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25 Jan 2021

LITRG calls for rise in High Income Child Benefit Charge threshold

The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) has urged the government to raise the High Income Child Benefit Charge (HICBC) threshold to avoid it affecting basic-rate taxpayers for the first time in April.

22 Jan 2021

Nine million people borrowed more in 2020 as result of COVID-19 pandemic

Almost nine million people had to borrow more money in 2020 as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed.

21 Jan 2021

One in three blocked from paying with cash during pandemic

Over a third of UK consumers have been blocked from paying for goods with cash during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, according to research from consumer group Which?.

20 Jan 2021

Big businesses must pay small suppliers more quickly under changes to PPC

Large businesses must now pay their smaller suppliers more quickly under changes to the UK's Prompt Payment Code (PPC).

19 Jan 2021

CBI urges government to 'act on COVID business support' ahead of Budget

Ahead of the 2021 Budget in March, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has urged the government to provide more financial assistance to businesses affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

18 Jan 2021

Supreme Court backs small firms on business interruption claims

The UK's Supreme Court has found in favour of small firms receiving payments from coronavirus (COVID-19) business interruption insurance policies.

15 Jan 2021

COVID-19 is reasonable excuse for self assessment late filing, says HMRC

HMRC says it will accept coronavirus (COVID-19) as a reasonable excuse for the late filing of self assessment tax returns.

14 Jan 2021

Taxpayers using Time to Pay to spread cost of tax payments

Tax payments worth over £69 million are being spread through HMRC's Time to Pay facility, according to the tax authority.

13 Jan 2021

Monthly deadline approaching for furlough claims

HMRC has reminded employers that there are now monthly deadlines for claims for furloughed staff under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS).

12 Jan 2021

ICAEW calls for further guidance on CIS changes

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has urged HMRC to publish draft regulations and guidance on the forthcoming changes to the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS).

11 Jan 2021

HMRC issues self assessment scam warning

The approach of the 31 January self assessment tax return deadline will bring a surge in scams, HMRC has warned.

08 Jan 2021

Pandemic drives dramatic increase in SME borrowing

Gross lending to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the first three quarters of 2020 reached £54 billion driven by coronavirus (COVID-19) loan schemes, according to figures from trade body UK Finance.

07 Jan 2021

HMRC reveals 2,700 tax returns submitted on Christmas Day

HMRC has revealed that 2,700 tax returns were filed on Christmas Day 2020.

06 Jan 2021

Business groups urge Chancellor to do more to support firms

Business groups have welcomed Chancellor Rishi Sunak's latest lockdown support package for businesses, but have urged him to do more.

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