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£16 million of funding available to prepare for Brexit

Josie Morgan-Jones, VAT
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Grants are available for training and IT improvements ahead of the UK’s departure from the EU if your business will need to complete customs declarations.

In preparation for the UK’s departure from the EU the government is offering £16 million of funds across two grants under the ‘Customs intermediaries grant scheme’ to help organisations prepare for the completion of customs declarations.

What are the two grants?

  1. The first grant will be provided for training purposes with HMRC offering organisations up to 100% of the cost of employee training, up to a limit of £2,250 for each course. If training is run internally the grant will be awarded up to a limit of £250 per employee on the course. Once the grant application has been approved, businesses will need to provide a quote to HMRC for the cost of training or the CV of the trainer if delivering training internally.

  2. The second grant is in place to help businesses complete customs declarations more efficiently. The grant will provide organisations with a maximum of 200,000 (approximately £179,000) which can be used to purchase any new hardware, software and licenses necessary for completing the declaration. Following approval of the grant application, businesses will be asked for details of the software they intend to buy, quotes for the cost of buying/installing the software and hardware, as well as a quote for the cost of training employees to use the software.

How do I apply?

Businesses can apply for these grants through the online portal. The following information will need to be provided when completing your application.

  • Registered name and number.
  • Contact details.
  • VAT number (if applicable).
  • Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR).
  • Most recent utility bill.

Once the grant has been approved, organisations will be asked to provide proof of costs for the training/IT improvements outlined above. Following this, organisations should receive the grant within 30 days.

Please note that applications will close on 31 January 2020 (or earlier if funding is fully allocated).

More information

For more information on this topic please refer to the HMRC guidance, or alternatively contact Robert Marchant or your usual Crowe contact.

We have also produced a number of other updates to help organisations prepare for Brexit. Read our top 10 list of practical actions to be prepared.

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