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All our Covid-19 updates

We’re working hard to bring you updates on useful stuff related to running a business or working for yourself and Covid-19. More and more people are asking questions about a variety of things, so we’ve pulled together all of the updates here on one page to make it easier to direct people to the information.

We’ll update this page every time we send out an update, so if you’ve deleted them from your inbox you can still find all of the info in one handy place. Bear in mind the information would have been correct at the time it was sent out, but things may have moved on since.

To check the Government’s latest list of help for businesses click here, and for employees you’ll find it here.

 – Tuesday 4 August – final reminder to reinstate VAT direct debit

 – Friday 31 July – new SME grants announced, tips on selling your business and localised lockdowns in the North

 – Wednesday 29 July – changes to FFS from 1 August, new HMRC scams and extensions to filing deadlines

 – Monday 27 July – new grant scheme only open for a week and rules on self-isolation from Spain

 – Thursday 23 July – make personal tax on account payment if you can, plus action needed if you intend to apply for CBILs

 – Thursday 16 July – Capital Gains Tax review and banks suggest new loans format

 – Monday 13 July – register for Eat Out To Help Out and first furlough arrests

 – Thursday 9 July – more details about £1k furlough bonus and warning of benefit in kind for Covid-19 tests

 – Wednesday 8 July – “mini budget” special

 – Tuesday 7 July – last week to submit and SEISS, and flexible furlough and holiday guidance

 – Tuesday 30 June – reminders about VAT, MOTs and company director responsbilities

 – Monday 29 June – FFS starts this week

 – Thursday 25 June – guidance on the “visitor economy” plus concerns about data security

 – Wednesday 24 June – lockdown easing and furlough fraud

 – Tuesday 23 June – anticipated change to the two-metre rule and changes to SSP for people shielding from August

 – Monday 22 June – HR expert advice on getting your team back to work, more credit card/loan payment holidays proposed and warnings over test & track scams

Friday 19 June – Bank of England to inject £100bn into UK economy, and Excluded UK fight for people unsupported by Government

Wednesday 17 June – confirmation of second SEISS grant details, WordPress website vulnerabilities, and CBI warns over Brexit and CV19 perfect storm

 – Tuesday 16 June – Select Committee asks Government to look again at support and watch out for R&D tax credits implications of BBLs/CBILs

 – Monday 15 June – updated furlough scheme, SEISS news and face coverings from today

 – Friday 12 June – reopening support kit, Brexit, and when can pubs, cafes and restaurants reopen?

 – Tuesday 10 June – time to reinstate your VAT direct debit if you took advantage of the deferral, including how to do that

 – Wednesday 3 June – changes to company rescue procedures and can you go on holiday?

Tuesday 2 June – urgent action needed if you want to use the furlough scheme, and additional grant info

 – Saturday 30 May – new details of the furlough scheme and news of extra SEISS grants

 – Friday 29 May – waiting for the furlough update and pressure to extend SEISS support

 – Wednesday 27 May – new SSP portal is open and a quick bike scheme update for directors

 – Tuesday 26 May – non-essential shops to re-open and working from home allowance

 – Friday 22 May – furlough scheme extension details not yet confirmed and mortgage holiday extensions

 – Thursday 21 May – Bounce Back Loans small print, how to get the money out of the company, and key deadlines for all kinds support

 – Wednesday 20 May – looking after everyone’s mental health

 – Tuesday 19 May  – back to work checklists and resources from our friends at Alpaca and HR180

 – Monday 18 May – a physio’s advice about working from home

 – Friday 15 May – funding special: what’s available?

 – Wednesday 13 May – recap on SEISS for self-employed clients

 – Wednesday 13 May – furlough scheme extended until October and SEISS applications from today

 – Tuesday 12 May – guidance for employers on returning to work and furlough update due later today

 – Monday 11 May – what businesses need to know about the beginnings of easing lockdown, and a salary sacrifice bike scheme

 – Thursday 7 May – how to claim SEISS and even more details about Bounce Back Loans

 – Tuesday 5 May – find out if you’re eligible for self-employed support and more info on Bounce Back Loans

 – Monday 4 May – Bounce Back Loans go live, more grant funding and a possible roadmap out of lockdown

 – Friday 1 May – signs that lockdown might be lifted and back-to-work advice for employers

 – Wednesday 29 April – a reminder about the Bounce Back loans scheme and free online courses if you’re of a mind to learn a new skill

 – Tuesday 28 April – news of a new loan scheme for SMEs launching next week and the first TLC Loves… clients helping clients

 – Friday 24 April – pressure to ease lockdown restrictions for the sake of the economy, testing for all key workers and their families and TLC Loves… clients helping clients

 – Wednesday 22 April – car finance help on the way, a reminder about self-employed support dates and your holiday refund rights

Tuesday 21 April – furlough whistle-blower hotline announced and new funds for innovative start-ups and early-life businesses

 – Saturday 18 April – what you need to do to prepare to make a claim on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme portal

Thursday 16 April – changes to the furlough scheme mean people on payroll before 19 March now qualify

 – Wednesday 15 April – information on how to communicate with furloughed employees and export support

 – Tuesday 14 April – more details on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and how to claim for furloughed employees

 – Thursday 9 April – special Innovation Fund update

 – Thursday 9 April – news on the furlough portal and a mental health special

 – Wednesday 8 April – updates to the Job Retention Scheme and hold fire on self assessment paperwork

 – Tuesday 7 April –  our handy Covid19 Government support checklist

 – Friday 3 April – revamp of the business loan scheme, ask for help to furlough employees and help for people with personal debt

 – Thursday 2 April – a chink of light for the self-employed and company directors who are not covered by current Government support, plus working from home allowances and cyber security

 – Wednesday 1 April – information about changes to holiday legislation and claiming a grant if you rent a serviced office

 – Monday 30 March – changes to insolvency rules on the way and Government contributions to pensions and employers’ NI for furloughed workers

– Special edition Friday 27 March – information from our friends at Alpaca about the current situation for company directors

Friday 27 March – details of the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) and where this leaves company directors

Thursday 26 March – help for the self-employed today and HMRC on WhatsApp

Wednesday 25 March – are you self-employed or an employee, another reminder about cancelling your VAT direct debit and HMRC’s tax helpline

Tuesday 24 March – cancel your VAT direct debit, more on furloughed workers from Alpaca and changing VAT on takeaways

 – Saturday 21 March 2020 – VAT payments postponed and help with paying wages for employees

 – Friday 20 March 2020 – a ban on evictions, helpful webinars from Alpaca and mental health support from Mind

 – Thurs 19 March 2020 – help for the self-employed, small business rate relief grants increased to £10k and advice from Blacks on laying people off

 – Weds 18 March 2020 – additional help for small businesses, mortgage holidays and the delay of IR35 in the private sector

 – Tues 17 March 2020 – sick pay – who gets it and when, plus first mention of grant support for SMEs and business interruption loans plus great info from HR180

 –  Mon 16 March 2020 – closing our office, including contact details

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