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COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for care homes staff

05/08/2021

The Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021 have now been approved by both House of Parliament and will come into force on 11 November 2021. The regulations effectively require staff working in registered care homes in England to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they’re...

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Pub secures reduced tied rent and discounts

05/08/2021

The Pubs Code Adjudicator is responsible for enforcing the statutory Pubs Code. The Pubs Code regulates the relationship between all pub companies owning 500 or more tied pubs in England and Wales and their tied tenants. Tied tenants are those that are obliged to purchase beer and/or other products or services from their landlord. An...

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VAT inclusive and exclusive prices

05/08/2021

When identifying the amount of VAT charged, it is important to distinguish between VAT inclusive and VAT exclusive prices. A VAT inclusive price includes VAT at the prevailing rate. When a VAT registered business issues an invoice to their customer they must ensure that they charge the correct rate of VAT. Whilst most businesses in the...

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When is a company dormant for tax purposes?

05/08/2021

If a company has stopped trading and has no other income then the company is usually classed as dormant for Corporation Tax purposes. A company is usually dormant for Corporation Tax if it: has stopped trading and has no other income, for example investments is a new limited company that hasn’t started trading is an unincorporated...

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Further change to SEISS 5 legislation

05/08/2021

HM Treasury has published a Correction Treasury Direction made under the Coronavirus Act 2020, section 76, which modifies and extends the effect of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). The Direction mainly deals with the expansion of the SEISS from 1 May 2021 to 30 September 2021, officially referred to as the SEISS Grant...

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Décor and plant and machinery allowances

05/08/2021

Capital Allowances are the deductions which allow businesses to secure tax relief for certain capital expenditure. Capital Allowances are available to sole traders, self-employed persons or partnerships, as well as companies and organisations liable to Corporation Tax. The Capital Allowance legislation does not specifically define plant...

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IHT change of domicile

05/08/2021

It is possible in certain circumstances for an individual to have two domiciles although this is unusual. There is a concept in the UK of deemed domicile, whereby any person who has been resident in the UK for more than 15 of the previous 20 years will be deemed to be domiciled in the UK for tax purposes. Before 6 April 2017, a person...

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Tax Diary August/September 2021

29/07/2021

1 August 2021 - Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 31 October 2020. 19 August 2021 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 August 2021. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 August 2021) 19 August 2021 - Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly return for the month ended 5 August 2021. 19 August...

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Reforming statutory sick pay

29/07/2021

Following its summer 2019 consultation entitled “Health is everyone’s business: proposals for reducing ill health-related job loss”, the government has now published its response which takes into account the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on work and health. The response confirms that the government: will not be...

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SEISS – more red tape

29/07/2021

Government support to the self-employed through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) is due to end on 30 September 2021. A fifth and final grant covering the period May 2021 to September 2021 will be opened to claims from late July for those who have suffered a significant reduction in trading profits. To qualify for the...

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Tax-free gains on gifts to spouse or charity

29/07/2021

In most cases, there is no Capital Gains Tax (CGT) to be paid on the transfer of assets to a spouse or civil partner. There is, however, still a disposal that has taken place for CGT purposes effectively at no gain or loss on the date of the transfer. When the asset ultimately comes to be sold, the gain or loss will be calculated based on...

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Who pays Inheritance Tax?

29/07/2021

Inheritance Tax (IHT) is commonly collected on a person’s estate when they die but can also be payable during a person’s lifetime on certain trusts and gifts. The rate of IHT currently payable is 40% on death and 20% on lifetime gifts. IHT is payable at a reduced rate on some assets if 10% or more of the 'net value' of their estate is...

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Turnover defined for 5th SEISS grant

29/07/2021

HMRC has published new guidance to help the self-employed calculate their turnover for making a claim under the 5th Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant. The final date for making a claim for the 5th grant will be 30 September 2021. The figures will be used to compare turnover in the pandemic year from April 2020 - April...

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Who counts as CIS contractor or sub-contractor?

29/07/2021

The Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) is a set of special rules that affect tax and National Insurance for those working in the construction industry. Businesses in the construction industry are known as 'contractors' and 'subcontractors' and will need to be aware of the tax implications of the scheme. Under the CIS, contractors are...

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Continuous employment defined

29/07/2021

When a new employee is added to the payroll it is the employers' responsibility to ensure they meet the employees’ rights. One of the issues that must be considered is the employees’ length of continuous employment. Continuous employment is calculated from the first day of work without a break. The length of continuous employment gives...

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