Update on the Self-employed Income Support Scheme

The SEISS portal open for applications in phases between 13 and 18 May. Here is the latest information we have the on the scheme. Eligibility checker HMRC’s eligibility checker went live on 4 May and is available to taxpayers and their agents. In a small number of cases, the checker is giving an incorrect not-eligible result. This mostly affects…

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We face huge challenges, but isn’t that a good thing?

Where many seem to be struggling with the pandemic quarantine, I’ve found home isolation, and the lack of social commitments, freeing. It’s allowed me to become more contemplative, and connected to the rhythms of family life. It’s not that I’m anti-social. I enjoy limited social engagements. But since I started my own practice some years…

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New ‘top-up’ rates grants available for left-out businesses

The government has made extra money available to a range of businesses not previously covered by business rates holidays or support grants. The new discretionary ‘top-up’ fund caters for small businesses with ongoing fixed property costs. The kinds of businesses that may now qualify for help include those in shared workspace offices, regular market traders and small…

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Tax agents unable to make Self-Employed Income Support Scheme claims on behalf of clients

Just when they hoped the government was coming to their rescue, the millions of self-employed workers in the UK have been delivered a blow by HMRC who have announced that their tax agents are barred from claiming the self-employed income support scheme (SEISS) grant on their behalf. The SEISS will be open for applications from…

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Government launches Future Fund for struggling start-ups

The government has unveiled a new £1.25bn package designed to ensure that early stage companies receive enough investment to remain viable during the coronavirus crisis. Launching in May 2020, the Future Fund will provide government loans to UK-registered companies ranging from £125,000 to £5m, subject to at least equal match funding from private investors. The…

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Pressure intensifies for 100% government-backed business loans

The pressure on the Chancellor to offer 100% government-backed loans to prevent thousands of businesses from going out of business is working. Banks and other commercial lenders, which must currently cover 20% of loan losses under the government scheme, have been turning down requests to borrow rescue funds that could allow firms to remain solvent through the…

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