HMRC allows a company to claim £150 per employee in tax relief for a christmas party or meal. As this is unlikely this year HMRC also allows a £50 gift for tax purposes per employee. Gifts to clients do not obtain tax relief.
If you withdraw more money from your Limited company than there are profits, this is known as a Directors loan. If this loan is not repaid within 9 months of your year end your company is charged Corporation tax on this amount at 32.5% rather than the usual 19% and also the amount gets added to your personal tax return and you are personally taxed at your prevailing tax rate
Local lockdown furlough payments. From 1st November 2020 for 6 months, if your business has been forced to close in a local lockdown area due to coronavirus, you can claim 2/3rds of your staff members salary as a furlough payment up to £2,100 per month per staff member. The business must be closed due to government guidelines to claim not just affected by coronavirus. There will also be up to £3,000 per month in grants for a business to apply [...]
Yesterday the Chancellor announced the Jobs support scheme to replace the furlough scheme from 1st November. This scheme is to support Employers that are having to reduce staff hours due to the Corona Virus. From 1st November any small company can access this scheme for 6 months. The Employer will pay the Employee as usual for any worked hours. For any remaining unworked hours the Employer will pay 1/3, the Government 1/3 and the Employee will suffer the remaining [...]
Employees may be able to claim tax relief if they are working from home for their Employer. From April 2020 you may claim £6 per week (£312 per year) without having to keep any records. Please check if you can claim at www.hmrc.gov.uk and search “claim tax relief for your job expenses” – Remember you cannot claim if you are self employed or a company director and we are already claiming “Use of Home” expenditure in your accounts
From August 17th you can apply for your second corona virus support grant. If you are self employed, qualify and still affected by the virus on or after 14th July then go to www.hmrc.gov.uk and apply exactly the same way as the first. This time the grant is for 70& of three months income capped at £6,570.
Remember to pay your second payment on account for personal 2020 tax by 31st July. Personal tax payments are made up of three different payments. One half in January and one half in July of that year and then if there is a balance due following submission of your tax return, this is payable in January of the following year.
Furlough scheme – from 1st July staff can be furloughed part time on a daily basis instead of the current 3 week minimum furlough period. Also from 1st August you will not be able to claim for furloughed staff employers NI and pension contributions. From 1st September in addition to this, the furlough wage reclaim lowers to 70% and then from 1st October 60%, until totally ceasing 31st October.
Keep checking your emails for all updates regarding the corona virus and business and tax advice. Including the PAYE and self employed job retention schemes, government grants, government backed bank loans and the fact that VAT and personal tax is deferred.