Weekly tax brief | 8 September 2020

Grants to complete customs declarations after Brexit: will you be ready in time?
Sarah Halsted and Brad Ashton
The government’s £26m grant scheme to aid the preparation of customs declarations after Brexit is more likely to be used to scale up the customs agent community than help importers complete the declarations themselves.

The CJRS corrections clock is ticking
Carolyn Brown and Susan Ball
HMRC’s 27 August policy paper on how it will continue to support the economy included a reminder of its CJRS support of £30bn for 1.2 million employers for their furloughed employees, and £7.6bn in grants to 2.6m of the self-employed.

Will the UK Government’s new tax on plastic packaging make a difference?
George Bull
The environmental impact of plastics in general, and plastic packaging in particular, is one of the horrors of our time. Will the UK government’s new tax on plastic packaging make a difference?

Northern Ireland: Government denies it is about to renege on its customs agreement with the EU
Sarah Halsted and Brad Ashton
Press reports suggest that the Government’s Internal Market Bill, due to be published tomorrow, may significantly diverge from the customs border arrangements it agreed with the EU in the Northern Ireland Protocol. If so, Northern Ireland businesses could be pushed into a position of even greater uncertainty as Brexit looms. 

When is a tax adviser not a tax adviser?
Sarah Saunders
Anyone can provide tax advisory services, with no requirement for qualifications or experience. Plans are being mooted to increase regulation to improve the protection of taxpayers.