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managing the end of furlough

After playing a crucial part in managing the impact of Covid-19, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is set to end on 30 September. Although some business sectors, such as hospitality, are currently seeing severe staff shortages, other employers may […]

New VAT penalties regime on the horizon

The existing penalty regime for VAT returns has the advantage of simplicity, but it’s something of a blunt instrument. The new system coming in for return periods beginning on or after 1 April 2022 will be fairer, but some businesses […]

Are you ready for MTD?

Making Tax Digital for income tax self-assessment may still be 18 months away, but if you are self-employed or a landlord, it is time to get ready for digital record keeping, ahead of the deadline. MTD ITSA (as it’s known) […]

a question of control

The off-payroll working (IR35) tests are still relevant despite the blanket approach often in place regarding contractors’ employment status. They must always be applied if you are contracting for a small organisation. Two recent decisions in the Upper Tribunal closely […]

bounce back repayments begin

The bounce back loan scheme (BBLS) has kept many businesses afloat over the past year, but, with the first repayments now starting to become due, many of the 1.5 million businesses that borrowed money could fall into difficulty.  Default position  The BBLS was launched in May […]

MTD income tax pilot

The pilot scheme for Making Tax Digital (MTD) for income tax is now open for self-employed workers and landlords. The scheme becomes mandatory for accounting periods commencing on or after 6 April 2023, so those who join now will get […]

protecting your business against fraud

Instances of fraud have increased during the pandemic – what can you do to help mitigate the risks? Invoice fraud is on the rise and while not a particularly new scam, it can be catastrophic for businesses who fall victim […]

what is crowdfunding and how does it actually work?

Crowdfunding is a way of raising money for a business venture, personal endeavor, or charitable cause, where a large number of people invest in or donate money to the cause. Crowdfunding is becoming more popular with startup and early-stage businesses […]

developing the next generation of business leaders

Businesses need to invest in nurturing the next generation of talent. Regardless of the industry that you work in, how you and your management team nurture the next generation of talent in the first decade of their careers can have […]

fifth self-employed income support grant to be paid in July

The fifth (and final) SEISS grant will be available for the self-employed to claim towards the end of July. The eligibility criteria remain broadly the same as the fourth grant. Self-employed profits in 2019/20 must not exceed £50,000 and must […]

new fund opens for island communities

Businesses and community groups located across Scotland’s inhabited islands are now able to apply for grants of up to £150,000 through the new Island Communities Fund (ICF) for projects focussed on supporting sustainable island economies and the journey towards net […]

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