Redundancy pay

If you are faced with making employees redundant, the terms that determine the amount payable may be written into your staff contracts of employment. Otherwise, employees will normally be entitled to statutory redundancy pay if they have been working with you for two years or more. Entitlement is usually based on: half a week’s pay for each full year you were under 22...

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VAT deregistration strategy

If you are presently registered for VAT but your turnover has dropped below £83,000 you could deregister for VAT. However, you do not have to deregister. Disadvantages and advantages of deregistration If you buy significant amounts of goods and services that include a VAT charge, then if you deregister you will not be able to recover any VAT charged. If most of your...

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Tenants protection under the Coronavirus Act 2020

From the 26 March 2020, the following rights of landlords and tenants regarding eviction apply. A summary of the provisions is set out below: The Coronavirus Act 2020 protects most tenants and secure licensees in the private and social rented sectors by putting measures in place that say where landlords do need to issue notices seeking possession, the notice period must...

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Tax Diary September/October 2020

1 September 2020 - Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 30 November 2019. 19 September 2020 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 September 2020. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 September 2020) 19 September 2020 - Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly return for the month ended 5 September...

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UK residence and tax

Your UK residence status affects whether you need to pay tax in the UK on your foreign income. For example, non-residents only pay tax on their UK income - they do not pay UK tax on their foreign income. Whereas UK residents normally pay UK tax on all their income, whether it’s from the UK or abroad. However, there are special...

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Claiming the Job Retention Bonus

As readers will no doubt be aware the present Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is due to cease at the end of October 2020. However, there is a bonus claim that certain employers can make next year if they retain employees beyond the present 31 October 2020 deadline. The Job Retention Bonus (JRB) is subject to its own set of rules. These...

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Windfall for thrifty teenagers

Thrifty teenagers, or rather teenagers with thrifty parents, will soon gain access to their Child Trust Fund (CTFs) savings, and some, may not even know it is there…   CTFs were originally set up for children born between 1st September 2002 and 2nd January 2011, with a live Child Benefit claim. Parents and guardians received a voucher to deposit in a...

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Clearing myths on student loans

Students grappling with the latest A level results will no doubt be faced with decisions regarding student loans to finance their time at university if they chose that option. There are a number of myths surrounding this source of funding and in a recent news story government attempted to dispel some of these myths. They are: Myth: If I get a...

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Contractors urged to go green

The government is keen to sell its Green Home Grant policy to the building trade. In a recent press release Business Secretary, Alok Sharma, said: Tradespeople across England are urged to step forward and sign up to be able to offer services through the government’s new Green Homes Grants scheme – as over 1,000 businesses across the country have already applied...

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Muras Matters: Furnished Holiday Lets

Background It will have been a difficult year so far for those who rent out their properties as Furnished Holiday Lets (“FHLs”) with the coronavirus pandemic resulting in several months of cancelled bookings. Now with many looking to take a ‘staycation’ holiday this year we thought it would be a useful to consider some of the implications of the pandemic on...

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