Bounce back loans – where are we now?

Bounce back loans

The bounce back loans, CBILS and CLBILS for larger companies were some of the most generous schemes available to businesses suffering from the impact of lockdowns due to the Covid-19 pandemic, paying out a total of £80 billion to help keep businesses afloat. The Bounce Back Loan Scheme was the largest of these, paying out […]

NI to increase by 1.25% – what you can do about it?

NI to increase by 1.25%

NI to increase by 1.25%from April to fund the Health and Care Levy – what you can do about it The Government is set to increase National Insurance Contributions NI to increase by 1.25% from April to fund the Health and Social Care Levy, and while this may be a laudable aim, it is going […]

Extension of Making Tax Digital for VAT

Extension of Making Tax Digital for VAT

Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT is currently only compulsory for VAT-registered businesses whose turnover for VAT is above the VAT registration limit of £85,000. However, this is set to change from April 2022. Extension to all VAT-registered businesses Currently, if you are registered for VAT, but your turnover for VAT purposes is less than […]

Plan ahead for increases in the dividend tax rates

Plan ahead for increases in the dividend tax rates

As part of the Government’s funding strategy for health and social care, the dividend tax rates are to be increased from April 2022, alongside the temporary increases in National Insurance, and, from April 2023, the introduction of the Health and Social Care Levy. The increases in the dividend tax rates will affect you if you […]

End of the CJRS

Paying tax and National Insurance

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) came to an end on 30 September 2021. The scheme has provided financial help to employers and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing employers to claim grants with which to pay furloughed and flexibly furloughed employees. If you still have employees who are on furlough, or who are flexibly […]

Get ready for the plastic packaging tax

Get ready for the plastic packaging tax

Get ready for the plastic packaging tax The plastic packaging tax is a new tax which is being introduced from 1 April 2022. The tax aims to provide a financial incentive to use recycled plastic in plastic packaging, which in turn will boost recycling and divert plastic away from landfill. You may have to pay […]

Check you are paying the NMW

Check you are paying the NMW

Check you are paying the NMW The Government have recently named and shamed well-known employers who have fallen foul of the National Minimum Wage legislation. They have also published a list of ‘outrageous excuses’ cited by employers who have failed to pay the minimum wage. Legal requirement to pay at least the minimum wage As […]

Reclaiming SSP for periods of self-isolation

Reclaiming SSP scaled 1

The recent ‘pingdemic’ has resulted in large numbers of employees self-isolating. Where an employee meets the qualifying conditions, you must pay them SSP while they are self-isolating. As qualifying periods of self-isolation count as a Coronavirus-absence, if you are a small employer, you may be able to reclaim the SSP paid to self-isolating employees from […]