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November 2021 Newsletter

Welcome to our newsletter. We hope it finds you safe and well.
Do get in touch if we can be of assistance with any of the issues raised

Budget planning opportunities

Now we’ve had time to consider the effects of the budget changes, we highlight actions that perhaps should be considered between now and the end of the tax year.

See our latest blog

If you have concerns about budget changes, and how these might impact your tax payments or business finances, please call any of our local offices.
Newcastle 01782 713700.  Nantwich 01270 623821.  Market Drayton 01630 698017.  Newport 01952 811745.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) spot checks on businesses  

HSE is continuing to carry out spot checks and inspections on all types of businesses, in all areas, to ensure they are working safely to reduce the risk of COVID.

During the spot checks, HSE provides advice and guidance to manage risk and protect workers, customers and visitors. Where some businesses are not managing this, HSE will take immediate action. See here for more information. 

Self-Assessment: Paper submission deadline looming!

HMRC is reminding Self-Assessment tax payers to check that they have the correct information in order to complete their tax return.
This year, tax payers will also have to declare if they received any grants or payments from COVID-19 support schemes up to 5 April 2021 as these are taxable, including: Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and other COVID-19 grants and support payments such as self-isolation payments, local authority grants and those for the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

The deadline for 2020/21 online tax returns is 31 January 2022

You can file your return before the January deadline but still have until 31 January 2022 to pay.
Please contact us about helping you file your 2020/21 return before the deadline or if you have any questions about grants or payments received.

 Make a late Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme claim  

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ended on September 30 and October 14 was the last date to make a claim for September.

For claim periods from 1 November 2020, HMRC may accept late claims or amendments if you have taken reasonable care to try and claim on time or have a reasonable excuse.

A reasonable excuse could include bereavement, a period of self-isolation that prevented you from making your claim or serious illness including Covid-19.

See here for further guidance.

Submit your Kickstart Scheme vacancies  

Applications to the Kickstart Scheme are closing soon. After 17 December 2021 you will not be able to apply for a new Kickstart Scheme grant or add more jobs to an existing grant agreement. For more help see here

Providing apprenticeships during the pandemic   

This guidance is for apprenticeship providers, employers, assessment organisations and apprentices

It describes the temporary flexibilities which have been applied during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and how and when apprentices can safely train and take assessments in the workplace, educational and assessment settings. For further guidance see here.

Menopause in the Workplace Toolkit  

The UK workforce is ageing. People want and need to work for longer and employers need to draw more effectively on an older workforce. For women this is particularly true – they have been the major drivers of growth in the older workforce over the last decade.
There are now five million women over 50 in the workplace, and many will be transitioning through the menopause.
Employers are now understanding the importance of supporting employees during the menopause in order to retain valuable knowledge, skills and experience within a key workplace demographic. The Menopause in the Workplace Toolkit has been produced by Business in the Community (BITC) in collaboration with The Open University, University of Bristol and De Montfort University.
Download the toolkit here.

And finally - it's nearly time to let your hair down (with caution)

Right now many employers will be planning to reward staff with a Christmas party.
If you are careful with your budgeting, you can enjoy a knees-up without increasing your tax or National Insurance payments.
See our latest blog for advice on how to celebrate without a tax headache. 

If you need help organising your annual celebration in the most tax effective way, do get in touch.
Email or call t. 0800 019 1744


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