Regular asymptomatic testing for Covid will be paused in all remaining settings from 31st August 2022

Routine asymptomatic testing will be paused across remaining settings, including hospitals and care homes, from 31 August as Covid cases continue to fallTesting for individuals with symptoms in these settings, including health and social care staff, will continueImmunocompromised patients in hospitals and people being admitted into care homes and hospices will also continue to be … Continue reading Regular asymptomatic testing for Covid will be paused in all remaining settings from 31st August 2022

Directors banned for abusing dissolution process

Directors disqualified under new powers to tackle directors from dissolving companies and walking away without paying their debts. The four directors were disqualified after they all secured bounce back loans before dissolving their companies to avoid paying their liabilities back. In the most recent case, Sirfraz Ahmad, from Leeds, was disqualified for 10 years after … Continue reading Directors banned for abusing dissolution process

£4.5 billion Recovery Loan Scheme extended

Scheme supporting access to finance for small businesses extended for two yearsNearly 19,000 businesses supported since the scheme launched in April 2021 A vital support scheme offering Government-backed loans to small businesses will be extended for a further two years, Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has announced Wednesday 20th July 2022. The Recovery Loan Scheme, originally … Continue reading £4.5 billion Recovery Loan Scheme extended

COVID-19 Easements end

As part of the April 2022 Employer Bulletin, HMRC have confirmed detail around the ending of certain ‘easements’ related to special measures during COVID-19. Easement ends for employee home-office expenses Existing rules prior to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic provided Income Tax and National Insurance contributions exemptions, where employers provide employees with equipment to allow them … Continue reading COVID-19 Easements end

Home and Hybrid working – a taxing situation

Working from home: claiming tax relief from April 2022 As part of emergency COVID-19 restrictions, Government instructions to work from home where possible, including the legal requirement to self-isolate if you or a close contact tested positive for coronavirus, meant that in tax years 2020 to 2021 and 2021 to 2022 millions of people across … Continue reading Home and Hybrid working – a taxing situation

April 2022 HMRC Employer Bulletin

HMRC publishes the Employer Bulletin 6 times a year, giving employers and agents the latest information on topics and issues that may affect them. In April 2032edition of the Employer Bulletin there are important updates and information on: PAYE PAYE Settlement Agreements deadline Electronic payment deadline falls on a weekend Classification of company cars or … Continue reading April 2022 HMRC Employer Bulletin

Next steps for living with COVID

New guidance, from the Department of Health and Social Care, outlines free COVID-19 tests will continue to be available to help protect specific groups once free testing for the general public ends on 1st April 2022 Free COVID-19 tests will continue to be available to specific groups including eligible patients and NHS and care staff … Continue reading Next steps for living with COVID

Northern Ireland retain day 1 SSP for COVID

Northern Ireland retain COVID SSP day one Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) is a transferred matter in Northern Ireland and they have decided to retain the power in the Act which enabled SSP to be paid from day one of a COVID-related absence. Northern Ireland will also be retaining the broader SSP regulations which extended eligibility … Continue reading Northern Ireland retain day 1 SSP for COVID

COVID-19 travel restrictions removed

The government will remove the remaining COVID-19 international travel restrictions for all passengers from 4am Friday 18th March 2022. from 4am 18th March 2022 no-one entering the UK will need to take tests or complete a passenger locator formremaining managed hotel quarantine capacity will be fully stood down from the end of March, making the … Continue reading COVID-19 travel restrictions removed

COVID tax easement for those affected by travel restrictions ending

In 2020 HMRC introduced guidance indicating that non-UK resident employees stranded in the UK because of coronavirus travel restrictions would not be taxed on earnings for duties performed in the UK after their planned departure date, provided they were taxed in their home nation. EIM77045 - Appendix 5: COVID-19 considerations for non-residents and non-domiciled employees … Continue reading COVID tax easement for those affected by travel restrictions ending

Don’t forget to declare coronavirus support payments on Company Tax Returns

Dear PAYadvice.UK, We want to make sure you have the latest information to help your clients to complete their Company Tax Return (CT600) accurately. How to include coronavirus support payments in your accounts and company tax return  Coronavirus grants and payments issued by HMRC to support businesses and self-employed individuals during the pandemic are taxable.  … Continue reading Don’t forget to declare coronavirus support payments on Company Tax Returns

Closure of COVID Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)

COVID related sick leave HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have confirmed that the special arrangements for COVID related absence ends at midnight on 24th March 2022. Under the emergency COVID measures, employees who had a Period of Incapacity for Work (PIW) of 4 or more calendar days whose average weekly earnings were £120 or more … Continue reading Closure of COVID Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)

Plan for living with COVID

Prime Minister confirms next steps for living with Covid-19Vaccines will remain first line of defence against the virus with further boosters this spring for the most vulnerableAll remaining domestic covid regulations restricting public freedoms to end this week as part of the Living with Covid Plan Vaccines will remain the first line of defence against … Continue reading Plan for living with COVID

Sick pay self-certification returns to 7 days coverage

End to temporary changes to the self-certification period for sickness absence In December 2021, the government made regulations to extend the self-certification period for sickness absences from 7 days to 28 days. This was a strictly time-limited change to support the government priority to increase GP capacity immediately and enable GPs to focus on the … Continue reading Sick pay self-certification returns to 7 days coverage

COVID-19: England returns to plan A

All measures under Plan B have been lifted meaning face coverings are no longer mandatory in indoor venuesCOVID Passes are now voluntary for large events and nightclubs and people are no longer being advised to work from homeIt comes as hospital admissions stabilise, Omicron infections decline and the number of people in intensive care with … Continue reading COVID-19: England returns to plan A

Scottish changes to working from home

Hybrid working to resume in Scotland from 31st January 2022. The Scottish government has confirmed that businesses can prepare to resume hybrid working from Monday 31st January 2022, enabling more people to have a flexible return to working between home and the office. Due to the continued decline in Covid case rates and the progressing … Continue reading Scottish changes to working from home

Help to Grow: Digital scheme – letter to FTSE 250 leaders

The Secretary of State for BEIS has written to FTSE 250 leaders about the newly launched Help to Grow: Digital scheme. RT HON KWASI KWARTENG MPSecretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy He is asking for support in encouraging small and medium businesses to explore the newly launched Help to Grow: Digital scheme. … Continue reading Help to Grow: Digital scheme – letter to FTSE 250 leaders

Returning to offices

Cabinet Office Minister calls for Government departments to accelerate the return to office based working to boost staff collaboration and help support local businesses The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Steve Barclay, has tasked departments across government with ensuring their offices can return quickly to full occupancy following the lifting of work from home … Continue reading Returning to offices

England to return to Plan A

People will no longer be advised to work from home, face coverings will no longer be mandatory in indoor venues, and organisations will be able to choose whether to require NHS Covid PassesVaccination remains the best defence against COVID-19 and people are urged to Get Boosted Now The government announced Wednesday 19th January 2022 that … Continue reading England to return to Plan A

Statutory Sick Pay Rebate (SSPR) service opens

HM Revenue and Customs have written to employers and agents to let them know that the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate (SSPR) service is now open from Wednesday 19th January 2022. Employers could be eligible for support if they employed fewer than 250 employees on 30th November 2021, and they’ve paid Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) to … Continue reading Statutory Sick Pay Rebate (SSPR) service opens

New critical workforce testing measures

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has acknowledged the disruption to the workforce caused by the spread of Omicron and set out further measures the government is taking to address this. He announced the Government will provide 100,000 critical workers in England with free lateral flow tests to help keep essential services and supply chains running. … Continue reading New critical workforce testing measures

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – saving UK employment

Source: HMRC, Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme statistics The House of Commons library has published the statistical report for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, referred to as ‘Furlough’. The Scheme applied from 1st March 2020, to prevent mass redundancies due to the COVID-19 pandemics impact on the U.K. economy and specifically employment. The scheme ended on … Continue reading Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – saving UK employment

£1 billion support for businesses impacted by Omicron

Businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors in England will be eligible for one-off grants of up to £6,000 per premises, plus more than £100 million discretionary funding will be made available for local authorities to support other businessesGovernment will also cover the cost of Statutory Sick Pay for Covid-related absences for small and medium-sized … Continue reading £1 billion support for businesses impacted by Omicron

Self-isolation reduced from 10 to 7 days

New guidance enables the 10-day self-isolation period for people who have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) to be reduced to 7 days, in most cases. People who receive negative LFD results on day 6 and day 7 of their self-isolation period – with tests taken 24 hours apart – will no longer have to self-isolate … Continue reading Self-isolation reduced from 10 to 7 days

Statutory Sick Pay rebate scheme (SSPRS) reopens

Chancellor, Rishi Sunak has announced support for businesses who have been impacted by the Omicron variant with the reopening of the SSP rebate scheme (SSPRS). It is a temporary scheme to support employers facing heightened levels of sickness absence due to COVID-19. The SSPRS will refund small and medium-sized employers’ COVID-related SSP costs for up … Continue reading Statutory Sick Pay rebate scheme (SSPRS) reopens

Employee Sickness self-certification extended to 28 days

The DWP and HMRC have applied a statutory instrument which comes into force on Friday 17th December 2021 which extends employee sickness self-certification until 26th January 2022. …. …. This modifies the Statutory Sick Pay (Medical Evidence) Regulations 1985 to provide that an employee shall not be required to provide medical information for the first … Continue reading Employee Sickness self-certification extended to 28 days

Precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 Omicron variant

Face coverings From 4am Tuesday 30th November 2021 face coverings are compulsory in shops and other settings such as banks, post offices and hairdressers, as well as on public transport unless individuals are exempt. All international arrivals Travellers arriving into the country from 4am on Tuesday 30th November 2021 are required to take a PCR … Continue reading Precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 Omicron variant

HMRC Agent Update 89 has been published (October 2021)

Dear PAYadvice.UK, Agent Update: issue 89 is now available and contains the latest guidance and information for tax agents and advisers. This edition of Agent Update includes: •Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme •declaring coronavirus support schemes overpayments on company tax returns •Health and Social Care Levy •employers liabilities and payments for PAYE •updates to HMRC appeals processes. … Continue reading HMRC Agent Update 89 has been published (October 2021)

Get ready for Self Assessment

The deadline to complete a tax return for the 2020 to 2021 tax year is approaching. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding Self Assessment customers to check that they have the correct information to complete their tax return. Deadlines for the 2020 to 2021 tax year is 31st October 2021 on paper forms and … Continue reading Get ready for Self Assessment

Those pregnant urged to be vaccinated

Data is showing that 17% of the most critically ill COVID-19 patients are pregnant women who have not been vaccinated. Professor Christ Whitty states: ‘COVID-19 is dangerous for pregnant women and their babies. The medical advice is clear: it is much safer to be vaccinated against COVID than get COVID if you are pregnant or … Continue reading Those pregnant urged to be vaccinated

Chancellor praises workers as Plan for Jobs enters next stage

Chancellor hails UK workforce as Government’s Plan for Jobs enters the next stage.As furlough winds down schemes such as the super-deduction, Kickstart scheme and traineeships continue.Rishi Sunak will call on UK firms to take advantage of support during a visit to a Legal and General modular homes factory and housing site in Yorkshire. Latest figures … Continue reading Chancellor praises workers as Plan for Jobs enters next stage

£1.3 billion in furlough cash returned

New statistics show that businesses have relayed £1.3 billion in furlough cash, with £300 million returned in the last three months.The repayments are being made as more employees return to work as the economy recovers.The number of people on furlough has fallen to the lowest level since the start of the pandemic, with a further … Continue reading £1.3 billion in furlough cash returned

Mental health in the workplace

Small Business Minister Paul Scully has written an open letter to businesses about the resources available to help promote positive mental health in the workplace. Dear colleague, COVID-19 has affected all our lives and our livelihoods in profound ways over the last year. The nation has come together to keep ourselves and our loved ones … Continue reading Mental health in the workplace

6,150 investigations of furlough fraud underway

In a parliamentary response to a question from the DUPs Mr Gregory Campbell asking for information on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), the Treasury Minister Jesse Norman has confirmed that 1.3 million UK employers have used the furlough scheme to protect jobs. He also confirmed that HMRC have opened 6,150 inquiries into suspected overpayments … Continue reading 6,150 investigations of furlough fraud underway

ONS UK Labour market overview: March 2021

The latest three months to February 2021 recorded small increases in the number of payroll employees although since February 2020, the number of payroll employees has fallen by 693,000 with the largest falls seen at the start of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Analysis by age band shows that under 25s contributed over 60% of the … Continue reading ONS UK Labour market overview: March 2021

HMRC’s progress

HMRC, 100 Parliament Street by PSP(2019) How HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has performed during the first 9 months of tax year 2020 to 2021. The HMRC has published a news story charting their progress over the past 9 months. It has been a unique financial year as HMRC continues to be at the heart … Continue reading HMRC’s progress

TUC – Covid occupational deaths expose “huge inequalities” in labour market and need for tougher safety rules

Men working in elementary occupations or caring, leisure and other service occupations had the highest rates of death involving COVID-19. Women working in Process, plant and machine operatives, and Caring, leisure and other service occupations had the highest rate of death involving COVID-19 compared with women of the same age in the general population Commenting … Continue reading TUC – Covid occupational deaths expose “huge inequalities” in labour market and need for tougher safety rules

Businesses still open – is it COVID-secure, and what about those working from home?

For businesses still open under the current national lockdown, they must continue to ensure that premises are COVID-secure. The HSE is continuing to carry out spot checks and inspections across the country. And there are also obligations for those working from home. Making your workplace COVID-secure during the coronavirus pandemic Protect home workers PAYadvice.UK 8/1/2021

Action required – submit your Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme claims

Dear @PAYadvice, I’m writing to remind you of upcoming deadlines for Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) claims, and to answer some questions you or your clients might have, too. CJRS December claims deadline You must submit any December claims no later than‌‌ ‌Thursday‌‌ ‌14‌‌ ‌January. You or your clients … Continue reading Action required – submit your Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme claims

New lockdown grants to support businesses and protect jobs

Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors are to receive a one-off grant worth up to £9,000, the Chancellor has announced. Chancellor announces one-off top up grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses worth up to £9,000 per property to help businesses through to the Spring£594 million discretionary fund also made available to support … Continue reading New lockdown grants to support businesses and protect jobs

Prime Minister announces national lockdown

The Prime Minister has announced a national lockdown and instructed people to stay at home to control the virus, protect the NHS and save lives. The decision follows a rapid rise in infections, hospital admissions and case rates across the country, and our hospitals are now under more pressure than they have been at any … Continue reading Prime Minister announces national lockdown

Bosses should offer furlough to working parents affected by school closures, says TUC

The TUC is calling on employers to offer furlough to all parents affected by school closures. Last minute decision by ministers to close schools means many working mums and dads are now without childcare TUC asks employers to ‘do the right thing’ and offer furlough to parents And calls on government to introduce 10 days’ … Continue reading Bosses should offer furlough to working parents affected by school closures, says TUC

December furlough – Not claimed before? Claim deadline 14th January 2021

With Tier 4 shutdown measures, and further potential restrictions, employers who have not had to furlough staff previously may now be furloughing for the first time and never had to make a prior Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme before. How do you calculate the government grant amounts and make the claim? What is ‘reference salary’ and … Continue reading December furlough – Not claimed before? Claim deadline 14th January 2021