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Latest measures to support jobs

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement that England will enter a national lockdown from 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which was due to come to an end on 31 October 2020, has been extended for a month and will continue to be available during November. As a result, the …

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Employees, can you claim tax relief for expenses of working from home?

The Covid-19 pandemic has meant that more employees worked from home than ever before. This trend looks set to continue following the Government’s latest advice to continue to work from home where you can do so. Further, many business plan to embrace flexible working beyond the end of the pandemic, allowing employees to work from …

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Homeworking equipment and returning to the office

Before the Government U-turn, many employees had started to return to office-based jobs. Where the employee had previously worked from home and had been provided with homeworking equipment, there may be tax implications to consider if the employee is allowed to keep the equipment for personal use. The tax implications will depend on the way …

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Preparing for 2021 changes: Customs grants available

In June 2020, the Government announced that it was making funding available to customs intermediaries and businesses to help increase their capacity to make customs declarations. Broadly, businesses need to prepare ahead of new procedures coming into play in 2021 following the end of the UK’s EU withdrawal transition period. As well as injecting a …

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Kickstart Scheme

In the July Economic Statement, as part of his Plan for Jobs, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that a new Kickstart Scheme would shortly be launched with the aim of creating hundreds of quality jobs for young people aged between 16 and 24 years old. The details of the scheme have been slow coming, but it …

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Employee Redundancy

Statutory redundancy pay and furloughed employees

As the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme draws to a close, employers may face the difficult decision to make some employees redundant. Legislation was introduced at the end of July to protect furloughed employees. Entitlement An employee is entitled to statutory redundancy pay if they have at least two years’ continuous employment when they are made …

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