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Four in five SMEs are confident over their Coronavirus recovery

Four in five UK small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are confident that they will recover from the Coronavirus pandemic, according to research by Starling Bank and the Great British Entrepreneur Awards. The data indicates that 75 per cent of business owners are feeling more confident than they did in July as lockdown measures ease. While…

HM Revenue & Customs sets out details of penalties for breaches of furlough and self-employment scheme rules

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has set out full details of the penalties that will apply to employers and self-employed individuals who are found to have breached the rules of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). A factsheet published by HMRC confirms that employers that have over claimed CJRS…

HM Revenue & Customs sets out Making Tax Digital plans for VAT and Income Tax

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has set out its plans for the future of the Making Tax Digital (MTD) programme, with confirmation of the timeline for the expansion of MTD for VAT and the introduction of MTD for Income Tax. Since its introduction in April 2019, MTD for VAT has required most VAT-registered businesses with…

Small business Covid recovery boosted by £20 million in new grants

The Government has announced new grants aimed at smaller businesses in England worth £20 million, to help them obtain the support they need to recover from the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. Under the new scheme, small and medium-sized businesses will be able to obtain grants of between £1,000 – £5,000 that can be used…