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Tax / Covid-19: sick pay to be refunded to small businesses

Small businesses will get a refund on statutory sick pay (SSP) during the covid-19 crisis, health minister tells parliament

Tax / Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme open for applications

Businesses will be able to access government support valued at £330bn through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme for SMEs and Covid Corporate Financing Facility for the largest corporations from 23 March

Insight / Accountancy firms activate agile working as office premises close

In the face of the covid-19 crisis, accountancy firms have been forced to overhaul their entire working practices, adopt firm-wide home working, cancel face-to-face client meetings and work 24/7 to support their clients. Philip Smith reports on how they are coping

Tax / Covid-19: VAT payments deferred for three months

The government has announced a three-month deferral for VAT payments until end June for all UK businesses with HMRC working all hours to thrash out the detail

Accounting / Covid-19: Companies House extends accounts filing deadline

Companies House is granting a three-month extension for companies for filing company accounts, due to the current public health situation and the impact of coronavirus on staff who may be unwell or self-isolating, reports Pat Sweet

Tax / Government to pay 80% of salary for furloughed workers

The Chancellor has set out plans for a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to underwrite 80% of the salaries of workers if they have to be temporarily laid off, but the system could be open to abuse and details are limited, reports Sara White

Accounting / FCA implements two-week moratorium on FTSE corporate reporting

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has confirmed that there will be a moratorium on the publication of all FTSE listed company preliminary financial statements for at least two weeks due to covid-19

Insight / Online coronavirus isolation notes for absence from work

People unable to work for more than seven days because of coronavirus can obtain an isolation note through a new online service

Insight / Covid-19: six month deferral on self assessment payments

As part of the raft of measures announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in response to the growing coronavirus crisis, self employed taxpayers will see their income tax self assessment payments deferred for six months, reports Pat Sweet

Insight / Which financial services employees are classed as key workers?

Parents whose work is critical to the covid-19 response, such as workers in the financial market infrastructure, can qualify to have their children in school as part of government measures to support the economy during the covid-19 crisis

Insight / Covid-19: government to take over rail franchises

The government has evoked emergency measure agreements for the UK’s train operators, effectively meaning they are being nationalised for the next six months in response to the strains imposed by the current coronavirus epidemic

Tax / Middlesbrough Football Club loses NMW replay with HMRC

HMRC has scored a victory over Middlesbrough Football Club, currently 19th in the now suspended Championship, at an employment tribunal appeal over underpayments of the national minimum wage (NMW) relating to employee deductions for season tickets

Insight / Covid-19: businesses rally to support NHS workers

The coronavirus crisis has seen an outpouring of business support for NHS workers, with companies large and small taking steps to offer medical staff free food, and streamlined access to essential services such as supermarkets and car parking facilities

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20 Mar 2020

Tax / Chancellor sets out radical employment support package to protect jobs

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has set out a multibillion pound package to protect jobs with a government commitment to pay 80% of salaries for private sector employees who are furloughed during the coronavirus crisis, a three-month deferral of VAT payments until the end of June and self employed will be eligible for statutory sick pay (SSP). Sara White reports

Tax / HMRC needs to ramp up covid-19 time to pay guidance

With monthly PAYE payments deadlines falling due, HMRC is facing calls for more detailed guidance on the time to pay arrangements for taxpayers who are unable to pay their tax due to coronavirus, reports Pat Sweet

Accounting / Bank of England advice on liquidity reporting under IFRS 9

The Bank of England and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) has issued initial guidance on reporting expected credit loss (ECL) estimates under IFRS 9 Financial Instruments in wake of covid-19

Insight / Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme hiked to £5m

The government has released details about how the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) will work, increasing the maximum value of a facility under the scheme to £5m, up from £1.2m, and said it would be available to businesses with a maximum £45m turnover, reports Sara White 

Insight / Rail services cut in response to covid-19

Following on from a restriction of transport services in London, the government has agreed with rail operators to reduce national rail service levels to help tackle the spread of covid-19

Tax / HMRC pledges ‘step change’ in tackling tax avoidance schemes

HMRC has published details of its strategy to tackle the promoters and enablers of mass-marketed tax avoidance schemes, which includes proactively contacting individuals who enter into such arrangements

Accounting / IASB seeks detailed disclosures on business acquisitions

The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) is seeking views on potential changes to IFRS standards regarding business acquisitions, to make it easier for investors to assess the performance of any acquisitions

Tax / Taxpayer loses 120k expenses claim

A taxpayer who claimed self employment expenses of £120,000 against income of £5,000 has lost a First Tier Tribunal (FTT) appeal against HMRC’s refusal to allow the deductions

Tax / Making Tax Digital serviceability levels too low

HMRC has released a slew of research reports on progress with its flagship Making Tax Digital (MTD) online reporting regime, suggesting that businesses which have fully automated are seeing some benefits, but those with a hybrid approach are finding the transition more challenging

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19 Mar 2020

Tax / Chancellor tells MPs business loans effective 'beginning of next week'

Chancellor Rishi Sunak told MPs at a Treasury committee hearing the justifications for the government's decision to provide loans not grants for businesses and stressed that detailed guidance would be available from the start of next week, reports Zak Jakubowski

Insight / London’s transport network cut back in face of coronavirus

Transport for London (TfL) has announced major changes to the capital’s transport network which will see Tube and bus services cut back to enable London's critical workers to make essential journeys during the current coronavirus crisis

Audit / Going concern and the revised ISA (UK) 570

The importance of going concern cannot be underestimated when auditors review the financial viability of a business and complete the annual audit. David Duvall, senior technical writer at Croner-i, examines the key issues in the revised going concern audit standard

Insight / Schools to close from Friday

Schools across the UK will be closed from end of play on Friday 20 March due to coronavirus, but children of vital workforce will resume school time

Tax / Chancellor convenes emergency meeting with business groups and unions

Representatives of business groups and the unions attended an emergency roundtable on coronavirus this afternoon hosted by the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak

Tax / Bank of England cuts base rate to 0.1%

The Bank of England has cut the base rate 0.1% and increased its holdings of UK government and corporate bonds by £200bn

Tax / Q&A: coronavirus and statutory sick pay

Statutory sick pay (SSP) is now payable from day one of a sickness absence for qualifying staff due to the coronavirus crisis. Croner Taxwise employment experts explain

Insight / ITV loses eight-year battle over pension scheme deficit

ITV has lost a long-running legal battle with The Pensions Regulator (TPR) and has been given six months to put in place financial support for a pension scheme with a deficit of around £115m

Accounting / Additional postponement for IFRS 17 insurance contracts

The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) has announced a further one-year deferment of the implementation date for IFRS 17 Insurance Contracts, so the effective date for the standard will now be 2023

Tax / Taxman cans paper self assessment forms

HMRC is to stop automatically sending taxpayers paper self assessment forms except for exempt individuals who cannot file digitally

Tax / HMRC consultation aims to improve standards of tax advice

HMRC is seeking views on how to raise and maintain high standards of competence and behaviour in the tax advice market in order to protect consumers and improve compliance

Tax / Consultation on tightening construction industry scheme (CIS) rules

HMRC has launched a 10-week consultation on ways to tackle abuse of the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) to prevent tax loss, including new powers to correct deductions

Audit / Thomas Cook collapse depletes travellers’ compensation fund

The collapse of Thomas Cook cost the government at least £156m, and has severely compromised the ability of the travel industry’s own compensation fund to cope with another operator’s failure, the National Audit Office (NAO) warns

Tax / HMRC wants large businesses to notify if tax arrangements legally questionable

HMRC is consulting on proposals, first advanced in the Budget, that the UK’s largest businesses will be required to notify HMRC where they have adopted an uncertain tax treatment, in a bid to close the £6.2bn legal interpretation tax gap

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