Coronavirus update 26 March 2020

Evening all.  Phew!  Well I dare say there will be some relief in the industry after the Chancellor’s announcement this afternoon.  Here are my bullet points from it, and from some of the questions afterwards  –

• Driving instructors got a mention in the list!
• The self employed haven’t been forgotten, won’t be left behind
• A new self employed income support scheme
• Taxable grant = 80% of net income up to £2,500 a month averaged over last 3 years.  If someone has been working less than that it will be averaged over what records they have, or just the last year if that’s all there is.
• For 3 months, longer if necessary
• Will be the same as for those employed announced last week
• Deliverable and fair
• Targeted at those who need it
• Anyone up to £50k income
• Majority of income has to come from self employment
• Must be already registered as self employed and have submitted tax return in 2019
• HMRC working urgently – should give access no later than beginning of June, it will be one payment backdated to March
• HMRC will contact people who they feel are eligible, there will be a form to complete to say you are still trading
• If they qualify money will be paid into bank account
• Anyone who missed January filing has 4 weeks to submit
• Self employed have access to business interruption loans
• Tax due postponed
• Full access to Universal Credit
• Universal Credit gives family of 4 living in private sector £1800 a month
• We should all pay equally in future

I’m sure there will be lots of questions arriving from this, but to be honest we’re not really currently in a position to answer them.  But maybe your accountant can, they are usually pretty good at quickly getting down to the nitty gritty of new financial regulations.


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