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Latest News on Stamp Duty Holiday Extensions & Government Coronavirus Support Schemes - 15th February 2021

After weeks of speculation, this weekend we heard more indicative news that the Stamp Duty holiday, which saves buyers up to £15,000 on every UK property purchase, is likely to be extended for a further six weeks. Let's consider how this is likely to impact the property market and look at other funding and economic stimulus packages to get the latest updates....

February 15, 2021

Jargon Busting: The Construction Industry VAT Reverse Charge Explained

From 1st March 2021, a new VAT exemption is being introduced by HMRC. This rule applies to businesses in the construction and building sectors. Firstly, this doesn't have any impact on the existing CIS scheme for contractor payment deductions. Many construction businesses use the CIS scheme to account for tax and National Insurance deductions from contractors' gross pay or self-employed tradespeople. This new VAT system doesn't change that. Let's run through what this new VAT accounting system m...

January 28, 2021

Self-Assessment Tax Return Deadlines - Why a Pandemic Isn't an Excuse for Late Payments!

Over the past year, we've seen several deferments and extensions, to help businesses and people cope with the demands of the pandemic, without falling behind with their tax obligations. However, assuming that the self-assessment tax return deadline, which falls on 31st January 2021, is also 'flexible' this year would be incorrect! HMRC is offering some concessions, in that they will consider a 'reasonable excuse' as to why some returns have not been submitted before the cut-off. Provided you can...

January 15, 2021

Scam Awareness - Latest COVID-19 Fraud Reports

Just as we take our first steps in 2021, many businesses continue to face severe challenges in light of the new lockdown. The news came yesterday of a new raft of grants to the value of £4.6 million, which is both welcome and necessary to support employers and employees alike with the substantial impact to trading. However, on the back of this governmental support comes something far more sinister - a wave of spammers and fraudulent schemes aimed at manipulating struggling firms, at a time when...

January 6, 2021

The Year Ahead: The Likely Impact of Brexit on UK SME Business in 2021

As we approach Christmas and the end of 2020, many of us will be hoping for a fresh start in the New Year, with a positive outlook after a challenging year for the vast majority of business sectors. However, now that news of Coronavirus vaccines has brought renewed optimism to many, and older spectre has raised its head that felt largely forgotten in the wake of a global pandemic - Brexit. The Transition Period ends on 31st December 2020, so while the UK officially left the European Union some t...

December 15, 2020

Take Note - HMRC is Back in Action!

In the earlier stages of this year, HMRC dialled down compliance checks and follow-ups, as we all worked frantically to adjust to a rapidly changing business landscape. While many employers continue to face restrictions, make use of the furlough schemes, and operate with postponed payment due dates, that does not mean that HMRC is going to stay silent for long! Many taxpayers have enjoyed payment holidays, compliance extensions and an easing of pressure while normal operations were suspended. Ho...

December 10, 2020

The 2020 Effect - How COVID-19 Is Impacting the UK Property Market

Given the breadth of the chaos caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, it wouldn't be fair to single out a particular industry or sector that has been hardest hit. However, hospitality and housing are unquestionably reeling from the impact. For UK movers, this year has been a significant challenge, with a continually changing scenario and guidance. This has meant that sales, investments and moves have both been on indefinite hold, and then conversely moving at the speed of light to take advantage of...

November 16, 2020

The Return of Furlough: Coronavirus Job Support Scheme Updates

This past weekend saw the announcement we had long anticipated - another lockdown. As well as the return to movement restrictions, the government has announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will not end on 31st October 2020 as planned, but will be extended until 1st December 2020....

November 2, 2020

Winter Working Woes: How To Put the Spring Back in Your Step When the Clocks Go Back

So there's a lot to love about this time of year; crispy autumn sunshine, beautiful colours on the trees, hot chocolate... That said, the clocks are set to go back an hour this weekend, and along with the loss of an hour's sleep, a lot of people find the shorter days, earlier evenings and often gloomy weather takes a toll on their energy and productivity. The SAS team has compiled our favourite ways to take the sting out of winter - and keep your mind ticking over brightly no matter how dark tho...

October 20, 2020

UPDATE: Coronavirus Financial Assistance Available - 14th October 2020

As the pandemic rolls on, it seems that the 'second wave' is well and truly here, with new localised lockdowns being announced almost daily. Those financial support schemes first announced back in April have begun to taper out, and so new programmes have been launched to support those who continue to be impacted by Covid-19. This week, we have heard more information about each scheme, the eligibility criteria, and how you can make an application....

October 15, 2020

Capital Gains Tax 30-Day Deadlines: All You Need to Know

As UK business sectors begin to resume pre-pandemic trading, albeit with new safety precautions in place, the new deadlines to file and pay Capital Gains Tax (CGT) are now being enforced. We've summed up all you need to know to ensure you stay on top of your tax liabilities, and understand the new system to follow when selling a residential property at a profit....

September 28, 2020

Manic School Runs Resume - Maintaining Work/Life Balance for Working Parents

September 2020 is like no new term in recent memory. It signals the reopening of schools, many of which have been closed since March. Millions of UK workforce members are returning to offices that they haven't visited in six months. Hundreds of thousands of furlough schemes are winding down, and laptops in home offices are tentatively being closed. This is always a slightly chaotic time of year, as working parents and carers stumble into the demands of a new routine - and that persistently early...

September 17, 2020

Keeping Your Cool in Rising Temperatures - Top Tips for Smooth Work Relationships

Across the UK, we've seen the mercury rising, just as many of us return to work, businesses reopen, and schools gear up for a new term. This storm of stress has compounded tensions, with any slightest friction quickly coming to a head in sweltering conditions. How about we take a breather, have a nice cold glass of water, and think about the best strategies for managing workplace stress in a heatwave....

August 18, 2020

Coronavirus Countdown: HMRC Deadlines for Inaccurate Claims

While government grants are hailed as having helped millions of businesses survive the Covid-19 lockdown and saving many more millions of jobs, there was always going to be vulnerability that the system would be abused, manipulated, or just misunderstood. It is difficult to quantify, but reports show that multiple companies have taken advantage of the grant schemes and financial support available - some without being eligible.  So, what can you do if you're worried about your claims, think ...

August 5, 2020

Choosing a Trading Structure: Sole Trader or Limited Company?

If you're running your own business or thinking of starting one up, deciding which trading structure to choose is always a bit of a puzzle! There are pros and cons to both trading as a limited company and as a sole trader, but the most critical factor is to understand precisely what it means, and what your obligations are as a business owner.  To help decipher the differences so that you can make an informed decision, SAS Accounting has created a quick-fire guide to identify the core c...

July 29, 2020

Managing Your Workflow & the Value of Lists!

Our modern lives run at a faster pace than ever before! It never ends; it never slows down - and we are seeing more and more people suffering from burnout. The HSE reports that in 2018/19 no less than 12.8 million working days were lost due to stress, depression or anxiety. How many things do you need to achieve in a day? Taking the kids to schoolCompleting a full day in the officeBooking that washing machine serviceCooking dinner (or ordering a pizza if it's one of thos...

July 16, 2020

Summer Statement 8 July 2020

Summer Statement 8 July 2020 The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak continued with his campaign to support the business and jobs community today, 8 July 2020, as firms engage with the disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak and the measures taken to control infection. The main thrust of his announcements during his Summer Economic update concerned his nominated Plan for Jobs 2020, details are listed below. He also announced measures to support the hospitality and tourism industry including a novel vo...

July 8, 2020

Buy-to-let Property - Limited Company vs. Personal Investment?

Property investment and buy-to-let ownership are an attractive proposition for investors. While the property market fluctuates like any other, buildings and residences are a tangible investment that can return significant returns over time. As with any business, there are multiple ways to manage your investments and assets. SAS Accounting works with many property investors and professional buy-to-let landlords. Our team regularly consult on the pros and cons of making acquisitions through differ...

June 22, 2020

The Work From Home Revolution - and How to Protect Your Mental Health

Without any doubt, since lockdown began back in March, working from home has risen sharply. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported that, at the time, around 1.7 million people were based primarily from home. In the week of the survey, 4 million reporting working from home at some point. While new figures are pending, it seems incredibly likely that these figures will have tripled - or more. So what does this mean for the future of the traditional workplace; and how can we make re...

June 17, 2020

UPDATE: Coronavirus Financial Assistance as at 1st June 2020

Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) The Uk government has announced that the SEISS will be extended, and those eligible for the grant may claim a second grant, capped at £6,750. There is now a deadline to make a claim for the first grant of 13th July 2020. The second, and final grant can be claimed in August 2020. The second grant will be 70% of your average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering 3 months’ profits. The cap for this grant will be £6,750.&...

June 1, 2020

What is the Optimum Directors Salary for 2020/21?

What is the Optimum Directors Salary for 2020/21? The most tax efficient way for your limited company to pay you as a Director is usually through a combination of salary and dividends. We explain the best way to set up Director’s payroll to be tax efficient in 2020-21. Why have Directors’ Salaries Changed? National Insurance Contributions (NICs) are payable by employers, as well as employees. For the past few years, the employer’s & employee’s NI thresholds have been the same. This&nb...

May 28, 2020

Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) - UPDATE

UPDATE: Availability of Financial Assistance Available due to Coronavirus as at 13th May 2020 Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) The scheme is due to go live today, with applicants able to make a claim from the date provided to them by HMRC. To make a claim you will need the following: Self-Assessment Unique Taxpayers Reference (UTR)National Insurance numberGovernment gateway ID and password (if you do not have one, you can create one when making a claim)UK bank details includin...

May 13, 2020

Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

UPDATE: Availability of Financial Assistance Available due to Coronavirus as at 4th May 2020 Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) HMRC have released a tool to help check whether you will qualify for the SEISS, which can be accessed by following the link for Self-Employment Income Support Scheme. It is looking likely that the individual will need to apply for this grant, and we will not be able to apply on your behalf. We therefore recommend ensuring you have a Government Gateway ...

May 5, 2020

UPDATE: Availability of Financial Assistance Available to SMEs on 28th April 2020

UPDATE: Availability of Financial Assistance Available to SMEs on 28th April 2020 at 8am  Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan The Government have announced a new loan scheme, due to be launched on 4th May 2020.  This is intended for small and medium businesses and will allow them to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000. The Government will be guaranteeing 100% of the loan, with no fees or interest due within the first 12 months. The first 12 months will also be payment free and the Gove...

April 28, 2020

It's The Weekend !

Whilst another weekend is nearly here, we know for many of us its much the same and we need to stay home and protect ourselves and our NHS. With this in mind, we attach a couple of colouring sheets which can be downloaded at your convenience.  Enjoy them with or without the kids; with a refreshing non alcoholic or alcoholic beverage; or just utilise the relaxing properties of art to take your mind to someone else for a short period of time.  Enjoy!...

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