Covid-19 Safety

Seven points to keep you Covid-safe as the taxi business starts the post-lockdown bounce-back

By Mark Bursa | 23 April 2021, 09:15

The lockdown is easing, and some aspects of our old life are returning to our world. We can socialise, and enjoy a drink in a seasonably chilly pub beer garden. We can’t yet travel internationally, but that will come. And as the vaccination programme continues to roll out, the road map back to normality means…

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Second Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant open for applications on August 17

By Mark Bursa | 27 July 2020, 08:05

Self-employed people will be able to claim a second grant via the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) from August 17, the government has announced. The scheme is now closed to new claims for the first grant. People who were eligible for the first grant and can confirm to HMRC that their business has been adversely…

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Self-employment income support scheme to be extended for a further three months

By Mark Bursa | 2 June 2020, 17:10

The Government has announced that the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will be extended for a further three months, and those eligible will beable to claim a second and final grant in August. The grant will be worth 70% of average monthly net profit, so claimants will get less money than in the first round…

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Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay scheme to launch this month

By Mark Bursa | 19 May 2020, 16:39

A new online service will launch on May 26 for small and medium-sized employers to recover Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees, the Government has announced. The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme was announced at Budget as part of a package of support measures for businesses affected by the…

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Eazitax produces step-by-step guides to claiming Government self-employed relief

By Mark Bursa | 15 May 2020, 16:50

Eazitax has created a helpful step-by-step guide to help self-employed drivers and operators claim financial relief from the Government. Follow the links below to sign up to a personal tax account (if you don’t already have one) and to check if you are eligible for the Self Employed Income Support Scheme. The scheme is now…

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Government bounce back loan scheme for small businesses goes live next Monday

By Mark Bursa | 30 April 2020, 16:51

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has this week bowed to pressure from business groups and launched a further loan scheme to help small businesses through the Coronavirus crisis. The new Bounce Back Loans scheme is designed to help many small and micro businesses that appeared to have fallen through the cracks and were ineligible for most of…

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How to claim money to pay your ‘furloughed’ employees and workers

By Mark Bursa | 21 April 2020, 16:52

The Government’s Job Retention Scheme (JRS) is now live with full digital support. Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the JRS on March 20 to enable full-time employees to remain on the payroll through being ‘furloughed’. Employers can claim cash grants from HMRC via an online application service which can handle up to 450,000 applications an hour.…

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We can keep working

By Mark Bursa | 20 April 2020, 16:54

Taxi and private hire drivers are classified as key workers, and can continue working during the Coronavirus lock-down, the Department for Transport has confirmed. Paul Elliott, DfT policy adviser, buses & taxis division, said: “Taxis and private hire vehicles can continue to work. But the advice is absolutely clear: people should stay at home if…

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LeasePlan UK’s Essential tips for driving in the lockdown

By Mark Bursa | 17 April 2020, 16:58

Alfonso Martinez, Managing Director, LeasePlan UK To reduce the spread of the Coronavirus, the UK Government has introduced rules restricting movement and requesting we stay at home except for very limited purposes. However, as many private hire and taxi operators are still working, transporting key workers and delivering food and medicines to the vulnerable, here…

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Helpful advice on maintaining your car if you’re off the road

By Mark Bursa | 14 April 2020, 16:56

If you’re having to self-isolate, are without work or have been “furloughed” by a full-time employer, your car may not be getting much – or any – use. Lexus has produced some tips on how to maintain a car if it is parked for a long period of time with very little use.  No difficult…

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Practical steps for drivers to keep the Covid-19 risk to a minimum

By Mark Bursa | 6 April 2020, 16:55

It’s vital to keep your vehicles and drivers as clean as possible at all times. This practical advice from leading chauffeur company and Professional Driver QSi Gold Award winner iChauffeur is a good benchmark for what you should do. These are the steps you need to take: Once a chauffeur has dropped off a client,…

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Other helpful news

By Mark Bursa | 3 April 2020, 17:02

Income Tax The second payment on account for the 2019-20 tax year has been deferred from July 31, 2020 to January 31, 2021. HMRC has confirmed that the deferral applies to all taxpayers. Self-assessment returns for the year should still be filed by January 31, 2021. Working Tax Credits Payments will increased to £3,040 per…

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Government support for the self-employed

By Mark Bursa | 3 April 2020, 17:01

After pressure from trade associations, unions and others, the government has implemented a scheme to help self-employed workers gain access to funds. Under this scheme, the self-employed will be able to claim 80% of their profits, up to £2,500 per month, and averaged over the past three years. The scheme is not up and running…

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Business interruption loan scheme

By Mark Bursa | 3 April 2020, 17:00

Companies that are losing business during the Coronavirus  crisis can seek help from the business interruption loan scheme. This offers loans from £5,000 to £250,000 from a range of 40 accredited lenders. For details of the scheme, follow this link. You can find more detailed information about how to apply for the BILS here:…

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Government support for business

By Mark Bursa | 3 April 2020, 17:00

The government has rolled out a programme of support for business, covering companies, employees and now the self-employed. This is the main advice page.

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NHS advice page

By Mark Bursa | 3 April 2020, 16:59

If you’re worried that you, a family member or a worker have the symptoms of the Coronavirus, this is your first port of call. The NHS website offers guidance and advice on how to spot the disease, and what to do. It is vital that you do NOT visit your GP or hospital, or even…

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