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ABBA Reunion Tribute Show heading to Southport

CREATED by the Director, Producer, and Choreographer of the award winning Abbamania musical and starring the original:- 'Frida' from the London West End cast, the ABBA Reunion Tribute Show is coming to Southport's Atkinson Theatre this January.

Following a 4 month run at The Strand Theatre and successful international tours selling out theatres, stadiums and concert halls, Vikki Holland Bowyer has turned her attention to creating the ABBA Reunion Tribute Show touring production.

Vikki says she was spurred on by the 4 members of ABBA saying for years that they will never re-form. "With this in mind," she says:- "The producers, The Reunion Group, decided they would give the fans the next best thing... And not just another ABBA tribute show. The Abba Reunion Tribute Show gives ABBA fans the opportunity to get together and re-live the addictive ABBA phenomenon that swept the airwaves and discos during the Seventies and Eighties in a truly feel good, party style concert."

From Mamma Mia to Dancing Queen, The Abba Reunion Tribute Show commits to perform, from both an audio and visual perspective, all the hits with unrivalled authenticity, complete with a live band.

"There is a huge focus on the 1977 and 1979 live world tour footage plus the iconic pop videos that feature the famous flamboyant costumes and dance moves. Visually, the performers are transformed into Agnetha, Benny, Bjorn and Anni- Frid (Frida)."
says Vikki.

Each character has been studied by means of video clips of both live and studio performances to mimic the movements and mannerisms, enabling a true to life presentation. "Meticulous scrutiny and strict vocal tutoring have been applied to recreate the voices of ABBA. The company's sole aim is to leave each audience asking just 1 question:- ‘did we just witness the real ABBA reunion.'" according to Vikki.

The ABBA Reunion Tribute Show will be at The Atkinson Theatre, on Friday, 28 January 2022, at 7.30pm. Tickets cost just ₤22.50 and are available from:- TheAtkinson.Co.UK or by calling the Box Office on:- 01704533333.

HMRC gives Self Assessment Taxpayers more time to ease Covid19 pressures

THE UK's HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is waiving late filing and late payment penalties for Self Assessment Taxpayers for 1 month; giving them extra time, if they need it, to complete their 2020/21 Tax return and pay any Tax due.

HMRC is encouraging Taxpayers to file and pay on time if they can, as the department reveals that, of the 12.2 million Taxpayers who need to submit their Tax return by 31 January 2022, almost 6.5 million have already done so.

HMRC recognises the pressure faced this year by Self Assessment Taxpayers and their agents. Covid19 is affecting the capacity of some agents and Taxpayers to meet their obligations in time for the 31 January deadline. The penalty waivers give Taxpayers who need it more time to complete and file their return online and pay the Tax due without worrying about receiving a penalty.

The deadline to file and pay remains 31 January 2022. The penalty waivers will mean that:-

Anyone who cannot file their return by the 31 January deadline will not receive a late filing penalty if they file online by 28 February, and

Anyone who cannot pay their Self Assessment Tax by the 31 January deadline will not receive a late payment penalty if they pay their Tax in full, or set up a Time to Pay arrangement, by 1 April.

Interest will be payable from 1 February, as usual, so it is still better to pay on time if possible.

Angela MacDonald, HMRC's Deputy Chief Executive and Second Permanent Secretary, said:- "We know the pressures individuals and businesses are again facing this year, due to the impacts of Covid19. Our decision to waive penalties for 1 month for Self Assessment Taxpayers will give them extra time to meet their obligations without worrying about receiving a penalty."

Lucy Frazer, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, said:- "We recognise that Omicron is putting people under pressure, so we are giving millions of people more breathing space to manage their Tax affairs. Waiving late filing and payment penalties will help ease financial burdens and protect livelihoods as we navigate the months ahead."

The existing Time to Pay service allows any individual or business who needs it the option to spread their Tax payments over time. Self Assessment Taxpayers with up to ₤30,000 of Tax debt can do this online once they have filed their return.    

The 2020/21 Tax return covers earnings and payments during the Pandemic. Taxpayers will need to declare if they received any Grants or payments from the Covid19 support schemes up to 5 April 2021 on their Self Assessment, as these are Taxable, including:-

Self Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)

Other Covid19 Grants and support payments such as self isolation payments, local Authority Grants and those for the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

The ₤500 1 off payment for working households receiving Tax credits should not be reported in Self Assessment.

HMRC urges everyone to be alert if they are contacted out of the blue by someone asking for money or personal information. Taxpayers should always type in the full online address:- Gov.UK/HMRC to get the correct link for filing their Self Assessment return online securely and free of charge. HMRC sees high numbers of fraudsters emailing, calling or texting people claiming to be from the department. If in doubt, HMRC advises not to reply directly to anything suspicious, but to contact them straight away and to search GOV.UK for:- ‘HMRC scams.'


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