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Furloughed Employee

Do you know that the furlough scheme has changed? From 1 July, a grant claim can only be made if the employee was previously furloughed for at least three consecutive weeks before 1 March 2020 and 30 June 2020. We explain more in today’s blog.

Flexible furloughing As far as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is concerned, it is all change from 1 July 2020. From that date, employees can be flexibly furloughed allowing furloughed employees to return to work part time and be furloughed for their usual hours that they do not work. The employer pays the employee for …

Do you know that the furlough scheme has changed? From 1 July, a grant claim can only be made if the employee was previously furloughed for at least three consecutive weeks before 1 March 2020 and 30 June 2020. We explain more in today’s blog. Read More »

Company Car

Here’s the latest information on mileage rates for company cars, including the new coronavirus measures and what’s happening with the Advisory Electricity Rate for electric cars.

Company car mileage rates update The company car benefit tax charge does not cover fuel provided for a company vehicle. This means that where an employer pays for all fuel (business and private), a statutory fuel scale benefit charge will be payable, based on the cash equivalent of the benefit each tax year (£24,500 for …

Here’s the latest information on mileage rates for company cars, including the new coronavirus measures and what’s happening with the Advisory Electricity Rate for electric cars. Read More »

Statutory sick pay

Small employers can now reclaim statutory sick pay paid to employees who were absent from work due to the Coronavirus. Read more…

Reclaim SSP for Covid-19 absences Small employers can now reclaim statutory sick pay (SSP) paid to employees who were absent from work due to the Coronavirus. The online claim service went live on 26 May 2020. Employers can use the scheme to claim back SSP paid to an employee who is eligible for SSP due …

Small employers can now reclaim statutory sick pay paid to employees who were absent from work due to the Coronavirus. Read more… Read More »

Taxable Benefits

Employers have until 6 July 2020 to tell HMRC about taxable benefits and expenses provided to employees in 2019/20. Find out more…

Reporting expenses and benefits for 2019/20 Employers who provided taxable expenses and benefits to employees in 2019/20 need to tell HMRC about them by 6 July 2020, if they have not opted to tax them via the payroll. Non-payrolled taxable expenses and benefits are reported to HMRC on form P11D. Employers must also file a …

Employers have until 6 July 2020 to tell HMRC about taxable benefits and expenses provided to employees in 2019/20. Find out more… Read More »

“Just because a gift is provided each year, or is provided to all staff members, does not mean that the employee has a contractual entitlement to it.”

Trivial benefit traps – Contractual obligations The trivial benefits exemption allows employers to provide employees with low cost benefits free of tax and National Insurance and any reporting obligations. For the purposes of the exemption, a benefit is trivial if the cost per head is not more than £50. Where trivial benefits are provided to …

“Just because a gift is provided each year, or is provided to all staff members, does not mean that the employee has a contractual entitlement to it.” Read More »

In many cases, an LLP is likely to be more attractive to those who would have formed a partnership rather than a limited company. We explain why in today’s blog.

Weighing up LLPs A limited liability partnership (LLP) is similar to an ordinary partnership in that a number of people or limited companies join together and share the costs, risks, and responsibilities of the business. They also take a share of the profits and pay income tax and NICs on their share of the partnership …

In many cases, an LLP is likely to be more attractive to those who would have formed a partnership rather than a limited company. We explain why in today’s blog. Read More »

There are five conditions that need to be met to get the tax benefits of a pool car.

When is a car a pool car? Rather than allocating specific cars to particular employees, some employers find it preferable to operate a carpool and have a number of cars available for use by employees when they need to undertake a business journey. From a tax perspective, provided that certain conditions are met, no benefit …

There are five conditions that need to be met to get the tax benefits of a pool car. Read More »

Read our quick guide to payroll for new employees covering tax codes, the new starter checklist and student loans.

Payroll – how to deal with new starters From a payroll perspective, there are various tasks that an employer has to perform when they take on a new starter. For 2019/20 an employer needs to operate PAYE where the employee earns more than £118 per week (the lower earnings limit for National Insurance purposes). However, …

Read our quick guide to payroll for new employees covering tax codes, the new starter checklist and student loans. Read More »

Employing family members

It is permissible for a business to claim a tax deduction for the cost of a reasonable wage paid to a family member who helps in the business. Their duties could, for example, include answering the phone, going to the bank, bookkeeping and other administrative tasks. The tax legislation specifies that ‘in calculating the profits …

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Tax aspects of using a work’s van

If an employee is able to use a work’s van for private use, which generally includes home-to-work travel, there will be a taxable benefit and a subsequent tax charge. From 6 April 2019, the flat-rate van benefit charge has risen from £3,350 to £3,430, representing a small increase in real terms to a basic rate …

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