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In these uncertain times we are here to help you with all your questions regarding the government response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Please follow the link below to stay up to date with developments as they occur.


Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions

I’m a Director of a Limited company, can I access the scheme?

Yes you can. The amount you can claim will be based on your basic salary put through PAYE.

What information do I need to make a claim?

While the portal for making claims is not yet up and running the information you will need is as follows:
– your ePAYE reference number
– the number of employees being furloughed
– the claim period (start and end dates)
– the amount to be claimed
– your bank account details
– your contact name
– your contact number
To plan for your future cashflow needs we recommend calculating the amount you will claim now, as this means an application can be made quickly once the portal is up and running.

Can employees continue with other employments while on furlough?

Yes they can, however they cannot undertake work for or on behalf of the business. It is possible to provide training to employees while on furlough.

How do I calculate the amount to be paid to part time or zero hours employees?

Part time employees will be assessed on their actual salary before tax and bonuses on 28 February 2020.
For employees whose pay varies such as zero hours contract employees will be assessed on the higher of either:
– the same months earnings for the previous year
– average monthly earnings for the 2019/20 tax year
If the employee has not worked for more than a year, you can claim for an average of their monthly earnings since they started work.

When can I apply for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme?

HMRC are currently developing the system to allow employers to apply for reimbursement of salaries paid to furloughed employees. We will update you as soon as possible once we know the system is live.

Do I still need to pay employees on furlough?

Yes, you will run your March payroll as usual, paying your employees their salary as usual. Once the HMRC system is up and running you will be able to recover the money from HMRC.

How much can I recover?

You can recover up to 80% of a furloughed employees salary, or £2,500 whichever is lower. It is up to the employer whether they make up the 20% difference between the amount paid and the amount recovered from HMRC.

Am I eligible for rates relief?

While this is assessed on a case by case basis, all businesses which are eligible for small business rates relief, or currently pay no rates will be paid a £10,000 grant by their local council.
All businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure industries will be given a 100% rates holiday for 2020/21
Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure industries with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000 will be paid £25,000 per property.

When will I be paid the rates grant?

We anticipate local authorities to be paying out grants in early April. This will be automatic, with no need to apply.


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We are a 2 partner firm of Chartered Accountants based in Henley-on-Thames. We have widespread expertise in many areas of taxation and accountancy, and work for a wide range of clients, from larger international clients to owner managed businesses of all sizes, their families and individuals generally.

We are able to offer our clients a high level of partner involvement, as well as support from our well-qualified team, most of whom have worked for us for a number of years.

We hope that this website will provide you with useful information about us. If you would like to discuss how we would be able to help you, contact us – we look forward to working with you.


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