Recovery Loan Scheme

Recovery Loan Scheme

The Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) application entries terminated on 31/03/2021 and now the government has introduced the Recovery Loan Scheme to finance UK businesses as they grow and recover from the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The government guarantees 80% of the finance to the lenders, meaning the necessity of credit checks on the business are negated, but as the borrower, you are still 100% liable for the debt.

Loans are available through a network of accredited lenders, listed on the British Business Bank’s website.

You can apply for a loan if your business:

  • is trading in the UK
  • would be viable were it not for the pandemic
  • has been adversely impacted by the pandemic
  • is not in collective insolvency proceedings

Loans or overdrafts between £25,001 – £10M can be applied for (for up to 3-year period) and the APR will be dependent on the duration, but the typical APR on a £25K loan over 36-months is 7.7% bringing the value of the loan to £28,435.

Or you can apply for asset financing between £1,000 and £10M per business over a maximum of 6 years.

You can apply for the Recovery Loan Scheme directly from your bank and the scheme is open till 31 December 2021.

More information can be found HERE.

SME Brexit Support Fund

SME Brexit Support Fund

If your business is new to importing &/or exporting now that we are out of the EU, the government is offering a grant of up to £2,000 to help with training &/or professional advice, to help you with changes to trade rules with the EU.

You can use the grant for training on:

  • how to complete customs declarations
  • how to manage customs processes and use customs software and systems
  • specific import- and export-related aspects including VAT, excise and rules of origin

It can be used to help you get professional advice so your business can meet its customs, excise, import VAT or safety and security declaration requirements.

To be eligible your business must be established in the UK for at least 12-months before submitting the application and:

  • not have previously failed to meet its tax or customs obligations
  • have no more than 500 employees
  • have no more than £100 million turnover
  • only import or export goods between Great Britain and the EU, or move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, if you already import or export goods from or to a non-EU country you are not eligible for his grant
  • complete (or intend to complete) import or export declarations internally for its own goods
  • use someone else to complete import or export declarations but requires additional capability internally to effectively import or export (such as advice on rules of origin or advice on dealing with a supply chain)

Applications for this grant are done via PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) on behalf of HMRC by visiting HERE

Applications close on 30th June 2021.

Restart Grant NOW Available to Eligible Businesses

Restart Grant NOW Available to Eligible Businesses

The Restart Grant scheme supports businesses in reopening safely as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Grants are available from 1 April 2021.

To be eligible, your business must be in the non-essential retail sector and you may be entitled to a one-off cash grant of up to £6,000 from your local borough.

Eligible businesses in the hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym sectors may be entitled to a one-off cash grant of up to £18,000 from their local borough.

Your business must be:

  • based in England
  • business rate-payer
  • in the non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care or gym sectors
  • opening ‘shop’ and trading as of 1 April 2021

Your council should have contacted you about the one-off grant payment, but if you believe you are eligible but have not heard form them, then please do not hesitate to give them a call.

4th SEISS Grant Available THIS Week

4th SEISS Grant Available THIS Week

If you are self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19), the 4th Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant will be available to those eligible from this week (w/c 19 April 2021), and the online service for the fourth SEISS grant is now online HERE

The grant covers the period from 01/02/2021 – 30/04/2021 and eligibility for the fourth grant is dependent on you having traded for both tax years:

  • 2019 to 2020 and submitted your tax return on or before 2 March 2021
  • 2020 to 2021

You must either:

  • be currently trading but are impacted by reduced demand due to coronavirus
  • have been trading but are temporarily unable to do so due to coronavirus
  • intend to continue to trade
  • reasonably believe there will be a significant reduction in your trading profits

The same criteria that were applied for the first 3 SEISS grants still apply & this grant will be 80% of your average trading profits for up to 4 tax years (2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19, & 2019/20) for 3-months.

The closing date for the 4th SEISS Grant is 01 June 2021.

By now you should have received an email form HMRC stating when you can claim your 4th SEISS grant from.  If you need any assistance with your claim, please do not hesitate to contact us on 020 8761 8000 or email/message us here.

CIS sub-contractor refunds

CIS Sub-contractors – Claim Your Tax Refund Now!

CIS sub-contractor refunds

[Updated April 2021]: It’s now time to start the process of claiming your tax refund if you are a sub-contractor working within the Construction Industry Scheme (‘CIS’). Refunds are usually fast through Taxfile.

What you need to do

Don’t delay – book an appointment with Taxfile today by calling 0208 761 8000 and we’ll sort it all out for you. We have staff who speak English, Polish, Pashto, Dari, Russian, French, and Dutch, should you need them on the day. Our Tulse Hill office is at 25 Thurlow Park Road, London SE21 8JP. Call 0208 761 8000 for an appointment — the first 20 minutes is free! Alternatively, you can have a ‘virtual’ appointment with us on Zoom, Teams, Google Hangouts, Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp or whatever you prefer.

Outside of London? No problem – click here.

We’re open from Monday to Saturday in April (including early evenings Mon/Tues)

Our Tulse Hill office is open 6 days a week during April and offers Saturday morning appointments plus early evening appointments on Mondays and Tuesdays if standard office hours do not suit you (please call for details).

Check List

  • Book an appointment by calling 0208 761 8000;
  • Bring in records of your invoices, whether they are self-billed or your own. If any are lost, try to bring copies.
  • Bring in all your CIS statements and receipts for the period 6th April 2020 to 5th April 2021;
  • Even if you don’t yet have your most recent CIS statement, we can still make a start;
  • Show us receipts for things you use for work including tools, equipment and plant hire – the law expects you to keep proof so don’t throw anything away;
  • Bring receipts for materials too, as some can be offset to maximise your tax refund;
  • If you had any equipment or tools stolen during the year, make sure you bring a crime reference number so we can obtain tax relief on those items;
  • Bring in bank statements — if any records for income or expenditure have been lost, bank statements can prove vital to fill in the gaps and give us a better view of your overall tax situation;
  • Lastly, if you have any payslips from any employment during the year, please do also bring in those.

Contact Taxfile to get your CIS tax refund fast!

Taxfile are experts at claiming back CIS tax refunds – we do over 500 of these per year and usually sub-contractors receive their refunds in just 2-4 weeks (often sooner for those who beat the rush and come in early). Taxfile are also very well trusted by HMRC so our sub-contractor CIS submissions and refund requests are rarely questioned. And currently we’re open 6 days a week at the Tulse Hill branch!

Come and see us. Our offices are ideally located if you’re in Tulse Hill, Battersea, Brixton, Dulwich, Elephant & Castle, Streatham, Camberwell, Peckham, West Norwood, Clapham, Stockwell, Herne Hill, Clapham, Pimlico, Vauxhall, Balham, South Lambeth, Earlsfield, Southfields, Wandsworth, Chelsea, Fulham & beyond.

  • Need a Saturday morning appointment? No problem – call us on 0208 761 8000 for latest staff availability.
  • Need a late afternoon/early evening appointment on a Monday or Tuesday? Again, no problem — call 0208 761 8000.

Why you’re due a tax refund

CIS construction workers like you are usually taxed at source before being paid, and this usually results in a tax overpayment. That’s because you were taxed on the first £12,500 of your income even though that part falls within your 2020-21 ‘Personal Allowance’, i.e. the part of your income that should be tax-free. In addition, by pre-paying the tax, you will not have offset any allowable expenses such as tools etc. To rectify this, Taxfile will help you get the figures right, offset all allowable expenses and maximise your tax refund! Most sub-contractors receive their tax rebate within just 2 to 4 weeks, through Taxfile.

Working through a Limited Company?

Perhaps you a sub-contractor working through a limited company? If so, that’s also no problem! As well as CIS tax refunds, we can help limited companies with accounts preparation, confirmation statements, corporation tax computations, CIS set-off rebate, National Insurance (N.I.), VAT and much more.

Call Taxfile on 0208 761 8000. We look forward to seeing you soon! Read more

Tax “Payment Plans” are ENDING – Act NOW if you Owe Tax!

Tax Debt “Payment Plans” are Ending - Act NOW if you Owe Tax!

Are you late paying your tax? Do you owe unpaid tax for the last financial year, or earlier? Are you struggling to pay it?

Taxfile has recently been helping some of our customers with tax debts from 2019/20 and earlier. In particular, we’re helping them to arrange payment plans with HMRC as part of their ‘Time to Pay‘ scheme. This spreads the cost of those tax debts instead of paying them off in one go. This is really useful to those who are struggling financially following the pandemic. The new payment plans are only available until 1 April 2021, though, so really you should apply by 31 March 2021. Our advice is to act now if you are in a position to take advantage of the payment plans while they’re still — just about — available.

The benefits of arranging a tax payment plan now

Agreeing a payment plan with HMRC will help avoid the 5% late payment penalty that’s usually charged on outstanding tax not paid by the deadline. And, of course, spreading the cost helps those who might otherwise struggle to get together the full amount in one transaction. The HMRC interest rate seems relatively low too.

How Tax Payment Plans have gone so far

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Late Filing Penalty Calendar

If you needed to have submitted a self assessment tax return for 2019/20 but have not done so by 28/02/2021, you will now be receiving a letter from HMRC stating that you owe a £100 late filing penalty fee.

Please do not ignore this, as from 29th of May you will see an exponential growth in the penalty.

From 29th May you will receive a £10 per day fine for up to 3-months, meaning you can potentially get an additional £900 added to the initial £100 fine you have received.

On the 30th July you will then receive an additional £300, making the grand total for late filing £1,300 if not done by 30/07/2021.

If you have a tax return to file, please contact us on 020 8761 8000 so we can help you avoid any additional penalties you may incur.

 

Furlough Scheme Extended until End of September

Furlough Scheme Extended until End of September

In The Chancellor’s 2021 budget speech it was announced that the furlough scheme would be extended until the end of September 2021, to protect the jobs and livelihoods of the UK population during the pandemic.

The Government will pay employees 80% of the hours not worked through to the end of June 2021.  As the country opens up it will then offer 70% with the employer to contribute the other 10%, then in August through to the end of September they will ask the employer to pay 20% while the Government covers the remaining 60%, so the employee continues to receive the 80% of their income for the hours not worked.

If you or your business need help setting up a payroll and help with the furlough scheme, then please do not hesitate to contact us on 020 8761 8000.

Mortgage Holidays ENDING

Mortgage Holiday Deadline Looming

Could you do with a few months’ mortgage holiday?

The availability of a three month mortgage holiday was first announced in March 2020, as part of a package of support for individuals as COVID-19 spread rapidly through the UK.  For the 1.8M people that took up the initiative in March, the holidays came to an end in June 2020, while the pandemic still raged on.

Mortgage lenders then announced their own support if your income had been affected by the pandemic, with a repayment holiday of up to a maximum of six months.

If you have not taken any holidays on your mortgage payments yet, you can apply for a payment holiday of up to six months in total.  However, you should continue to make payments if you can afford to.  The deadline for applying for a repayment holiday is 31st March 2021, so act now if you have not applied for a mortgage holiday and are still suffering a cash flow constraint due to the pandemic. Applying by end of March can still get you a mortgage holiday until 31 July 2021.

Your payment holiday can be up to a maximum of six months. If you have already taken the full six-month payment holiday, you cannot apply for another one, however your lender might be able to help you in other ways.  Contact them so you don’t miss a mortgage payment and adversely affect your credit rating.

If you have already taken a payment holiday but not for the full 6 months, then this can be extended up to the maximum term. However, it’s in your best interests to start your repayments again if you can afford to.

Note that cancelling your direct debit is not a payment holiday and will be counted as a missed payment if it has not been agreed with your lender — possibly resulting in your credit file being adversely affected and impacting your ability to re-mortgage.

The main options your lender may consider for repayment once your mortgage payment holiday period is over are:

  • Spreading your deferred payments over the outstanding term of your mortgage by increasing your monthly mortgage repayments.
  • Increasing the length of your mortgage term, resulting in a smaller increase in your monthly repayments.
  • Making interest-only or capital-only repayments during your mortgage holiday.

There is help for you out there and it can be flexible, but ultimately it needs you to ACT NOW. Call your lender by 31 March or you will simply miss out.

Bounce Back Loan Applications & Top-Ups ENDING

Bounce Back Loan Scheme: applications & top-ups deadline (31 March 2021)

Applications for the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) come to a close on 31st March 2021.

The purpose of the scheme was to allow small businesses, regardless whether they were sole traders, partnerships, or limited companies, a way of getting a cash flow worth 25% of their turnover (within the range of £2-£50k) to support them during the pandemic.  This is a great way to get a cash injection with a very small interest repayment (2.5% over 6-years, where the Government will pay the first 12 month’s interest on your behalf).

The deadline for Bounce Back Loan applications is Wednesday 31st March 2021.  If you have not applied for the BBLS and need money to pay tax debts or to get your business moving again, then we recommend you make an application directly with your bank before time runs out.

If you have already taken out a BBLS, you can apply for a top-up to their existing Bounce Back Loan if you originally borrowed less than the maximum amount available to you.  The top-ups are only available from your existing BBLS lender & you can apply for the lesser of £50k or 25% of the annual turnover the borrower certified in their original successful BBLS application form, minus the value of the original loan given to you.

If you need any assistance with your application then please do not hesitate to contact us on 020 8761 8000.