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Ian Piper
1st December 2021 COVID: Business interruption insurance claims?

Those businesses with comprehensive commercial insurance cover will possibly be covered for ‘business interruption’. This cover will typically include costs/losses arising from events that close or severely disrupt operations. The COVID pandemic has already led to many claims under this. The insurance industry (as you might expect?) has warned that few policies are likely to…

Elizabeth Prior
10th November 2021 Which Xero package is right for me?

If you’ve never used a cloud software before coming to a decision on what package to choose can be quite daunting. Well, in this blog I am going to summarise what different packages are available and tell you what each package does and also, what it doesn’t do.   There are three packages that Xero…

Vanessa Pearson
10th November 2021 IR35 tax bill of £281k for Sky presenter

HRMC continue their campaign against broadcasters, with another successful case against former Sky presenter Dave Clark. Mr Clark presented and commentated on professional darts tournaments, and tried to argue his company’s relationship to Sky was one of self-employment.   His appeal has been rejected, with almost all the usual “badges of trade” having failed. Sky…

Ian Piper
4th November 2021 Super early retirement? – Not if under 47 now

The government is to increase the earliest age pension savers can access their pension pots from 55 to 57, wef 6 April 2028. Members of the firefighters, police and armed forces public service schemes will not be affected by this increase.

Keri John
20th October 2021 Xero – Assigning Bills to Customers

You can now assign bills to customers in Xero!   This makes it easier to allocate expenses occurred during a job to the correct customer.   Perfect for Estate Agents, event planners and more.   When creating a bill to pay onto Xero there is an option to ‘assign the bill to a customer’. You…

Vanessa Pearson
26th March 2021 6 April: A Guide to Off-Payroll Working Tax Rules

The proposed new rules apply regarding who determines IR35 status for freelancers hired by medium and large companies are imminent. Our Brief Guide will help find out how this affects you and what you can do: A Brief Guide to Off-Payroll Working Blog entry by: Vanessa Pearson

Vanessa Pearson
18th February 2021 IR35 – HMRC announce ‘light touch’ approach to penalties

The new private sector off-payroll rules are due to start from 6 April 2021 and HMRC have published their latest guidance – here.   The changes move the responsibility for determining a contractor’s IR35 status from the worker’s personal service company to the end client engaging them, where the end client is a medium/large business.…

Jason Jones
4th May 2020 Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan Scheme Now Open for Applications

Key features of the BBLS:   The scheme is a 100% government backed initiative for small businesses.   You can apply* for a loan between £2,000 and £50,000 (up to a maximum of 25% annual turnover), for 6 years.   No repayments required for the first 12 months, and you won’t pay any charges should…

Lisa Smith
7th April 2020 COVID-19 – Furlough for IR35 Workers in the Public Sector

The Government has issued guidance notes to clarify the extent to which the Furloughing arrangements can be offered to all public sector workers including contingent workers being paid under PAYE, through an umbrella or their own personal service company.  This means that the scheme can be offered to those individuals who:   work through a…

Vanessa Pearson
19th March 2020 IR35: Government delays private sector reforms

Only days after Budget 2020 confirmed that IR35 reforms to the private sector would go ahead, the changes have been postponed until 6 April 2021. Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Steve Barclay MP, confirmed “This is a deferral and not a cancellation”. Amongst the unintended consequences of this legislation, the lack of employment rights for…