Not much can stop determined entrepreneurs from building a new business from the ground up, even during such challenging times as a COVID-19 or its ensuing fallout.

The pandemic has proven a huge challenge for businesses, with 396,155 UK firms closing in 2020 according to the Office for National Statistics, as business owners struggled to cope with restrictions and lockdowns.

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Covid19 Update : Commentary on 3rd SEISS Claim

We have attached a commentary on the 3rd SEISS claim to help you decide if you should claim. We hope this helps. The claim window opens Monday.

Council Grants

The Council arbitrary grants opened last week – York’s can be found at

Application Form:


Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) 

A reminder that the BBLS closes on 31 January 2021, so if you are eligible and have not yet applied, or have scope to extend your original loan, please take urgent action.

Deferral of tax and payment by instalments 

Many people deferred the second instalment of 2019/20 tax which was originally due on 31 July 2020 with deferral to 31 January 2021. HMRC have now announced that you can further delay payment by arranging instalments for any self-assessment tax falling due on 31 January 2021.

If your tax debt is below £30,000 and you have no existing Time To Pay arrangements in place you can apply online using your Government Gateway login. For debts over £30,000 or if you have existing payment arrangements you have to call HMRC on 0300 200 0822 to request instalment payments.

Just worth mentioning that we are seeing quite a few clients having difficulties obtaining mortgages with outstanding tax liabilities so maybe speak to your adviser if you are thinking of re-mortgaging / using time to pay.

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Furlough fraud penalties confirmed by HMRC

According to reports, the number of fraudulent claims has continued to increase in recent weeks as exploitation of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the furlough scheme) becomes a new Government threat. HMRC has announced the penalties that can be imposed on the employers who commit furlough fraud. Opeyemi Ogundeji, researcher and employment law writer at Croner-i, explores this in more detail below.

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COVID-19 Update – All things Furloughed

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will close on 31 October 2020. HMRC have now issued guidance on how the flexible furloughing will work. I suggest a strong drink and print out the attached and go into a quiet room for several hours to digest!

A quick summary of the position over the next few months follows but the detailed Flexible furlough document attached is how to make the claims and what it involves!

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Covid19 Update VAT rate change to 5%

Please find enclosed our guidelines for the Vat change today relating to the hospitality, attraction and accommodation supply sectors. Remember Supply is the main word. It is fairly clear cut for most businesses but become Grey for those on the fringes of these sectors. If you supply these industries, in most cases, nothing has changed.

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After temporarily pausing tax investigations as COVID-19
business support measures rolled out earlier this year, HMRC
has restarted probes into businesses and individuals’ tax affairs.

The Revenue has also started to direct its attention towards the
misuse of coronavirus support schemes, such as the furlough
scheme and the self-employed income support scheme.

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