COVID-19 Updates

Latest COVID-19 news


VAT deferral new payment scheme opens

The new scheme lets businesses pay deferred VAT payments due in interest-free instalments. The earlier a business joins, the more months they can spread their payments across.

Businesses will need to opt-in to the VAT Deferral New Payment Scheme. They can do this via the online service that opens on 23 February and closes on 21 June 2021.

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More help for Self Assessment taxpayers

Self Assessment taxpayers will not be charged a 5% late payment penalty if they pay their tax or set up a payment plan by 1 April 2021.

Taxpayers can spread the cost of their tax bill into monthly instalments until January 2022.

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Four-step End of Lockdown Roadmap announced

On Monday 22nd February 2021, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced the government’s roadmap to ending lockdown.

Step 1 starts on 8th March and includes all schools and further education reopening, including after-school clubs and sports. You may meet one person from another household in an outdoor setting, and every care home resident may nominate 1 person to visit on a regular basis.

Part two of Step 1 is from 29th March and the rule of six will return for outdoor activities including in people’s personal gardens and outdoor sports facilities will be able to reopen.

Step 2 will be no earlier than 12 April and includes reopening of non-essential businesses, outdoor pubs and restaurants with no curfew or ‘substantial meal’ requirement.

Step 3 is no earlier than 17th May and includes outdoor restrictions lifted to a limit of 30 people, and the rule of six will be applied indoors, including hospitality.

Step 4 is no earlier than 21st June and includes the lifting of all social restrictions, allowing weddings and large events such as concerts to take place.

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