Rules relaxed to help business through coronavirus.

15th Apr 20

Certain rules have been relaxed temporarily by the HMRC to help businesses during the coronavirus pandemic and make it easier for businesses to continue working through this disruptive period.

The government has temporarily relaxed the rules in the following areas:

Annual leave: Workers will be allowed to carry over leave into the next 2 years.

Delivery drivers’ hours: Rules have been relaxed for 30 days for drivers supplying supermarkets.

Destroying spoilt beer: Temporary measure to help brewers and publicans

Energy supply: Guidance from Ofgem on how to manage this.

Eviction protection for commercial tenants: A ban on eviction for businesses who cannot pay their rent.

Filing accounts and annual statements: 3-month extension from Companies House.

Gender pay gap reporting: Deadline suspended for one year.

Hotel accommodation for key workers: Letter to hotel chief executives allowing them to offer accommodation to support key workers and vulnerable people.

Intellectual property services alterations: Patent applications.

MOTs suspended: vehicle owners have been given a 6-month exemption.

Off-payroll working rules (IR35): The new rules have been delayed by 12 months.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) and hand sanitiser: New suppliers will be able to bring products to market more quickly and easily.

Pubs and restaurants to operate as takeaways: Pubs and restaurants will not need planning permission.

Right-to-work checks: Temporary adjustments will make it easier for employers to carry out.

Taxable expenses: Find out what is taxable while employees are working from home.

If you are unsure which apply to your business, please do get in touch by email or phone and we are happy to help. Our business support services are extensive, but also flexible. AccountAbility-Plus are building individual packages over this period to help businesses keep running, but with an eye to supporting you where and when you need it.