Coronavirus tax payment helpline

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The phone number for the COVID-19 helpline launched earlier this month has been changed to 0800 024 1222. Calls to the previously published number will be redirected. The launch of the new number will help increase capacity.

The helpline will field

Working Tax Credits increased for one year

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As part of the package of measures to tackle the Coronavirus outbreak, the government has announced that the basic element Working Tax Credit payments will be increased from an expected £1,995 to £3,040 for the 2020-21 tax year starting

Relaxation of phone contracts during COVID-19 outbreak

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An interesting joint statement from the Government, Ofcom and the telecommunications industry has been published to help offer support to vulnerable consumers and those who may become vulnerable due to circumstances arising from COVID-19.

The

Further details on Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

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HMRC has published further details on how the new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will work in practice. It had already been announced that the new scheme will see the government cover up to 80% of wage costs, up to a cap of £2,500 per month,

Coronavirus – relaxation of insolvency rules

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New insolvency measures have been announced to help prevent businesses unable to meet debts, due to the impact of Coronavirus, to continue trading and not be forced to file for bankruptcy. The measures were announced by the Business Secretary, Alok

Coronavirus deferral of VAT payments

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In another move to help businesses the government announced that VAT registered businesses can defer any VAT payments due between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020. There is no application process required to defer the relevant payment. However,

Contactless payment limit increased

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The spending limit for contactless card payments has been increased from £30 to £45 effective 1 April 2020. The change in the limit had been under consideration and has now been expedited as part of the industry’s response to the

Financial support for exporters

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There is a special financial support targeted specifically at exporters. This is in addition to the package of government-backed and guaranteed loans and other measures designed to support businesses coping with the financial effects of Coronavirus

Businesses and employers in Northern Ireland

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The Northern Ireland Office (NIO) is a UK government department responsible for Northern Ireland affairs. The NIO seeks to ensure the smooth working of the devolution settlement in Northern Ireland.

A new press release, jointly published by the NIO,

Removing your home address from the public register

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Company directors, company secretaries, people with significant control (PSC) and LLP members can apply to remove their personal addresses from the UK’s official company register at Companies House.

Prior to the introduction of this law (in

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