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For most businesses, the biggest challenge of the last few months has been maintaining cash flow and healthy working capital. From optimising your R&D tax claims and capital allowances to improving financial controls and reporting, there are lots of things you can do to improve the financial health of your business.

We have also reviewed the funding options available to businesses from loans and grants to private equity to alternative lending.

Financial Support packages

The Government has announced a range of measures to assist businesses in dealing with the financial impact of COVID-19.

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Enhancing cashflow through capital allowances

With COVID-19 having such a significant impact on all businesses, it has never been more important to focus on your cash flow. One area that should be considered is making sure that you can claim all the tax allowances and reliefs available to reduce the outflow of cash in tax payments or raising cash through tax repayments.

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R&D Tax reliefs and Covid-19

R&D is at the fore in these difficult times. Even if your company isn’t directly pursuing specific covid related innovative products, it is almost certainly worth revisiting your ‘research and development’ position at this time to see if you can access or increase your Research and Development tax credits.

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Time to Pay support guide

Business and individual taxpayers can seek time to pay from HMRC if they cannot afford to pay their tax debts in full and on time. An agreement reached with HMRC for this is called a Time to Pay Agreement (TTPA).

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What should corporate reporting look like?

The future of corporate reporting has been discussed for a number of years, but any real change has been slow. In November 2020, the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has published a discussion paper ‘A matter of principles: The future of corporate reporting’ - taking a fresh look at how corporate reporting might develop.

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Improvements in corporate reporting that the FRC expects

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has published its Annual Review of Corporate Reporting 2019/20 (the Annual Review), which sets out the findings of its Corporate Reporting Review team’s monitoring and recent Thematic Reviews. It highlights a number of specific areas in which the FRC is looking for improvement to better meets the needs of investors.

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Are you ready for 2021?

Upcoming changes in VAT and other indirect taxes

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Financial controls to support your business

Maintaining core financial controls should help your business mitigate some of the risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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