Coronavirus News and Advice for Contractors

What does coronavirus mean for contractors? Here, we are bringing ContractorUK readers the latest news and advice on COVID-19, as and when it becomes available.

The current instruction from the government is to help control the virus by washing your hands regularly, wearing a face covering when you leave home, and staying at least a metre away from people not in your household.

Many contractors will be able to work remotely, and many probably already did even before the coronavirus pandemic. However for those who can’t, or for those whose clients have ended their contracts due to the current situation, what support is available?

Many directors who owner-manage an incorporated business can furlough themselves under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). Some umbrella company contractors can also be furloughed too, as the scheme is for anyone operating a PAYE scheme. You can find more details about the CJRS and relevant updates for contractors in the guides below.

Some of the other measures which the government have brought in to support contractors include being able to defer VAT payments from 20 March 2020 to 30 June 2020, and delaying self-assessment income tax from July 31st 2020 to January 31st 2021.

You can keep informed with all the latest coronavirus news below, as well as our guides on COVID-19 which cover a wide range of topics from exclusive medical advice to legal advice for contractors.

To discuss coronavirus with other contractors and experts in the industry please visit the ContractorUK forum.

COVID-19 News

Keep up to date with the latest news and developments on Coronavirus here.

It’s ‘business as usual’ for many, a blow to others, yet for some contractors, says IPSE, it’ll be a reminder of financial catastrophe.

HMRC nabs two more on suspicion of ‘setting out to deliberately defraud’ the CJRS.

‘It’s up to each PSC recipient to decide for themselves. But self-reviewing, as you’ve been asked, looks prudent.’

Leaving salary at the level the government puts in won’t do, as 80% coverage is still required.

The overseas contracts hub joins the countries that contractors must self-isolate after returning from.

Miscalculation ‘fear’ hits the taxman, as SEISS overpayments trigger his plea for you to review your CJRS usage.

Brits touching down face 14 days indoors if they’ve worked in any of six new covid-19 hotspots.

Advice if you’ve taken too much needs heeding, given HMRC says it’s disinterested in innocent mistakes.

An almost defiant chancellor tells ‘stranded’ PSCs, ‘it’s not as if you’ve got nothing.’

Passionate about the rights lockdown removed, the persistent entrepreneur is waiting on a court date.