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Takeaway and delivered food – What VAT?

30th October 2020
A temporary lower VAT rate currently applies to some supplies of food and drink but not others. While this is good news it has caused some confusion. What VAT should you be charging your customers?  Our VAT expert John Craig provides the answers. Temporary VAT rate The government introduced the temporary 5% VAT rate for...

Tax relief for farmers

2nd October 2020
You own and operate a farm, you are many years away from retirement but you would like to know about possible relief from inheritance tax, particularly in relation to your farmhouse. IHT expert Brona MacDougall discusses the key issues. Generally speaking, agricultural property relief (APR) works in a similar way to business property relief (BPR),...

Pay as You Grow

25th September 2020
In anticipation of further cashflow difficulties, Rishi Sunak has tinkered with various loan schemes to allow for more time and greater flexibility in repayment. It has been announced today that the application deadline for all four major COVID loan schemes (Bounce Back Loan Scheme, Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme...

Business Interruption Insurance

23rd September 2020
Light at the end of the tunnel? The insurance world has been in a state of limbo since the beginning of lockdown as insurers reviewed policy claims and the application of business interruption clauses to the current situation. Due to the enormity of the impact COVID could potentially have on the insurance industry it has...
Builders reverse charge delayed again

Builders reverse charge delayed again

10th August 2020
To help builders affected by the Coronavirus crisis, the new reverse charge rules for the construction industry has been pushed back to the 1st March 2021. What does the delay mean for your business? Elaine Wight finds out. HMRC has recognised that builders are already under enormous pressure as a result of the Coronavirus crisis....
Taking salary again, Business Management

Taking salary again?

10th August 2020
Because of the pandemic, you have not drawn salary from your company for the last three months because its income was significantly reduced. The situation is now improving and you’re restarting your salary next month but is it worth paying yourself the arrears? Bob Johnstone looks at the implications. If you are one of the...
Remote working and VAT

Remote working and VAT

7th August 2020
The Coronavirus crisis has identified that some employees are able to work from home in the long term, but what is the position on reclaiming VAT on remote working allowance for staff? VAT expert John Craig finds out with the following example. You have agreed to pay remote working employees up to £1,000 to pay...

Scottish Government Business Support Fund

11th June 2020
The Scottish Government introduced the Business Support Fund, which offers some businesses a: • Retail, Hospitality, Leisure Support Grant • Small Business Support Grant The grants are available for eligible businesses who: • pay non-domestic rates • are charged for non-domestic rates but do not need to pay because they get certain rates relief –...

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Full Details

27th March 2020
The government published guidance late last night on the operation of the Job Retention Scheme. We have had many enquiries in relation to this matter and hopefully the following information will answer the majority of these queries. Recap of the Basics Employers can claim 80% of furloughed worker’s usual wage costs up to £2,500 per...

Third Sector Resilience Fund

25th March 2020
As part of the Scottish Government Response to the Coronavirus crisis, £20m has been allocated to the new ‘Third Sector Resilience Fund’.  This fund is live today 25th March 2020. The Third Sector Resilience Fund will provide grants of between £5,000 and £100,000 to eligible charities, social enterprises and voluntary organisations that are playing a...