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Tax Diary April/May 2020

1 April 2020 – Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 30 June 2019.

19 April 2020 – PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 April 2020. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 April 2020).

19 April 2020 – Filing

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National Minimum Wage compliance in relation to pay advances and loans

The government has issued a bulletin providing advice for employers regarding compliance with the National Minimum Wage (NMW) framework, particularly with regard to the effect under that framework of pay advances and loans to workers, in the context

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Self-Employed Income Support Scheme

The long-awaited statement from the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak regarding COVID-19 support for the self-employed has been announced. The Chancellor said that the scheme will benefit some 95% of people whose main income source is derived from

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Acas publishes updated coronavirus resources

Acas has published updated guidance for employers and employees on the coronavirus (COVID-19). The guidance now covers:

social distancing and vulnerable people
self-isolation and sick pay
what to do if the employer needs to close the

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Coronavirus: government launches online “isolation notes” service

Employees who are unable to work for more than seven days because of coronavirus (COVID-19) can now obtain an “isolation note” through a new online service. The new isolation note, which can be used by employees as evidence of their

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Paper tax returns

HMRC has announced that taxpayers still using paper returns will no longer routinely do so. This is part of the efforts to encourage the use of online services and reduce the unnecessary use of paper.

Last year, HMRC automatically sent out more than

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Further details on Hardship Fund published

The launch of a new £500 million Hardship Fund in England was announced at Spring Budget 2020 by the Chancellor. On 24 March 2020, the Local Government Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP confirmed the Hardship Fund will provide council tax

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Business rates and grants – regional variations

We have written about the changes to business rates for businesses in England due to COVID-19. There is also a Retail and Hospitality Grant Scheme that provides businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with a cash grant of up to

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COVID-19 and claiming benefits

The government has announced that certain benefits will be increased as part of the package of measures to help households affected by COVID-19. This will see the standard rate of Universal Credit and Tax Credits increased by £20 a week

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

If you have been 'furloughed' then the new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme may be able to help. If you are furloughed it essentially means that your employer has given you a temporary leave of absence or a type of sabbatical to help cope

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