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Coronavirus Update 23 March 2020

by | Mar 24, 2020 | COVID-19

We appreciate that many of our clients are affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The Government has made a number of announcements on how it intends to support small businesses and is being pressed to do more for the self-employed. We are keeping a watching brief and will bring you updates as they are announced along with practical advice and support.

If you have a question you want answered, please send them to us at our usual email address: [email protected].

It should be noted that much of the guidance is being updated daily – indeed the law is being written as we write. As such, you’ll need to check government sources regularly to confirm you have the most recent information. Some links are provided later.

Here’s what we know to date:

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)

If you operate a limited company or are a limited company contractor then SSP can be refunded for the two weeks that self-isolation may require. SSP currently stands at £94.25 per week.

80% salary grants – The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)

Businesses will receive government grants worth up to 80% of wages to keep workers in jobs. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will pay up to £2,500 per worker each month, helping those who are self-isolating or caring for loved ones. More details on how to claim will be released soon.

Eligibility Cut-Off Date

To be eligible for the Coronavirus Job Retention scheme, furloughed employees had to have been added to the company’s PAYE payroll on or before the 19th of March 2020.

Company Directors Eligibility

As a director, you may also be eligible to put yourself into ‘furlough’ and claim 80% of your salary. You must not provide any services on behalf of the company, however.

Read our full cover about the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme here for employers and non-employers.


There’s no VAT to pay until at least June. So don’t pay VAT now though but do be aware it’s likely you’ll need to pay by March 2021. Do prepare and submit your returns in the usual way.

Personal Tax

Instalments due in July 2020 will now not be payable until January 2021.

Other Taxes

For other taxes e.g. Corporation Tax if your business is impacted, you can arrange to pay over a longer time period. Given current pressures, it’s likely the qualification criteria will be simple. Call 0800 0159 559but lines will be busy so perhaps try calling at a later date if your next payment isn’t due for several months. When you get through, you’ll have to explain why you are affected and then agree on a deferred payment plan based on what you now expect to be able to afford. It will be sensible to check with your dedicated accountant at Clever Accounts what your liabilities are, allowing for the changes to VAT above, before calling. Please note that HMRC will want to make these agreements with you, not your accountant.

IR35 - read more about it

Find out what changes are coming, how this could affect you and what we can do to help.


Information for contractors, freelancers and limited company on what help is out there

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