18 March 2020
Category: General
18 March 2020,
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To try to assist with slowing the spread of the COVID 19 Coronavirus in Ireland, we have implemented the following temporary procedures in our offices, which will hopefully enable us to continue providing you with the service you have come to expect from us:-

  • We have both our Kilcoole and Gorey offices open during our business hours of 9am to 5pm, albeit with a much-reduced number of staff. You can still contact us by phone.
  • A number of staff plan to be working from home over the next few weeks. These staff should have access to emails if you need to contact them.
  • If you need to drop information into us, please call in advance and if possible, we will give you access to the reception. No clients will be given access into the main office area in either Kilcoole or Gorey.
  • We will not be having face to face client meetings in the offices for the foreseeable future. If you have a meeting organised with a staff member, or wish to arrange one, please contact the staff member and hopefully this can be handled over the phone.

We will keep the situation under review and will continue to keep you updated as the situation evolves via our website www.dunnequinlan.ie

Please don’t hesitate to contact us as normal with any queries you have.

PAYE/VAT – Filing of Returns

The advice that has been issued from the Revenue Commissioners is that they will not apply any interest charges to late payments of VAT arising on Jan/Feb returns that are due in March, and also to late payments of PAYE/PRSI arising on February and March returns that are due in March and April. In addition, they have stated that “all debt enforcement activity is suspended until further notice”. Details of these and other measures announced can be found at the following link – it is noted that the Revenue Commissioners require that tax returns are still filed on time as normal, albeit that taxpayers might not pay the full amount of VAT or PAYE/PRSI that is due;

https://www.revenue.ie/en/corporate/press-office/press-releases/2020/pr-130320-revenue-announce-measures-to-assist-smes-experiencing-cashflow-difficulties-arising-from-covid-19.aspx

In short the advice we are being given is continue filing returns at this time, but do not pay the liability if funds are not available.

PAYROLL

Firstly, if you are experiencing any COVID 19 Coronavirus issues with your payroll/employees or you have any queries in relation to the operation of your payroll system due to these circumstances, please contact either ourselves or your payroll provider directly.

If you have lost your job or your business has closed down due to the COVID 19 Coronavirus pandemic, a new COVID 19 pandemic unemployment payment of €203 per week is available. This is paid for up to 6 weeks and a 1 page application form must be filled out. Information in relation to this is at the link below.

https://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/social_welfare/social_welfare_payments/unemployed_people/covid19_pandemic_unemployment_payment.html

Full details are still not released in relation to the above payments, but we would expect to have more information over the coming weeks.

BANKING/CASHFLOW

If your business is experiencing cashflow problems as a result of the COVID 19 Coronavirus pandemic, or you anticipate this will happen in the future we would advise that you contact your bank directly and discuss what options they have available to you, from deferring loan repayments, to offering loans and overdraft facilities. You may not need these facilities now, but might be grateful for them in a month’s time.

COMPANIES REGISTRATION OFFICE/ANNUAL RETURNS

Other than the notification that the CRO had closed their public offices on the evening of Thursday March 12th, we have received no further update from them. On that basis we can only assume that they are carrying on business as usual.

If you have any queries on the above do not hesitate to contact the staff member that handles your affairs in our office.

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