Have you been putting off your Personal Tax Return?

As the deadline of 31 January creeps closer, some people may be feeling an increasing sense of despondency as they realise time is running out to complete their personal tax return. It’s best to get started sooner rather than later just in case you have to chase up missing documentation. Do remember that failure to file your return on time will result in a fixed £100 penalty. Any tax owed also has to be paid by this date, otherwise interest penalties will apply too.

If you would like to save time and rid yourself of this task and move onto something you prefer doing, please contact us and we would be happy to help.

30 Day Gain Reporting

Since 6 April 2020 there has been a new requirement to report to HMRC within 30 days if you sell a residential property (not your home) and make a payment on account of the capital gains tax due. The disposal still then needs to be declared on your end of year tax return.

Interest and penalties will apply if you do not report within the time limit, so please contact us if you are in any doubt.

Has your accountant supported you through Covid?

We are living in unprecedented and challenging times. For business owners, the change in circumstances and income have offered particular trials. In order to support our clients, we have undertaken to carry out Covid related work free of charge, we have provided timely updates explaining the detail of constantly changing legislation and how it affects business owners and the self-employed. Is your accountant doing the same? If you would like a free consultation to see how we can support you or your business, please contact us.


The Chancellor announced the anticipated extension to the income support scheme for the self-employed.  It will now effectively run for another three months from June to August 2020.  This is likely to be the final extension. This second tranche will be at the reduced level of 70% of average profits, down from 80%, and the monthly cap is reduced from £2,500 to £2,190.  So if you have received a grant for the first three months, the amount you will get this time will be 87.5% of that. If you didn’t make a claim for the first three month period, this does not exclude you from making a claim for this second period.

Please note that your business must have been adversely affected by coronavirus after 14 July 2020 to be able to access this second tranche of funding.

The deadline for making a claim for the first three months March to May 2020 has been set at 13 July 2020.

Details for the Furlough Scheme Taper

From 1 July 2020 employers will be able to bring previously furloughed employees back part-time and still receive a grant for the time when they are not working.   From 1 August 2020 employers will have to start contributing to the wages costs of furloughed staff and this contribution increases in September and October.

The scheme closes for new entrants from 30 June, so employees must have been furloughed from 10 June at the latest to qualify for future furlough claims.  Please contact us for further information or assistance.

Furlough Claims Lifeline

The furlough scheme, to help companies pay their staff whilst work has dried up due to coronavirus, went live on Monday. In just four days we have made eighty claims on behalf of clients which will release vital funding of £288,000 by the end of the month.

If you need help with a furlough claim or a self-employment income support claim, then please do get in touch.

Continuity of Service – Coronavirus

We wanted to let you know that, as the Coronavirus situation escalates, the majority of our team are now working from home and will be for the foreseeable future. We are operating business as usual but will be making some adjustments in line with recommendations given.

We will temporarily suspend face to face meetings and will be offering phone/video meetings instead. All staff are available if you call the office. Where possible documentation should be sent electronically via OpenSpace, Snap (our smartphone receipt App) or email to avoid hard copies being brought into the office. This will avoid unnecessary journeys and keep you and our team as safe as possible.

We will be keeping up to date with the latest advice regarding health and safety and of course any changes which may affect your business. Our website will be updated with the latest news.

If you have any specific concerns regarding the current climate and your business, please do get in touch.