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Tax and Accountancy Clinic support during Covid-19

Many local SMEs have been directly hit by the Covid-19 pandemic which has resulted in their outright closure or a significant reduction in their installed capacity, thereby having negative effect on their income generation ability in the short term, and survival in the long term. 

However, local businesses can boost their income in the short run, and their survival in the long run if they get professional advice, or access the UK government’s business and self-employed support such as: 

  • Applying for the Coronavirus business interruption loan scheme
  • Claims under the Coronavirus job retention scheme
  • Deferment of VAT payments
  • Financial support for charities
  • Cash grants of up to £25,000 to retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in smaller premises with rateable value below £51,000
  • £3,000 cash grant to 700,000 small businesses (Small Business Rate Relief) to a £10,000 cash grant
  • Small Business Grant Scheme funding for local authorities to support small businesses that already pay little or no business rates due to the Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR)
  • Accessing Coronavirus support from business representatives, organisations and trade associations 

Tax and Accountancy Clinic online service

We are temporarily closing our physical Tax and Accountancy Clinic as a precautionary measure in light of the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and moving services online. We will offer replacement sessions for those sessions that have been cancelled as soon as it is possible to do so.

Accessing online services

If you would like to access the Tax and Accountancy Clinic online service, there is a three-stage process:

Stage 1: please complete a very simple online form (see above), with your contact details, your business form and the description of the type of support that you are seeking

Stage 2: we will then phone you between 11.00am and 2.00pm on the following Monday, Wednesday, or Friday to confirm if we are able to assist you. We will go through our standard terms of engagement and explain how the Tax and Accountancy Clinic Online service operates. If you are happy to proceed, we will then talk to you for around 30 minutes about your issue.

Stage 3: we will send out a letter of advice to you within two weeks of the call.

If you have any other additional enquiries, please contact us by completing our online form or emailing taxclinic@uel.ac.uk.

Director and supervisors

The Director and Supervisors are responsible for matters such as professional services, training, development and administration. The Tax and Accountancy Clinic also has an Advisory Group consisting of members of the Royal Docks School of Business and Law.

  • Emmanuel Ambe, Senior Lecturer
  • Eric Boahen, Senior Lecturer and Course Leader
  • Dr Shampa Roy-Mukherjee: Director of Impact and Innovation