Coronavirus

Insight / Covid-19: Grant Thornton plans to put staff on reduced hours

Grant Thornton is the first major accounting firm to be hit by the coronavirus crisis and is asking staff to reduce their hours or consider taking a sabbatical in a bid to shore up business and continue to support client base, reports Sara White

Insight / Coronavirus: essential updates for accountants

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

Tax / Covid-19: EU Tax Authority tracker monitors cross-border VAT changes

As EU governments make rapid changes to VAT reporting and payment schedules in light of the coronavirus pandemic, tax authorities across member states are taking very different approaches, with complex schemes with disparate qualifying criteria, payment deferrals and some taking no action as yet 

Tax / Covid-19: HMRC clarifies self assessment tax payment deferral

Following some initial confusion, HMRC has now updated its advice for businesses and individuals affected by coronavirus to make clear that the six-month income tax self assessment deferral for payments due in July applies to all taxpayers, and not just those who are self-employed

Tax / Covid-19: guidance on small business and retail sector grant schemes

The government has published the details and eligibility criteria for the small business and retail sector grant schemes originally announced in the Budget and which have now been significantly enhanced in light of the business closures as a result of the current pandemic

Tax / Returning NHS workers targeted by tax avoidance scammers

HMRC has issued specific guidance flagging up concerns that workers returning to the NHS to help respond to the coronavirus outbreak are becoming targets for tax avoidance schemes by unscrupulous advisers

Tax / Covid-19: Coronavirus Act 2020 allows for HMRC extended powers

The Coronavirus Act 2020 allows the Treasury to extend HMRC’s powers - described as 'functions' - as and when required while the Act is in force, with little indication of any control measures, reports Sara White

Tax / Covid-19: annual leave rules relaxed to allow two-year cycle

Workers who have not taken all of their statutory annual leave entitlement due to Covid-19 will now be able to carry it over into the next two leave years, the government has announced

Tax / Covid-19: government furlough scheme to pay employer NICs

In a further update to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance, the government has announced that it will now cover the employer national insurance (NI) and employer auto enrolment costs for furloughed staff

Tax / Covid-19: limited company directors have limited support

As the details of Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s ‘unprecedented’ package of support for individuals and businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic emerge, directors of limited companies have found they risk falling between the two key schemes, reports Pat Sweet

Insight / Covid-19: insolvency rules relaxed

The government has announced changes to the insolvency regulations during the coronavirus pandemic to enable UK companies undergoing a rescue or restructure process to continue trading, with the aim of giving them breathing space

Tax / Covid-19: partnerships offered income support

HMRC has published guidance on the self-employment income support scheme to combat losses as a result of coronavirus, which confirms that partnerships are eligible to apply, reports Pat Sweet

Tax / Q&A: Self-employment Income Support Scheme

On Thursday 26 March the Chancellor announced the Coronavirus Self-employment Income Support Scheme to provide financial support for the self-employed and members of partnerships in the form of a taxable cash grant in the fight against covid-19. Here we assess the key measures and eligibility criteria

Insight / Covid-19: contractors ‘fall through cracks’ in support

Contractors and others who work through personal service companies (PSCs) fear they risk being left without government support for lost earnings as a result of coronavirus, because they do not meet the requirements of current support schemes

Insight / Covid-19: accounting and tax institutes cancel exams

Students in the accountancy sector may have longer to revise as exams are pushed back due to the covid-19 crisis, although some exams may go online, reports Zak Jakubowski
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