Apprenticeship cash boost
The government has confirmed that employers of all sizes in England can now apply for £3,000 in extra funding to help them take on new apprentices.
The claims portal opened on 1 June and businesses can apply for £3,000 for each new apprentice hired as a new employee from 1 April until 30 September.
The cash incentive is designed to help more employers invest in the skilled workforce they need for the future as part of the government’s Plan for Jobs.
Find out more and apply at www.gov.uk/guidance/incentive-payments-for-hiring-a-new-apprentice.
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Investigations into COVID-19 support schemes
HMRC has launched nearly 13,000 investigations into alleged abuse of the government’s coronavirus (COVID-19) financial support schemes.
A freedom of information request revealed that, up to the end of March 2021, HMRC opened 12,828 investigations into alleged cases of fraud. 7,384 of these investigations related to abuse of the COVID-19 support schemes.
5,020 investigations were launched into the alleged misuse of the Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).
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Schemes create one stop shop for VAT on EU trade
Three schemes were launched on 1 July to deal with VAT on business-to-consumer supplies of goods and services to EU customers.
They are known as the ‘Union’, ‘non-Union’ and ‘import’ schemes. The schemes are designed to facilitate the collection of VAT by one EU member state, which is then passed on to the member state in which the supply is deemed to take place.
The ‘Union scheme’ covers intra-EU supplies of goods and services for businesses with their place of business or a fixed establishment within the EU.
The Union scheme will also allow a UK business to hold stock within the EU (for example, the Netherlands) and pay VAT for all EU sales to the relevant tax authorities.
The ‘non-Union scheme’ covers supplies of services to EU customers by businesses with no establishment within the EU.
The ‘import scheme’ covers the distance sale of goods below €150 fulfilled from stock held outside the EU.
If businesses register for VAT using one of these schemes, they will complete one return for all EU sales, rather than being required to register for VAT in all member states in which their customers are based. These schemes will allow businesses to declare sales across all EU member states.
Internet link: Guide to the one stop shop