Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a new £4.6 billion package of grants to support businesses through the latest national lockdown.
UK businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors are to be given one-off grants worth up to £9,000.
The grants will be distributed as follows:
- £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under;
- £6,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000; and
- £9,000 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000.
Businesses that are eligible are those that have been mandated to close. The payments are expected to support 600,000 business properties across the UK.
A further £594 million will be made available to councils and devolved nations to support businesses not covered by the new grants.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has extended the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) until the end of April 2021.
Businesses adversely affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) can make use of the CJRS until the end of April, with the government continuing to pay 80% of employees' salaries for hours not worked. Employers will only be required to pay wages, national insurance contributions (NICs) and pensions for hours worked, and NICs and pensions for hours not worked.
Mr Sunak stated that he is extending COVID-19 business loan schemes until the end of March 2021. Businesses will be given until the end of March to access the Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS), Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) and the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS). These schemes had been due to close at the end of January.
The Chancellor also confirmed that the 2021 Budget will be delivered on 3 March 2021 and will outline the next phase of the government's plan to combat COVID-19 and protect jobs.
No changes have been made to the SEISS, which already runs through to the end of April 2021. However, the third scheme is now open.
Taxpayers who were not eligible for the first and second grant will not be eligible for the third.
To make a claim for the third grant the taxpayer's business must have had a new or continuing impact from coronavirus between 1 November 2020 and 29 January 2021, which they reasonably believe will have a significant reduction in their profits.
The third taxable grant is worth 80% of a taxpayer's average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering three months' worth of profits, and capped at £7,500 in total.
The online service to claim the third grant is open. Taxpayers should make their claim from the date HMRC give taxpayers either by email, letter or within the service. Eligible taxpayers must claim the third grant on or before 29 January 2021.
The grant does not need to be repaid, but will be subject to Income Tax and self-employed National Insurance and must be reported on the taxpayer's 2020 to 2021 Self Assessment tax return. Taxpayers must keep evidence to support their claim.
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