Employee benefits in the Energy sector – why you should consider private medical insurance

Recent research published by GRiD, the industry body for group risk protection, highlighted that a fifth of employees do not know how their employer would support them if they were absent through ill-health or injury. This highlights the need for employers to ensure information is provided in an easy, accessible manner, but that a communication campaign can also provide real value for awareness.

COVID-19 and the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Fifth Grant

HMRC have now confirmed that the fifth SEISS grant will be available from late July 2021. The fifth grant will be taxable, paid in a single instalment and will cover May 2021 to September 2021.   

Pension Planning Early

It is a well-known fact that starting a pension earlier in life will help create better retirement outcomes later. However, the focus of this blog is about planning as early in a tax year as possible. There are many benefits to doing this, in particular it allows individuals to recognise what opportunities they may have for making pension contributions and spread the cost (and the investment risk) over the year.  

How could Inheritance Tax & Business Relief impact your family business?

Business Owners will most likely be aware of the important Inheritance Tax (“IHT”) relief currently available on the value of their businesses. Business Relief (“BR”) can relieve the full value of the business and it has long been recognised that the policy objective behind the relief is to prevent the breaking up or sale of businesses on death. Whilst this may be hugely advantageous for all businesses, the benefit is perhaps most keenly felt by family businesses where the legacy is as much about heritage and history as it is about a continuing trade. 

EMI Consultation

In a bid to support UK business growth and employee retention, the government has announced they will be reviewing the HMRC approved Enterprise Management Incentive (“EMI”) share scheme with a view to making EMI accessible to more businesses.

Payrolling Benefits - Act now!

As we approach the end of the 2020/21 tax year, we will shortly be in the P11D reporting window for employee benefits. While completing P11Ds may be something that you have done for as far as you can remember, it may be worth considering moving to the Payrolling Benefits scheme from April 2021 to streamline and simplify your employee benefit reporting.

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