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HMRC guidance on the fifth SEISS grant - 08 July 2021

Full details of the fifth SEISS grant, including a new turnover test which determines the level of the grant, are now available. We explain what has changed.

Level of grants

In most respects the rules for the fifth Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant are the same as for the fourth grant. What has changed is that the level of the grant depends on whether turnover has dropped by more or less than 30%.

Job Retention Scheme - Extension

Extension of Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to 30th September 2021.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 30 September 2021 and the level of grant available to employers under the scheme will stay the same until 30 June 2021.

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) 4 and Uber drivers update – [update 23rd April 2021]

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) 4 claims soon. Uber drivers update – [update 23rd April 2021]

4th SEISS Grant will open over the next week. HMRC has written to each potential claimant giving them their personal claim date. We understands that these dates fall between 22 and 29 April.

Furlough Scheme Extended - Lockdown 2.0 [02/11/2020]

Furlough Scheme Extended - Lockdown 2.0

The furlough scheme, or Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to give its full name, was originally meant to end on 31 October 2020 and be replaced with a new Job Support Scheme (JSS). Job Retention Scheme has been extended for a month with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500.

Mortgage Holidays

COVID 19 - HMRC overclaimed notification – 90 days

31 July: Taxpayers who have received CJRS or SEISS grants have 90-day period to inform HMRC of any overclaimed amounts, by law.

HMRC now has power to recover Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme and coronavirus business support payments grants to which the recipient is not entitled, as well as to charge penalties.

1 July 2020 - Flexible furlough scheme opens.

1 July 2020 - Flexible furlough scheme opens.

30 June: Employers will be able to make claims for grants under the flexible furlough scheme (CJRS V2) from 1 July 2020.  

The first version of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), whereby employees had to be furloughed full time, ends on Tuesday 30 June 2020 and the deadline for claims is 31 July 2020.


Employees’ homeworking costs

The legislation specifically allows payments made by employers to employees to cover homeworker’s additional household expenses to be tax-free in certain circumstances.

Self-Assessment Penalties 2018-19

Based on recent years HMRC will potentially issue at least 1 million late filing penalties..

Late filing penalties are as follows:


From 1 April 2019, Making TAx Digital (MTD) finally beging to come into force.

Under the MTD rules most businesses will be required to digitally record tax-relevant data and to use MTD-compliant software to transfer the required information directly to HMRC’s systems via an application programming interface (API).

MTD for business is being introduced tax by tax, not by business size or type.

COVID 19 – Winter Economy Plan [08th October 2020]

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme CJRS – UPDATE

The existing furlough scheme, comes to an end on 31 October. The Winter Economy Plan the government announced will be introducing a new Job Support Scheme from 1 November 2020.

For employers to participate in the scheme:


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