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NEW “FURLOUGH” SYSTEM FOR EMPLOYEE WAGES UP AND RUNNING Welcome to our monthly newsletter. We hope you enjoy reading this newsletter and find it useful. Please contact us if you would like to discuss any matters further. “FLEXIBLE FURLOUGH” STARTS 1 JULY From 1 July the new CJRS “Flexible furlough” grant scheme starts, which will […]

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NEW “FURLOUGH” SYSTEM FOR EMPLOYEE WAGES UP AND RUNNING The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) claims portal opened on Monday 20 April and early indications are that it seems to be working smoothly but with a few teething problems as you would expect from a brand-new system. In the run up to the start of […]

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£330 BILLION CORONAVIRUS SUPPORT PACKAGE On Friday 20th March the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, set out a package of measures to support public services, people and business through the disruption caused by the COVID-19 virus.  Further measures were announced on 26 March to support the self-employed. CORONAVIRUS JOB RETENTION SCHEME HMRC will reimburse 80% of ‘furloughed’ […]

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YET ANOTHER CHANCELLOR – BIG CHANGES IN THE BUDGET? It will be nearly 18 months since the last Budget and in the meantime we will have had three different chancellors following the unexpected resignation of Sajid Javid. The early years of a new Parliament are a good time to make radical changes and many are […]

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BUDGET DAY IS NOW 11 MARCH The December General Election meant that the Autumn Budget was delayed and we now know that Sajid Javed will deliver his first Budget on the second Wednesday in March which is when Budget day used to be! We are expecting that the tax measures in the Conservative Party manifesto […]

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ELECTION TAX PROPOSALS – MORE MONEY FOR NHS? The various political parties have all made bold promises in the run up to the General Election about increased spending if elected, particularly extra money for the NHS. Although many of the spending pledges will be funded out of increased borrowing, the parties have assumed that they […]

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WHEN WILL BUDGET DAY BE NOW? It was announced on 14 October that Sajid Javed’s first budget would be on 6 November but with a general election in December when will it be now? The current political uncertainty makes it difficult to give clear tax advice as a number of key proposals in the draft […]

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GOVERNMENT U-TURN ON PENSION TAX FOR DOCTORS AND OTHERS? In earlier newsletters we reported that hospital doctors and GPs were lobbying the government to amend the pension tax rules as the current system of restricting tax relief on pension contributions means many doctors paying almost all of the extra salary back in tax if they […]

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OFF-PAYROLL WORKING RULES GOING AHEAD The draft Finance Bill clauses issued for consultation on 11 July include legislation to extend the “off-payroll” working rules to the private sector from 6 April 2020. These changes will have significant implications for workers providing their services through personal service companies and also the end user organisations that engage […]

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A STAFF SUMMER PARTY CAN BE A TAX-FREE BENEFIT Your organisation may have an annual Christmas party for staff, but the tax rules also allow staff parties at other times of the year which are a tax-free benefit if certain conditions are satisfied. The exemption applies to an annual party (for example, a Christmas party), […]

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