Covid-19 Useful links

Government Website: COVID-19 – guidance for employees, employers and businesses (external link) This page regularly updates with the latest news. Although much of it is in HMRC Government speak, it will highlight some of the changes that might be relevant to you and your business.

UPDATED 31 March 2020 – Small Business Rates Relief and Grants. These will be coordinated by the local authorities. Additional information and links here (internal link)

Video of Chancellor Rishi Sunak announcing the support package for Self Employed people (external link)

Self Employed Income Support Scheme (internal link)

VAT  Support. Deferred VAT payments until April 2021 (internal link)

Personal Tax & Self Assessment Payments on Account (internal link)

PAYE / staff wages support. Announced support for staff wages via the Corona Virus Job Retention Scheme (internal link)

NEST Pension scheme information (external link)

Companies House. 3 month filing extension for Limited Company Accounts (external link).

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) provides financial support to smaller businesses (external link)

CBILS FAQ Helpsheet (external link)

* NEW* Bounce Back loans – lower interest rates, easier to access (external link)

Money Saving Expert. Helpful and practical advice from Money Saving Expert website is available here (external link)Some great advice on Mortgage holidays and accessing Universal Credits, especially if this isn’t something you can usually access.

ACAS advice for employers and employees. (external link) Great for checking contractual obligations and employment law issues.

Accessing support (FSB). Helpful and practical advice from the Federation Small Businesses is available here (external link). Practical business support during the pandemic.

The Chartered Institute of Accountants – reminder of some useful tax rules which can assist business cashflow during the coronavirus pandemic. (external link) Might be a bit technical but covers a wide range of business needs.

Spring 2020 Budget. Read more about the support packages announced in the recent budget. (external link)

Paying your tax – HMRC Helpline for COVID-19. HMRC has a set up a phone helpline to support businesses people concerned about not being able to pay their tax due to coronavirus (COVID-19). The helpline number is 0800 0159 559 and is an addition to other HMRC phone contact numbers. Opening hours are Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm, and Saturday 8am to 4pm. The helpline will not be available on Bank Holidays.


Information last updated at 1pm, on 31 March 2020.

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