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Chancellor Rishi Sunak has vowed to “go further” as he announced the government’s latest Plan for Jobs: three new measures to help workers and businesses get through lower demand over the winter due to a coronavirus second spike. The most significant announcements concern the Job Support Scheme (JSS), which will be made up of two parts: JSS Open and JSS Closed. Both will start on 1 November, the day after the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) finishes, and run for six months.
JSS Open will provide support to businesses that are open where employees are working shorter hours due to reduced demand.
When JSS was originally announced, the government’s and the employer contribution to wage costs was to be one third each of the hours not worked.
JSS Closed will provide support to businesses whose premises are legally required to close as a direct result of coronavirus restrictions set by one of the four governments of the UK. This includes premises restricted to delivery or collection-only services from their premises, and those restricted to providing food and/or drinks outdoors.
For JSS Closed, the UK government will fund two thirds of employees’ usual wages for time not worked, up to a maximum of £2,083.33 per month. Employers will not be required to contribute, but they can top up the government’s contribution if they choose to. Employers will still need to cover all employer National Insurance and pension contributions.
It was previously announced that SEISS would cover 20% of monthly profits for the period from November 2020 to January 2021, capped at £1,875 in total. The UK government is now doubling the value of the first grant to 40% of three months’ average trading profits, paid out in a single instalment, and capped at £3,750. HMRC will provide full details about claiming and applications in mid-November. The second grant will cover a three-month period from the start of February until the end of April. The government will review the level of the second grant and set this in due course.
Businesses in England in Very High alert level areas (Tier 3) will now be able to claim grants, regardless of whether they are legally required to close or remain open. The grant will be:
Hospitality, hotel, B&B and leisure businesses in England in High alert level areas (Tier 2) will now also be able to claim grants. The grant will be:
Businesses in other sectors may also be eligible at the local authority’s discretion and we urge our clients to maintain communication with their local authority where possible, as discretionary grants are often made available at short-notice.
Businesses in any area which has been under enhanced restrictions can backdate their grants to August.
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Chancellor Rishi Sunak today delivered a statement setting out plans to help workers and businesses hit by new coronavirus restrictions. With plans for an Autumn 2020 Budget cancelled, the Chancellor announced his Winter Economy Plan. In it he outlined how the various government support schemes to help businesses through the coronavirus restrictions will be extended or remodeled.
As now anticipated, the introduction of the new Job Support Scheme (JSS) will come into effect on 1 November after the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) ends. Under JSS, which will last for six months, employees who work at least 33% of their hours will be paid for two thirds of the hours they do not work, shared equally between the employer and the government.
The result is that an employee working 33% of their normal hours will receive 77% of their pay: 55% paid by the employer and 22% paid by government.
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The government has announced details of new funding, designed to help small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) access technology and advice. SMEs will have access to grants of between £1,000 – £5,000 to help them access new technology and other equipment as well as professional, legal, financial or other advice to help them get back on track. The programme is due to launch in September.
Funds could be deployed to help businesses in the following ways:
Mouktaris & Co provide many of the services which will be eligible for this support, including accountancy services, business advice, legal services and HR support. If you have considered a project or initiative to develop your business, the grant program may be suitable for you. You can access the funding – provided by the England European Regional Development Fund – as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020, through 38 growth hubs within a Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) area. If you are interested in support, advice or funding associated with your business venture, please contact your nearest LEP growth hub.
Whether you’re an existing client or don’t yet use our services, we would be pleased to help you. Contact Mouktaris & Co Chartered Accountants for expert advice, including ideas on deploying funds to help your businesses grow.
We are often asked to advise our Professional Services clients, lawyers and accountants, on the optimal business structure: LLP or limited company (LTD).
Whilst the statutory and accounting filing requirements are similar across both structures, the LLP was introduced to offer flexibility in management and pay: both important in human-capital-intensive Professional Services Firms. An LLP is controlled by its Members and governed by the Members Agreement, whilst a company is controlled by its shareholders under the articles of association and shareholders’ agreement.
Soon after their introduction, LLPs became the go-to model for Professional Services Firms because of the ability to:
We know that LLPs are tax transparent and that Individual Members are usually treated as self-employed and taxed at income tax rates, subject to HMRC tests. On the contrary, a company pays corporation tax on profits: a company’s directors receive salaries subjected to PAYE whilst its shareholders pay income tax on dividends voted by the directors.
Some of the benefits of an LLP therefore centre around the following:
Previously and in accordance with a Profit Sharing Agreement (part of the Members Agreement), LLPs enjoyed the ability to apportion taxable profits between Individual Members and Corporate Members, who pay contrasting rates of tax (sometimes 45% vs 19%). LLPs proved to be an effective structure for the governance of a Professional Services Firm, whilst also offering a “hybrid model” of taxation, whereby Individual Members were taxed at income tax rates on income drawn and presumably spent, whilst Corporate Members were taxed at a lower corporation tax rate on excess profits retained for capital expansion of the business.
The mixed membership partnerships anti-avoidance legislation of Finance Bill 2014 brought about a significant change in partnership taxation. Leading up to the change in law, it had become relatively common to see partnerships (including LLPs) with mixed Individual and Corporate Members. In short, the legislation provided for profits allocated to a non-individual partner (B) in a mixed member partnership to be reallocated to an individual partner (A), such that they are taxed at the individual partner’s rate of tax, if either:
Almost overnight, the mixed membership partnership rules led to a decrease in the popularity in the use of LLPs with Corporate Member structures amongst the SME business community and in some cases the unwinding of existing LLP structures.
For mixed partnerships, the following steps could be considered:
Clearly the tax effects of making a change will need full review, such as the availability of incorporation relief from capital gains tax, stamp duty land tax, and the impact of entrepreneurs’ relief. You can rely on our expertise surrounding companies, partnerships and tax for the delivery of the sound ideas needed to put plans into action:
Contact Mouktaris & Co Chartered Accountants for help planning your Professional Services Firm expansion.