With Christmas only one month away, employers and employees will now be thinking ahead on what this means during Christmas when most employers shutdown or employees request holidays during the festive period.
As we are approaching the end of 2020 which has been a year full of not so pleasant surprises, many employer’s may be thinking of more creative ways to arrange socially distant and ‘lockdown’ friendly Christmas parties, replacing the usual in person events. This may see employers taking advantage of digital platforms such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams which we have all become experts on between work meetings and quiz nights with family and friends over the challenging year we have all had.
Additional guidance was released by the government yesterday afternoon, Thursday 5th November 2020, outlining further changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), which came into effect on 1st November 2020.
As we edge closer to April 2021 when the private sector will be hit with new IR35 legislation, pushing responsibilities for contractor assessments and deduction of tax up the contractual chain, it is now time for businesses to dust off their IR35 plans from earlier this year for the original implementation date of April 2020.
There is no 'one size fits all' approach when it comes to protecting family wealth, passing this to future generations in an appropriate way, and at the ‘right time’. Setting up a Family Investment Company (“FIC”) is increasingly a popular choice for successful family business owners as part of their broader succession and tax planning strategy. Planning with trusts has a significant role in protecting family wealth for future generations, however with limitations placed on the value which can be settled into trust this typically forms only part of a plan in which FICs increasingly feature.
HMRC have confirmed this week that another two people have been arrested in connection with a suspected £70,000 Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“CJRS”) fraud. These follow the first arrests in July in connection with alleged furlough fraud with a suspected £495,000 unlawfully gained.