• Private sector off-payroll reforms given go ahead for April 2021

    Private sector off-payroll reforms given go ahead for April 2021

    The introduction of off-payroll rules to the private sector will go ahead as planned next April after an attempt to delay them again failed in the House of Commons. The reforms of the off-payroll rules to the private sector, which are known as IR35 and have applied to the public sector since 2017, were reviewed […]

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  • Furlough scheme now covering 9.3 million workers

    Furlough scheme now covering 9.3 million workers

    The number of workers now furloughed under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)/furlough scheme has risen to 9.3 million, according to the latest figures from the Treasury. A further 100,000 employees were furloughed in the week up to 28 June, with 1.1 million employers now using the CJRS. The government has now paid out more […]

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  • Business warned about rise in impersonation fraud

    Business warned about rise in impersonation fraud

    Businesses have been told to stay vigilant against the rise in impersonation fraud during the coronavirus pandemic, by trade credit insurer Atradius. The insurer says the increase in impersonation fraud is result of opportunistic fraudsters seeking to take advantage of disruptions to normal business patterns during lockdown. Impersonation fraud occurs when a fraudulent party presents […]

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  • Self-employment Scheme: HMRC updates guidance

    Self-employment Scheme: HMRC updates guidance

    HMRC has updated its guidance regarding the eligibility of businesses for the two Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grants. The tax authority has published a number of examples that show when a business has been ‘adversely affected’ and meets the criteria for the first and second grants. Those self-employed individuals (including those trading as a […]

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  • CJRS: Guidance update for employers

    CJRS: Guidance update for employers

    On 12 June, HMRC updated its guidance for employers who have furloughed employees under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). From 1 July, employees will no longer have to be furloughed for a minimum period of three weeks. From this date the CJRS will have more flexibility to allow claims on a pro rata basis. […]

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  • Government extends furlough scheme for parents on statutory leave

    Government extends furlough scheme for parents on statutory leave

    The government has extended the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) / furlough scheme for parents on statutory maternity and paternity leave. The Treasury recently announced that parents who are returning to work over the coming months will be eligible for the CJRS despite the scheme closing to new entrants on 30 June. Individuals on adoption […]

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  • Pension savers warned over scams and transfers

    Pension savers warned over scams and transfers

    The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has issued a warning to savers over the dangers of scams and making transfers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The warning followed the publication of figures by Action Fraud which showed that over £5 million of fraud has been reported since February, with reports totalling over 2,100. According to the fraud […]

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  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Deadline looming

    Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Deadline looming

    HMRC has reminded employers who intend to furlough an employee for the first time using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. That the deadline to do so is approaching fast. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will be closed to new entrants from June 30. In order for the minimum three-week furlough period to be completed by […]

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    HMRC delays VAT reverse charge on construction services

    HMRC has announced a five-month delay to the introduction of the domestic VAT reverse charge for construction services, due to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the sector. The change will now apply from 1 March 2021 and will overhaul the way VAT is payable on building and construction invoices as part of […]

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  • Women are more likely to be on low pay

    Women are more likely to be on low pay

    Research carried out by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has suggested that women are more likely than men to be on low pay. The research showed that of an estimated 9.8 million key workers, almost two thirds are women, with 2.6 million female key workers earning less than £10 an hour, according to the TUC. […]

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