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Almost there… Or are we?

England remains in step 3. The government has announced a 4-week pause at Step 3. Step 3 restrictions remain in place. It is now expected that England will move to Step 4 on 19 July, though the data will be reviewed after two weeks in case the risks have reduced....

Informed decisions vs guesswork

First, let’s define these terms. “informed” - a decision or judgement based on an understanding of the facts of the situation. “guesswork” the process or results of estimating or concluding something without sufficient information to be sure of being correct.  And...

Are you ready for your July tax payments?

January and July are positive cash flow months for the UK Treasury as a number of significant taxes fall due for collection. Next month, July 2021, taxpayers may need to settle the following liabilities: 1 July 2021, companies with corporation tax due for the year end...

Beware of bogus contacts from HMRC

None of us are particularly thrilled to receive communications from HMRC, but fraudulent contacts, by email and other means, are becoming commonplace and innocent members of the public are being left out of pocket. According to HMRC, in the 12 months to 30 April 2021,...

Outlook for employment

Government continues to be optimistic about the outlook for employment. In a recent press release they said: “Furlough numbers have fallen to their lowest level this year, according to official statistics published 3 June, as the number of people relying on the scheme...

VAT deferral scheme deadline approaching

Government continues to be optimistic about the outlook for employment. In a recent press release they said: “Furlough numbers have fallen to their lowest level this year, according to official statistics published 3 June, as the number of people relying on the scheme...

The 7 Year Rule

If there is any Inheritance Tax to pay on gifts you make during your lifetime, it is charged at 40% on gifts given in the 3 years before you die. Gifts made 3 to 7 years before your death are taxed on a reducing, sliding scale known as ‘taper relief’. Years between...

Update on the Trade Credit Reinsurance scheme

The government and the Association of British Insurers (ABI) have announced that the temporary Trade Credit Reinsurance (TCR) scheme will close on 30 June as planned. TCR was designed as a temporary solution for companies struggling to get insurance cover for...

Company “super-deductions” and tax increases

One of the more innovative aspects of the recent March budget was the introduction of the rather grandly named super-deduction. Limited companies that invest in qualifying assets in the two-year period 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2023, will be eligible for a 130% tax...

New tariff suspension scheme for the UK

To reduce costs for UK firms that import certain goods from abroad, the Department for International Trade (DIT) has announced a new tariff suspension scheme. The aim, according to a recent press release, is designed to make UK companies more competitive. The...