Employment tax

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

Tax / BrightHR invests £1m in Back to Work Navigator

BrightHR, the international HR software and employment law advice service, has made a £1m investment in an online tool called the Back to Work Navigator

Tax / BrightHR launches Furlough Navigator to support UK businesses

BrightHR, the international HR software and employment law advice service, has launched an interactive online tool called Furlough Navigator, designed to help businesses manage reporting and compliance for the highly complex Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Tax / Rayney on furlough - does it make sense for all businesses?

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – based on the 80/20 approach as per the Pareto Principle – gives businesses an invaluable lifeline but they must follow the rules. Peter Rayney FCA CTA, our favourite tax expert and vice president of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT), examines the potential pitfalls of the emergency covid-19 furlough rules

Tax / Top tips: furlough and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

HMRC announced on Wednesday 15 April that the eligibility cut-off date for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is now 19 March 2020 (originally this date was 28 February 2020). Here our Croner Taxwise experts explain the intricacies of the furlough scheme

Tax / HMRC emails two million eligible businesses login details for furlough portal

The government has sent personalised emails to an estimated two million eligible employers who operate PAYE systems with final details about how the furlough claim scheme will work and what employer reference codes will be required, with a step by step guide to how to use the furlough claim portal. Sara White reports

Tax / Government extends furlough end date to 30 June at £50bn cost

The three-week lockdown announced yesterday has now been accompanied by a government confirmation that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme furlough rules or 80/20 rules, will be extended to 30 June with a potential price tag of £50bn, reports Sara White

Tax / Furlough start date extended to 19 March

The government has extended the start date for eligibility for furlough to 19 March from original 28 February meaning 200,000 more people can benefit, reports Sara White

Tax / Salary sacrifice schemes can be changed as covid-19 ‘life event’

HMRC has updated its guidance for employers who offer salary sacrifice schemes in light of the current coronavirus pandemic, declaring Covid-19 (C19) to be a ‘life event’ and so a reason to make a change in previous arrangements

Tax / Five things you need to know: furlough and zero hours workers

Over the last few weeks our employment law helpline has received hundreds of calls about furlough and zero hours workers. Alan Price, HR expert and CEO at BrightHR, answers five of the most frequently asked questions

Tax / Top 10 tips: employee expenses during coronavirus homeworking

If your employees are working from home due to the coronavirus lockdown, there are important tax compliance issues to consider before reimbursing expenses, explains Jacqui Gudgion CTA, corporate and business tax partner at Mercer & Hole

Tax / Covid-19: zero hours PAYE employees entitled to 80% furlough scheme

Zero hours workers are entitled to be furloughed under the 80% rules set out in the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme based on an average calculation of monthly earnings, reports Sara White

Tax / Covid-19: 80% rules allow training, volunteering and even second jobs

Accountants put on furlough under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be able to continue their training to achieve professional qualifications and may be able to take on a second job depending on any restrictions in their employment contract, reports Sara White

Tax / April 1 business tax changes: corporation tax rate remains 19%

HMRC has updated its guidance confirming that the government has shelved its original plans to lower corporation tax, with the main rate (for all profits except ring fence profits) for the years starting 1 April 2020 and 2021 remain at 19%, as announced at Budget 2020

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
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