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Job support scheme - What does it really mean?

The Chancellor has announced a new scheme to help employers retain their employees which will kick in after the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ends. The Job Support Scheme (JSS) will apply from 1 November and will run for six months. Could it help your business? Minimum work: To get a rebate on an employee’s pay under the JSS, they must work a minimum of 33% of their usual hours and must not be on notice of redundancy. This minimum threshold requirement will apply for the first three months of the scheme after which the government will consider whether to increase it. You will be able to cycle employees on and off the scheme and they do not have to be working the same pattern each month,

New Local Lockdown Payments

On the 9th September the government announced that businesses in England required to close because of government imposed local lockdowns or restrictions are entitled to a new grant. What's available? Business rates: The amount of the grant depends on the rateable value of the business premises. Those in premises with a rateable value of £51,000 or more are entitled to £1,500 for each three-week period. The grant can be claimed for each property occupied by the business. Businesses with properties with a lower rateable value are entitled to £1,000. If you rent your premises but someone else is responsible for the business rates you can also claim the grant. In addition, businesses not requir

HMRC and CJRS enforcement

Comprehensive legislation has been included in the Finance Act in respect of the enforcement of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). What does HMRC expect of you? Corrections: Any Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) grants that have been over-claimed (and that includes amounts that you’re no longer entitled to, for example because an employee has left but you continue to apply for a grant for them) can be corrected as part of the next claim. If you’ve no further claims to make you can make a repayment direct to HMRC. You need to call first, and it will give you a payment reference number beginning with an “X” which will distinguish the repayment from any other HMRC remittances. I

SEISS Penalty and Repayment Regime

On 28th July 2020, HMRC announced how they were going to punish wrongdoers who misused the SEISS (Self-Employment Income Support Scheme). On the face of it, it’s not too problematic since all they are asking people to do is take a close look at the claim they made and, with the benefit of hindsight, consider whether the claim was either appropriate or excessive. Accountants and tax agents are understandably worried that their clients will be vulnerable to significant penalties in respect of a grant application which was, by reason of government edict, an application made without the assistance of their professional advisers. Key Dates: If clients have received a grant to which they were not

HMRC’s new guidance on statutory pay

To ascertain whether an employee is entitled to statutory pay you sometimes need to work out their average earnings. HMRC’s new guidance explains how to do this for furloughed workers. What do you need to know? Statutory payments: Following a flood of questions from employers HMRC has clarified the position for family-related statutory payments for furloughed workers. Statutory maternity, adoption, paternity, shared parental and parental bereavement pay are involved. Entitlement: An employee’s entitlement to statutory pay may vary depending on their average weekly earnings (AWE). Where it’s been reduced because they have been furloughed, and you’ve made a corresponding claim under the Coro




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