Off-payroll extension may be delayed until 2023

MPs are reportedly set to vote on delaying the extension of off-payroll working rules to the private sector until 2023/24. The House of Commons will vote on whether or not to amend Finance Bill 2019-21, exactly two months after announcing a one-year delay. Off-payroll...

HMRC relaxes stance on home office equipment

The Government has relaxed rules that restricted reimbursement for spending on office equipment for the rest of 2020/21. This should help employees avoid receiving a tax bill relating to working from home during the coronavirus lockdown. Since the lockdown...

COVID-19 puts economy into ‘significant recession’

The UK economy contracted at the fastest rate since 2008 in March 2020, with gross domestic product (GDP) down 5.8%. Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) also showed the economy shrank by 2% in the first three months of 2020. Lockdown measures were...

Employers’ guidance on reopening workplaces

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has issued new guidance to help employers safely reopen workplaces in England. The keyword there is ‘safely' after Prime Minister Boris Johnson stressed that places of work "must be safe and COVID-secure". In...

Protecting yourself against COVID-19 phishing scams

More people have been spending their time online under lockdown, whether to connect with family, carry out their work from home, or stay entertained with film and TV streaming sites. Unfortunately, this uptick in internet usage has also led to a spike in reports of...