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Reminder: Self-employment income support scheme deadline approaching

Claims for the second grant close on 19 October 2020. If you are eligible and have yet to make a claim, you can do so by following the link

Whilst we are not able to make claims on your behalf, we can help with assessing your eligibility, so please get in touch!

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Self Employed

Second Self Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

The second and final phase of the SEISS scheme opens for claims from 17 August 2020. 

If you have been adversely affected by COVID-19 since 14 July 2020 and you meet the eligibility criteria then you can make a claim.

The second and final grant is worth 70% of your average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering 3 months’ worth of profits, and capped at £6,570 in total.

You can make a claim for the second phase of the grant even if you did not claim in the first phase.

Whilst we are not able to make claims on your behalf, we can help with assessing your eligibility, so please get in touch!

Further information can be found here:

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Reminder: Self assessment July 2020 payment on account

Reminder: Self assessment July 2020 payment on account

The second payment on account due by 31 July 2020 can be deferred until 31 January 2021 as part of the Governments Coronavirus support measures.

You have the option to defer your second payment on account if you’re:

  • registered in the UK for Self Assessment and 
  • finding it difficult to make your second payment on account by 31 July 2020 due to the impact of coronavirus 

You can still make the payment by 31 July 2020 as normal if you’re able to do so.

No interest or penalties will be incurred for non-payment providing it is paid in full by 31 January 2021.

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Reduced rate of VAT for hospitality, holiday accommodation and attractions

The temporary reduction in the rate of VAT to 5% for the hospitality sector begins from today (15 July 2020) and will last until 12 January 2021.

The rate reduction announced in the Chancellor’s Summer Statement is one of the measures announced to support the hospitality sector.

HMRC’s guidance confirms the reduced rate will cover the following supplies: 

  • hospitality: hot and cold food and hot and cold non-alcoholic beverages sold for on-premises consumption – for example, in restaurants, cafés and pubs – and hot takeaway food and hot non-alcoholic beverages sold for consumption off the premises. It does not include alcoholic beverages of any kind
  • accommodation: sleeping accommodation provided in a hotel or similar establishment, holiday home accommodation, pitch fees for caravans and tents and supplies of associated facilities
  • attractions: admission to shows, theatres, circuses, fairs, amusement parks, concerts, museums, zoos, cinemas, exhibitions and similar cultural events and facilities provided that these are not included within the existing cultural exemption

The VAT rules are notoriously a complex area so please contact us and we will help guide you through the changes.

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Self Employed

Self Employed Income Support Scheme

HMRC have announced that all eligible individuals wanting to make a claim for the first phase of the grant must submit their claim on or before 13 July 2020.

The scheme has been extended and eligible individuals will be able to make a claim for the second and final phase of the grant in August. 

Eligible individuals can make a claim for the second phase even if they did not claim in the first phase. 

Whilst we are not able to make claims on your behalf, we can help with assessing your eligibility, so please get in touch!

Further details can be found here:

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COVID 19: Mortgage payment holidays to be extended

Mortgage payment holidays introduced in March as part of the Coronavirus support measures is to be extended for a further three months. The measures previously introduced allowed homeowners struggling financially due to coronavirus to defer mortgage payments for 3 months and were due to come to an end in June.

Those currently with arrangements in place, will be contacted by their lender directly to discuss the different options available for them going forward.

The application period for homeowners to apply for a mortgage payment holiday has also been extended until 31 October, so that those that have not yet had a mortgage payment holiday and are experiencing financial difficulty will be able to request one. 

The current ban on repossession of homes will be continued to 31 October 2020.

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Statutory Sick Pay scheme

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme to launch soon

The new online service is set to launch on 26 May 2020 and will allow small and medium sized employers to apply to HMRC to recover the cost of SSP relating to Coronavirus.

If we are your agent we will be able to make the claim on your behalf.

The payment will cover up to two weeks of SSP and is payable if an employee is unable to work because of the following reasons:

  • Have coronavirus; or
  • Are self isolating and unable to work from home; or
  • Are shielding because they’ve been advised that they are at high risk of severe illness from coronavirus

You can claim for periods of sickness starting on or after:

  • 13 March 2020 – if your employee had coronavirus or the symptoms or is self-isolating because someone they live with has symptoms
  • 16 April 2020 – if your employee was shielding because of coronavirus

Employers can furlough employees who have been advised to shield and are unable to work from home. Furloughed employees should not receive SSP whilst on furlough.

Further guidance can be found on

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Self-Employed support scheme opens

The government’s world-leading scheme to support the self-employed has today opened for claims – weeks ahead of schedule.

  • Self-Employment Income Support Scheme opens for applications today
  • those eligible will receive government grant worth up to £7,500
  • money expected to be in bank accounts by 25 May

From 8am this morning self-employed individuals or members of partnerships whose business has been adversely affected by coronavirus will be able to apply for a Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant worth 80% of their average monthly trading profits.

Millions are expected to benefit from the scheme with the payments – to be paid in a single instalment covering three months and capped at £7,500 – expected to land in bank accounts within six working days of each claim.

Everyone eligible for the SEISS, which is one of the most generous support schemes announced by any government in response to coronavirus, will be able to receive the government grant by 25 May, or within six days of a completed claim.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, said:

We’re working ahead of time to deliver support to the self-employed and from today, applications open for the millions of people eligible for the scheme.

With payments arriving before the end of this month, self-employed across the UK will have money in their pockets to help them through these challenging times.

From today, people will be able to make their claim on a specified date between 13-18 May, based on their Unique Tax Reference number. HMRC has assigned eligible self-employed individuals a specific date to apply on and this can be checked on HMRC’s online checker.

The SEISS it part of a comprehensive package of support for self-employed people, including Bounce Back loans, income tax deferrals, rental support, increased levels of Universal Credit, mortgage holidays and the various business support schemes the government has introduced to protect businesses during this time.     Derek Cribb, CEO of IPSE (the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed) said:

For the self-employed, Coronavirus is not only a health crisis, but also a pressing income crisis. It is therefore very welcome that the Government has managed to get this new scheme in place ahead of schedule, and that a section of the freelance community can now get the help they need early. We are delighted that the government has heeded much of IPSE’s advice by setting up the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, which extends a much-needed lifeline to those self-employed people who are eligible for it.

Mike Cherry, National Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, said:

The self-employment income support scheme represents a lifeline for the millions of self-employed people who are expected to qualify. I would encourage all those who think they are eligible to use the online checker if they’ve not done so yet, and to apply on the date allocated.

We are particularly pleased to see the scheme opening earlier than scheduled, with a simple fast-track application and a promise for speedy payment. Getting the system designed and built ahead of schedule is impressive. Just like the Job Retention Scheme portal we hope it will cope with the high expected demand. I would like to pay tribute to the staff of HMRC for the behind the scenes work to get this scheme off the ground.

Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the Federation of Master Builders said:

The self-employed account for 40% of the construction workforce so the government’s decision to bring forward the payment to the end May will be very welcome news for the many independent tradespeople who operate in construction. The government’s support package to date has been targeted at businesses so the self-employed will be welcoming this cash boost at a time when they need it most.

Further information

Individuals are eligible if their business has been adversely affected by coronavirus, they traded in the tax year 2019 to 2020, intend to continue trading, and they:

  • earn at least half of their income through self-employment
  • have trading profits of no more than £50,000 per year
  • traded in the tax year 2018 to 2019 and submitted their Self Assessment tax return on or before 23 April 2020 for that year

HMRC calculate the amount to be paid to each eligible claimant based on an average of the tax returns for 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19.

Check if you are eligible for the scheme here.

Customers have been invited to claim their SEISS grant on a specified date, from 13 – 18 May. They won’t be able to apply before their claim date but can make a claim after that day.

People can check their date using HMRC’s online checker at any time.

For further information, please read HMRC’s guidance or speak to your tax agent. If you need further support, please use HMRC’s webchat service or call the Covid-19 Helpline on 0800 024 1222.

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COVID 19 update: Job retention scheme extended

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has today confirmed that the scheme will be extended for four months to the end October. 

The grant will continue to cover 80% of furloughed employees usual monthly wage costs, up to £2,500 a month,

In an update to the current scheme, furloughed employees will be able to be brought back part time. More details will be published before the end of the month.

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