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Tax news from April 2020

Latest news on the UK tax system, brought to you by the ICAEW Tax Faculty.

Deadlines for tax consultations extended

30 April: The government has announced new timelines for a number of consultations, including on raising standards in the tax advice market, in the light of the coronavirus pandemic.

ICAEW calls for withdrawal of Finance Bill clauses

27 April: ICAEW has urged government to withdraw and consult on changes to inheritance tax rules on excluded property and the tax liabilities of company directors. It’s also called for the delay to changes to capital gains tax relief for private residences and raised concerns over the recovery of taxes in insolvency cases.

HMRC updates CJRS guidance again

27 April: Updated guidance from HMRC includes how to report wages using RTI, a new calculator and more explanation about who qualifies. ICAEW’s Tax Faculty outlines the changes and shares a new downloadable template.

A remarkable start to the tax year

24 April: The coronavirus pandemic has ripped up convention in every element of daily life, and the UK tax system has been no exception. Read a round-up of the key announcements, deferrals and changes.

CJRS – emerging issues and answers

Updated 5 May 2020: The Tax Faculty has expanded its popular 'Top 10 things we don't know' article to summarise additional emerging issues about the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and the answers that HMRC has provided.

Wait to file company tax returns online

22 April: HMRC has told companies to hold off submitting company tax returns for periods ending on or after 1 April 2020 while it updates systems following rates changes in the Budget.

Final call for 2018/19 Tax Returns to qualify for SEISS

22 April: ICAEW is reminding members that self-assessment tax returns for 2018/19 must be submitted by 23 April to ensure eligibility for the Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), as it shares the latest guidance in a webinar.

HMRC's latest updates for agents

20 April: ICAEW’s Tax Faculty highlights current issues and reminders for agents, including: non-resident landlords, quarterly instalment payments, tax credit renewals, child benefit claims, ATED and the construction industry scheme.

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