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What are accelerated payment notices?

What are accelerated payment notices and when are they used? If you find yourself on the receiving end of an accelerated payment notice (APN) from HMRC, it can seem daunting. First things first, do not panic. Below, we have put together some answers to frequently asked questions that may help. So, what is an APN (accelerated tax payment notice)?  An accelerated payment notice (APN) is a notice that a taxpayer with an ongoing tax or National Insurance contributions (NICs) issue may receive from HMRC (typically following their involvement in a tax scheme). The demand requires the taxpayer to pay the [...]

What are accelerated payment notices?2020-11-16T11:52:30+00:00

Connection:20 Business resilience in a COVID world

This week we will be hosting our Connection:20 online webinar, Business resilience in a COVID world. As businesses continue to navigate through the challenges and changing environment imposed by COVID19, Sheards Accountants are hosting a series of Connection:20 events online, to share experiences and offer support. Our Partner, Charles Brook, will be hosting this week's session, which will be taking place on Wednesday 11th November from 12 pm-1 pm. The session will cover: Business confidence pre-COVID Can we rely on anything to help us plan? Directors obligations and financial risk management in a COVID World Preparing for a post-COVID way [...]

Connection:20 Business resilience in a COVID world2020-11-10T13:45:56+00:00

Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) On Saturday 31 October 2020, a second lockdown for England was announced. To support businesses and individuals through this, the government is providing additional financial support as part of the plan for the next phase of response to the pandemic. It has been confirmed that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) - also known as the furlough scheme - which was due to end on 31 October, will remain open until December.  The government has protected over nine million jobs across the UK with the furlough scheme as well as supporting those [...]

Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme2020-11-05T10:58:25+00:00

Government announces extension of insolvency measures

Government announces extension of insolvency measures The Government has extended the measures put in place by the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act in order to protect businesses from insolvency, giving them a much-needed breathing space during the pandemic. Many changes to the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act were due to expire at the end of September. However, as of 24th September, the measures have been extended to the end of December 2020 and in some cases to March 2021. Summary of temporary measures: Companies with any obligations to hold AGMs will continue to have the flexibility to hold these meetings [...]

Government announces extension of insolvency measures2020-10-06T13:55:58+00:00

How does the Coronavirus Job Support Scheme work?

How does the Coronavirus Job Support Scheme work? Yesterday, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a new scheme to increase the wages of workers who have had to cut their hours due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Job Support Scheme will help to protect viable jobs in businesses that are likely to face a lower demand as we head into the winter months as opposed to all job roles which were supported as part of the initial furlough scheme. The new scheme will start in November replacing the existing furlough scheme which ends on October 31 2020. How will the new Job [...]

How does the Coronavirus Job Support Scheme work?2020-10-06T13:01:14+00:00

The spectre of the return of HMRC preferential status

The spectre of the return of HMRC preferential status We have commented in several blogs and to clients directly and can confirm that the enactment of the Finance Bill on 22nd July 2020 paves the way for the reintroduction of preferential status for the vast majority of HMRC liabilities in insolvencies. Background As a potted history lesson, HMRC held preferential status up to the implementation of the Enterprise Act in 2003. This unexpectedly revoked this status in favour of a policy aimed at business enterprise and with the objective to return enhanced distributions to ordinary trade creditors in insolvencies. In [...]

The spectre of the return of HMRC preferential status2020-10-06T13:01:23+00:00

Chancellor announces changes to the CJRS

To ensure we are providing you with as much support and information regarding the Government’s Coronavirus initiatives, here are the latest updates regarding the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) for furloughed employees.  During the government briefing on Friday 29th May, Chancellor Rishi Sunak confirmed the changes to the CJRS, in line with the easing of lockdown restrictions and the extension of the scheme until the end of October.  Under the current scheme, the Government will pay back to the employer 80% of each furloughed employee's salary, up to a maximum of £2,500 per employee, plus the National Insurance paid, as [...]

Chancellor announces changes to the CJRS2020-06-01T14:47:02+00:00

Changes announced by the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill

A major reorganisation and enhancement of UK Insolvency legislation was already being considered long before Coronavirus became a familiar term and the consultation process around the shape of new legislation has in fact been launched only recently within the Insolvency, Turnaround and Financing business community. However, as a responsive need at the outset of Lockdown in the UK, the Government announced some surprising temporary measures that were all intended to minimise the commercial impact of the lockdown and support businesses that might otherwise feel compelled to shut up shop permanently when faced with the challenges it presents. The measures were [...]

Changes announced by the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill2020-05-28T15:46:13+00:00

Self-employment Income Support Scheme now open

HMRC has opened the portal for the Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), meaning taxpayers can now submit applications.  The scheme, which is accessible to those that are self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been adversely affected by Coronavirus, will allow you to claim a taxable grant of 80% of your average monthly trading profits over three years, capped at £7,500. It will be paid out in a single instalment covering three months, paid directly into your bank.   In order to access the portal, you will need to log in, or create, your Government Gateway account. You will [...]

Self-employment Income Support Scheme now open2020-05-18T14:24:54+00:00