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20-point Brexit planning checklist

Introduction There is still some uncertainty as to whether the UK or EU will agree a tariff-free trade agreement. Either way, UK business will face additional documentation for importing and exporting goods to the EU from 1 January 2021, so a Brexit planning checklist is required. Planning for the new requirements seems sensible right now.…Read More

The eCommerce Directive after the transition period

At the end of the transition period, the eCommerce Directive will no longer apply to the UK. You should begin to prepare for these changes now. The following has been extracted from the Government website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-ecommerce-directive-after-the-transition-period Changes from 1 January 2021 Rules relating to online activities in European Economic Area (EEA) countries may newly apply…Read More

HMRC opens working from home tax relief portal

HMRC opened its own online portal on 1 October to process and receive tax relief claims for thousands of workers who have been told to work from home by their employers during the pandemic. Since its launch, the portal has been used by 50,000 workers, HMRC has revealed.   Claiming working from home tax relief…Read More

Penalties for incorrect CRJS & SEISS claims from 20 October

Taxpayers and agents must check all Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) & Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) claims and make necessary corrections before the confirmed 20 October deadline, or face penalties. Claims must comply with the latest scheme guidance, which stipulates that incorrect claims must be amended by the deadline. After this window of…Read More

Government grant for customs training funding

HMRC has extended the deadline for customs training funding. Applications are open until 30 June 2021 (or until all the £50 million funding package is allocated). The funding can be used towards helping businesses train staff in making customs declarations. The funding is open to businesses that are established in or have a branch in…Read More

Get ready for the 2020 tax return deadline on 31 Jan 2021

Due to COVID-19, you may have delayed payment of your July 2020 tax payment to January 2021. If you’ve not submitted your details to complete your 2020 tax return to us yet, please can you send the details by the 31st October. This will help us calculate your payment due by the tax return deadline…Read More

UKHospitality calls for rethink of 10pm curfew

Kate Nicholls gives evidence to Treasury Committee highlighting damage caused by the 10pm curfew Affects of 10pm curfew on hospitality UKHospitality has urged MPs to rethink the 10pm curfew which is crippling hospitality businesses. Giving evidence to the House of Commons Treasury Committee, UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls highlighted the damaging effect the restriction has…Read More

How to Set Up Xero Auto Pay For Repeating Sales Invoices

Written by Cardens Partner, Carol Rigby If your customers pay you a regular, repeating amount, there is a great new feature from Xero and Stripe called Auto Pay. Xero and the global payments processor has created this feature to help businesses get paid faster, optimise invoicing and ensure more cash flow certainty. How does Auto…Read More

50 Ways to Grow a Business – Part 5

We’ve reached out fifth installment of our ’50 Ways to Grow a Business’ series. We hope that you have found useful takeaways which apply to your business model. If you missed part four, follow the link. Next up is part five, which discusses incentives, referrals, improving your reception area and more to grow a business.…Read More

Coast to Capital Growth Hub: 3 SME Grants Available

Here are the details of three new grant funding opportunities available through the Coast to Capital Growth Hub designed to help smaller businesses recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic: Kick-start Tourism grant ‘Business Recovery Grants’ Growing Places Investment Fund Funding is extremely limited and schemes are expected to be very popular, so you…Read More

Winter Economy Plan – Key Measures

Here are the headlines from the Chancellors’ Winter Economy Plan statement in Parliament where a series of measures to help jobs and businesses were announced.   NEW JOB SUPPORT SCHEME ANNOUNCED Today Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a new job scheme starting 1 November 2020 to replace the current Job retention (“furlough”) scheme which ends 31 October…Read More

HMRC update on calculating usual hours for furloughed staff

HMRC has updated its guidance on how to perform usual hours calculations where employees come off furlough or flexible furlough partway through a claim period. The change affects claims made from 14 September. As you will remember from 1 July Flexible Furlough started and there was confusion about how to calculate an employee’s usual hours.…Read More

£3.5bn furlough grants lost to errors or fraud, HMRC confirms

Jim Harra, Chief at HMRC, confirmed to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Monday 7 September that £3.5bn in furlough grants has been paid out in error or due to fraudulent activity. That equates to 5%-10% of the £35.4bn furlough grants spent in 2020 so far. During the televised meeting, Harra calculated that the margin…Read More

50 Ways to Grow a Business – Part 4

Let’s get into our fourth installment of our ’50 Ways to Grow a Business’ series. If you missed the third part which discussed the 80/20 rule, focus groups, and more, click the link. 15) Get your pricing right Many of us resist the idea of raising prices for fear that our customers will go elsewhere.…Read More

£2bn ‘Kickstart Scheme’ launches – find out more

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has launched the Kickstart Scheme, designed to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. The £2 billion Kickstart Scheme is designed to create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people across…Read More

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