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Coronavirus and tax

Governments around the world have announced tax measures to support businesses and individuals in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This page brings together guidance and news from ICAEW, as well as externally-produced resources that provide practical information on emerging tax issues.

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Latest tax news

Tax news in brief

Highlights from the broader tax news for the week ending 16 March 2022, including: guidance for businesses who continued to use the Lennartz mechanism; and a warning from HMRC about sharing personal information.

Business rates

Employment taxes

Tax news in brief

Highlights from the broader tax news for the week ending 16 March 2022, including: guidance for businesses who continued to use the Lennartz mechanism; and a warning from HMRC about sharing personal information.

Tax news in brief

Highlights from the broader tax news for the week ending 9 March 2022, including: HMRC guidance on new power; HMRC payments; refunds of VAT wrongly charged; freeport tax site designation; QAHC guidance; new VAT regulations; HMRC webinars; guidance for employers paying overseas tax; and COVID travel easement ending.

VAT

Tax news in brief

Highlights from the broader tax news for the week ending 16 March 2022, including: guidance for businesses who continued to use the Lennartz mechanism; and a warning from HMRC about sharing personal information.

Tax news in brief

Highlights from the broader tax news for the week ending 9 March 2022, including: HMRC guidance on new power; HMRC payments; refunds of VAT wrongly charged; freeport tax site designation; QAHC guidance; new VAT regulations; HMRC webinars; guidance for employers paying overseas tax; and COVID travel easement ending.

Tax news in brief

Highlights from the broader tax news for the week ending 12 January 2022, including: an updated process for HMRC’s Employer Helpline; HMRC’s review of input tax recovery for charging electric vehicles; and the cessation of two temporary COVID-related measures.

Tax news in brief

9 December 2020: Highlights from the broader tax news this week includes: deadline for businesses to join VAT deferral new payment scheme and an extension for overseas firms to provide the certificate necessary to make a VAT refund claim.

Business taxes

Personal taxes

Tax news in brief

Highlights from the broader tax news for the three-week period ending 5 January 2022, including: an increase to late payment interest rates; the Welsh Budget; the Spring Statement date; refunds of VAT for businesses established outside the UK; COVID easements for heritage assets; and updated IHT forms.

Tax news in brief

Highlights from the broader tax news week ending 11 Aug, which includes: new guidance from HMRC on reporting COVID-19 support grants and payments, a reminder for taxpayers to check eligibility for the marriage allowance and HMRC's August Employer Bulletin which confirms end date for special coronavirus arrangements with the EU.

Property taxes

Tax news in brief

Highlights from the broader tax news for the three-week period ending 5 January 2022, including: an increase to late payment interest rates; the Welsh Budget; the Spring Statement date; refunds of VAT for businesses established outside the UK; COVID easements for heritage assets; and updated IHT forms.

COVID support schemes coming to an end

On 30 September a range of government support packages to help businesses and individuals through the coronavirus pandemic will come to an end or change, including the furlough scheme and reduced SDLT rates in England. ICAEW insights provides a reminder of the changes.

Tax credits and benefits

Tax news in brief

Highlights from the broader tax news for the week ending 10 November, including: a reminder that HMRC will no longer pay tax credits, child benefit or guardian allowances into Post Office card accounts from 1 December, an update from HMRC on how it's supporting taxpayers during COVID and confirmation that the UK-Swiss Convention on Social Security came into force on 1 November.

Tax news in brief

Highlights from the broader tax news week ending 6 October, which includes: working tax credits: reporting changes to working hours, plastic packaging tax: statement requirement delayed and legislation passed implementing UK-Swiss social security deal.

COVID support schemes coming to an end

On 30 September a range of government support packages to help businesses and individuals through the coronavirus pandemic will come to an end or change, including the furlough scheme and reduced SDLT rates in England. ICAEW insights provides a reminder of the changes.

Tax compliance and communicating with HMRC

Tax news in brief

Highlights from the broader tax news for the week ending 16 March 2022, including: guidance for businesses who continued to use the Lennartz mechanism; and a warning from HMRC about sharing personal information.

Tax news in brief

Highlights from the broader tax news for the week ending 9 March 2022, including: HMRC guidance on new power; HMRC payments; refunds of VAT wrongly charged; freeport tax site designation; QAHC guidance; new VAT regulations; HMRC webinars; guidance for employers paying overseas tax; and COVID travel easement ending.

External resources

Summary of existing economic support

A comprehensive summary of government schemes and grants available to support jobs, the self-employed, businesses, local authorities and families impacted by COVID-19. Published on 8 January 2021.

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