New payment for people self-isolating in highest risk areas

People on low incomes who need to self-isolate and are unable to work from home in areas with high incidence of COVID-19 will benefit from a new government payment scheme. Government to implement new payment for people on low incomes in areas with high rates of COVID-19, who need to self-isolate and can’t work from … Continue reading New payment for people self-isolating in highest risk areas

Why don’t workers report NMW underpayments?

The Low Pay Commission (LPC) have repeatedly stressed the importance of Government action to encourage workers to make complaints about employers who underpay. Many groups indicate a reluctance of exploited workers to bring complaints. The numbers of complaints about underpayment look minuscule compared to the LPC statistical estimates. It is considered that the problem is … Continue reading Why don’t workers report NMW underpayments?

Do you have employees working from home?

Dear @PAYadvice, During the past few months, many employers have asked employees to work from home – sometimes providing mobile phones and internet to help them. For more information on paying expenses and providing benefits in kind, join the following live webinar. You can ask questions using the on-screen text box. Expenses and benefits for … Continue reading Do you have employees working from home?

Over 64 million meals claimed for as Eat Out to Help Out enters fourth week

More than 64 million meals have been enjoyed by diners across the country since the launch of the government’s Eat Out to Help Out discount scheme. new figures today show that restaurants have claimed for more than 64 million discounted meals as Eat Out to Help Out enters its fourth weekupward trend in meals claimed … Continue reading Over 64 million meals claimed for as Eat Out to Help Out enters fourth week

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – helping employers get their data right

The HMRC Communications Team have asked PAYadvice to share the following: It’s important that employers provide all the data we need to process their claim. Payment of a grant may be at risk or delayed if a claim is submitted that’s incomplete or incorrect, so we want to help employers get this right. We will … Continue reading Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – helping employers get their data right

Stay ahead of the changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Dear @PAYadvice, Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme from 1‌‌ September mean that employers will need to fund 10% of furloughed employees’ usual wages for the hours they do not work and continue to pay their National Insurance (NI) and pension contributions, as these will not be covered by future grants. Make sure you have the … Continue reading Stay ahead of the changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Marriage Allowance

S&C by PSP (c)2019 It is thought that millions of qualifying couples are missing out and have not applied for their marriage tax allowance. If one of the couple have reduced income due to family commitments or for other reasons, then this allowance may benefit you. Please note that you can apply for the marriage … Continue reading Marriage Allowance

Jersey: Temporary 2% employee Social Insurance contributions reduction

In July, it was announced that the Government of Jersey would introduce a £150m fiscal stimulus package to help the Jersey economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Following this, the proposal to cut Social Security so that there is a temporarily reduced employee contribution by 2%, from the current 6% down to a … Continue reading Jersey: Temporary 2% employee Social Insurance contributions reduction

Employers with furlough discrepancies being contacted by HMRC

The Job Retention Scheme has assisted 9.6 million jobs with over 1.2 million employers have made furlough grant claims. Whilst on furlough, employees are not permitted to work, originally for a period of 21 days, whilst receiving furlough pay. Tax payers, is the government grants, funded 80% of earnings plus employers NIC and a base … Continue reading Employers with furlough discrepancies being contacted by HMRC

#BREXIT: Continue to live in the UK if you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen

EU, EEA or Swiss citizens will usually need to apply to continue living in the UK after 31 December 2020. If you’re wanting to continue to live in the U.K. and from any of the following: the EU (except Ireland)IcelandLiechtensteinNorwaySwitzerland Press the following button to find out what to do and when: Continue to live … Continue reading #BREXIT: Continue to live in the UK if you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen

Self-isolating after returning to the UK: employment rights

Employers who dismiss an employee because they have had to self-isolate following travel abroad may be liable for unfair dismissal HM Government have issued guidance for employees and employers in relation to the impact of quarantine when returning from holidays or other overseas travel when quarantine has been imposed. They advise the following: Working from … Continue reading Self-isolating after returning to the UK: employment rights

Eat Out to Help Out scheme

There are just seven days left for diners and dining establishments to use the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme. The scheme allows restaurants, bars, cafes and other eligible establishments to provide 50% off food and non-alcoholic drinks, up to £10 per person, all day Monday to Wednesday throughout August. Guidance on how to claim … Continue reading Eat Out to Help Out scheme

Children returning to school – Tax Free Childcare

With Scottish schools returning last week, and Northern Irish schools re-opening, HMRC are reminding parents they can get up to £2,000 of government help towards childcare costs with Tax-Free Childcare (TFC). For every £8 that families pay, the government will add £2, up to a maximum of £2,000 per child, per year (or £4,000 for … Continue reading Children returning to school – Tax Free Childcare

Child Benefit: Over 16 Full-time non-advanced Education

HM Revenue and Customs is urging parents of children aged over 16 who are staying in full-time non-advanced education from September 2020, such as Sixth Form colleges, or training, to inform HMRC so that Child Benefit payments and Child Tax Credit payments don’t stop. Child Benefit provides £21.05 a week for the eldest or only … Continue reading Child Benefit: Over 16 Full-time non-advanced Education

How changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on 1‌‌ September impact you

Dear PAYadvice, We’re writing to remind you about changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) from 1‌‌ September and what this means for you.   What you need to do from 1‌‌ September From 1‌‌ September CJRS will pay 70% of usual wages up to a cap of £2,187.50 per month for the hours furloughed employees do not work.You will still need … Continue reading How changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on 1‌‌ September impact you

PAYE RTI penalties – continuation of the risk-based approach to charging penalties

HMRC is to continue its risk-based approach to PAYE late filing and late payment penalties for the 2020/21 tax year. This means that late filing and late payment penalties will be considered on a risk-assessed basis and not automatically. Penalties for 2020/21 will be issued from September 2020. Support is available for Employers during the … Continue reading PAYE RTI penalties – continuation of the risk-based approach to charging penalties

New help on offer for disabled people working from home during the pandemic

People who are clinically extremely vulnerable can get new applications for grant funding fast-tracked.Funding can now cover taxi fares and public transport costs, if a health condition prevents you from travelling on public transport during the pandemic. New help on offer for disabled people working from home during the pandemic Those working from home or … Continue reading New help on offer for disabled people working from home during the pandemic

Improving Student Loans services

A blog by Bernice McNaught, SLC’s Executive Director, Repayments and Counter Fraud Services Improving Student Loans Company service for customers in repayment. Over the last 18 months, we have made significant improvements to the student loan repayment process. More frequent data sharing (MFDS), a joint programme of work with HMRC and our Government shareholders, has … Continue reading Improving Student Loans services

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SESS) now open

If you're self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been adversely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19), the scheme allowed a claim for a first taxable grant. Applications closed on 13 July 2020. A second and final taxable grant is worth 70% of average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering 3 … Continue reading Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SESS) now open

2021 Student Loans Repayment Threshold Announcement

The Department for Education (DfE) confirmed 11th August 2020 the annual updates to the Thresholds of Income Contingent Student Loans and Mortgage Style Student Loans. Income Contingent Student Loans / Undergraduate loans / Income Contingent Student Loans for pre-2012 (Plan 1) loans From 6 April 2021, the repayment threshold for Plan 1 loans will rise … Continue reading 2021 Student Loans Repayment Threshold Announcement

Employer Bulletin (August 2020 – issue 85)

HMRC have issued the August 2020 edition of the Employer Bulletin covering: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and what employers need to do from August onwardsMake sure you’re paying the correct workplace pension contributionsNew law to ensure furloughed employees receive full statutory redundancy paymentsDeadline to report the disguised remuneration loan charge – 30 September 2020COVID-19 – … Continue reading Employer Bulletin (August 2020 – issue 85)

Overtime and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – update

The guidance ‘Calculate how much you can claim using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme’ has been updated with a new section on how to calculate a claim for fixed pay employees who have worked enough overtime (in the tax year 2019 to 2020) to have a significant impact on the amount to claim. If your … Continue reading Overtime and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – update

Employer Salary Advance Schemes – FCA view

The Financial Conduct Authority has made a statement ‘the risks and benefits of Employer Salary Advance Schemes (ESAS) and what employers and employees should consider when using them’. Promoted as an alternative to high cost credit they have broadly similar economic effect. Most schemes do not fall under the FCA regulation, as they do not … Continue reading Employer Salary Advance Schemes – FCA view

Important information about the Job Retention Bonus

Dear PAYadvice.UK We’re writing to let you know that we have published additional information on the Job Retention Bonus, including details on how to check if you’re eligible and what you need to do now to get ready to claim. You can find this by going to GOV‌.UK and searching ‘Job Retention Bonus – Policy … Continue reading Important information about the Job Retention Bonus

Claiming tax credits and being flexible-furloughed?

If you claim tax credits and have returned to work after being furloughed but are still temporarily not working your normal hours due to COVID 19 you do not need to tell the HMRC tax credits office. They will continue to use the information they already have and treat claimants as working their normal hours … Continue reading Claiming tax credits and being flexible-furloughed?

Support for working families affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) given an extra boost

Working parents eligible for Tax-Free Childcare or 30 hours free childcare who have temporarily fallen below the minimum income requirement due to COVID19 will continue to receive financial support until 31st October 2020. Also, Critical workers exceed the income threshold for the 2020 to 2021 tax year as a result of working more to play … Continue reading Support for working families affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) given an extra boost

HMRC texting Tax Credit claimants about National Minimum Wage

Working Tax Credit recipients are known to be twice as likely to be underpaid the National Minimum Wage. Failure by employers to “uprate” workers following a key birthday is a common cause of non-compliance. HMRC are reminding recipients of Working Tax Credits who recently turned 18, 21 or 25, that they are eligible to a … Continue reading HMRC texting Tax Credit claimants about National Minimum Wage

#COVID-19 shielding ends

With the gradual lifting of restrictions, changes introduced on Saturday 1st August 2020 see the official end to shielding requirements. What has changed The guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable is that shielding has been paused. This means: you do not need to follow previous shielding adviceyou can go to work as long as the … Continue reading #COVID-19 shielding ends

The future of work can be flexible

There has been a steep rise in the number of employees working flexibly during lockdown, alongside this there has also been a decline in stigma around flexible working during this period. A survey by the University of Kent and Birmingham University asked over 1,000 employed and self-employed workers about working from home during the pandemic … Continue reading The future of work can be flexible

£20 million to improve small business leadership and problem-solving skills #coronavirus

Two new leadership programmes to help small business leaders grow in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic have been launched Government investment in small business training, management and productivity£20 million commitment at critical time for small businesses dealing with the impact of coronavirusinterested small business leaders are encouraged to sign up The Small Business Leadership … Continue reading £20 million to improve small business leadership and problem-solving skills #coronavirus

Apprentices get job boost

A new online and telephone support service for apprentices who have lost their jobs during the Covid-19 outbreak has been launched by Gillian Keegan, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister (1st August 2020). A new Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices (ReSSA) will ensure they have access to local and national services that can provide financial, legal, health … Continue reading Apprentices get job boost

Job Retention Bonus

The Job Retention Bonus is a one-off payment to employers of £1,000 for every employee who they previously claimed for under the Coronavirus Job Retention scheme, and who remains continuously employed through to 31 January 2021. Employees must have earned at least £520 a month on average between the 1 November 2020 and 31 January … Continue reading Job Retention Bonus