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Temporary extension to the Help to Buy scheme
29/10/2020
The Help to Buy equity loans scheme is open to both first-time buyers and home movers on new-build homes in England with a purchase price up to £600,000. The Help to Buy equity loans provide a low-interest loan towards the deposit. The loan is interest free for the first 5 years. New home buyers need a 5% deposit, and the government Read more...


Job Support Scheme for closed businesses
29/10/2020
The CJRS or furlough scheme ended on 31 October 2020 and has been replaced by the Job Support Scheme (JSS). This JSS has been designed to help businesses and employees deal with a fresh spike of the virus and a winter of uncertainty. The JSS is now split into two parts, the JSS Open for businesses which remain open and the JSS Closed for Read more...


Venues required to enforce rule of six
29/10/2020
Since 18 September 2020, many designated venues in England have been required to enforce the rule of 6. The 'rule of 6' bans any social gathering of more than 6 people, except under limited circumstances such as if a single household or support bubble includes more than 6 people. Services included within the legal requirements to Read more...


Carry back charitable donations
29/10/2020
If you pay Income Tax at the basic rate no additional relief is due on your charitable donations. However, if you are a higher rate or additional rate taxpayer then you can claim tax relief on the difference between the basic rate and your highest rate of tax. This relief is given by increasing your basic rate and higher rate band by the Read more...


JSS – financial impact test for large employers
29/10/2020
The Job Support Scheme (JSS) Open is available from 1 November 2020 for businesses that remain open but with employees working reduced hours. Employees must work at least 20% of their usual hours, paid as normal, in order to qualify for the JSS Open. The employee will then receive 66.67% of their normal pay for hours not worked. Employees Read more...


JSS fraudulent claims
29/10/2020
The Job Support Scheme (JSS) has replaced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) which came to an end on 31 October 2020.There are significant concerns that between 5%-10% of claims made under the CJRS were fraudulent or made in error. There are additional anti-fraud measures in place to help prevent fraudulent claims made under Read more...


Events company collapse
29/10/2020
A recent investigation by the Insolvency Service has seen a husband and wife disqualified from being directors for a total of 17 years. The husband and wife team were directors of a company that provided conference and event organisation services across the UK. The male director had resigned as a director of the company in November 2014 Read more...


Unravelling the jargon: what is a support bubble?
27/10/2020
The following notes are copied from the GOV.UK website. At first glance, it would appear that the definition of a support bubble should be fairly easy to grasp. Don’t hold your breath. Basically, a support bubble is a close support network between a household with only one adult in the home (known as a single-adult household) and Read more...


Handling food? Wash, those hands
27/10/2020
If you are considering any change to your business activities that will involve handling any packaged food or raw ingredients, as you would expect, there are a raft of regulations that you will need to consider and adopt. The Department of the Environment has published considerable guidance on the GOV.UK website. Simply Google Read more...


Tax Diary November/December 2020
25/10/2020
1 November 2020 - Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 31 January 2020. 19 November 2020 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 November 2020. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 November 2020.) 19 November 2020 - Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly return for the month ended 5 November Read more...

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