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Tax Diary August/September 2021

1 August 2021 - Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 31 October 2020. 19 August 2021 - PAYE and NIC deductions due for month ended 5 August 2021. (If you pay your tax electronically the due date is 22 August 2021) 19 August 2021 - Filing deadline for the CIS300 monthly return for the month ended 5 August 2021. 19 August 2021 - CIS tax deducted for the month ended 5 August 2021 is payable by today. 1 September 2021 - Due date for Corporation Tax due for the year ended 30 November 2020. 19 September 2021 - PAYE and NIC...

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Reforming statutory sick pay

Following its summer 2019 consultation entitled “Health is everyone’s business: proposals for reducing ill health-related job loss”, the government has now published its response which takes into account the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on work and health. The response confirms that the government: will not be proceeding with the consultation proposal to introduce a new right for non-disabled employees to request work or workplace modifications on health grounds - note that the existing duty on employers to make reasonable...

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SEISS – more red tape

Government support to the self-employed through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) is due to end on 30 September 2021. A fifth and final grant covering the period May 2021 to September 2021 will be opened to claims from late July for those who have suffered a significant reduction in trading profits. To qualify for the grant, average trading profits must be £50,000 or less and non-trading income cannot exceed 50% of total income. The grant will see those whose turnover has fallen by 30% or more continuing to receive the full 80%...

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Tax-free gains on gifts to spouse or charity

In most cases, there is no Capital Gains Tax (CGT) to be paid on the transfer of assets to a spouse or civil partner. There is, however, still a disposal that has taken place for CGT purposes effectively at no gain or loss on the date of the transfer. When the asset ultimately comes to be sold, the gain or loss will be calculated based on the original cost when the asset was first owned by the spouse or civil partner. There are a few exceptions that couples should be aware of when the relief does not apply. This relates to the use of goods...

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Who pays Inheritance Tax?

Inheritance Tax (IHT) is commonly collected on a person’s estate when they die but can also be payable during a person’s lifetime on certain trusts and gifts. The rate of IHT currently payable is 40% on death and 20% on lifetime gifts. IHT is payable at a reduced rate on some assets if 10% or more of the 'net value' of their estate is left to charities. Funds from the estate of the deceased are usually applied to pay IHT. If there is a will, it is usually the executor who deals with paying any IHT due to HMRC. IHT can be paid from funds...

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Turnover defined for 5th SEISS grant

HMRC has published new guidance to help the self-employed calculate their turnover for making a claim under the 5th Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant. The final date for making a claim for the 5th grant will be 30 September 2021. The figures will be used to compare turnover in the pandemic year from April 2020 - April 2021. The turnover for the ‘pandemic’ year can be calculated starting on any date from 1 to 6 April 2020 for a period of 12 months. For example, from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 or from 6 April 2020 to 5...

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Who counts as CIS contractor or sub-contractor?

The Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) is a set of special rules that affect tax and National Insurance for those working in the construction industry. Businesses in the construction industry are known as 'contractors' and 'subcontractors' and will need to be aware of the tax implications of the scheme. Under the CIS, contractors are required to deduct money from a subcontractor’s payments and pass it to HMRC. The deductions count as advance payments towards the subcontractor’s tax and National Insurance liabilities. Contractors are defined...

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Continuous employment defined

When a new employee is added to the payroll it is the employers' responsibility to ensure they meet the employees’ rights. One of the issues that must be considered is the employees’ length of continuous employment. Continuous employment is calculated from the first day of work without a break. The length of continuous employment gives certain rights to employees, including maternity pay, flexible working requests and redundancy pay. Infrequent breaks in normal employment still count towards a continuous employment period. These...

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Updated working safely guidance to apply from 19 July 2021

With England having moved to step 4 of the roadmap out of lockdown from 19 July 2021, the government has published updated guidance on working safely during coronavirus. The guidance, which is to be kept under review, has been re-categorised into the following six sector-specific guides: construction and outdoor work events and attractions hotels and guest accommodation offices, factories and labs restaurants, pubs, bars, nightclubs and takeaway services shops, branches and close contact services. There is also a general step 4...

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New COVID-19 vaccination guidance for employers

Public Health England has published a new guide for employers on COVID-19 vaccination. The guide encourages employers to support the government’s COVID-19 vaccination programme and it covers the following subjects: why supporting vaccination of employees against COVID-19 is important what employers can do to support the vaccination of their workforce resources to help employers promote vaccination to their workforce. In particular, the guide links to the previously published employer toolkit (which has now been updated) on supporting...

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