Employment tax

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: 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 / Q&A: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and furlough

The financial job grants offered under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme pays up to 80% of salary for temporarily laid off workers, but there are important legal and contractual issues to consider. Croner-i's Nicola Mullineux explains

Tax / HMRC changes coronavirus business helpline number to increase capacity

HMRC has changed the dedicated phone number for the coronavirus helpline targeted at businesses and the self employed to 0800 024 1222 to increase load capacity, reports Sara White

Tax / Covid-19: warning on scammers and abuse of government schemes

The government's quick response to the covid-19 crisis could also be a drawback as ‘policies are going to be rough around the edges’ and possibly left open to exploitation by scammers and unscrupulous advisers and accountants

Tax / Covid-19: 80% rule salary payments liable for income tax and NICs

Individuals will be deducted income tax and national insurance contributions (NICs) on the 80% salary subsidies paid under covid-19 emergency employment measures for furloughed workers, but self employed are still waiting for support package, reports Sara White

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 / 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

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 / 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

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

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 / IR35 private sector reforms delayed until 2021

The government has announced a one year delay to controversial changes to the off payroll working rules, due to be enacted next month, amid concerns about their potential impact during the coronavirus pandemic, reports Pat Sweet

Tax / Lords suspect IR35 manipulation

Members of the House of Lords are not buying into IR35 confusion as ‘suddenly they did not understand it when more tax is being collected’

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