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Coronavirus and tax

Governments around the world have announced tax measures to support businesses and individuals in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This page brings together guidance and news from ICAEW, as well as externally-produced resources that provide practical information on emerging tax issues.

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HMRC relaunches the agent dedicated line

HMRC is restoring priority access to the ADL from Monday 14 June 2021 and committed to call waiting times of less than 10 minutes. However, the ADL will not handle certain types of calls where digital alternatives are available.

Tax news in brief

Highlights from the broader tax news week ending 9 June, which includes: May CJRS claim deadline reminder; more support on tax reliefs on moving goods temporarily in and out of GB and NI; small change to SDLT exceptional circumstances guidance; and updated guidance on loss carry back claims.

Business rates

Employment taxes

ICAEW technical round-up: May 2021

This month’s top technical stories on ICAEW Insights include new guidance on mini-umbrella companies, information on repaying Bounce Back Loans and new powers to ban directors who dissolve companies to avoid repaying government support.

NIC Bill confirms reliefs for Freeports and broadening of DOTAS

The government has published the National Insurance Contributions Bill, which legislates reliefs for employers of veterans and those operating in Freeports, as well as for the self-employed isolating due to COVID-19. The Bill will also enable upcoming changes to the DOTAS scheme to apply to national insurance avoidance.

Tax news in brief

Highlights from the broader tax news week ending 31 March, which includes: HMRC repackaging its guidance on tax implications of cryptocurrencies and rate change for COVID statutory sick pay rebate scheme.

Tax news in brief

Highlights from the broader tax news week ending 24 March, which includes: new support on the tax treatment of paying employee transport costs due to COVID-19, an error in CWG5 and a reminder of self-assessment payment deadline.

VAT

Business taxes

What COVID-19 means for the future of tax

With the pandemic increasing pressure on public finances, could this prompt overdue discussions on tax reform? ICAEW's Head of Tax Frank Haskew and independent adviser Martin Wheatcroft reflect on recent announcements and challenges facing the Chancellor.

Personal taxes

Finance Bill 2020 – Report stage amendments

29 June: The government has tabled a further series of amendments to the Finance Bill 2020 ahead of its report stage this week. ICAEW’s Tax Faculty provides a summary of the changes and urges further amendments to the clause modifying the statutory residence test in light of COVID-19.

Property taxes

Tax credits and benefits

COVID-19: Support through the benefits system

Updated 1 April: ICAEW members may need to help clients, friends or family to access support through the benefits system during the coronavirus outbreak. Benefits may be something on which they would not usually advise. The Tax Faculty has created this basic guide on which benefits to consider, together with sources of support.

Tax compliance and communicating with HMRC

HMRC relaunches the agent dedicated line

HMRC is restoring priority access to the ADL from Monday 14 June 2021 and committed to call waiting times of less than 10 minutes. However, the ADL will not handle certain types of calls where digital alternatives are available.

NIC Bill confirms reliefs for Freeports and broadening of DOTAS

The government has published the National Insurance Contributions Bill, which legislates reliefs for employers of veterans and those operating in Freeports, as well as for the self-employed isolating due to COVID-19. The Bill will also enable upcoming changes to the DOTAS scheme to apply to national insurance avoidance.

ICAEW urges HMRC to address poor service levels

ICAEW members are reporting that poor performance is being experienced across almost all HMRC services and ICAEW has been pressing for greater transparency about the problems being experienced and for a clear recovery plan. The Tax Faculty outlines the problems that have been raised and the action it has taken.

External resources

Summary of existing economic support

A comprehensive summary of government schemes and grants available to support jobs, the self-employed, businesses, local authorities and families impacted by COVID-19. Published on 8 January 2021.

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