This week we have Budget 2021 coverage. The freeview guides provide all the essential information, with more detailed guidance for subscribers. As usual we will be drilling down into more detail and bringing out some CPD in the coming weeks.

I was half-hoping that the Chancellor would produce some Brexit-inspired new measures and incentives in his Budget as it's always quite a lot of fun to write about new measures. Unfortunately, we only have freeports, this time. Initially, I thought that they sounded quite exciting - I had visions of eight mini-Monacos dotted around the country - however our tax team soon dispelled that fantasy; the ports are more likely to be just ports, smelly, with a lot of shipping containers and spilt diesel.

With negotiations still in progress with the EU, the main issue for the Chancellor is getting the nation back on its feet after coronavirus, and the Budget certainly did some things to assist in that. The government is also due to produce some new consultation documents along with the new draft of Finance Bill 2021 in a couple of weeks. Maybe there is more to come, and whatever happened to the plans for the Digital Services Tax?

With no freeport located close me, the other key Budget measures that caught my eye and imagination are the new loss reliefs. These allow a three-year carry back for both Corporation Tax and Income Tax, which is very useful. On Corporation Tax, the increase in the rate to 25% was pretty much as we expected, although this will not apply for several years. Before then there may well be more tax rises, as it is going to take a very long time to repay the £407 billion cost of the government's coronavirus support. 

Good news for some of the new small businesses who were unable to claim under the Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) because they were new start-ups; it might be possible to claim for the fourth and fifth grant. 

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Nichola Ross Martin FCA CTA (Fellow)
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Nichola's SME Update 25 February 2021

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  • Advisory fuel rates from 1 March 2021
  • Phishing email: 'Your Self-employed Grant for March 2021 has been Approved'
  • HMRC publish SEISS 3 statistics
  • COVID-19: VAT payments
  • Uber's drivers are not self-employed
  • BBC presenter not an IR35 employee
  • Ancillary supply not separate for VAT
  • CPD: CIS Reverse Charge VAT
  • Reorganisations Zone
  • VtaxP Toolkits
  • Off-Payroll Working: PSCs & Private Sector Engagers
  • MTD: Toolkit for accountants
  • Disposal values & rules
  • Capital Goods Scheme ...More


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