Accounting / Covid-19: FCA confirms extra time for half yearly reports

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has confirmed additional temporary relief for listed companies facing the challenges of corporate reporting during the coronavirus crisis

Tax / Coronavirus: essential updates for accountants, tax advisers and auditors

To assist accountants, tax advisers and auditors in dealing with the coronavirus crisis, all our related covid-19 coverage will be available here as soon as new announcements are made, plus expert analysis

Insight / Pandemic to disrupt home/office work patterns

Almost three quarters of employees working in financial services rate their working from home experience during lockdown as positive, according to a survey from Deloitte

Insight / Covid-19: do not let home working be a pain in the neck

Personal trainer Badrul Islam and optometrists Feel Good Contacts set out 10 simple steps to alleviate neck, back and shoulder pain for those working from home during the lockdown

Insight / Covid-19: money laundering supervision deferral

HMRC has published guidance on changes to the fee payment and registration arrangements for businesses registered for money laundering supervision, introduced during the coronavirus emergency

Insight / Covid-19: EU plans €750bn recovery fund

The European Commission is proposing a €750bn (£670bn) recovery fund to help the EU tackle the ‘unprecedented crisis’ produced by the coronavirus pandemic

Insight / Surge in HMRC asset seizure orders

HMRC has significantly ramped up its use of powers to seize monies suspected of being obtained unlawfully, in a sign the tax authority will be getting tough on fraudulent applications for coronavirus support schemes

Insight / Assessing the office risks for returning staff

From desk partitions, journeys to and from work and physical meetings, Thomas Mansfield’s Meredith Hurst highlights the risks that accountancy firms need to focus on as their employees return to the office

Accounting / Covid-19: ICAEW and ICAS going concern guidance

ICAEW and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) have jointly published free-to-access guidance for owners and directors of SMEs to assess the prospects of their business in the wake of Covid-19

Insight / FTSE 100 pensions ‘in best position’ pre-Covid

The pension schemes of FTSE 100 companies were in their best position for 20 years at the start of the Covid-19 crisis, but progress on reducing the gap between senior executives’ packages and those of the company’s workforce has been slow, according to consultancy LCP

Insight / Covid-19: Coronavirus sick pay scheme opens for applications

Small businesses and employers across the UK who have paid statutory sick pay (SSP) to staff taking coronavirus-related leave will be able to claim back the money from today

Tax / One chance for post-pandemic tax reform

As the UK begins to plan for economic recovery, RSM’s George Bull looks at how a public debate will influence tax reform, calling for certainty, simplicity and fairness

Audit / Covid-19: government spend tops £124bn

The government has spent £124.3bn on programmes, initiatives and spending commitments in response to the pandemic, according to initial analysis from the National Audit Office (NAO)

Tax / Covid-19: property transactions slump by half

The estimated number of residential property transactions in April was 53.4% lower than April 2019 and 46.1% lower than the previous month this year, as coronavirus restrictions brought the housing market to a halt, HMRC statistics reveal 

/ Covid-19: mental health concerns for accountants and SMEs

Wellbeing amongst finance professionals and the small businesses they advise has taken a dive since lockdown restrictions were enforced in March, according to separate surveys by recruiting experts Hays and ACCA released during Mental Health Awareness Week