Legislation update 2022 for payroll

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Following the successful Legislation update 2021 for payroll by PAYadvice.UK with 19,500 hits and downloads since its launch at the beginning of 2021, following the UK budget on 27th October trigger and confirming a number of payroll changes for April 2022, along with announcement by States of Guernsey and States of Jersey - PAYadvice.UK have … Continue reading Legislation update 2022 for payroll

Share your views about repayment agents

The government is keen to ensure that taxpayers pay the right amount of tax, and, where they are entitled to a refund, can access this easily. They are aware that some taxpayers face issues and feel misled when using agents that specialise in claiming tax refunds from HMRC. Repayment agents can provide a useful service … Continue reading Share your views about repayment agents

Student Loan Plan 1 & 2 thresholds confirmed for April 2023

The Department for Education has confirmed the Student Loan thresholds for Plan Type 1 and 2 to be operated from 6th April 2022. From 6 April 2023, the repayment threshold for pre-2012 (Plan 1) loans will rise to £22,015. The income threshold for post-2012 (Plan 2) from April 2023 will remain frozen at £27,295 as … Continue reading Student Loan Plan 1 & 2 thresholds confirmed for April 2023

Organised Labour Fraud

As part of the August 2022 employer bulletin, HMRC has issued information on Organised Labour Fraud. Organised labour fraud is the collective name HMRC gives to three main frauds: labour fraud in constructionmini-umbrella company fraudpayroll company fraud It’s ‘organised’ because it is orchestrated and conducted by organised crime groups. It’s ‘labour fraud’ because it always … Continue reading Organised Labour Fraud

Using the correct employee addresses — new starters

As part of the August 2022 employer bulletin, HMRC have emphasised the need for employers to notify the correct employee address on the first Full Payment Submission (FPS). Failure may result in an individual not being correctly identified, duplication, application by HMRC of a Temporary Reference Number (TRN) and the individuals record being placed into … Continue reading Using the correct employee addresses — new starters

PAYE new variable payment plan

From 19th September 2022, in response to feedback, employers’ with PAYE will be able to setup and take advantage of a new variable Direct Debit payment plan being introduced by HMRC. The service can be accessed through Pay employers’ PAYE or directly through the business tax account and the employers PAYE service. There will be … Continue reading PAYE new variable payment plan

August 2022 HMRC Employer Bulletin

HMRC have published their August 2022 edition of the employers bulletin. It covers a multitude of topics: PAYE PAYE Settlement Agreements — introducing new digital version of the PSA1 Form Payment deadline and calculation reminder Employers PAYE — introduction of variable payment plan First Full Payment Submission for new starters: the importance of using the … Continue reading August 2022 HMRC Employer Bulletin

More tax avoidance schemes named

Countrywide Partners Limited has been named as a promoter of a tax avoidance scheme by HMRC. If you have been paid by them via this scheme where a part of your salary was in the form of a loan, please get in touch with HMRC now! Scheme users entered into an employment contract with Countrywide … Continue reading More tax avoidance schemes named

New pension scheme type launched

Collective Defined Contribution pension schemes, or CDCs for short, will offer an alternative to the UK’s two primary pension scheme models, Defined Contribution (DC) and Defined Benefit (DB). CDCs have the potential to provide improved retirement returns for savers, with more predictable costs for employers. Both employers and employees contribute to a collective fund from … Continue reading New pension scheme type launched

Grassroots football facilities to be named in honour of Lionesses class of Euros 2022

Government determined to build future legacy on the back of England’s success and increase participation for women and girlsComes as part of Government’s £230 million investment to build or improve 8,000 grassroots football and multi-sport facilities by 2025 Following the Lionesses’ success at UEFA Women’s EURO 2022, the Culture Secretary has announced that grassroots facilities … Continue reading Grassroots football facilities to be named in honour of Lionesses class of Euros 2022

New register to crack down on dirty money and corrupt elites in UK goes live

A new register being launched today will help root out corrupt elites using UK property to launder their illicit wealth. New register to flush out corrupt elites laundering money through UK property goes live todayoverseas entities that refuse to reveal the true owner of their property will face sale restrictions and could receive tough fines … Continue reading New register to crack down on dirty money and corrupt elites in UK goes live

Directors banned for abusing dissolution process

Directors disqualified under new powers to tackle directors from dissolving companies and walking away without paying their debts. The four directors were disqualified after they all secured bounce back loans before dissolving their companies to avoid paying their liabilities back. In the most recent case, Sirfraz Ahmad, from Leeds, was disqualified for 10 years after … Continue reading Directors banned for abusing dissolution process

Tax avoidance promoter fined £1 million

A tax avoidance scheme promoter has been hit with a £1 million fine after a legal challenge by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Hyrax Resourcing Ltd was handed the almost-maximum allowed fine by the First Tier Tribunal for failing to disclose an avoidance scheme to HMRC as legally required. Hyrax promoted a disguised remuneration scheme … Continue reading Tax avoidance promoter fined £1 million

£400 energy bills discount this winter

The UK government sets out further details of the Energy Bills Support Scheme. Households to start receiving £400 off their energy bills from October 2022, with the discount made in 6 instalments to help families throughout the winter periodgovernment confirms important details of the Energy Bills Support Scheme, which will provide energy bill discounts to … Continue reading £400 energy bills discount this winter

Military families to benefit from £3,000 of childcare support

Service families with children aged 4 to 11 years to benefit from wraparound childcareMore than 20,000 service children will be eligible for 20 hours free childcare per weekDefence Secretary outlines further family support for UK Armed Forces personnel The Wraparound Childcare (WAC) scheme will provide up to 20 hours per week of free childcare before … Continue reading Military families to benefit from £3,000 of childcare support

Protecting the health & safety of pregnant workers

The TUC has issued a new toolkit designed to help union reps ensure that the health and safety of members who are pregnant is protected from the moment the rep becomes aware that a member is pregnant, to their return to work and beyond. It is mainly targeted at health and safety reps but will … Continue reading Protecting the health & safety of pregnant workers

Fear and insecurity mean workers do not report underpayment

The Low Pay Commission (LPC) has published a report on non-compliance and enforcement of the minimum wage in Leicester’s textiles manufacturers. Since 2020, multiple agencies have carried out large-scale joint enforcement operations in Leicester, partly in response to persistent reports of exploitation and underpayment. Low Pay Commissioners heard evidence on the forces driving non-compliance and … Continue reading Fear and insecurity mean workers do not report underpayment

PAYE Settlement Agreements (PSA) — new PSA1

HMRC have completed a review of feedback from employers who use PAYE Settlement Agreements (PSAs). Acting on that feedback HMRC have redesigned the PSA1 form and introduced a digital submission route. The new form is available at: PAYE Settlement Agreement (PSA1) HMRC is encouraging all employers to take up the new reporting method as the … Continue reading PAYE Settlement Agreements (PSA) — new PSA1

Improving the data HMRC collects – consultation

The government have launched a consultation to improve data in relation to employment and self employment. The consultation Proposes a number of options for improving the range of data HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) collects, uses and responsibly and safely shares across government. They want to ensure that the data held gives an accurate and … Continue reading Improving the data HMRC collects – consultation

Rises to teachers’ salaries

Teachers are to benefit from pay increases of between 5% and 8.9% from September 2022, as the government has accepted pay recommendations from the independent School Teachers’ Review Body for the next academic year. The starting salary for teachers outside London will rise by 8.9%, with salaries reaching £28,000 in the 2022/23 academic year. This … Continue reading Rises to teachers’ salaries

£4.5 billion Recovery Loan Scheme extended

Scheme supporting access to finance for small businesses extended for two yearsNearly 19,000 businesses supported since the scheme launched in April 2021 A vital support scheme offering Government-backed loans to small businesses will be extended for a further two years, Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has announced Wednesday 20th July 2022. The Recovery Loan Scheme, originally … Continue reading £4.5 billion Recovery Loan Scheme extended

1.2 million low earners to see boost in take-home pay

Low earners who save through a Net Pay Arrangement (NPA) pension will get the same level of government top-up as those who use Relief at Source schemes Around 1.2 million low earners will receive top-ups to their take-home pay from 2025 which could be worth hundreds of pounds a year. For NPAs, pension contributions are … Continue reading 1.2 million low earners to see boost in take-home pay

Get kids active over the summer holidays

Disney-inspired campaign relaunches to help kids get one hour of physical activity every day over the summer holidays. Only 45% of children are meeting the Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines of one hour of physical activity a dayThe campaign seeks to inspire kids to get active by using some of their favourite stories and characters from … Continue reading Get kids active over the summer holidays

New law allow businesses to hire agency workers to plug gaps caused by strike action

Law changed to allow businesses impacted by industrial action to fill vital roles with temporary, skilled workersReforms to help ensure crucial public services and people’s daily lives remain uninterrupted by staff strikesBusiness Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng: “In light of militant trade union action threatening to bring vital public services to a standstill, we have moved at … Continue reading New law allow businesses to hire agency workers to plug gaps caused by strike action

ROYAL DOCKS SEEKS TO EXCEL AS A LIVING WAGE PLACE

ExCeL London becomes Accredited Living Wage Employer The Royal Docks receives formal recognition from the Living Wage Foundation for Making a Living Wage Place Key step in Mayor Khan’s plan to Make London a Living Wage CityAim of increasing the number of Royal Docks accredited Living Wage Employers by 50% by 2025 Community-led Royal Docks Living Wage Action … Continue reading ROYAL DOCKS SEEKS TO EXCEL AS A LIVING WAGE PLACE

Harpur Trust (Appellant) v Brazel (Respondent) [2022]UKSC 21 On appeal from: [2019] EWCA Civ 1402

Justices Lord Hodge, Lord Briggs, Lady Arden, Lord Burrows, Lady Rose. Background to the Appeal This appeal concerns the calculation of annual leave and holiday pay entitlements for workers who work for varying hours during only certain weeks of the year but have a contract throughout that year (“part–year workers”). The Respondent, Ms Brazel, is … Continue reading Harpur Trust (Appellant) v Brazel (Respondent) [2022]UKSC 21 On appeal from: [2019] EWCA Civ 1402

Supreme Court Holiday Pay ruling – 12.07% is unlawful

The Supreme Court have dismissed the Harpur Trust appeal against the Court of Appeal ruling on percentage holiday pay scheme being unlawful. The court confirms that the minimum holiday pay due must comply with the Employment Rights Act 1996 (and as amended) under section 224. The case related to a Part Year Worker who until … Continue reading Supreme Court Holiday Pay ruling – 12.07% is unlawful

Jobcentre closures in areas with red severe weather warning

Jobcentres and health assessment offices in areas issued with a red severe weather warning for Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th July 2022 will be closed. Benefit payments will be made as normal. They will make every effort to contact everyone who has an appointment on one of those days to have it over the telephone … Continue reading Jobcentre closures in areas with red severe weather warning

Heat-health advice issued

With temperatures rising to forecasted record levels this weekend, UKHSA and the Met Office is reminding people to take precautions to stay safe through the hot weather. The hottest temperatures are expected on Monday and Tuesday (18th/19th July 2022) with highs of 40°C possible. A Level 4 alert has been issued for the first time … Continue reading Heat-health advice issued

New law ensures all staff keep their tips

Government backs new reforms making it unlawful for employers to withhold tips from staff. New legislation to make it unlawful for employers to withhold tips from staffit means customers will know for certain that all tips will go to hard-working employees, who will take home more moneythe Tipping Bill will benefit more than 2 million … Continue reading New law ensures all staff keep their tips

Parents whose babies require neonatal care to receive paid leave under new law backed by government

Government backs laws providing additional paid leave to parents whose babies require neonatal care after birthreforms will allow parents to spend more time providing crucial care for their baby instead of worrying about returning to work or having to take unpaid leaveBusiness Minister Jane Hunt: “I hope we can take one concern off the minds … Continue reading Parents whose babies require neonatal care to receive paid leave under new law backed by government

More than 33,600 tax credits customers use HMRC app to renew

More than 33,600 have successfully used the HMRC app to renew their tax credits claim so far this year, a 39% increase on last year. Tax credits are there to help working families with targeted financial support, so And it is important that claimants act to renew before the 31st July 2022 deadline to ensure … Continue reading More than 33,600 tax credits customers use HMRC app to renew

New bursaries will support learners in over 100 flexible short courses

Learners who could struggle with study-related costs such as books and childcare fees can now apply for up to £2.5 million worth of targeted bursary funding to help them access new higher education ‘short courses’. As part of the government’s pledge to offer tens of thousands of adults the chance to retrain in later life, … Continue reading New bursaries will support learners in over 100 flexible short courses

Call to check vehicles before travelling as 41,500 breakdowns caused by tyre issues

With daily life returning back to the new normality, more vehicle are back on the road and more journeys are being taken. Most breakdowns could be avoided if drivers had carried out basic vehicle checks before setting off including checking tyres. National Highways, which is responsible for motorways and major A roads across the country, … Continue reading Call to check vehicles before travelling as 41,500 breakdowns caused by tyre issues

Dominic Harris is the preferred candidate for the role of Pensions Ombudsman and Pensions Protection Fund Ombudsman

Harris is currently a Partner in the Pensions Team at law firm CMS. He also serves as Chair of the Investment and Defined Contribution Committee of the Association of Pension Lawyers. The Pensions Ombudsman Service is an independent organisation set up by law to investigate complaints about pension administration. It is a Tribunal non-departmental public … Continue reading Dominic Harris is the preferred candidate for the role of Pensions Ombudsman and Pensions Protection Fund Ombudsman

7 in 10 adults want social media firms to do more to tackle harmful content

Ipsos study finds over 4 in 5 adults are concerned about harmful content online. 68 per cent want more action from social media firms on racism, homophobia and misogyny on their platformsComes as the Online Safety Bill moves to Report Stage in the House of Commons A clear majority of the public want social media … Continue reading 7 in 10 adults want social media firms to do more to tackle harmful content

Pension Credit Day of Action saw claims double

Claims for Pension Credit more than doubled during the Department for Work and Pension’s Pension Credit Day of Action. Over 10,000 Pension Credit claims were made during the week of 13 June – an increase of 275% compared to that same week in 2021. The two-step in the right direction was helped by Strictly Come … Continue reading Pension Credit Day of Action saw claims double

One in four families get first government Cost of Living Payment

Almost one in four families across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will get £326 sent directly to them, with the second instalment of £324 sent later this year as part of a £37 billion support package. £326 – the first of two cost of living payments – will automatically hit seven million bank accounts … Continue reading One in four families get first government Cost of Living Payment

Minister calls on pension schemes to get “data ready” for dashboards

Minister for Pensions Guy Opperman has called on pension schemes of all types and sizes to make sure their data is ready for pensions dashboards. The calls come as the government publishes its response to a consultation which gathered feedback from industry, potential providers, consumer groups and future users on what data should be included … Continue reading Minister calls on pension schemes to get “data ready” for dashboards

7 in 10 young people in work 4 months after leaving government’s Kickstart Scheme

Tuesday 12th July 2022, senior Cabinet Ministers awarded young people and employers for their contribution to tackling high youth unemployment through the Kickstart Scheme, as the country recovered from the pandemic. Launched in September 2020, the scheme secured 163,000 plus jobs for young people nationwide as part of the government’s drive to help those aged … Continue reading 7 in 10 young people in work 4 months after leaving government’s Kickstart Scheme

Tens of thousands will be helped to take stock of their work, wellbeing and finances through the DWP’s “Mid-life MOT” initiative.

The Mid-life MOT is a review for workers in their 40s and 50s that helps them take stock of their finances, skills and health, and enables them to better prepare for their retirement and build financial resilience. As part of the expansion, Mid-life MOTs will be delivered online, in the private sector and through the … Continue reading Tens of thousands will be helped to take stock of their work, wellbeing and finances through the DWP’s “Mid-life MOT” initiative.

New DBS check eligibility guidance for the charity sector and overseas aid organisations

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has issued new guidance around eligibility for DBS checks, for people in the charity sector and overseas aid organisations. There is separate guidance for those who work with children, and those who work with adults. DBS guidance leaflets The guidance covers England, Wales, the Channel Islands, and the Isle … Continue reading New DBS check eligibility guidance for the charity sector and overseas aid organisations

New guidance ensures all forms of domestic abuse recognised

New Domestic Abuse statutory guidance sets out that domestic abuse can take many forms, not just physical violence, and can include economic abuse and controlling or coercive behaviourWill provide victims with easier access to support that meets their needs and circumstances New statutory guidance on identifying and responding to domestic abuse and its impact on … Continue reading New guidance ensures all forms of domestic abuse recognised

Curfews for parents who fail to pay child maintenance

The change is being considered as part of proposals that will get more of the money that is owed to the children of separated parents. The Child Maintenance Service (CMS) were involved in £1 billion of child maintenance payments during 2021, operating as a crucial weapon in the battle against child poverty. Child support payments … Continue reading Curfews for parents who fail to pay child maintenance

Bill ensures thousands of seafarers receive fair pay

new pay protection laws on minimum wage for thousands of seafarers regularly entering UK waterslaws will prevent firms undercutting fair pay for seafarers by using legal loopholes to pay low wagesgovernment publishes response to the consultation on Seafarers’ Wages Bill The UK government introduced new legislation on 6th July 2022 to make sure seafarers get … Continue reading Bill ensures thousands of seafarers receive fair pay

Resignations and appointments

Nadhim Zahawi appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer The Queen has approve the appointments of the Rt Hon Nadhim Zahawi MP to be Chancellor of the Exchequer. Resignation of Rishi Sunak The appointment follows the resignation of the former Chancellor Rishi Sunak. His letter to the Prime Minister follows: And the Prime Minister's response: PAYadvice.UK 5/7/2022

New support to help over 50s back into work

The government announces millions of pounds of new measures to tackle unemployment amongst the over 50s on benefits. New measures set to help quarter of all jobseekers get back into workMulti-million package will increase jobcentre support for over 50s including those thinking about retirementLong term unemployed will be referred to the multi-billion-pound Restart Scheme which … Continue reading New support to help over 50s back into work

Public buildings to have separate male and female toilets

All new public buildings should have separate male and female toilets, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities announced on 4th July 2022. The approach will mean women, who may need to use facilities more often for example because of pregnancy and sanitary needs, have appropriate facilities. The move follows a call for evidence which gathered … Continue reading Public buildings to have separate male and female toilets

Nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists and physiotherapists can now certify and issue fit notes

The change is set to support patients getting advice and fit notes from their healthcare professional - without having to separately see a doctorThe reform follows fit notes going fully digital as they no longer need to be signed in ink. From Friday 1st July 2022: nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists and physiotherapists can all legally … Continue reading Nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists and physiotherapists can now certify and issue fit notes

Families can use Tax-Free Childcare to help pay for childcare costs this summer.

With school summer holidays less than a month away, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are reminding families of financial support that can help pay for childcare. Through Tax-Free Childcare, families can receive up to £2,000 a year per child – or £4,000 if their child is disabled – to put towards the cost of childcare. … Continue reading Families can use Tax-Free Childcare to help pay for childcare costs this summer.

Gender recognition application modernised

The Government committed to modernising the application process in response to the public consultation on the Gender Recognition Act, where respondents highlighted how burdensome and unaffordable the existing procedure was. Last year, Minister for Women and Equalities, Liz Truss, announced the first step of this process by reducing the fee for applying for a Gender Recognition … Continue reading Gender recognition application modernised

Top apprenticeship employers for 2022

The country’s most outstanding apprenticeship employers for 2022 have been recognised for their vital work boosting career opportunities for more people. The public sector secured the prestigious top slots on the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers 2022 list, with the Army first, the Royal Navy second and Royal Airforce in fourth place, closely followed by the Department of … Continue reading Top apprenticeship employers for 2022

Half a million benefit claimants get jobs in under 6 months

Over 500,000 jobseekers have been supported to find work through their jobcentreBenefit claimants moved into work at a record rate in April 2022 as part of the “Way to Work” driveHundreds of employers across the UK saving money on recruitment costs and filling vacancies fast Launched in January 2022, government ministers set the target of … Continue reading Half a million benefit claimants get jobs in under 6 months

Consultation launched to tackle tax rebate reprobates

We have all seen them, constant advertising to claim marriage tax allowance rebates, or tax reliefs for working from home. Some almost convince that they are promoted by or are associated with HM Revenue and Customs, when the reality is that they neither approved nor partners of HMRC. ‘Which’, the consumer organisation, refer to some … Continue reading Consultation launched to tackle tax rebate reprobates

NI change 6th July 2022 – are you ready?

Increase in National Insurance thresholds On 23rd March 2022 in the Spring Statement 2022, the UK government announced an increase in National Insurance primary thresholds affecting the 2022 to 2023 tax year. HMRC are reminding employers that the primary threshold changes take effect from 6th July 2022, resulting in employees paying National Insurance contributions on … Continue reading NI change 6th July 2022 – are you ready?

June 2022 HMRC Employer Bulletin

HMRC have published their June 2022 edition of the employers bulletin. It covers a multitude of topics. A primary focus is on the National Insurance changes which come into force from 6th July 2022. Topics covered include: PAYE Changes to our webchat service Increase in National Insurance thresholds Basic PAYE Tools — additional in-year release … Continue reading June 2022 HMRC Employer Bulletin

Eight million households to get new cost-of-living payment from 14 July

More than eight million households across the whole of the UK will get a cash payment from July to ease cost of living pressures, as the Work and Pensions Secretary Thérèse Coffey sets out detailed plans today. Millions will receive the first of two cost of living instalments totalling £650 from 14 July 2022, part … Continue reading Eight million households to get new cost-of-living payment from 14 July

We want to help people start, stay and succeed in work

Chloe Smith, Minister for Disabled People statement to UN General Assembly Location: New York - Delivered on: 14th June 2022 Transcript as delivered Thank you Chair. The UK is committed to implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This is through legislation like the Equality Act 2010 and the new British … Continue reading We want to help people start, stay and succeed in work

Major plan to bolster supply chain

Campaign launched to kickstart careers in logistics and create a more environmentally friendly and resilient haulage sector. industry and government pledge to secure a more robust supply chain and drive economic growth with £7 million investment for new freight technologymore to be encouraged into skilled, logistics jobsfollows unprecedented government action during the pandemic, which created … Continue reading Major plan to bolster supply chain

HMRC urges customers to leave tax avoidance scheme promoted by London-based firm

HMRC names Peak PAYE Ltd as a tax avoidance promoter and urges individuals to withdraw from using it. This tax avoidance scheme has been exposed by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on 8th June 2022, to help ensure customers do not end up with large tax bills. Individuals using a tax avoidance scheme provided by … Continue reading HMRC urges customers to leave tax avoidance scheme promoted by London-based firm

Umbrella company director banned

Best Employment Services provided umbrella payroll services and outsourced its operations to a network of Isle of Man companies, and shifted assets to Anguilla. Adrian Benedict Sacco 55, has been disqualified after running an umbrella payroll services company with links to the Isle of Man, potentially costing the public millions in unpaid income tax, National … Continue reading Umbrella company director banned

Takeaway boss who abused Covid-19 support schemes banned for 7 years

Company wrongly claimed £50,000 support during the pandemic through Eat Out to Help Out and furlough schemes. Ifraz Nabi has been disqualified as a director for 7 years after wrongly claiming £30,000 through the Eat Out to Help Out scheme and over £20,000 through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough). He was the sole director … Continue reading Takeaway boss who abused Covid-19 support schemes banned for 7 years

Making the apprenticeship system simpler

Over the past 5 years it is claimed that apprenticeships have been transformed into a high-quality skills programme for learners and employers. Employers have created over 640 standards to meet their business skills needs with training delivered by registered providers, which are regularly inspected, and apprentices complete rigorous end-point assessment, so employers know that they … Continue reading Making the apprenticeship system simpler

Prime Minister rallies employers to help get 500,000 into work

Over 347,000 unemployed people on benefits have found work in just four months through the Way to Work campaign – a national push to get half a million more people into jobs by the end of June 2022. figures show 347,000 people have moved into work since January 2022 due to a drive to fill … Continue reading Prime Minister rallies employers to help get 500,000 into work

HMRC wins disguised remuneration tax avoidance case

The Court of Appeal has found in favour of HMRC that Mr Hoey was liable to pay the tax in his income in ‘Stephen Hoey and others v HMRC’ (13th May 2022). HMRC welcomed the Court of Appeal decision, which confirms that this kind of tax avoidance scheme does not work. Tax avoidance deprives the … Continue reading HMRC wins disguised remuneration tax avoidance case

HMRC instructs agents they can stop using late P45’s

In the HMRC agent update 96 published 19th May 2022, revised guidance has been issued in relation to the late receipt of P45s from employees that are too late to be applied to the first payment. Often employees mislay or employers have not yet issued the P45 to their leaving employee. Equally employees may not … Continue reading HMRC instructs agents they can stop using late P45’s

Future of work review to be lead by Matt Warman

The Prime Minister has asked Matt Warman MP to lead a review into how the government can best support a thriving future UK labour market. Creating a highly-skilled workforce in the UK will power the mission to grow a high-productivity, high-wage economy that builds the foundation for prosperity across the whole country and for a … Continue reading Future of work review to be lead by Matt Warman

Prescription charge freeze

Freeze will help ease the cost of living pressures on households, saving £17 million overallComes alongside record government NHS investment to tackle the Covid backlog and reduce waiting times NHS prescription charges will be frozen for the first time in 12 years to help with the cost of living. Charges usually increase in line with … Continue reading Prescription charge freeze

Number of ex-offenders in work picks up speed

The number of ex-prisoners in work has increased dramatically following a drive to make our streets safer, cut crime and protect the public by getting offenders skilled up while behind bars. Over the last year, the proportion of ex-offenders in work 6 weeks after release increased by more than half – with tough new targets … Continue reading Number of ex-offenders in work picks up speed

Minimum wage laws set sail for Seafarers

Tens of thousands of seafarers must be paid an equivalent to UK national minimum wage in a major step forward on pay protection, confirmed by the government on 10ty May 2022. Following P&O Ferries’ sacking of 800 workers, the government is introducing pay protection reforms requiring ferry operators who regularly call at UK ports to … Continue reading Minimum wage laws set sail for Seafarers

Autumn 2022 students – apply for student loans

The Student Loan Company (SLC) is urging new full time undergraduate students in England to apply for their student finance before the deadline on 20th May 2022. It’s estimated that around 1.5 million people will attend college or university this autumn, and the Student Loans Company (SLC) is urging students to apply for student finance … Continue reading Autumn 2022 students – apply for student loans

Financial help to work for those with disability and health challenges

Those with a disability or a physical or mental health condition, may need extra help to start a new job, or to stay in work. Employers have a legal responsibility to support those in work, by considering reasonable adjustments to the job, the recruitment process or by providing extra equipment. If an individual needs extra … Continue reading Financial help to work for those with disability and health challenges

Claiming Child Benefit? Check your P60

HM Revenue and customs are encouraging parents who claim child benefit to check their P60 which must be issued by 31st May 2022 to those employed on 5th April 2022. If either of the parents income has recently risen above £50k, they may be affected by the High Income Child Benefit Charge. Check your P60 … Continue reading Claiming Child Benefit? Check your P60

New ‘fraud squad’ to crack down on criminals who steal taxpayer money

HM Treasury (by PSP) The Chancellor has announced that a new fraud squad, recruited from data analytics experts and leading economic crime investigators, will crack down on criminal gangs who rip off the taxpayer.Operational in July and based in the Cabinet Office, the new £25 million “Public Sector Fraud Authority” will double funding for the … Continue reading New ‘fraud squad’ to crack down on criminals who steal taxpayer money

2.1 million tax credits packs issued

About 2.1 million tax credits claimants will begin to receive their annual renewal packs from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). The packs will be sent between 25th April and 27th May 2022, and claimants have until 31st July 2022 to check their details are and update HMRC if there has been a change in circumstances. … Continue reading 2.1 million tax credits packs issued

Move of claimants to Universal Credit to restart

The government outlines plans to resume helping claimants move to Universal Credit by end of 2024Universal Credit supported millions during the pandemic All benefit claimants will be moved over to Universal Credit by the end of 2024, the Department for Work and Pensions announced. The restart follows a pause to the process during the pandemic … Continue reading Move of claimants to Universal Credit to restart

Future homebuyers to be freed from expensive ground rent bills on 30th June

Ground rent charges will be banned on most new residential leases from 30th June 2022Ban will put an end to increasing annual costsFirst step in government reform package to create fairer housing system Future homebuyers will see their prospective property bills reduce in when the government’s ban on charging ground rent on new leases in … Continue reading Future homebuyers to be freed from expensive ground rent bills on 30th June

HMRC to revoke Moscow Stock Exchange’s status

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), has today announced its intention to revoke the Moscow Stock Exchange’s (MOEX) status as a recognised stock exchange. Investors will not be able to access UK tax benefits when trading securities on MOEX, although existing investments will be protected. The move comes alongside the unprecedented sanctions the UK Government has … Continue reading HMRC to revoke Moscow Stock Exchange’s status

Multiplying maths skills for adults

£270 million investment in adult numeracy in England to help people progress and secure great jobs Adults looking to improve their numeracy skills are set to benefit from a £270 million investment in new courses, helping to level up opportunities for more people to progress and get good, well-paid jobs. Around 17 million adults in … Continue reading Multiplying maths skills for adults

COVID-19 Easements end

As part of the April 2022 Employer Bulletin, HMRC have confirmed detail around the ending of certain ‘easements’ related to special measures during COVID-19. Easement ends for employee home-office expenses Existing rules prior to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic provided Income Tax and National Insurance contributions exemptions, where employers provide employees with equipment to allow them … Continue reading COVID-19 Easements end

Home and Hybrid working – a taxing situation

Working from home: claiming tax relief from April 2022 As part of emergency COVID-19 restrictions, Government instructions to work from home where possible, including the legal requirement to self-isolate if you or a close contact tested positive for coronavirus, meant that in tax years 2020 to 2021 and 2021 to 2022 millions of people across … Continue reading Home and Hybrid working – a taxing situation

April 2022 HMRC Employer Bulletin

HMRC publishes the Employer Bulletin 6 times a year, giving employers and agents the latest information on topics and issues that may affect them. In April 2032edition of the Employer Bulletin there are important updates and information on: PAYE PAYE Settlement Agreements deadline Electronic payment deadline falls on a weekend Classification of company cars or … Continue reading April 2022 HMRC Employer Bulletin

Record number of employees on payroll

The latest Labour Force Survey (LFS) estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for December 2021 to February 2022 show that the employment rate is unchanged on the quarter, while the unemployment rate decreased. Over the same period, the economic inactivity rate has increased slightly. The UK employment rate was largely unchanged at 75.5%, … Continue reading Record number of employees on payroll

Check what financial help you can get from HMRC

HM Revenue and Customs claim to want to make it as easy as possible for individuals and their family to claim any benefits, credits and allowances that they might be entitled to. They have pulled together a list of all support they can offer. Check what financial help you can get from HMRC Find out … Continue reading Check what financial help you can get from HMRC

Allow up to ten weeks to apply for a British passport

People are being urged not to leave their application for a British passport to the last minute, with demand currently at an all-time high. Since April 2021 HM Passport Office has been advising people to allow up to ten weeks when applying for their passport. This advice remains. Due to COVID-19, HM Passport Office saw … Continue reading Allow up to ten weeks to apply for a British passport

Updated guidance on how tips, gratuities and service charges are taxed

April 2022, HMRC are publishing an update to the E24 guidance on tips, gratuities, service charges and troncs – in addition to the updated Tips at work guidance published in November 2021. The updated guidance will reflect a shift towards customers paying tips electronically, such as through digital applications designed for this service. E24: tips, … Continue reading Updated guidance on how tips, gratuities and service charges are taxed

HMRC names avoidance schemes for first time

HMRC uses new legal powers to name tax avoidance schemes and their promoters, for the first time. Tax avoidance schemes have been named for the first time by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) as users are warned they could face large tax bills. HMRC has today advised anyone involved in Absolute Outsourcing’s or Purple Pay … Continue reading HMRC names avoidance schemes for first time

Digital ‘fit note’ launched

Doctors issue fit notes to people to provide evidence of the advice they have given about their fitness for work. They record details of the functional effects of their patient’s condition so the patient and their employer can consider ways to help them return to work. From April 2022 you may notice changes to the … Continue reading Digital ‘fit note’ launched

Take advantage of National Insurance relief when hiring veterans

Businesses hiring military veterans can save thousands of pounds in employee National Insurance contributions, thanks to a scheme launched by the government’s Office of Veterans’ Affairs. From 6th April 2022 employers will not have to pay National Insurance contributions for veterans in their first year of civilian employment after leaving the armed forces. Businesses will … Continue reading Take advantage of National Insurance relief when hiring veterans

Tax cut worth up to £1,000 for half a million small businesses starts

Tax cut worth up to £1,000 for eligible businesses announced by the Chancellor at the Spring Statement takes effect 6th April 2022.Increase in Employment Allowance from £4,000 to £5,000 benefits around 495,000 businesses - 30% of all UK firms.Takes the total number of firms not paying the Health and Social Care Levy to 670,000. Nearly … Continue reading Tax cut worth up to £1,000 for half a million small businesses starts

Eligible pensioners urged to apply for Pension Credit

Pensioners and their loved ones are being urged to take-up Pension Credit, as a new campaign is launched to help those of pension age with the cost of living. New statistics show many pensioners could be missing out on Pension Credit, a vital financial boost that can be worth over £3,300 a year. Starting April … Continue reading Eligible pensioners urged to apply for Pension Credit

Making the UK a global cryptoasset technology hub

The UK government has announced moves that will see stablecoins recognised as a valid form of payment as part of wider plans to make Britain a global hub for cryptoasset technology and investment. Stablecoins to be brought within regulation paving their way for use in the UK as a recognised form of payment.Announcement is part … Continue reading Making the UK a global cryptoasset technology hub

Health and Social Care Levy to raise billions for NHS and social care

From Wednesday 6th April 2022, the Health and Social Care Levy will begin to raise billions to tackle the Covid backlogs and reform adult social care From Wednesday 6th April 2022, the Health and Social Care Levy comes into effect and begins to raise billions to help tackle the Covid backlogs and reform the adult … Continue reading Health and Social Care Levy to raise billions for NHS and social care