Are you eligible for the new Job Support Scheme?

HMRC has confirmed that the final date to submit your claims under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will be on 30th November 2020. After this date, no more new claims can be submitted or added to any previous claims. The scheme finally comes to a close at this end of October since it began […]

CJRS Bonus: Update

employers can claim the bonus for all eligible employees who have been furloughed it comes as employers set to start contributing to the furlough scheme as staff return to work and the economy reopens   The bonus – announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak as part of his Plan for Jobs last month – will see […]

CJRS Bonus

Today the Chancellor announced the introduction of the Job Retention Bonus. This is a one-off payment of £1,000 to employers that have used the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) for each furloughed employee who remains continuously employed until 31‌‌‌ ‌January 2021. The bonus will provide additional support to retain employees. To be eligible, employees will […]

Tax treatment of COVID-19 tests and Personal Protective Equipment

HMRC has updated its guidance relating to the tax treatment of certain benefits and expenses paid to employees due to coronavirus, to explain how employers should proceed where they are providing coronavirus testing kits, or Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to their employees. If an employer has purchased coronavirus testing kits or tests completed by a […]

‘Shielding’ employees able to return to work from August

Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, confirmed that any employees who have been ‘shielding’ as a result of COVID-19 will be able to return to work from 1 August 2020 in England. If a worker is not able to work remotely, and social distancing measures have been implemented within their workplace, then vulnerable people who have been […]

New Scottish Student Loan type to be introduced from April 2021

An email has been circulated by HMRC’s Software Developer Support Team (SDST) in relation to the creation of a new Scottish student loan Plan type. This is due to the fact that, on 9 June 2018, an announcement was made by Scotland’s First Minister, which revealed that Scotland will raise its student loan earnings threshold […]

Withdrawal of ordering paper P45s and P60s from HMRC: postponement

In March 2020, HMRC announced that they were intending to withdraw the facility of ordering blank P45s and P60s online.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, HMRC has postponed this action until 1 August 2020 to give employers more time to prepare for the change. After this date, employers will be expected to print or issue […]

Updates to guidance on the treatment of expenses provided to employees during COVID-19

HMRC has updated two pages of guidance in relation to the treatment of certain expenses and benefits provided to employees during coronavirus and on checking which expenses are taxable if employees work from home due to coronavirus. Within guidance, HMRC confirms how to proceed when returning office equipment. If the equipment is provided by the […]

Deadline for placing employees on furlough fast approaching

Companies intending to furlough employees for the first time under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), must do so by 10 June 2020, in order to observe the three-week minimum furlough period ahead of 30 June 2020, prior to the implementation of the changes to the scheme from July – October 2020. On 29 May […]