Tax

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 / Covid-19: football clubs fight to keep going as grounds remain closed

Football clubs are coming under increasing pressure to cut top players’ multimillion pound wages as support staff at clubs are put on the government’s 80% furlough scheme, and EFL clubs are already struggling to pay March salaries

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: loan charge taxpayers given ‘special arrangements’

HMRC is to introduce special arrangements for taxpayers affected by the loan charge rules relating to disguised remuneration tax avoidance schemes, paving the way for some of them to make claims under the government’s coronavirus support scheme for the self-employed, reports Pat Sweet

Tax / Covid-19: bus services support grant launched

The government is to provide a £397m package for bus operators to keep key routes running for frontline workers during the current pandemic

Tax / Covid-19: business interruption loan scheme amended

The government has been forced to amend the coronavirus business interruption loan scheme (CBILS) for firms affected by the pandemic, following claims banks were forcing companies to provide personal guarantees, and is adding an option for larger companies, reports Pat Sweet

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 / Public sector contractors given access to 80% furlough scheme

IR35 contractors working for public sector organisations through personal service companies who are unable to carry on working due to the covid-19 pandemic will now be eligible for the 80% furlough scheme if their contracts are ongoing, reports Sara White

Tax / Digital services tax for IT giants effective from 1 April

From the 2020/21 tax year, digital multinationals like Google, Amazon and Apple, will have to start paying the new digital services tax (DST)

Tax / Covid-19: FCA consults on three-month loan and credit card payment freeze

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has launched an emergency four-day consultation on plans for temporary measures to help consumers manage their credit in the face of the financial impact of the coronavirus epidemic

Tax / Buy to let landlords and second home owners face tax hikes from 6 April

Second home owners and buy-to-let investors face significant tax changes from the new 2020-21 tax year on 6 April with the 30-day CGT payment window and end of mortgage interest rate relief, in the works since first announced at Summer Budget 2015, reports Sara White

Tax / Covid-19: duties and VAT waived on vital medical imports

The Chancellor has waived import taxes on medical equipment crucial to the fight against coronavirus, in a bid to reduce red tape to ensure equipment gets to frontline health workers faster

Tax / Covid-19: HMRC delays MTD ‘digital links’ Excel deadline

HMRC has deferred by one year the deadline for businesses reporting under Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT to meet the requirement to have ‘digital links’ within their recordkeeping for transferring information from Excel spreadsheets and other data sources to their online VAT filing

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
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