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COVID-19: Employer support – live webinars

Claims under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) are now open for pay periods in February ‌2021.

Claims for January are now closed, but if you find you need to make a change because you didn’t claim enough you can do this until 1 ‌March.

Make sure you have the latest information by joining the live Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme webinar, which includes:

  • who can claim
  • who you can claim for
  • how to calculate what you can claim
  • how to make a claim.

Register here

We are also running monthly webinars on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme. Get the latest information on:

  • who can claim
  • who you can claim for
  • how to make a claim
  • what you may be entitled to, and more.

Register here

During these interactive webinars you can ask questions using the on-screen text box and download handouts giving detailed examples and links to more information.

Afterwards we’ll also send you a link to a video recording of the webinars, in case you’d like to see any of it again.

We will continue to update our webinars to reflect the latest information as it becomes available.


Self Assessment Late Payment Penalties

Today HMRC has announced that Self Assessment customers will not be charged the initial 5% late payment penalty if they pay their tax or make a Time to Pay arrangement by 1‌‌ April.

The payment deadline for Self Assessment is 31 January and interest will be charged from 1 February on any amounts outstanding. The deadline has not changed, but this year, because of the impact of COVID 19, HMRC is giving taxpayers more time to pay or set up a payment plan.

Payment plans or payments in full must be in place by midnight on 1‌‌ April to avoid a late payment penalty.

HMRC recognises the pressure affecting customers due to the pandemic, and anyone worried about paying their tax should contact HMRC for help and support on 0300‌‌ 200‌‌ 3822.

The self-serve Time to Pay facility allows customers to spread the cost of their tax liabilities into monthly instalments until January‌‌ 2022. Customers can set up a payment plan online, on GOV.UK.

Self Assessment customers who have yet to file their tax return should do so‌‌ by‌‌ 28‌‌‌‌ Fe‌bruary to avoid a late filing penalty.


COVID-19 support for employers – latest information

More information on the financial support schemes available to help you and your clients through the COVID-19 pandemic, including updates on deferring VAT and claiming for furloughed staff through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS).

  1. VAT deferral new payment scheme – join from the 23‌‌ February
  2. January CJRS claims
  3. You can now make February CJRS claims
  4. Publishing information about employers’ CJRS claims
  5. Frequently asked questions about the CJRS
  6. Where can I get further support?
  7. Protect yourself from scams

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Agent Update 82 has been published

Agent Update: issue 82 is now available and contains the latest guidance and information for tax agents and advisers.

This edition of Agent Update includes:

  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • postponed VAT accounting
  • National Insurance holiday for employers of veterans
  • new National Minimum Wage rates and more.

You may notice a different look and feel to this edition, this is due to changes in the way the Update is published to enable us to meet the requirements of the Public Sector Accessibility Regulations.

The next Agent Update is scheduled for April‌‌ 2021.