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Furlough Explained

Furlough Explained

The word ‘furlough’ has been used many times in the news as of late, mostly as a verb. People may know someone who has been ‘furloughed’ or put on the furlough system; this is something new that has been brought in to support employees and businesses through the Corona Virus pandemic. The Government will pay employers 80% of their employees’ salaries, of up to £2,500 a month, to those who have been affected by the cautionary actions the virus has brought on. This starts from March 2020, and although the Government is issuing it for three months there is an understanding this may need to be extended for longer depending on circumstances.

Self Employment Income Support - Landlords are Ineligible
HMRC is currently working through submitted taxpayer income self assessment tax returns to pull out the average of a sole trade’s profits over the last three years; this covers tax returns submitted for the dates 2016/17 through to 2018/19. Up to 80% of this calculation will be payable in June, for a total of three months (March, April and June) of up to £2,500 a month. Taxpayers cannot apply for this, as it is an automatic process, and can only wait for HMRC to get in touch regarding income support. The medium of contact is not disclosed but it likely that taxpayers will receive a postal letter rather than an email or a text.
Delay to Making Tax Digital (MTD)
VAT Return submissions for the quarters have been delayed by 3 months due to the COVID-19 outbreak, as per news articles last week. Now, HMRC have announced that the rules for compulsory digital submissions for all VAT Returns will be pushed back until next year.
Apply for Self Employed Income Support
At 5pm, on the 27th March 2020, the Chancellor announced the details of the Self Employed Income Support which is a package to aid self-employed individuals with funding through the COVID-19 isolation period. Up to 80% of profits (up to £2,500 a month) will be given as a grant to those who apply, and unlike the Universal Credit this is not a per-household grant and neither does it take the amount of a person’s savings into account. For those who have self-employment work and a PAYE job, they will be eligible if more than 50% of their income is earned through their self-employment.
Corona Virus Update 25/03/2020
The UK has been placed on lockdown due to the corona pandemic as stated in Boris Johnson’s public notice broadcasted at 8:30pm on 23rd March 2020. Citizens have been urged to stay inside their homes with only few exceptions: for grocery shopping for essentials and food, to exercise in a form on a walk or jog, or to travel to work where necessary. Non-essential stores, leisure centres, pubs and restaurants are among many to have permanently closed their doors until further notice to dissuade social gatherings.

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