Access to documentation, records, and interaction with benefit providers may be difficult! Ability to print forms and distribute … Continue reading Filing deadlines (P11D, PSA etc) and #COVID19 #coronavirus

Exemption for #coronavirus related reimbursed home office expenses #COVID19

The UK government have announced in the House of Parliament and the House of Lords tax concession for employers reimbursing employee purchased equipment for home working backdated to 19th March 2020. Exemption for coronavirus related reimbursed home office expenses:Written statement - HCWS237 Jesse Norman (The Financial Secretary to the Treasury) To support employees who are … Continue reading Exemption for #coronavirus related reimbursed home office expenses #COVID19

Applications for Self-Employment Income Support Scheme open early #COVID19 #coronavirud

From 8am Wednesday 13th May 2020 self-employed individuals or members of partnerships whose business has been adversely affected by coronavirus are able to apply for a Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant worth 80% of their average monthly trading profits. Millions are expected to benefit from the scheme with the payments – to be paid in a single instalment covering … Continue reading Applications for Self-Employment Income Support Scheme open early #COVID19 #coronavirud

Safer travel guidance – #COVID19 #coronaviris

The UK government have issued safer travel guidance. With the encouragement of employer to make workplaces safe and for employees who cannot work from home to return to work where possible, employees and individuals need to be careful when travelling, especially on public transport. Grant Shapps, In a statement to the House of Parliament, Grant … Continue reading Safer travel guidance – #COVID19 #coronaviris

#coronaviris Job Retention Scheme extended #COVID19

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced that thr Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is being extended a further 4 months to October 2020. Rishi Sunak, Chancellor ‘By that point, we will have provided eight months of support to British people and businesses. Until the end of July, there will be no changes to the scheme … Continue reading #coronaviris Job Retention Scheme extended #COVID19

Going back to the workplace – is your employer prepared? #COVID19 #coronavirus

Is your employer instructing you to return to your normal workplace? Can you undertake work from home? The government are asking employers to put in place additional measures and comply with the governments requirements on managing the risks of #COVID19. Where employers have complied, they have been asked to display the poster illustrated above to … Continue reading Going back to the workplace – is your employer prepared? #COVID19 #coronavirus

New guidance launched to help get Brits safely back to work #COVID19 #coronavirus

The government have issued new ‘COVID-19 secure’ guidelines for UK employers to help them get their businesses back up and running with workplaces operating as safely as possible. The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has set out steps to beat the virus and restart the economy, ‘so we can protect jobs, restore people’s livelihoods and fund … Continue reading New guidance launched to help get Brits safely back to work #COVID19 #coronavirus

Self-Employed Income Support Scheme – apply from Wednesday 13th May #COVID19 #coronavirus

How to claim The online service is available from 13 May 2020. If eligible, HMRC will tell you the date you can make your claim. If your claim is approved you’ll receive your payment within 6 working days. If unable to claim online an alternative will be available. Scams If you receive texts, calls or … Continue reading Self-Employed Income Support Scheme – apply from Wednesday 13th May #COVID19 #coronavirus

Over 69,000 Bounce Back Loans approved on first day #COVID19 #coronavirus

More than 69,000 Bounce Back Loans worth over £2 billion have been approved during the first 24 hours of the scheme, the Chancellor has announced. The seven largest lenders (Barclays, Danske, HSBC, Lloyds, RBS, Santander and Virgin Money) received more than 130,000 Bounce Back Loan Scheme applications on the first day of the scheme (4 … Continue reading Over 69,000 Bounce Back Loans approved on first day #COVID19 #coronavirus

Bounce Back Loans #COVID19 #coronavirus

New bounce back loans launched 4th May 2020 Britain’s small businesses will be able to apply for quick and easy-to access loans of up to £50,000 from today – with the cash expected to land within days. Thousands of small firms and sole traders [are] eligible for 100% government-backed Bounce Back Loans to help them … Continue reading Bounce Back Loans #COVID19 #coronavirus

Online tool – Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) #COVID19 #coronavirus

HMRC are starting to contact the self-employed who are likely to be eligible for SEISS. The contact is via a combination of emails, SMS texts and letters, to tell you what to do to get ready to claim. Applications are opening in tranches based on you unique taxpayer number (UTR) which is given to all … Continue reading Online tool – Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) #COVID19 #coronavirus

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme updates 1st & 4th May 2020 – #COVID19 #coronavirus

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme#claim The Chancellor has made a Treasury Direction under Sections 71 and 76 of the Coronavirus Act 2020. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/882593/SEISS_Direction_Final_-_SIGNED.pdf HMRC are responsible for the payment and management of amounts to be paid under the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, as in the Schedule to the Direction. The Direction sets the legal framework. This week HMRC will … Continue reading Self-Employment Income Support Scheme updates 1st & 4th May 2020 – #COVID19 #coronavirus

How popular is Homeworking?

https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/employmentandemployeetypes/articles/technologyintensityandhomeworkingintheuk/2020-05-01 UK business has had to rapidly adapt to meet crisis conditions under the Coronavirus pandemic. Working life may now change forever! Return to work plans are now considering more long range inclusion of home-working with some planning on regular 2 days working from home policies as a rule of thumb. Former fears of productivity … Continue reading How popular is Homeworking?

Incorrect refusal of CJRS applications

Some employers applying for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme have experienced their grant application being denied due to arrears of tax liabilities. HMRC have confirmed that the refusal is not correct and should not have happened. HMRC officers have received updated guidance and advice to ensure the error is not repeated. HMRC ask employers who … Continue reading Incorrect refusal of CJRS applications

Small business – bounce back loans #COVID19 #coronavirus

HM Treasury - by PSP New 100% government backed small business loan scheme borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 and access the cash within daysinterest free for the first 12 months - online short simple form Small businesses will benefit from a new fast-track finance scheme providing loans with a 100% government-backed guarantee for lenders, the … Continue reading Small business – bounce back loans #COVID19 #coronavirus

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – guidance updated 23/4/2020 – Fixed term contract

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme Guidance has been updated 23 April 2020 New information has been added on collective agreement reached with a trade union. Clarified eligibility criteria, including for employees on fixed-term contracts. If your employee is on a fixed term contract An employee on a fixed term contract can be re-employed, furloughed and claimed for if either: … Continue reading Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – guidance updated 23/4/2020 – Fixed term contract

CJRS Furlough – Employees you can claim for #COVID19 #coronavirus

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme [Employers] can claim for employees on any type of employment contract, including: full-timepart-timeagencyflexible or zero-hour contractsForeign nationals are eligible to be furloughed. Grants under the scheme are not counted as ‘access to public funds’, and you can furlough employees on all categories of visa. To be eligible for the grant, when on furlough, an … Continue reading CJRS Furlough – Employees you can claim for #COVID19 #coronavirus

Business support – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support Coronavirus business support What you can do now Find out what financial support schemes you may be eligible for Find out how to claim foryour employee’ wages through theCoronavirus Job Retention Scheme Find out how to apply for a grant if you’re self-employed PAYadvice.UK 21/4/2020

HMRC communication – Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will go live from 8am on Monday 20 April. We want to make sure employers are ready to make a claim, and we would be very grateful if you could share the following information with your colleagues, members, and clients. Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)Reporting CJRS FraudScams Update Coronavirus Job … Continue reading HMRC communication – Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Calculator

https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/job-retention-scheme-calculator/ Use the calculator to work out the figures you’ll need when you complete an online claim through the scheme. It’s aimed at organisations with a small number of employees. It won’t work for employees who: receive any top-up pay in the claim periodreturned from statutory leave such as maternity leave in the last three … Continue reading Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Calculator

Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Claim for 80% of your employee’s wages plus any employer National Insurance and pension contributions, if you have put them on furlough because of coronavirus (COVID-19). You’ll need the Government Gateway user ID and password you got when you registered for PAYE online. https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/gg/sign-in?continue=/home/services/enroll/&origin=PAYE-frontend What you need To make a claim, you need: to be … Continue reading Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Treasury Direction made under Sections 71 and 76 of the Coronavirus Act 2020

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/879484/200414_CJRS_DIRECTION_-_33_FINAL_Signed.pdf The Chancellor has made a Treasury Direction under Sections 71 and 76 of the Coronavirus Act 2020. Rishi Sunak - Chancellor of the Exchequer It sets out that HMRC are responsible for the payment and management of amounts to be paid under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, as set out in the Schedule to … Continue reading Treasury Direction made under Sections 71 and 76 of the Coronavirus Act 2020

Get ready for you CJRS grant claim #COVID19 #coronavirus

The online grant application opens on Monday 20th April. Employers who have furloughed and making the CJRS grant application need to: Ensure that you have registered for employer PAYE online. Your e-file payroll processors may not be allowed accessPrepare your data for the claim Before you claim Work out how much you can claim. To … Continue reading Get ready for you CJRS grant claim #COVID19 #coronavirus

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – further updates 17th April 2020 – #COVID19 #coronavirus

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme The government have added further guidance and information in preparation for the CJRS grant application opening on Monday 20th April 2020. The additional clarification and changes relate to: scheme extensionfraudclaims for employees made redundant or who stopped workingfixed term contractsagency workers And retaining records. New guidance has been published with information on holiday payemployees … Continue reading Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – further updates 17th April 2020 – #COVID19 #coronavirus

Furlough scheme extended to end of June #COVID19 #coronavirus

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme extended one month to reflect continuing social distancing measures. The: move will allow firms from across UK to continue to protect millions of jobsscheme will continue to be monitored to ensure people and businesses can get back to work as soon as it’s safe to do so to drive UK economic … Continue reading Furlough scheme extended to end of June #COVID19 #coronavirus

Furlough : benefits and salary sacrifice #COVID19 #coronavirus

Letter box, HM Treasury, by P Simon Parsons With employees being placed into furlough, there is much confusion and misunderstanding in relation to salary sacrifice arrangements. Benefits in kind The provision of benefits provided by employers have different tax and National Insurance implications than an employee receiving cash remuneration. For example: Child care vouchers given … Continue reading Furlough : benefits and salary sacrifice #COVID19 #coronavirus

Furlough and employees transferring #COVID19 #coronavirus

The government have confirmed that furlough and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme can be applied under a number of transfer situation. April is a popular time for the transfer of employees either within pre-existing business splits or under new ownership arrangements. The government confirm that:- Employee transfers under TUPE and on a change in ownership … Continue reading Furlough and employees transferring #COVID19 #coronavirus

Furlough and Pension contribution obligations #COVID19 #coronavirus

The Pension Regulator (TPR) have updated and added to their #COVID19 information and provided further clarity in relation to employers who have furloughed staff. The TPR state that they ‘will take a proportionate and risk-based approach towards enforcement decisions, in light of these challenging times, with the aim of supporting both employers and savers’. So … Continue reading Furlough and Pension contribution obligations #COVID19 #coronavirus

Employers! Furloughed? Are you preparing for the grant claim? You need an online HMRC account to claim? Apply now! #COVID19 #coronavirus

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) Have you furloughed some staff and anticipate applying for the CJRS grant? You need to ensure that you have online access for your PAYE scheme, or utilise your authorised tax filing agent (referred to as a 64-8 authorised agent who will also be regulated for Anti-Money Laundering). Setup of … Continue reading Employers! Furloughed? Are you preparing for the grant claim? You need an online HMRC account to claim? Apply now! #COVID19 #coronavirus

Contingent workers in the public sector #coronavirus #COVID19

The Cabinet Office have issued guidance on how payments to suppliers of contingent workers impacted by COVID-19 should be dealt with where the party receiving the contingent worker’s services is a Central Government Department, an Executive Agency of a Central Government Department or a Non-Departmental Public Body. The guidance operates similar to the Coronavirus Job … Continue reading Contingent workers in the public sector #coronavirus #COVID19

#coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Pay rises and National Minimum Wage implications #COVID19

The coronavirus job retention scheme allows employers to reclaim on a basis of earnings from February 2020 ( for salaried with regular pay) or for those on variable pay based on the same month last year or an average over the past 12 months (whichever is higher). Some employers may have been due to add … Continue reading #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Pay rises and National Minimum Wage implications #COVID19

Claim It – how much? – #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

How much CJRS grant can an employer claim? Employers can claim: 80% of your employees’ wages (even for employee’s on National Minimum Wage) - up to a maximum of £2,500. Do not claim for the worker’s previous salary.minimum automatic enrolment employer pension contributions on the subsidised wage Employers can ‘top up ...salary, but... do not … Continue reading Claim It – how much? – #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme