With effect from today our offices will not be manned. All staff are working from home. We are still able to receive and respond to emails and telephone contact details are available from our answering service.
If you need to see us please phone or email in advance so that we can arrange a date and time. Please also contact us in advance if you need to leave in books or records for preparing VAT returns or preparing accounts and tax returns. We want to keep your affairs as up to date as possible in these uncertain times.
We will attempt to keep you up to date on the latest developments as they affect you and your businesses and have included below the latest packages announced by the Government.
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
All businesses are eligible.
Initially open for 3 months but may extended.
Can be backdated until 1 March.
Employers will have to designate employees as furloughed and letters should be issued advising them of this. To be eligible for the subsidy, when on furlough, an employee can not undertake work for or on behalf of the organisation.
Submit information to HMRC about the furloughed employees and their earnings through a new online portal (which is not currently active).
HMRC will then reimburse 80% of wages up to a maximum of £2,500pm, plus the associated NI contributions and minimum automatic enrolment employer pension contributions. Commissions and bonuses are not included. The employer can choose to fund the difference but does not have to.
Mechanisms for reimbursement are not in place yet and currently it is expected that the first repayments under the scheme will not be made until the end of April so there could still be cash flow issues in the short term.
Employees must have been on PAYE Payroll on 28 February 2020 and can be on any type of contract including full time employees, part time employees and employees on flexible or zero-hour contracts.
Minimum furlough period is 3 weeks and only one claim can be submitted at least every 3 weeks.
VAT returns must still be filed by the normal filing date and Direct Debit must be cancelled. This can be done through your HMRC online portal or by contacting your bank. It is important to remember to reinstate Direct Debits for future VAT payments.
Deferred liability to be paid by end of 20/21 tax year.