Anna’s Accountancy Alerts – April 2020 – Week 3



Business Rates Discount

Some businesses are entitled to a 100% discount of their business rates for 2020/21. Does yours qualify for the discount?

Discount And Grants

Businesses that qualify may also be eligible for a grant of up to £10,000 or £25,000 if their premises have rateable values up to £15,000 or up to £51,000 respectively.

If your business is normally open to the public it may qualify for the rates discount even if it’s not obviously in the retail or leisure sector. Check the government’s lists of qualifying business types or contact your local authority.

Keep Your Email Secure

If your staff work away from the office the email services, they use might not be secure and could allow hackers a way into your firm’s system.

Remind remote working staff to keep email as secure as possible by using a strong and unique password and by locking all their devices when unattended. In addition, use two-step verification if the email provider offers this feature. If not, use an app password to prevent others opening their email service.

Emergency Volunteering Leave (EVL)

EVL was introduced by the Coronavirus Act 2020. It exists to help support essential health and social care services during the pandemic.

  • It can be taken in blocks of two, three or four consecutive weeks in any 16-week period.
  • An employee’s employment contract remains in force and they have the right to return to the same job when it ends.
  • Employees cannot be subject to any form of detriment by taking it.

Note: any business with fewer than ten staff may legitimately refuse requests for emergency volunteering leave.

Stay Up-To-Date With Coronavirus & Brexit News

Coronavirus has affected us all. Whether you’re a sole trader, employer or employee. Stay up to date with the latest news – including government support, tax implications, and more.