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Company cars – how advantageous will they be in the future?

The regulations applicable to official cars, and perhaps company cars in particular, are under scrutiny at the moment, and it may feel as though proposals are being made left, right, and centre. What are the proposals and how do they affect employers and employees? And will company cars really be so advantageous?

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Plan ahead for filing your annual accounts to avoid mistakes

It will soon be time for companies whose financial year ends on 31 December to file their annual accounts and annual report. Given the current pandemic, it is extra important to be aware of the company's finances and possible risks. Read our tips to bear in mind before you file your annual accounts

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Government has announced extended support for short-time working

More than 70,000 companies have been granted support for short-time working due to the coronavirus pandemic. The government has proposed that the support be extended to give vulnerable companies a chance of surviving until economic stability is restored.

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Brexit – the impact on the officials of limited liability companies

From 1 January 2021, the United Kingdom is to be considered a non-EU country. Its departure may have consequences for Swedish limited liability companies who have British officials such as CEOs and board members. 

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The Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) changes the rules regarding medical certificates

From November 1st, the Swedish Social Insurance Agency will return to its regular rules regarding medical certificates: day 8 for compensation for care of a sick child (VAB) and day 15 for sickness benefit.

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Deductions for Christmas parties and Christmas presents – what are the rules?

Christmas isn’t far off and companies often like to invite customers and staff to Christmas parties and buy them gifts. Although the coronavirus will likely result in fewer Christmas parties, some companies may be planning to reward their employees with some slightly more expensive Christmas presents than usual instead. But have you checked the costs and rules on Christmas gifts and Christmas parties?

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Coronavirus business support in 2021 - an update

In 2020, many Swedish companies have taken advantage of various support programmes to counter the negative economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. As 2021 approaches, many employers are wondering which of these programmes will remain in place. Here’s a status update.

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Brexit will affect regulations on social security affiliation – but how?

The United Kingdom left the EU on 1 February 2020. Until 31 December 2020, there is a transition period during which EU law continues to apply to the UK. From 1 January 2021, the UK will be regarded as a non-EU country. Things like social security systems, which are currently co-ordinated within the EU, will change. But how?

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A unique round of wage negotiations in 2020

The round of wage negotiations we find ourselves in this year has become historic. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the majority of the labour market’s collective agreements have been extended, which has made the 2020 round of wage negotiations unique. Make sure you keep up to date on what’s happening with wage negotiations. 

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Tax effects of working from home during the coronavirus pandemic

The continuing coronavirus pandemic has led the Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndigheten) to urge people to work from home. This places many demands on the employer relating to their employees’ working environment. Depending on the solutions offered by the employer, there may be tax effects. In this article we address what happens in terms of tax if the employer bears the costs of a home office.

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Extended reorientation support for companies

The government has decided to extend the period for reorientation support for companies that earned less turnover as a result of the coronavirus pandemic to include the months of May, June and July 2020. However, this must be approved by the European Commission before it can be applied.

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What rules apply when you want to change accounting regulations?

All limited companies in Sweden need to apply either K2, K3, or IFRS regulations. It is primarily K2 or K3 that applies to the vast majority of unlisted companies. While the choice may seem obvious to most people, many have a lot to gain by making the right choice, ideally from the outset, but also by making a change later on.

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Termination of employment and giving notice - the responsibility of the employer

The strains of the pandemic are forcing many employers to cut back on their operations. The process of giving notice and terminating employment is extensive, with several different elements that the employer is responsible for. In this article, we will go through the important aspects and steps that you need to think about in each phase of the process.

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Temporary abolition of taxes on parking and gifts to employees

Additional measures came into effect on 1 June with the aim of reducing the spread of coronavirus and increasing consumption to reduce the economic impact on companies. There are temporary tax exemptions for certain benefits that employees may receive from their employers.

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How are you perceived by former employees and what do you need to consider when offboarding?

It’s often said that you only have seven minutes to make a first impression, and many often strive to get off to a good start. But what about the importance of the final impression? This is something that all employers have every reason to think about.

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A balance sheet for liquidation purposes protects board members

Are you facing economic challenges? A balance sheet for liquidation purposes is a way of protecting a limited company’s capital if it doesn’t have enough income to cover its costs. In this article we look at what a balance sheet for liquidation purposes is and why it’s needed.

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Support for employers for staffing costs during the coronavirus pandemic

Staffing costs are often a company’s largest expense, especially in the case of service companies. However, as the pandemic takes hold, there are a number of support schemes in place and some new ones to come. As an employer, it can be difficult to keep up with all the new proposals and decisions. Take a look at our summary.

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How to reduce the risks to your business in the event of something unforeseen

Control means far more than just following revenues and comparing them with the budget and last year. Your organisation could be affected by any number of events and situations. Something we are painfully aware of these days thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. If you have a plan for how to handle unforeseen events, you can reduce risks and increase your peace of mind.

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Short-term working and redundancies – what are the rules?

Most businesses are being adversely affected, directly or indirectly, by the rapid spread of the coronavirus. This is forcing many companies to take drastic actions. So how can you go about reducing your company’s workforce and staffing costs in the right way during these difficult times?

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New guidelines regarding sick leave during the coronavirus pandemic

As a result of the coronavirus, the Swedish government has issued new guidelines relating to sick pay, medical certificates, and qualifying period deductions. Here is a summary of the changes.

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Keep the fraudsters away from your home office

One of the consequences of the current corona outbreak is that many of us are working from home, outside companies secure IT networks. The corona virus and its consequences came as a surprise to most of us and many companies lack proper rules and regulations as to how employees should be working when they are out of the office.

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Archiving – the importance of getting it right

Being an entrepreneur means you have a good deal of freedom to develop your business and your future. But running a company comes with more responsibilities than you may have been aware of, such as the responsibility to archive the company’s accounts in accordance with the Swedish Accounting Act. This article contains the key points that everyone should know about archiving.

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How Azets can help you benefit from the government’s support package

The spread of coronavirus is hitting many companies hard. To mitigate the effects, the Swedish government has presented a support package with a number of proposals. The support package covers every industry and sector.

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The board’s responsibilities

All limited companies must have a board, but what function does it fulfill and what responsibility does a board member always have?

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Swift measures or a long-term strategy – what’s the best way to navigate HR?

It’s important that the HR organisation develop strategic initiatives to set the future direction. But it can be easy to get caught up in how things have always been done, and administrative HR tasks are often prioritised based on urgent needs and detailed models.

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2020 – time for new collective agreements

The new year has just begun, bringing with it some exciting new challenges and opportunities, even within the field of payroll. 2020 will be an eventful year as the majority of Sweden’s collective agreements are due to expire and will be renegotiated. As ever, Azets is well prepared.

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