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

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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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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Temporary VAT zero-rating of PPE

The Treasury has announced a zero-rate of VAT will apply to sales of PPE for Covid-19 from 1 May 2020 until 31 July 2020, in a move it says will save care homes and businesses more than £100m.

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Covid-19 Support for businesses, charities and individuals

We have summarised the various announcements that have been made by the UK and Scottish Governments to support businesses, employers, employees and the self-employed during this period of disruption.

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Chancellor extends furlough scheme until October

The UK Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until the end of October 2020. 

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Tax Planning for Life 2020-21

Our annual Tax Planning for Life navigates you through a wide range of tax planning opportunities and wealth planning strategies for all stages and facets of life.

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Are you considering a CBILS application?

The Government has announced a raft of measures to assist businesses who require funding support through a variety of initiatives. The main one being the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS). 

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Support for the Third Sector

The Third Sector Resilience Fund (TSRF) and Wellbeing Fund are open for applications from Third Sector Organisations.

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Charity Acuity Spring - 2020

Topical accounting, finance and tax matters facing charity trustees, finance directors and financial managers.

Click on the links below to read the full articles and briefing notes. We do hope you find the information and forewarnings contained within this edition useful.

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Obituary: Adrienne Airlie CA

We are very sorry to inform you that our former Chief Executive, Adrienne Airlie passed away suddenly on Thursday 5th December 2019.

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Financial health checks for pharmacists

Helping you to manage, comply, plan and grow the pharmacy's profits.

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Have you recently made a breakthrough?

If you have been undertaking R&D to develop new products, processes or services and incurred costs you may be able to make a R&D Tax Credits claim.

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Brexit planning checklist for Scottish importers & exporters

Brexit – what now for businesses that trade with the EU?

There is still uncertainty around what Brexit will mean and planning for a “No Deal” scenario seems sensible right now given the new Prime Minister's vow to deliver Brexit 'do or die' by 31 October 2019. 

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Doctors tapering off as pension tax rules bite

Measures designed to limit the cost of pensions tax relief to the Treasury are having some unwelcome consequences, as some senior doctors have found their incomes disappearing.

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How well do you understand inheritance tax?

A survey by HMRC published in May 2019 concluded that the public have a relatively poor knowledge of inheritance tax (IHT) rules and lack of confidence in what they do know.

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Acuity: Financial & Tax Spring 2019

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Spring Statement 2019

The Chancellor found himself presenting his second Spring Statement sandwiched between a series of crucial Brexit votes. His speech was peppered with references to the need to achieve a smooth exit from the EU. Beyond that, Mr Hammond chose to keep the Statement a low‐key affair.

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VAT update: reverse charge from Oct 2019, things to watch out for in your VAT return, MTD for VAT and VAT explained video series.

Please note: on Friday 6 September HMRC announced that the introduction of the Reverse Charge would be delayed for a year, until 1 October 2020 >read more. HMRC say the delay is to give affected businesses more time to prepare.

The existing rules (i.e. no Reverse Charge for construction supplies) will continue to apply until then. If you have any query regarding this please contact our VAT Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

VAT change coming for construction industry

The new measures are being introduced to reduce VAT fraud and evasion by placing the responsibility for VAT on the customer. HMRC believe that some small VAT-registered suppliers are charging VAT to their customers, but not then paying the VAT on to HMRC.

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ScotHot 2019 13-14 March 2019

Martin Aitken will be at Scotland's premier showcase for food, drink, hospitality and tourism on 13-14 March 2019.

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Martin Aitken & Co @ The Gathering 2019

The Gathering 2019

 

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