This week’s COVID-19 tidbits, 4 August 2020

Aug 04, 2020

HMRC and the UK Government continue to publish updates on COVID-19 related issues. When using a form or publication going forward or contacting HMRC, check you are using the most recent version or up to date way of contact which may have changed due to the pandemic.


  • HMRC’s appearance in front of the Public Accounts Committee is available to view online; and
  • The House of Commons Library has published a briefing paper ‘FAQs: FAQs: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme';
  • The end date for the VAT temporary zero-rate on PPE for supplies has been extended from 31 July 2020 to 31 October 2020; and
  • The UK Government has announced a £1.57 billion investment to protect the UK’s cultural, heritage and arts sector with £33 million earmarked for Northern Ireland;
  • HMRC has recently updated its guidance for temporary changes to the conditional exemption tax incentive scheme due to the pandemic;
  • A series of letters between the CEO of HMRC and the Chancellor in respect of the newly announced job retention bonus have been published.