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CORONAVIRUS - SICKNESS ABSENCE

The new coronavirus isolation notes

Anyone who’s been advised to isolate because of the coronavirus pandemic can obtain an “isolation note” through a new online service. At what point should an employee provide this document?

CORONAVIRUS - HEALTH & SAFETY

Q&A - can we take employees’ temperatures?

CORONAVIRUS - HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICY

Coronavirus policy

With the coronavirus pandemic gripping the world, employers need to ensure that they fulfil their duty to protect the health of employees and others at work. Our policy will help you to describe your arrangements in writing.

CORONAVIRUS - PAY

Placing workers on furlough leave

Under the government’s Job Retention Scheme you can “furlough” employees and claim 80% of each individual’s wage costs, up to a cap of £2,500 per month. Do you have to pay the remaining 20%?

CORONAVIRUS - HOLIDAYS

Holiday carry-over rules relaxed

Following the coronavirus outbreak, the government has passed emergency legislation which relaxes the restrictions on the carry-over of untaken holiday. What do you need to know?

CORONAVIRUS - HOLIDAYS

Request to cancel booked annual leave

An employee’s holiday plans have fallen apart due to the pandemic. They’ve asked to cancel their previously booked annual leave and take this time off at a later date. Must you agree?

CORONAVIRUS - HOMEWORKING

Temporary homeworking - the laptop issues

With many employees working at home on a temporary basis, you may feel that you need to carry out individual risk assessments for display screen use and supply furniture or equipment. What’s actually necessary?

LOSSES - NATIONAL INSURANCE

Trading losses - business owners miss out on NI relief

Tax relief for business losses help soften the financial cost of difficult trading conditions. Relief can apply to tax in different ways but not all take account of NI. As a result valuable savings are often missed. How can you prevent this?

REMUNERATION PLANNING

Is reducing your salary a tax trap?

Recent press reports warn directors and higher earners that if they reduce their salary to make donations to coronavirus charities HMRC will expect them to pay tax as if they were still receiving their full pay. Surely this can’t be correct?

PROPERTY

How not to lose the tax breaks on holiday homes

The prospects of you letting your holiday home are looking glum this season. As a result, it might cease to qualify as a furnished holiday let and so lose the corresponding tax advantages. What steps can you take prevent this?

CAPITAL GAINS

Downsizing your business premises - defer your tax bill

Our subscriber’s business no longer needs such a big premises so he wants to downsize. Despite current market conditions, he expects to get more for the property than he paid for it. Can he avoid a tax bill on the capital gain?

VAT

VAT charges for enticing a tenant

You own a commercial property but don’t have a tenant. To attract one you’re offering a financial inducement - a cash lump sum or a rent-free period. What’s the VAT position for you and the prospective tenant?