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  1. Legal news
    27 April 2020
    The Government Publishes Guidance for Businesses - 'Modern Slavery Reporting During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic'
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2020/uk/modern-slavery-reporting-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic'

    On 20 April 2020 the Home Office published guidance impressing upon businesses that it is essential to continue activity to identify and address risks of modern slavery in operations and supply chains during the ...

  2. Legal news
    03 March 2021
    UK Budget 2021: Chancellor formally announces taskforce to investigate COVID-19 business support claims
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2021/uk/uk-budget-2021-chancellor-formally-announces-taskforce-to-investigate-covid19-business-support

    At the UK Budget announcement made on 3 March 2021, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak formally announced the creation of a new ‘Taxpayer Protection Taskforce’. The Taskforce will be equipped with 1,265 HMRC staff ...

  3. Legal news
    27 March 2020
    COVID-19 and ongoing criminal investigations by HMRC
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2020/uk/covid-19-and-ongoing-criminal-investigations-by-hmrc

    What does the coronavirus pandemic mean for those currently involved in an HMRC investigation?

  4. Legal news
    26 March 2020
    COVID-19 and UK Tax: Negotiating 'Time to Pay' Arrangements with HMRC
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2020/uk/covid-19-and-uk-tax-negotiating-time-to-pay-arrangements-with-hmrc

    Businesses facing short-term cash flow issues as a result of the coronavirus pandemic should consider seeking a 'Time to Pay' ("TTP") arrangement with HMRC.

  5. Legal news
    30 June 2020
    UK: Crisis driven changes to trading activity
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2020/uk/crisis-driven-changes-to-trading-activity

    Businesses grappling with the broad range issues brought about by the pandemic will be conserving cash wherever possible. In the UK, they may have taken advantage of the Job Retention Scheme to continue paying staff or ...

  6. Legal news
    10 June 2020
    UK: HMRC provides businesses that wished to defer VAT payments as a result of COVID-19, but failed to cancel their direct debits in time, with an opportunity to claim a refund.
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2020/uk/hmrc-provides-businesses-that-wished-to-defer-vat-payments-as-a-result-of-covid19

    On 26 March 2020, HMRC published guidance offering UK VAT registered businesses the option to defer any VAT payments falling due between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 until 31 March 2021. The offer was made as part of ...

  7. Legal news
    25 March 2020
    UK Tax Tribunal announces a 28 day general stay on all proceedings
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2020/uk/tax-tribunal-announces-a-28-day-general-stay-on-all-proceedings

    Last week the First-tier (Tax) Tribunal (the "Tribunal") announced that it was suspending hearings at which persons are physically present until further notice to facilitate effective social distancing during the ...

  8. Legal news
    11 August 2021
    Care Home Financial Support During COVID: Use of Infection Control Fund Grants in Care Homes under Scrutiny
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2021/uk/care-home-financial-support-during-covid

    Care homes have faced significant challenges throughout the pandemic and continue to do so. On 13 May the Government announced £600 million infection control fund (ICF) to support care homes. The fund aimed to reduce ...

  9. Legal news
    28 July 2020
    UK: New clawback and penalty measures in force for COVID-19 support payments: Businesses given 90 days to correct errors
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2020/uk/new-clawback-and-penalty-measures-now-in-force-for-covid-19

    On 22 July 2020, the Finance Bill 2020 received Royal Assent and became law. The Finance Act 2020, as it is now known, contains measures to ensure that Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ("CJRS") or other COVID-19 support ...

  10. Legal news
    09 September 2020
    UK: COVID-19: what should I do if HMRC suspect my business of furlough fraud?
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2020/uk/covid-19-what-should-i-do-if-hmrc-suspect-my-business-of-furlough-fraud

    HMRC have revealed that up to £3.5 billion in Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) payments may have been claimed fraudulently or as a result of error, and confirmed that enquiries have been opened into 27,000 "high ...