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Gaming behind the wheel?

20/10/2020 – Unbelievably, it has been illegal to make phone calls or text while driving a car, but not illegal to play games or take photos. Clearly, this loophole is begging to be closed and new legislation proposed, 17 October 2020, will aim to do just that. A Government announcement says: People using a hand-held mobile phone in all … More...

Last orders please…

19/10/2020 – From 1 January 2021, UK businesses that export, import or transport goods to and from the EU will need to comply with a number of new regulations. Inevitably, some will fall short and these will create delays, in your goods reaching EU customers, the goods of EU suppliers reaching you, and transport drivers spending more time than is … More...

New Freeports to cope with Brexit

15/10/2020 – The government is moving ahead with plans to build free trade zones - known as Freeports - across Britain after Brexit. Freeports are a special kind of port where normal tax and customs rules do not apply. In their place, simplified customs procedures and duty suspensions on goods applies. The initiative would allow firms to import … More...

Students warned of tax scams

15/10/2020 – HMRC is warning new students starting university that they could be targeted by scammers trying to steal their money and personal details. As new students start the academic year they can be particularly vulnerable to tax scams. Coupled with an increase in remote working due to the pandemic can leave students particularly exposed to the … More...

Applying for Green Homes Grants

15/10/2020 – Home owners and landlords in England can apply for a grant to make their home more energy efficient. The Green Homes Grant will cover at least two-thirds of the cost up to £5,000 per household. For low income households these grants will cover all costs up to £10,000. The scheme runs until 31 March 2021. The Green Homes Grants provides … More...

New three-tier COVID-19 alert levels

15/10/2020 – On 12 October, the Prime Minister announced the introduction of a new three-tier system of local COVID-19 alert levels across England. The new system sets the levels at medium, high and very high based on local transmission rates. The legislation to write the new three-tier system into law was approved by Parliament on 13 October … More...

Are your construction clients ready for reverse charge changes?

15/10/2020 – New VAT rules for building contractors and sub-contractors come into effect from 1 March 2021. The new rules will make the supply of construction services between construction or building businesses subject to the domestic reverse charge. The reverse charge will only apply to supplies of specified construction services to other businesses … More...

Companies House warn of delays in postal submissions

15/10/2020 – Company filing deadlines were extended for companies with filing deadlines between 27 June 2020 and 5 April 2021. Companies House is warning of delays in postal submissions and have said it is taking much longer than usual to process paper documents, forms and letters sent by post. Accounts filed on paper need to be manually checked and … More...

Donating land, property or shares to a charity

15/10/2020 – There are special rules in place for taxpayers who gift land, property or certain shares to charity. This can include Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax (CGT) relief provided all the necessary conditions are met. There is no Income Tax relief on donations to community amateur sports clubs (CASCs). Income Tax relief Where qualifying assets … More...

Time To Pay limits increased

15/10/2020 – One of the measures announced by HMRC at the start of the coronavirus pandemic was the introduction of emergency measures to help tax payers affected by COVID-19 to use the Time To Pay service. Businesses and self-employed people in financial distress and with outstanding tax liabilities may be eligible to receive support with their tax … More...

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