Coronavirus; Help for the Self-employed

3 minutes to read The government’s much-anticipated help for the self-employed was announced on Thursday 26 March by Chancellor, Rishi Sunak. The ‘Self-employment Income Support Scheme’ (SEISS) broadly mirrors the Job Retention Scheme (JRS) previously announced for employees on PAYE, although the eligibility criteria are a little more restrictive. The help available HMRC will pay self-employed individuals who have …

Phishing Emails – Coronavirus

2 minutes to read Business and individuals warned to watch out for phishing emails during Coronavirus pandemic. We are warning business and individuals to watch out for the increasing number of phishing emails that are targeting people anxious about the Coronavirus pandemic. The technique is already a concern with criminal gangs sending bogus links to entice recipients to supply …

Coronavirus – Help for business

6 minutes to read Businesses are facing unprecedented challenges during the Coronavirus outbreak, and the government has been quick to acknowledge this and introduce a number of measures to bring relief through the tax system to large and small employers alike.  Further details can be found on HMRC’s website. TAX VAT Payments VAT registered businesses will be able to …

Coronavirus Covid19

< 1 minute to read In the light of latest government advice on the coronavirus outbreak, we would like to reassure our clients that our offices remain open and our staff and partners are on hand to provide all our usual services. We are making some adjustments to our normal working practices, such as arranging for staff to work from …

Budget 2020 Comment

2 minutes to read Following Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Budget announcement yesterday, we’ve highlighted the key changes that will impact on small and medium businesses and their owners. For SMEs (meaning businesses with 250 or fewer staff), the cost of Statutory Sick Pay will be refunded in full for 14 days if employees are off work because of coronavirus. Meanwhile, …

EU chain transactions and zero-rated goods: the VAT changes you need to know about

2 minutes to read A new law, in force since 1st January 2020, requires UK suppliers to Europe to produce a written statement to accompany the dispatch of goods to the EU. Amidst the post-General Election news and Brexit commentary, these changes may have slipped under the radar for many. We have outlined the requirements readers may not be aware …

Advice for employers following landmark Minimum Wage increase

2 minutes to read Following the government’s announcement of a 6.2% rise in the National Living Wage (NLW) from 1st April, employers are facing the question of how best to adjust their overheads in order to manage the increase. We have examined the potential benefits of the NLW raise for employers as well as their employees, and have put forward …

Knowing your nuptial agreements: what works for whom, and why

3 minutes to read Whilst high-profile prenuptial agreements are never far from the headlines, other forms of relationship agreement – post-nups and living together agreements, for instance – are less known options that may be overlooked by individuals. We have joined forces with leading law firm Shakespeare Martineau LLP to examine the different relationship scenarios that may benefit from …