Furlough fraud warning after arrests

Employers have been warned that businesses abusing the furlough scheme will face action from fraud investigators.

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Government urged to extend COVID business support measures

The Government is being urged to extend emergency coronavirus support in the upcoming Budget with a recent study warning that businesses face a £50 billion shortfall when the support measures end in April 2021.

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CJRS: Annually paid directors may now be eligible for furlough claims

Small company directors that were not able to claim under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) because they paid themselves an annual salary in March 2020 may now be eligible to claim under the scheme.

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Employers: call for furlough scheme to be introduced to working parents while schools are closed

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) states that working parents with children, who struggle to balance their work-life and childcare, should be put on the furlough scheme whilst the schools are closed.

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HMRC: Penalty payments for non-compliance increase by 62 per cent

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) penalties for non-compliance by taxpayers have risen by 62 per cent, according to the latest research.

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CJRS: Deadline for November claims fast approaching

Claims under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) for November must be submitted no later than 14 December 2020, it has been cautioned.

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COVID-19: Time is running out to make November furlough claims

Businesses have just days left to make a claim for staff furloughed in November, with the deadline ending on 14‌‌‌ ‌‌December 2020.

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HMRC’s amended guidance on late furlough claims

On 19 November 2020, the Government amended its guidance to give examples of what is meant by a ‘reasonable excuse’, for submitting furlough claims past the deadline.

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Businesses return £215 million furlough payments to the Government

According to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), more than £215 million of Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) payments have been willingly returned to the Government by UK firms, out of £35.4 billion worth of claims up until 16 August.

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme rejects claims after employer accounting errors

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has warned businesses to get “their data right” or face delays receiving grants under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS).

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HMRC confirms unused Employment Allowance can be used to reduce other tax costs

Employers who delay their Employment Allowance claim and have unused Employment Allowance available at the end of the tax year “can use this to reduce other tax costs”, it has been confirmed.

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COVID-19: The key dates for your tax diary

There are a number of Government support measures to help businesses through the coronavirus pandemic, as well as various business tax obligations being deferred. However, it can be difficult to keep track of all of the dates, deadlines and requirements,

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One in 10 firms unable to reopen safely under current guidance, study reveals

One in 10 firms are unable to open safely under the Government’s current health and safety guidance, a major study has revealed.

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – the next steps

The Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), also known as the furlough scheme, was recently extended until October, with no changes until August. But what happens next with the scheme?

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