Summary of key announcements from Finance Bill 2020-21

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Tax credits deadline: customers at risk of losing out

Tax credits customers have until 31 July 2020 to tell us about changes to their circumstances or income.

Customers whose circumstances have changed in the last year or who have received a letter to reconfirm their income details must contact HMRC. Failure to correct their details by the deadline may mean tax credits customers receive incorrect tax credits payments.

Customers who received an annual review pack or text and have already made their declaration, including confirming their income and circumstances, don’t need to do anything else.

If any information in the pack or letter is incorrect or incomplete, customers may have to pay back any tax credits that have been overpaid. They may also have to pay a penalty.

Renewing tax credits online is quick and easy. Customers can log into GOV.UK to check on the progress of their renewal.

Customers can get help and information on renewing tax credits:

Key dates for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)

We’re reminding customers about key dates for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and actions they might need to take, to help your business.

Key dates

  • Submit your CJRS claim for periods ending on or before 30 June 2020 by 31 July 2020. This is the last date you can make those claims. If you do not make a claim by this date or before, you cannot go on to make a claim for periods starting on or after 1 July.
  • From 1 August you must pay National Insurance (NI) and pensions contributions for employees, including when they are furloughed. CJRS Grants can no longer be used to cover these costs. You can submit your August claim in advance now.
  • Prepare for further changes to the scheme on 1 September (when grants will be for 70% of wages) and 1 October (when grants will be for 60% of wages).

Live webinars offering more support on changes to the scheme and how they impact you are available to book online

We’d be grateful if you don’t call us for more information before checking GOV.UK and joining one of our webinars. This will leave our phone lines open for those who need them most. 

Register now for Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

Restaurants and other establishments serving food for consumption on their premises are being encouraged to sign up to the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme. By midnight 19 July, 32,362 restaurants have already done so.

Businesses can find information about the scheme and how to register online at GOV.UK.

Restaurants, bars, cafes and other establishments who use the scheme will offer a 50% reduction, up to a maximum of £10 per person, to all diners who eat and/or drink-in (not including alcohol) on Mondays to Wednesdays throughout August. The restaurant can claim back the money from the government.

You can register for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme if your establishment:

  • sells food that is intended for consumption on the premises when purchased
  • provides its own dining area or shares a dining area with another establishment for eat-in meals
  • has registered as a food business with the relevant local authority on or before 7 July  

Finance Bill 2020-21: What it means for your clients / members

Today, HMRC has published ‘Building a trusted, modern tax administration system’ which sets out our 5 to 10-year vision for the future of tax administration. This plan will ensure we create a modernised digital tax system, that is underpinned by modern digital infrastructure and uses closer to real-time information to provide better targeted support – making it easier for businesses and individual tax payers to pay tax and reduce avoidable errors and fraud. A key foundation to that vision is the future roadmap for Making Tax Digital (MTD).

MTD will be extended to the remaining VAT registered population from April 2022, and to unincorporated businesses and landlords who file Income Tax Self Assessment returns from April 2023 if their annual gross income from business or property sources is £10,000 or more. We will also consult in the Autumn on the detail of extending MTD to incorporated businesses with Corporate Tax obligations.

Today, as part of Finance Bill 2020-21, the government has also made announcements on tax administration, business rates, and a number of other areas of tax policy and has published a number of previously announced tax policy documents. Where supporting documents have already been published, they are linked to below. Otherwise, more detail can be found in the Financial Secretary to the Treasury’s written statement to Parliament

These include:

Source: IFA Newsletter & GOV.UK

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