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Martin Aitken & Co Ltd is one of Scotland’s leading independent firms of chartered accountants and business advisers.

Payment deadline approaching for deferred VAT

Last year, HMRC offered businesses the opportunity to defer VAT payments falling due between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020, until 30 June 2021 (originally 31 March 2021, but subsequently extended). 

As this deadline is now approaching, businesses who took advantage of the deferral scheme should act now by selecting one of the three available options below:

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Spring Budget 2021

Despite the many rumours beforehand, the Chancellor still managed to produce some surprises on Budget Day. He chose to spend big initially, with major investment incentives for companies in the next two years.

However, the widely anticipated corporation tax rise then kicks in with a vengeance – a one-off jump from 19% to 25%. Individual taxpayers did not escape either, with Mr Sunak reaching for the old stealth tax favourite of freezing tax bands, thresholds and allowances.

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VAT Reverse Charge for Construction Services

From 1 March 2021, the way that VAT is accounted for on some subcontracted construction supplies will change.

Under the historic rules (pre-1 March), a VAT Registered subcontractor would invoice their customer for work carried out and apply VAT to this, which the customer would pay to the subcontractor in full.

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Update to our business operations - January Lockdown 2021

Happy New Year! We hope you had an enjoyable festive break.

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BREXIT Planning for 1 January: make sure you are ready.

It certainly has been overshadowed this year, but yes Brexit negotiations are still ongoing and with only less than a month to go, what can we expect?

The UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, UK Chief negotiator David Frost and EU negotiator Michel Barnier continue to offer differing messages to the public about Brexit, some are positive, some ambivalent and occasionally negative remarks about the negotiations.

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COVID-19 update: Spending Review - what does it mean for businesses?

In his spending review on 25th November Rishi Sunak said the “economic emergency” caused by COVID-19 has only just begun, as he warned the virus would mean lasting damage to growth and jobs.

Official forecasts now predict the biggest economic decline in 300 years.

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Government extends Furlough to March and increases self-employment support scheme

As the lockdown has now started for England and continues elsewhere, the Government has changed its mind again about business supports and decided to extend the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) across all regions of the UK.

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Job support scheme expanded and Covid-19 restrictions fund for Scottish businesses

The Job Support scheme was withdrawn on 1 November 2020.

The Job Support scheme, which was due to start on 1 November 2020, has been postponed as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is being extended until December. This is in line with recent announcement from the Prime Minister, on Saturday 31 October, that England is heading into Lockdown 2.0 from Thursday 5th November until 2 December. 

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Winter Economy Plan 2020-21

Highlights from the UK Chancellor's winter economy plan, announced on 24th September 2020, to help combat the impacts of Covid-19 on businesses and self-employed individuals include:

A new Job Support Scheme, primarily targeted at small and medium employers, will be introduced covering employees who work at least one third of their normal hours >read more

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Glasgow City Council: Covid-19 impact survey

Glasgow City Council (GCC) is conducting a survey on the impacts of Covid-19 and is inviting businesses based in the local authority area to take part.

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Business Women Scotland Awards 2020


Do you know a woman in business who has seen exceptional growth, shown true resilience or made a positive social impact? 

Or maybe she’s a rising star, a sole trader or a new start-up? 


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Acuity Enterprise - Autumn 2020

Commercial, finance and tax insights and planning opportunities for SMEs, social enterprises and charities.

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Kickstart scheme launches across the UK

The £2 billion Kickstart Scheme is designed to create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people across the UK.

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Renfrewshire Coronavirus Business Support Fund

The Renfrewshire Coronavirus Business Support Fund is a £1.3million Renfrewshire Council package of interest free loans and grants providing immediate help to businesses in the Renfrewshire area affected by the pandemic.

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Making a claim: "Eat Out to Help Out Scheme"

The UK Government has announced details on how to claim the reimbursement for discounts given to diners with the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme.

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Applying the temporary VAT cut

In the Summer Statement 2020, the Chancellor announced a temporary VAT cut for food and non-alcoholic drinks and a temporary VAT cut for accommodation and attractions >read more Summer Statement 2020.

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Leaving lockdown - guidance for small businesses and charities

The Scottish Government and SCVO have published guidance for small businesses and charities on leaving lockdown. There is a short summary below with forward links for more detail.

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Summer Statement 2020

Key highlights from the UK Chancellor's Summer Statement 2020.

  •  In his Summer Statement, the Chancellor confirmed that the Government is introducing a new Coronavirus Job Retention (CJRS) bonus to reward and incentivise employers who continue to employ their furloughed employees through to the end of January 2021. The bonus will be a one-off payment of £1,000 for every furloughed employee who remains continuously employed through to 31 January 2021.
  • A new Kickstart Scheme will cover employers’ costs for the first six-month for those taking on 16-24 year olds for a minimum of 25 hours per week at the NMW.
  • A £1,000 payment will be made to employers for each new trainee aged 16-24-year.
  • Employers who hire new apprentices will receive payments of up to £2,000.
  • There will be a temporary cut to Stamp Duty Land Tax on residential property in England, increasing the zero-rate band to £500,000 and saving purchasers up to £15,000.
  • In Scotland, starting point for land and buildings transaction tax is to rise temporarily from £145,000 to £250,000, although this reduced threshold will not apply to second homes purchases.
  • The rate of VAT will be cut temporarily from 20% to 5% for restaurant, food, accommodation and attractions businesses.
  • An ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ Scheme will offer 50% meal discounts, up to £10 per head during August.


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Covid-19 support for start-ups and early stage businesses in Scotland

Start-ups and early stage businesses with high growth potential whose routes to investment and achieving growth have been impacted by Covid-19 will be supported by the Scottish Government (SG).

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Update Covid-19 Support: Changes to CJRS and SEISS

Click on the links below to read the latest updates on the support and funding available to businesses, individuals and third sector organisations facing the Covid-19 pandemic

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