Legislation Update 2021 for payroll – first predictive version released

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PAYadvice.UK have issued its first version of the PAYadvice Series Legislation Update 2021. This is a compilation of the changes due for 2021 for the UK and Channel Islands. Some values are predictive and not yet finalised, subject to further confirmation and change. When further information is confirmed, further editions / versions will be made … Continue reading Legislation Update 2021 for payroll – first predictive version released

Funding boost to get young people get into work

New £1000 cash support for businesses to help with the cost of providing a traineeship Employers can now apply for a £1000 cash boost to help them take on new trainees, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister, Gillian Keegan has announced today 27th January 2021. Gillian Keegan, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills: We’re pulling out all the … Continue reading Funding boost to get young people get into work

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance updates 26th January 2021

Following yesterday issuing of the Chancellors HM Treasury direction for further changes and extensions to the Job Retention Scheme, HMRC guidance has been updated on the night of 26th January 2021: The main item was the publication of the new page ‘Employers who have claimed through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme’Also a new page ‘Ask … Continue reading Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance updates 26th January 2021

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) – claim now before 29th January deadline

Dear @PAYadvice, The deadline for claiming the third SEISS grant is fast approaching. If your clients are eligible, they must make their claim on or before 29‌‌‌th January 2021. As with the first and second SEISS grants, the third grant will be subject to Income Tax and self-employed National Insurance and must also be reported … Continue reading Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) – claim now before 29th January deadline

ONS: UK Labour market overview January 2021

Since February 2020, the number of payroll employees has fallen by 828,000; however, the larger falls were seen at the start of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Data from our Labour Force Survey (LFS) show a large increase in the unemployment rate while the employment rate continues to fall. The number of redundancies reached a record … Continue reading ONS: UK Labour market overview January 2021

Naming starts! Employers who have claimed through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The naming list HMRC have published the list of employers who claimed CJRS in December 2020. HMRC have used the employer name that’s attached to the qualifying PAYE scheme. Employers who have claimed through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Those not named This data does not include employers: with a successful or pending application to … Continue reading Naming starts! Employers who have claimed through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Job Retention Scheme changes announced for application from 1st February 2021

Treasury Direction made under Sections 71 and 76 of the Coronavirus Act 2020 The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has issued to HMRC the 6th Treasury Direction in relation to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Job Retention Bonus. This sets out the calculation rules for the Job Retention Scheme from 1st February 2021 and extends the … Continue reading Job Retention Scheme changes announced for application from 1st February 2021

Kickstart moves up a gear with over 120,000 jobs created so far and government making it even simpler for employers to join

More than 120,000 jobs for 16 to 24 year olds have now been created through the government’s flagship Kickstart Scheme, as ministers have urged more employers to get involved. The scheme, which has been underway since September, is helping to put young people who have been some of the hardest hit by the economic impact … Continue reading Kickstart moves up a gear with over 120,000 jobs created so far and government making it even simpler for employers to join

TUC – Covid occupational deaths expose “huge inequalities” in labour market and need for tougher safety rules

Men working in elementary occupations or caring, leisure and other service occupations had the highest rates of death involving COVID-19. Women working in Process, plant and machine operatives, and Caring, leisure and other service occupations had the highest rate of death involving COVID-19 compared with women of the same age in the general population Commenting … Continue reading TUC – Covid occupational deaths expose “huge inequalities” in labour market and need for tougher safety rules

“Fire and rehire” tactics have become widespread during pandemic – warns TUC

New poll reveals that nearly 1 in 10 workers have been told to re-apply for their jobs on worse terms and conditions or face the sack   Almost a quarter say their working terms, such as pay or hours, have been downgraded since first lockdown in March  TUC says government must deliver on promise to protect and enhance workers’ rights … Continue reading “Fire and rehire” tactics have become widespread during pandemic – warns TUC

Changes to late filing penalty for 2019-20 Self Assessment returns

Dear @PAYadvice, Today HMRC has announced that Self Assessment customers will not receive a penalty for filing their 2019-20 tax return late, as long as they file online by 28‌‌th February. We are still encouraging customers who have not yet filed to do so by 31‌‌st January, if possible. Customers still need to pay their … Continue reading Changes to late filing penalty for 2019-20 Self Assessment returns

More employers sign up to rapid testing to protect workforce

Dozens of public and private sector employers are now offering rapid testing to those without symptoms. Expansion of testing will find more positive cases, keeping key workers from unknowingly passing on the virus and protecting vital servicesOrganisations signed up to workplace testing already include Royal Mail, Tate & Lyle Sugars, Primula, Moy Park, Octopus Energy, … Continue reading More employers sign up to rapid testing to protect workforce

Home-working reaches highest levels since June 2020

The Office for National Statistics report ‘Coronavirus and the social impacts on Great Britain: 22 January 2021’ for the period 13th to 17th January 2021, shows the highest levels of home working since June 2020. “The proportion of working adults that have worked from home was at its highest since June 2020; 45% this week … Continue reading Home-working reaches highest levels since June 2020

Employer Bulletin – UK transition edition

Dear @PAYadvice, Following the UK’s exit from Europe on 31 December 2020, we have published a UK Transition edition of the Employer Bulletin. This contains a roundup of information and support previously published to continue supporting you. In this edition, you can find out about the new rules for: trading with Europebusiness travellerssocial security coordination. … Continue reading Employer Bulletin – UK transition edition

Pensions: The Automatic Enrolment (Earnings Trigger and Qualifying Earnings Band) Order 2021

The Department for Works and Pension (DWP) have laid the draft regulations for a Pension Automatic Enrolment (AE) thresholds operational for pay reference periods commencing from 6th April 2021. The draft regulation can be found at:- The Automatic Enrolment (Earnings Trigger and Qualifying Earnings Band) Order 2021 And PAYadvice.UK had predicted, there is no change … Continue reading Pensions: The Automatic Enrolment (Earnings Trigger and Qualifying Earnings Band) Order 2021

HMRC – a word about scams

306,000 reports of phone scams HMRC indicate that they have received more than 306,000 reports about phone scams in the last year, up 47%. The department responded to over 846,000 public referrals of suspicious HMRC contact in total. Nearly 496,000 of these offered bogus tax rebates, as a way of stealing personal data. 496,000 reported … Continue reading HMRC – a word about scams

COVID-19: Employer support – live webinars

Dear @PAYadvice, Claims under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) are currently open for pay periods in January‌‌ ‌2021. Claims for December are now closed, but if you find you need to make a change because you didn’t claim enough you can do this until Thursday‌‌ ‌28 January. Make sure you have the latest information by joining … Continue reading COVID-19: Employer support – live webinars

Northern Ireland – Limited Company Directors Support Scheme

The NI Minister for the Economy has announced details of the Limited Company Director’s Support Scheme, to provide financial support to company directors who have personally been adversely impacted by COVID-19. The scheme, administered by Invest Northern Ireland on behalf of the Department for the Economy, will open to online applications at 6pm on Thursday … Continue reading Northern Ireland – Limited Company Directors Support Scheme

Missed the Thursday 14th January 2021 claim deadline

If an employer didn't submit their December furlough claims by the deadline of 14 January, HMRC may still accept it if there is a reasonable excuse for not claiming by the deadline, such as self-isolating, or an unexpected stay in hospital that prevented completing a claim. If the reason means you can claim late, do … Continue reading Missed the Thursday 14th January 2021 claim deadline

HMRC appoints new Director General for customer service

Myrtle Lloyd Newly-appointed Director General for Customer Service Group: Following an external recruitment process and approval from the Prime Minister, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has announced that the new Director General for Customer Service Group will be Myrtle Lloyd. Myrtle is currently Chief Operating Officer at Her Majesty’s Passport Office, as well as Registrar … Continue reading HMRC appoints new Director General for customer service

Fascinating facts! Self-Assessment

HM Revenue and Customs shares some little-known facts about Self Assessment ahead of the 31 January 2021 deadline. Almost 100,000 people filed their tax returns last 6th April 2020, the first day of the tax year? With the 31st January 2021 deadline fast approaching, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has shared some little-known facts about … Continue reading Fascinating facts! Self-Assessment

National free school meals voucher scheme opens to orders

Edenred site opens for schools to purchase eGift cards for eligible families to use at their choice of supermarkets Schools can begin ordering free school meal vouchers for eligible pupils from today as the Government’s national scheme launches, adding to the support available for disadvantaged families. An online service for schools, the scheme allows schools … Continue reading National free school meals voucher scheme opens to orders

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme claims deadlines

Dear @PAYadvice, I’m writing to remind you of upcoming claims deadlines for the following schemes: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) I’d also like to update you on the information we’ll be publishing on CJRS claims from this month. Upcoming deadlines You and your clients can now submit your CJRS furlough claims … Continue reading Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme claims deadlines

HMRC: Payroll 2021/22: Statutory Payments CORRECTION

There were a number of errors in the statutory payments rates which were circulated by HMRC SDSTeam on 22nd December 2020. A new Version 2 has been issued and replaces the previous version. The corrections are to the unrounded daily rates for 7 qualifying days (corrected to 13.7642) and 3 qualifying days (32.1166). Also, a … Continue reading HMRC: Payroll 2021/22: Statutory Payments CORRECTION

Struggling to pay essential bills because of coronavirus?

Government advice for those in difficulty with utility bills, or repayment commitments on credit cards, loans and mortgages, as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). For those worried about paying utility bills or repaying credit cards, loans or mortgages due to the impact of coronavirus, the government guidance sets out the steps you can take to … Continue reading Struggling to pay essential bills because of coronavirus?

Preparing for changes to the off-payroll working rules (IR35) on 6 April 2021

There are less than 100 days until changes to the off-payroll working rules (IR35) come into effect on 6 April 2021. Changes to the off-payroll working rules (IR35) HMRC are providing support to help customers continue to prepare for the changes. Help and support for off-payroll working Those who should take action are: large and … Continue reading Preparing for changes to the off-payroll working rules (IR35) on 6 April 2021

Furlough naming to commence

Publishing details of employers claiming Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) HMRC will publish the names of employers who have made CJRS claims for periods from December 2020 onwards. This is part of the government and HMRC commitment to transparency, and to deter fraudulent claims. The first publication will be on 26 January 2021. This will … Continue reading Furlough naming to commence

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance updated

HMRC have updated the following relating to the extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough) on Wednesday 13th January 2021. Page titleChangeCheck if you can claim for your employee's wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention SchemeTo include the objection process to excuse employer claims information being publishedCalculate how much you can claim using the Coronavirus Job Retention … Continue reading Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance updated

New protections for small pension pot fees

Thanks to automatic pension enrolment, over 10 million employees have already been enrolled into a workplace pension. But nobody should save into a pension only to find their hard-earned savings eroded completely away by charges. Minister for Pensions @GuyOpperman: "Protecting savers and giving them value for their money is my priority. No-one should find their … Continue reading New protections for small pension pot fees

56,000 parents apply for Scottish Child Payment

Parents across Scotland have been applying early for the new Scottish Child Payment that will open on Monday 15 February. Social Security Scotland is taking applications ahead of the new benefit’s introduction to help manage demand. 56,000 applications were received between Monday 9 November and Sunday 3 January. Those who apply before the start date … Continue reading 56,000 parents apply for Scottish Child Payment

Government proposals to help more people in problem debt

Consultation launched aimed at extending debt solutions and helping vulnerable people in financial distress get a fresh start. Increasing the financial eligibility criteria will give more people access to debt relief orders and help them get out of problem debtResearch shows that more people are seeking debt advice and are likely to require financial relief … Continue reading Government proposals to help more people in problem debt

Thinking of hiring from the EU

Free movement has ended, and the new points-based immigration system has salary and language requirements that change the way employers hire from the EU. The new system treats EU and non-EU citizens equally and transforms the way in which employers recruit from outside the UK. An employer needs a sponsor licence to hire most eligible … Continue reading Thinking of hiring from the EU

Zero rate NI for Veterans – draft legislation

At Spring Budget last year, the government announced its intention to introduce a National Insurance Contributions (NICs) holiday for employers who hire former members of the UK regular armed forces.  The relief will exempt employers for any NICs liability on veteran’s salary up to the Upper Secondary Threshold in their first year of civilian employment. … Continue reading Zero rate NI for Veterans – draft legislation

Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) launched

New agreement ensures the rights of UK residents to access emergency and medically necessary care when travelling in the EU will continue. UK’s new Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) launched as part of UK / EU dealGlobal Health Insurance Card (GHIC) will gradually replace existing European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) UK residents will now be … Continue reading Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) launched

Plan for jobs – Financial Support Package

The Government’s claims its comprehensive package of financial support is continuing to protect jobs and help businesses and individuals through the COVID-19 outbreak in guidance issued Friday 8th January 2021. Rishi Sunak: There's no denying the next few weeks are going to be difficult. But the end is in sight. That’s why we’ve redoubled our … Continue reading Plan for jobs – Financial Support Package

Businesses still open – is it COVID-secure, and what about those working from home?

For businesses still open under the current national lockdown, they must continue to ensure that premises are COVID-secure. The HSE is continuing to carry out spot checks and inspections across the country. And there are also obligations for those working from home. Making your workplace COVID-secure during the coronavirus pandemic Protect home workers PAYadvice.UK 8/1/2021

Action required – submit your Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme claims

Dear @PAYadvice, I’m writing to remind you of upcoming deadlines for Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) claims, and to answer some questions you or your clients might have, too. CJRS December claims deadline You must submit any December claims no later than‌‌ ‌Thursday‌‌ ‌14‌‌ ‌January. You or your clients … Continue reading Action required – submit your Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme claims

Self Assessment deadline: less than a month to go

Around 55% of Self Assessment customers have already filed their return, and HMRC is urging others to do so by 31 January. According to HM Revenue and Customs, around 5.4 million Self Assessment filers have less than a month to complete their tax return. HMRC expects 12.1 million tax returns to be filed this year. … Continue reading Self Assessment deadline: less than a month to go

Right to work checks for EEA and Swiss nationals during the EU- Exit grace period (1 January – 30 June 2021)

The following is based on the revised Appendix B guidance issued by the UK Home Office. Free movement ended on 1st January 2021. This means EEA and Swiss nationals (and their families) will need to qualify for status under either the new points-based Immigration system or the EU Settlement Scheme. The Citizen’s Rights (Application Deadline … Continue reading Right to work checks for EEA and Swiss nationals during the EU- Exit grace period (1 January – 30 June 2021)

New lockdown grants to support businesses and protect jobs

Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors are to receive a one-off grant worth up to £9,000, the Chancellor has announced. Chancellor announces one-off top up grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses worth up to £9,000 per property to help businesses through to the Spring£594 million discretionary fund also made available to support … Continue reading New lockdown grants to support businesses and protect jobs

Furlough, childcare and caring responsibilities – guidance updated

HMRC have updated ‘caring responsibilities’ guidance (on Tuesday 5th January) in relation to childcare for parents who are unable to either work, or need to reduce working hours due to home schooling or closure of childcare facilities. GuidanceCheck if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Information about if you have caring responsibilities … Continue reading Furlough, childcare and caring responsibilities – guidance updated

Prime Minister announces national lockdown

The Prime Minister has announced a national lockdown and instructed people to stay at home to control the virus, protect the NHS and save lives. The decision follows a rapid rise in infections, hospital admissions and case rates across the country, and our hospitals are now under more pressure than they have been at any … Continue reading Prime Minister announces national lockdown

Bosses should offer furlough to working parents affected by school closures, says TUC

The TUC is calling on employers to offer furlough to all parents affected by school closures. Last minute decision by ministers to close schools means many working mums and dads are now without childcare TUC asks employers to ‘do the right thing’ and offer furlough to parents And calls on government to introduce 10 days’ … Continue reading Bosses should offer furlough to working parents affected by school closures, says TUC

December furlough – Not claimed before? Claim deadline 14th January 2021

With Tier 4 shutdown measures, and further potential restrictions, employers who have not had to furlough staff previously may now be furloughing for the first time and never had to make a prior Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme before. How do you calculate the government grant amounts and make the claim? What is ‘reference salary’ and … Continue reading December furlough – Not claimed before? Claim deadline 14th January 2021

Significant uplift in key public sector jobs

Boris Johnson reaffirmed his commitment to boost the numbers of teachers, police officers, nurses and other public sector workers. NHS recruitment drive boosts the number of doctors by more than 6,000 and nurses by 13,000.Almost 6,000 police officers have been hired as part of the Government’s commitment to reach 20,000 additional officers by the end … Continue reading Significant uplift in key public sector jobs

Tampon tax abolished 1st Jan 2021

With the UK leaving the EU, the ‘tampon tax’ has been abolished - with a zero rate of VAT applying to women’s sanitary products coming into effect 1st January 2021. tampon tax abolished - from 1st January 2021 VAT no longer applies to women’s sanitary productspart of wider government action to End Period Poverty which … Continue reading Tampon tax abolished 1st Jan 2021

A message from the Business Secretary: A deal with the EU has been reached and businesses should take action

I am delighted that we have agreed a deal with the European Union and I am confident that the United Kingdom will thrive outside the EU and cement its position as the best place in the world to start, grow and run a business. The deal with the EU means the UK can now regulate … Continue reading A message from the Business Secretary: A deal with the EU has been reached and businesses should take action

Rogue employers named and shamed for failing to pay minimum wage

The 139 named companies failed to pay £6.7 million to over 95,000 workers. 139 companies, including major household names, have short-changed their employees and have been finedoffending firms failed to pay £6.7 million to their workers, in a completely unacceptable breach of employment lawBusiness Minister Paul Scully says the list should be a ‘wake-up call’ … Continue reading Rogue employers named and shamed for failing to pay minimum wage

Revised New Starter Checklist for April 2021 proposed – Student and Postgraduate Loan questions simplified

April 2021 sees the introduction of the Scottish Student Loan deduction with the new Student Loan Plan 4. As a result the New Starter Checklist (historically known as form P46) is being revised with easier and more straightforward and combined Student Loan and Postgraduate Loan questions referenced as Question 9 and 10. The New Starter … Continue reading Revised New Starter Checklist for April 2021 proposed – Student and Postgraduate Loan questions simplified

UK-EU future relationship agreement: social security coordination

Dear @PAYadvice, The UK has reached an agreement with the EU on its future relationship. The social security coordination provisions in this agreement ensure workers who move between the UK and the EU only have to pay into one country’s social security scheme at a time. Going to work temporarily in the EU under the … Continue reading UK-EU future relationship agreement: social security coordination

Social security contributions for workers coming to the UK from the EEA or Switzerland from 1 January 2021

Check where you need to pay social security contributions from 1 January 2021, if you’re a worker from the EU, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland or Liechtenstein working in UK. From 1 January 2021, if you’re an employee, self-employed or an employer, where you pay your social security contributions will depend on your circumstances and the country … Continue reading Social security contributions for workers coming to the UK from the EEA or Switzerland from 1 January 2021

Tier review results in additional 50,000 business closures

A number of areas will move into higher tiers from 00:01 on Saturday 26th December. The government has decided to act ahead of the formal review point, to contain the spread of the new strain of #COVID19. It is thought that an additional 50,000 business will be required to close until further tier reviews allow … Continue reading Tier review results in additional 50,000 business closures

December Furlough claim deadline and further Tier 4 disruption

December 2020 has been a very strange month. At short notice swathes of businesses were ordered to close as a new Tier 4 restriction regime was introduced on Saturday 19th December effective from Sunday 20th December. Additional announcements made on Wednesday 23rd December expand the Tier 4 areas with a further 50,000 businesses impacted by … Continue reading December Furlough claim deadline and further Tier 4 disruption

Up to 30,000 workers to help reap 2021 harvest

Measures announced to support farmers and growers next year, including an extended and expanded Seasonal Workers Pilot The number of workers permitted to travel to the UK to pick and package fruit and vegetables will be increased for next year’s harvest, the government has announced today 22nd December 2020. The Seasonal Workers Pilot, originally launched … Continue reading Up to 30,000 workers to help reap 2021 harvest

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) rates confirmed for use from 6th April 2021

HMRC Software Development Support Team (SDSTeam) have confirmed the Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) rates and daily equivalents that are to be used from 6th April 2021. The Threshold to qualify remains at average weekly earnings of £120. The weekly amount of SSP rises to £96.35 per week. The same weekly SSP rate applies to all … Continue reading Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) rates confirmed for use from 6th April 2021

Statutory Payment Rates effective 4th April 2021 confirmed – SMP, SAP, SPP, ShPP & SPBP

The HMRC Software Developers Support Team (SDSTeam) have confirmed the Statutory Payment Rates which commences for weeks commencing from Sunday 4th April 2021. The weekly average earnings threshold remains as £120. He standard weekly rate rises to £151.97. SP rates 2021-22Download Part of Preparations for tax year 2021/2022 PAYadvice.UK 22/12/2020 updated 28/12/2020

National Insurance Contribution changes 2021/2022

The HMRC Software Developer Support Team (SDSTeam) have provided the following in relation to National Insurance Contributions (NICs) applicable from 6th April 2021:- The government made a Written Ministerial Statement that it will use the September Consumer Price Index as the basis for setting the National Insurance limits and thresholds, as well as the rates … Continue reading National Insurance Contribution changes 2021/2022

2021-2022 Welsh Rate of Income Tax (WRIT) – No change

The Welsh Government draft budget has proposed a no change basis for Income Tax for the 2021/2022 tax year - Wales stays in alignment with England and Northern Ireland (sometime referee for Income Tax purposes as the rest of the UK or rUK. The following is extracted from the Welsh Government draft budget document at … Continue reading 2021-2022 Welsh Rate of Income Tax (WRIT) – No change

Advice for clinically extremely vulnerable in new Tier 4 areas – do not attend work

This group is advised to stay at home at all times, unless for exercise or medical appointments, and not to attend work, even if they are unable to work from home. Updated guidance is being issued for the clinically extremely vulnerable in areas placed into new Tier 4 restrictions from 20th DecemberThis group of the … Continue reading Advice for clinically extremely vulnerable in new Tier 4 areas – do not attend work

Tier 4 Furlough Chaos – Payroll impacted? Reprocess or adjust pay and claims!

Many a payroll professionals worst nightmare has just happened! Christmas payrolls are a strain at the best of times with the practice of early payments, mixed with extended flexible furlough and the operation of tight deadlines under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). With the Prime-ministers announcement of further lockdown measures for swathes of London, … Continue reading Tier 4 Furlough Chaos – Payroll impacted? Reprocess or adjust pay and claims!

Christmas holiday, Christmas bonus and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

As part of his update from Thursday 17th December 2020, Jim Harra of HMRC has provided the following clarifications. Can I use CJRS to pay for holiday leave? If employers have furloughed employees because of the effect of coronavirus on their business, they can claim under the CJRS for periods of paid leave they take … Continue reading Christmas holiday, Christmas bonus and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – what you need to do now

Dear @PAYadvice, The UK Government has reviewed the terms of the scheme, and announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will remain at the current level of 80% of usual wages for the hours not worked, and will be extended until the end of April‌‌ 2021. Reminder of monthly deadlines Thank you if you submitted you … Continue reading Extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – what you need to do now

Statement: Tax exemptions: Employer-reimbursed coronavirus antigen tests and easement for employer-provided cycles exemption

Employer-reimbursed coronavirus antigen tests: Exemption from Income Tax and National Insurance contributions On 9 July 2020, the Government agreed to introduce an income tax exemption and National Insurance contributions (NICs) disregard to ensure that Coronavirus antigen testing provided to employees outside the Government’s national testing scheme will not attract tax and NICs liabilities. The Government … Continue reading Statement: Tax exemptions: Employer-reimbursed coronavirus antigen tests and easement for employer-provided cycles exemption

Budget 2021 – date announced

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has announced that the government will publish the Budget on Wednesday 3 March 2021. The Budget will set out the next phase of the plan to tackle the virus and protect jobs and will be published alongside the latest forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR). Opinion … Continue reading Budget 2021 – date announced

Chancellor extends furlough and loan schemes

certainty for millions of jobs and businesses as furlough scheme extended until the end of April 2021businesses struggling will have now until the end of March to access government generous loan schemesChancellor also confirmed that the Budget will be on the 3 March and set out the next phase of the plan to tackle the … Continue reading Chancellor extends furlough and loan schemes

ACAS – ‘If you’re one of the elves working over Christmas, what are your rights?’

ACAS have guidance on employment rights for those working during the Christmas season. If you have to work over the Christmas period, what are your rights? Some of the key considerations ACAS raise include: your employer must pay you at least the minimum wage, though this depends on how old you arethere is no entitlement … Continue reading ACAS – ‘If you’re one of the elves working over Christmas, what are your rights?’

Employer reimbursed Coronavirus swab tests – Income tax exemption and National Insurance disregard

The Government is to introduce a temporary income tax exemption and National Insurance contributions (NICs) disregard, to ensure that employees who purchase their own Coronavirus swab tests, and are reimbursed by their employer, will not attract income tax and NICs liabilities in the current tax year. A Coronavirus swab test means a test which detects … Continue reading Employer reimbursed Coronavirus swab tests – Income tax exemption and National Insurance disregard

Register births for child benefit

HMRC is now urging Child Benefit claimants to register their child’s birth if they haven't done so, in order to verify their claim. Parents in Northern Ireland will also need to send in the Birth Certificate. Details for Child benefit, how to register a birth and finding a registrar can be found at: Child benefit … Continue reading Register births for child benefit

819,000 fewer on payroll since February 2020

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) and HM Revenue and Customs have released the joint Earnings and employment from Pay As You Earn Real Time Information, UK: December 2020 There were 28.2 million employees on payroll in November 2020 The number of payrolled employees in the UK in October 2020 fell by 2.6%, compared with … Continue reading 819,000 fewer on payroll since February 2020

Extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – guidance updates 10th December 2020

HMRC has applied further updates to the guidance for the extended CJRS on Thursday 10th December 2020: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme CollectionCoronavirus Job Retention Scheme Check if you can use the scheme Changes to the 'Employer claim information that HMRC will make public' section with information that from February HMRC will publish information about employers … Continue reading Extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – guidance updates 10th December 2020

Missed the Monday 14th December 2020 claim deadline!

Monday 14th December 2020 was the last day to make a claim through the Job Retention Scheme for periods in November. So if you have furloughed staff during the month of November, even if you won’t pay amounts until later, you needed to prepare and calculate your grant claim amounts for the latest 14th December … Continue reading Missed the Monday 14th December 2020 claim deadline!

Adults to gain new skills on 400 free courses

Tens of thousands of adults to benefit from hundreds of free courses next year, including engineering, health, construction and accountancy. Tens of thousands of adults will be able to benefit from almost 400 free courses next year, in the first major development in the Lifetime Skills Guarantee announced by the Prime Minister in September. The … Continue reading Adults to gain new skills on 400 free courses

December 2020 HMRC Employer Bulletin

Dear @PAYadvice, Our Employer Bulletin (December 2020, Issue 87) includes a host of useful information including the extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, VAT deferral and VAT reverse charge measures for the construction industry, Virtual Christmas Parties and Brexit transition updates. There’s also a timely reminder about how to report PAYE Real Time Information … Continue reading December 2020 HMRC Employer Bulletin

Action required – submit your November Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme claims

Dear @PAYadvice, I’m writing to remind you about the upcoming deadline for making your Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) claims for November, and actions you or your clients might need to take. You must submit any November claims, no later than 14‌‌ ‌‌‌December. CJRS: what you or your clients can claim and when The UK … Continue reading Action required – submit your November Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme claims

JETS fuels support for more than 40,000 jobseekers

More than 800 jobseekers per day have been referred to the government’s new £238 million JETS – Job Entry Targeted Support – programme since it launched at the start of October 2020. In its first fifty days, Work Coaches across the country have acted quickly to deliver the additional support, signposting tens of thousands of … Continue reading JETS fuels support for more than 40,000 jobseekers

Crackdown on unfair employment clauses in a boost for low paid workers – consultation

Proposed crackdown on restrictive employment contracts will ensure up to 1.8 million low paid workers across the UK can pick up extra work if they want toother reforms will remove unfair barriers that prevent workers in technology, legal and other sectors from starting up or joining competing businessesplans will give workers more freedom over where … Continue reading Crackdown on unfair employment clauses in a boost for low paid workers – consultation

Furlough naming – more details released

HMRC have updated guidance (30th November) on naming of employers who have used the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for periods starting from 1st December 2020. ‘Section on employer claim information updated with details of upcoming claim band ranges’. Employer claim information that HMRC will make public As part of HMRC’s commitment to transparency and to … Continue reading Furlough naming – more details released

Child Trust Fund court fees waived for parents

Parents or guardians of children who lack mental capacity can ask for court fees to be waived when seeking access to a Child Trust Fund, the government has announced 1st December, 2020. vast majority of affected families will not have to pay feesworking group to look at further reducing administrative burden on parents of children … Continue reading Child Trust Fund court fees waived for parents

Extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – guidance updates 1st December 2020

HMRC has applied further updates to the guidance for the extended CJRS on Tuesday 1st December 2020: Call out box of key messages at top of all pages changed to say: The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 31st March 2021. Claims for furlough days in November 2020 must be submitted by 14th … Continue reading Extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – guidance updates 1st December 2020

Failed tax avoidance – the IT contractors story

The IT contractor - Duncan’s story Duncan is a 55-year-old IT project manager. He’s married with two children and lives in London. When he started working as a contractor, he chose to use an umbrella company to help him manage his payroll admin. He found one through a comparison website. Duncan didn’t ask enough questions … Continue reading Failed tax avoidance – the IT contractors story

The nurses story – failed tax avoidance

HMRC have shared stories of contractors who have been caught up in tax avoidance schemes. They were promised higher take-home pay, lower tax bills and less paperwork. Instead, it cost them time, money and stress. Tanya is a single parent. She works as a critical care nurse at her local hospital. She found her job … Continue reading The nurses story – failed tax avoidance

Claim the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme – now open

The SEISS claim facility was opened on Sunday 29th November 2020. To make a claim for the third grant your business must have had a new or continuing impact from coronavirus between 1st November 2020 and 29th January 2021, which you reasonably believe will have a significant reduction in your profits. The third taxable grant … Continue reading Claim the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme – now open

November furlough? Need to claim? Deadline Monday 14th December

Employers who have furloughed employees between Sunday 1st November and Monday 30th November (inclusive) who are needing a government grant to help assist with the cost of wages? The claim deadline is Monday 14th December 2020! Get your data ready. Collect the hours worked to ensure your claim is correct. Make sure those employees claimed … Continue reading November furlough? Need to claim? Deadline Monday 14th December

Extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – guidance updates 26th November 2020

HMRC has applied further updates to the guidance for the extended CJRS on Thursday 26th November 2020: Calculate how much you can claim using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme The information has been updated to give further detail about if your fixed-rate employee’s first pay period ends after 30 October 2020 and if your variable-rate … Continue reading Extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – guidance updates 26th November 2020

Enforcement notice – advertising tax arrangement schemes

The Advertising Standards Authority @ASA_UK have published an enforcement notice to ensure businesses who advertise tax avoidance schemes are upfront about the risks involved This Enforcement Notice is jointly-issued with HMRC and provides guidance to promoters of tax arrangement schemes. The notice applies to websites which advertise a tax arrangement scheme to UK individuals or … Continue reading Enforcement notice – advertising tax arrangement schemes

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) third grant: Full details now published

Dear @PAYadvice, Full details of the third SEISS grant to support self-employed people affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) have been published on GOV‌‌.UK.   The rules on who is eligible to claim have changed. However, your clients will still need to have submitted a Self Assessment tax return for the tax year 2018 to 2019 showing self-employment income in … Continue reading Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) third grant: Full details now published

Minimum pay changes confirmed for April 2021

The Government has announced the National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates which will come into force from April 2021. It has accepted in full recommendations made by the Low Pay Commission at the end of October. The National Living Wage will increase by 2.2 per cent from £8.72 to £8.91, and … Continue reading Minimum pay changes confirmed for April 2021

Claim a grant through the extended Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

Applications for the Self Employment Income Support Scheme Grant Extension open on Monday 30th November 2020. The full eligibility criteria is now available. The scheme has been extended. If not eligible for the first and second grant then a business is also not eligible for the third. To make a claim for the third grant … Continue reading Claim a grant through the extended Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

BREXIT – Employing EU citizens from 1st January 2021

No right to work checking change until 30th June 2021 With BREXIT - do the right to work checks change on 1st January 2021? Simply the answer is no. The Home Office state the following: You’ll need to check a job applicant’s right to work in the same way as now until 30 June 2021. … Continue reading BREXIT – Employing EU citizens from 1st January 2021

Important – deadlines you need to be aware of for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Dear @PAYadvice, I’m writing to update you with the latest information on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the VAT Deferral New Payment Scheme – including actions you or your clients might need to take.  Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) The CJRS has been extended to 31‌‌‌ ‌‌March 2021 for all parts of the UK. … Continue reading Important – deadlines you need to be aware of for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Claim outstanding – Claim by Monday 30th November

If you have furloughed staff for periods between 1st July and 31st October and not yet completed all of your grant claims yet. You need to act now else risk not receiving your grant assistance to cover wages. 30th November 2020 is the last day employers can submit or change claims for periods ending on … Continue reading Claim outstanding – Claim by Monday 30th November