News Search

News

Temporary extension to the Help to Buy scheme

28 Oct 2020

The Help to Buy equity loans scheme is open to both first-time buyers and home movers on new-build homes in England with a purchase price up to £600,000. The Help to Buy equity loans provide a low-interest loan towards the deposit. The loan is

More...

Job Support Scheme for closed businesses

28 Oct 2020

The CJRS or furlough scheme ended on 31 October 2020 and has been replaced by the Job Support Scheme (JSS). This JSS has been designed to help businesses and employees deal with a fresh spike of the virus and a winter of uncertainty. The JSS is now

More...

Venues required to enforce rule of six

28 Oct 2020

Since 18 September 2020, many designated venues in England have been required to enforce the rule of 6. The 'rule of 6' bans any social gathering of more than 6 people, except under limited circumstances such as if a single household or support

More...

Carry back charitable donations

28 Oct 2020

If you pay Income Tax at the basic rate no additional relief is due on your charitable donations. However, if you are a higher rate or additional rate taxpayer then you can claim tax relief on the difference between the basic rate and your highest

More...

JSS – financial impact test for large employers

28 Oct 2020

The Job Support Scheme (JSS) Open is available from 1 November 2020 for businesses that remain open but with employees working reduced hours. Employees must work at least 20% of their usual hours, paid as normal, in order to qualify for the JSS Open.

More...

JSS fraudulent claims

28 Oct 2020

The Job Support Scheme (JSS) has replaced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) which came to an end on 31 October 2020.There are significant concerns that between 5%-10% of claims made under the CJRS were fraudulent or made in error. There

More...

Events company collapse

28 Oct 2020

A recent investigation by the Insolvency Service has seen a husband and wife disqualified from being directors for a total of 17 years. The husband and wife team were directors of a company that provided conference and event organisation services

More...

Unravelling the jargon: what is a support bubble?

26 Oct 2020

The following notes are copied from the GOV.UK website. At first glance, it would appear that the definition of a support bubble should be fairly easy to grasp. Don’t hold your breath. Basically, a support bubble is a close support network between a

More...

Handling food? Wash, those hands

26 Oct 2020

If you are considering any change to your business activities that will involve handling any packaged food or raw ingredients, as you would expect, there are a raft of regulations that you will need to consider and adopt. The Department of the

More...

Tax Diary November/December 2020

24 Oct 2020

1 November 2020 - Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 31 January 2020. 19 November 2020 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 November 2020. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 November 2020.) 19

More...

New cashback scheme proposed

21 Oct 2020

The government has announced plans to allow customers to get cashback from shops without needing to make a purchase. At the moment, cashback is only available to those who buy goods. The new proposals have been put in place to help protect the UK’s

More...

Closing a limited company

21 Oct 2020

There are a number of reasons why you may decide to close your limited company. This could be because a limited company structure no longer suits your needs, your business is no longer active, or the company is insolvent. You will usually need the

More...

Brexit countdown importers

21 Oct 2020

As we have reported previously, the UK government has confirmed that it will neither accept nor seek any extension to the Brexit transition period which expires on 31 December 2020. The EU has formally accepted this position. This means that the

More...

Brexit countdown exporters

21 Oct 2020

The Brexit transition period is due to end on 31 December 2020 and this means that the process for exporting goods to the EU will change from 1 January 2021. Current guidance published by HMRC states that from 1 January 2021, businesses will need to

More...

Clock ticking on the Annual Investment Allowance

21 Oct 2020

The Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) allows for a 100% tax deduction on qualifying expenditure on plant and machinery to be deducted from your profits before tax. The relief is normally capped at £200,000 per annum but was temporarily increased to

More...

Distributions in anticipation of striking off rules

21 Oct 2020

The Extra Statutory Concession (ESC) - C16 was a well-used extra-statutory concession that allowed company directors to treat final distributions as a capital disposal and close down their business in an efficient manner. ESC C16 was withdrawn in

More...

Starting rate of Income Tax for savings

21 Oct 2020

In the current tax year, anyone with taxable income of less than £17,500 will have no tax to pay on their savings income - interest received. This figure is calculated by adding the £5,000 starting rate limit for savings (where 0% of the interest is

More...

When you can or can’t use the VAT Cash Accounting Scheme

21 Oct 2020

Under standard VAT accounting, VAT is payable on sales whether or not the customer has paid and can lead to a claim for Bad Debt Relief. Under the Cash Accounting Scheme, VAT does not need to be paid over until the customer has paid. A business can

More...

New financial support measures announced

21 Oct 2020

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has delivered his third major statement to the House of Commons in less than a month. This followed the Winter Economy Plan on 24 September and further announcements on 9 October that expanded the scope of the Job Support

More...

Gaming behind the wheel?

19 Oct 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.

More...

Last orders please…

18 Oct 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,

More...

New Freeports to cope with Brexit

14 Oct 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

More...

Students warned of tax scams

14 Oct 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

More...

Applying for Green Homes Grants

14 Oct 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

More...

New three-tier COVID-19 alert levels

14 Oct 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

More...
Contact Us

 

Ecovis Wingrave Yeats,
Waverley House, 7-12 Noel St,
London W1F 8GQ
Phone: tel: +44 (0) 207 495 2244
Email: enquiries@ecovis.co.uk