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Do I need to register for VAT?

Do I need to register for VAT?

You must register your business for VAT if your VAT taxable turnover exceeds the registration threshold. This is currently £85,000. You must register if: at the end of any month, the value of your VAT taxable supplies in the previous 12 months or less is more than...

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NIC and company directors

NIC and company directors

Special rules apply to company directors when it comes to calculating their Class 1 National Insurance liabilities. Why the rules Directors, particularly of personal and family companies, can control how and when they are paid and, in the absence of special rules,...

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Restart Grants and Recovery Loans

Restart Grants and Recovery Loans

As lockdown restrictions are eased, businesses may need help to re-open and to recover from the impact of the pandemic. Depending on the nature of the business, they may be eligible for a Restart Grant or a Recovery Loan. Restart Grants The Restart Grant Scheme...

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Can you claim the Employment Allowance for 2021/22?

Can you claim the Employment Allowance for 2021/22?

The Employment Allowance is a National Insurance allowance that enables eligible employers to reduce their employers’ (secondary) Class 1 National Insurance bill by up to £4,000. However, not all employers can benefit – there are some important exclusions. Eligible...

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Tax allowances frozen until April 2026

Tax allowances frozen until April 2026

The financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is unprecedented and borrowing levels in 2020/21 of 16.9% of GDP represent the highest level of peacetime borrowing. To meet some of this cost, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced in the 2021 Budget that various...

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Further grants for the self-employed

Further grants for the self-employed

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) has provided grant support for self-employed individuals whose business has been adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. An extension to the scheme was announced at the time of the 2021 Budget. As a result, it...

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Budget 2021-2022

Budget 2021-2022

On 3 March 2021, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, submitted his budget for 2021 with the following highlights: Extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme till September Until the ninth month of the year 2021, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain...

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Preparing for 2021 changes: Customs grants available

Preparing for 2021 changes: Customs grants available

In June 2020, the Government announced that it was making funding available to customs intermediaries and businesses to help increase their capacity to make customs declarations. Broadly, businesses need to prepare ahead of new procedures coming into play in 2021...

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Employment allowance – Have you claimed it?

Employment allowance – Have you claimed it?

The National Insurance employment allowance enables eligible employers to reduce the amount of employer’s National Insurance that they pay over to HMRC. The allowance, which is set at £4,000 for 2020/21, is available to most employers whose Class 1 National Insurance...

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Paying back deferred VAT

Paying back deferred VAT

At the start of lockdown, the Government announced a number of measures to help businesses weather the pandemic. One of those measures was the option for VAT-registered businesses to defer VAT payments that fell due between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020. This window...

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Statutory redundancy pay and furloughed employees

Statutory redundancy pay and furloughed employees

As the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme draws to a close, employers may face the difficult decision to make some employees redundant. Legislation was introduced at the end of July to protect furloughed employees. Entitlement An employee is entitled to statutory...

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Reduced rate of VAT for hospitality and leisure

Reduced rate of VAT for hospitality and leisure

The hospitality and leisure industries have been severely affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. To help businesses in these sectors to get back on their feet, a reduced rate of VAT of 5% rather than the standard rate of 20% will apply to certain supplies for a limited...

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Recording directors’ expenses correctly

Recording directors’ expenses correctly

It is only permissible for a company to deduct expenditure in computing its taxable profits if incurred wholly and exclusively for the purposes of the trade. Since a company is a separate legal entity that stands apart from its directors and shareholders, it will not...

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