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Coronavirus - UPDATES |

During this difficult time we wanted to take the opportunity to advise our clients that our staff are now working from home and the office in Amesbury will remain shut for the period of lockdown.
You can still contact us by telephone or email as normal.

Here are some of the recent reliefs available as well as some other information to help you .

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Discretionary additional council grants- ends 22nd June 2020

http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/news/articles/new-discretionary-grant-scheme-opens-for-applications

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Second Self employed Income Support claim from 1st August 2020

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme#extension

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Link for self employed grant application 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme
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Furlough extended to employees on the payroll at 19th March 2020

Employers can claim for furloughed employees that were employed and on their PAYE payroll on or before 19 March 2020.

This means that the employee must have been notified to HMRC through an RTI submission notifying payment in respect of that employee on or before 19 March 2020.

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Further guidance on government backed loans

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/chancellor-strengthens-support-on-offer-for-business-as-first-government-backed-loans-reach-firms-in-need
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Updated - claiming SSP 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-back-statutory-sick-pay-paid-to-employees-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19

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Local authority grants for businesses 

http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/business-advice-support-covid19

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Further guidance on the job retention scheme

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-details-of-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme-announced

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Expenses for employees working from home

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-which-expenses-are-taxable-if-your-employee-works-from-home-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19


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Companies House filing extensions

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/companies-to-receive-3-month-extension-period-to-file-accounts-during-covid-19
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Further information for claiming a grant if you are self employed 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme
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Update for Covid 19 suppoort including the self employed 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses

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HMRC has changed the dedicated phone number for the coronavirus helpline targeted at businesses and the self employed to 0800 024 1222 to increase load capacity
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Further guidance on Job retention scheme for employees- Informing your employees they have been furloughed 

https://i.emlfiles4.com/cmpdoc/2/5/6/6/2/files/660053_job-retention-scheme---furloughed-workers-update-and-suggested-proforma-letters.pdf
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This is the new update on employees and making them furloughed to enable employers to claim 80% of the salary,

A one off grant of £10,000 to all businesses in England currently eligible for Small Business Rate Relief or Rural Rate Relief

100% business rates relief for all businesses in the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors regardless of size.

Companies with a rateable value of less than £51,000 will be eligible for a cash grant of up to £25,000.00 – further details to be released.

Statutory Sick Pay will be recoverable by employers who are small or medium sized (less than 250 employees) and will be reclaimable
for two weeks per employee that has been off due to Covid 19.  Details as to how to claim the refund have not yet been released.

A temporary Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme will be launched to help small businesses access bank lending and overdrafts 
https://i.emlfiles4.com/cmpdoc/2/5/6/6/2/files/658894_measures-to-support-businesses-experiencing-increases-in-costs-or-financial-disruptions---loans-pdf

HMRC have opened a new helpline for taxpayers to call to make arrangements to cover existing tax liabilities over a longer period - 0800 0159 559
General  business helpline 0300 456 3565