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

Prime Minister publishes COVID Winter Plan

National restrictions to end on 2 December, with England returning to local tiersShops, gyms, personal care, and leisure to reopen, whilst collective worship, weddings and outdoor sports can resumeTiers toughened in some areas to safeguard gains, and ensure testing and vaccines can have maximum impactPrime Minister to announce on Thursday which area will be in … Continue reading Prime Minister publishes COVID Winter Plan

Exemption for employer-provided coronavirus antigen tests #COVID19

A new temporary exemption is being introduced to make sure that employees who are given a relevant coronavirus antigen test by their employer, will not be liable to an Income Tax benefit in kind (BiKs) charge. The exemption applies to any relevant coronavirus antigen test provided by an employer, on or after 8 December 2020, … Continue reading Exemption for employer-provided coronavirus antigen tests #COVID19

PAYadvice.UK reaches 500 posts with over 400 followers

WordPress has congratulated PAYadvice.UK on reaching 500 posts since the first post on 19th April 2019. In 2020 there have so far been over 40,000 clicks for information by 22,000 plus visitors. There are now over 400 followers. Articles are shared on LinkedIn (there is a PAYadvice group) and on Facebook and Twitter. PAYadvice.UK provides … Continue reading PAYadvice.UK reaches 500 posts with over 400 followers

Importance of COVID-19-secure workplaces

A consensus statement on the best approach to reduce risk for workers, including those of ethnic minority groups, has been issued by PHE, HSE and FOM. Public Health England (PHE), Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM) have issued a consensus statement on the best approach to reduce occupational risk for … Continue reading Importance of COVID-19-secure workplaces

Virtual Christmas staff events – tax exemption status confirmed

HM Revenue and Customers have indicated the following, guidance will be updated shortly. Having considered the scope of section 264 ITEPA 2003 (annual parties exemption), [HMRC] are pleased to confirm that the exemption will apply to the costs associated with virtual parties in the same way that it would for traditionally held, parties. Therefore, the … Continue reading Virtual Christmas staff events – tax exemption status confirmed

Extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – guidance updates 19th November 2020

HMRC applied further updates to the guidance for the extended CJRS on Thursday 19th November 2020: Check if you can use the scheme The sections 'Who can claim' and 'Employer claim information that HMRC will make public' have been updated. Amounts claimed will be provided to employees on their Personal Tax Account. Check if you … Continue reading Extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – guidance updates 19th November 2020

Disguised remuneration: settling your tax affairs #loancharge

HMRC have updated their guidance 19th November 2020 about paying what is owed to HMRC and added new information about providing settlement information. The #loancharge deadline passed on 30th September 2020. Guidance is now available for those who want to settle all their tax liabilities related to disguised remuneration and loans subject to the loan … Continue reading Disguised remuneration: settling your tax affairs #loancharge

Did you furlough staff between 1st July and 30th October – claim deadline is imminent!

All Job Retention Scheme claims for periods before 1st November 2020 need to be made by 30th November 2020. For furlough from 1st March 2020 through 30th June 2020 (full furlough with minimum 21 day furlough requirement), and claims for government grant application were required by 31st July 2020. For flexible furlough (including continuing full … Continue reading Did you furlough staff between 1st July and 30th October – claim deadline is imminent!

Updated rules for farm workers arriving in England

Seasonal workers arriving in England to carry out vital work on farms ahead of Christmas are able to work as soon as they arrive. The temporary measures published 16th November 2020 mean seasonal poultry workers arriving from abroad will be able to work during their 14-day quarantine period from 4am on 17th November. However, they … Continue reading Updated rules for farm workers arriving in England

Guernsey Class 1 contributions – 1st January 2021

The States of Guernsey authorities have issued the Class 1 contribution changes which apply from 1st January 2021. From 1st January 2021 the percentage rates for the calculation of Class 1 (Employed) Contributions will be as shown in the following table. The 2020 rates and levels are shown in brackets. Information for employers Employers guide … Continue reading Guernsey Class 1 contributions – 1st January 2021

Jersey Social Security changes: 1 Jan 2021 & 1 Jul 2021

Do you pay and operate payrolls in Jersey? The States of Jersey have issued the Social Security contribution thresholds and limits for the year 2021. The Jersey tax year commences on 1st January, and due to COVID-19, a temporary reduction in employee contributions applies until June 2021. Please note: More information can be located at: … Continue reading Jersey Social Security changes: 1 Jan 2021 & 1 Jul 2021

Self Assessment filers warned about scammers posing as HMRC

Criminals are taking advantage of the Self Assessment deadline to panic customers into sharing their personal or financial details. As the HMRC issues thousands of SMS messages and emails as part of its annual Self Assessment tax return push, They are warning those completing their returns to take care to avoid being caught out by … Continue reading Self Assessment filers warned about scammers posing as HMRC

COVID-19: Employer support – live webinars

Dear @PAYadvice, You can now claim for periods starting 1 November under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), which is running until the end of March for all parts of the UK. You will still need to submit all final claims for periods up to 31‌‌‌ ‌October on or before 3‌‌‌‌0 November. Make sure you have … Continue reading COVID-19: Employer support – live webinars

Christmas, holidays and furlough!

So what should happen for furloughed workers, especially as many would not normally be working across Christmas and New Year? Can they be furloughed during those periods? Must employers top-up to 100% holiday pay? Furloughed workers Where a bank holiday (such as Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year) falls inside a worker’s period of furlough … Continue reading Christmas, holidays and furlough!

Employer CJRS claim information from 1st December to be made public

Naming As part of the HMRC update information published late on Friday 13th November 2020, confirmation was given on the basis that HMRC will publish employer names. Along with the employers name, they will also provide an indication of the value of the claim and,for companies and Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs) the company registration number … Continue reading Employer CJRS claim information from 1st December to be made public

Extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – guidance updates 13th November 2020

HMRC applied updates to the following CJRS guidance. 1. Check if your employer can use the CJRS Changed to make clear that for claim periods starting on or after 1 December 2020 you cannot claim for any days on or after 1 December 2020 during which the furloughed employee was serving a contractual or statutory … Continue reading Extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – guidance updates 13th November 2020

Furlough grant to support job retention not job losses from 1st December 2020

The HMRC guidance - Check which employees you can put on furlough to use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been updated on Friday 13th November 2020. For claim periods starting on or after 1st December 2020, employers cannot claim CJRS grant from the government to cover 80% of furlough reference pay salary for any … Continue reading Furlough grant to support job retention not job losses from 1st December 2020

Treasury Direction in relation to the Extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

On 13th November, the Chancellor made a Treasury Direction under Section 71 and 76 of the Coronavirus Act to extend and modify the effect of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. The Direction sets out that HMRC are responsible for the payment and management of amounts to be paid under the scheme. The schedule to this … Continue reading Treasury Direction in relation to the Extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Raising standards for tax advice – Tackling promoters of tax avoidance

The Government has published (Thursday 12th November 2020) responses to calls for evidence in the market for tax advice and the tackling of promoters of tax avoidance. Raising standards for tax advice The Government is publishing a Summary of Responses and Next Steps from the call for evidence on raising standards in the market for … Continue reading Raising standards for tax advice – Tackling promoters of tax avoidance

Extra Bank Holiday to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022

Culture Secretary announces plans to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June 2022. Nation will come together over a four-day Bank Holiday weekend to celebrate The Queen’s 70 year reignExtensive programme of public events will mix traditional pageantry with cutting edge technological displays Jubilee medal will be created and awarded to public services workers … Continue reading Extra Bank Holiday to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022

More than 19,000 jobs created by Kickstart Scheme so far

Over 19,000 job placements for unemployed young people have so far been created under the government’s £2 billion Kickstart Scheme - with tens of thousands more expected in the months ahead. 19,672 jobs created for young people so far by landmark Kickstart Schemejobs in tech, film and TV, communications, fitness, and the charity sector among … Continue reading More than 19,000 jobs created by Kickstart Scheme so far

RTI reporting obligations for payments made early at Christmas

Dear @PAYadvice, We know that some employers pay their employees earlier than usual over the Christmas period, for example the business may close for Christmas and New Year. If you do pay early, please report your normal payment date on your Full Payment Submission (FPS). For example: if you pay on 18‌‌‌ ‌De‌ce‌mb‌er 2020 but … Continue reading RTI reporting obligations for payments made early at Christmas

Extended Job Retention Scheme claim facility now open

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 31 March 2021. For any grant claims relating to furlough up to 31st October 2020, employers must finalise and ensure that they make the grant application at the latest 30th November 2020. For the new extended Job Retention Scheme, the November grant application claim facility is … Continue reading Extended Job Retention Scheme claim facility now open

Revised Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) guidance has been delivered today as promised

Dear @PAYadvice, Please share the following message sent on behalf of the Chief Executive and Permanent Secretary – HMRC  I’m writing to let you know that new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) guidance is now available on GOV.UK. To check if you or your clients are eligible and to get ready to claim, go to: Claim … Continue reading Revised Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) guidance has been delivered today as promised

Combat Pensions Scam pledge

The pensions industry had been called on to publicly pledge to combat pension scams. Providers, trustees and administrators are urged to help protect savers thinking of cashing in their pensions by ensuring they can spot the warning signs of a scam and are informed of any risks when they look to make a transfer. The … Continue reading Combat Pensions Scam pledge

Job Retention Scheme Calculator – ready for Extended November calculations

The Job Retention Scheme Calculator has been readied for the November Furlough calculations. Issued on a Monday 9th November, Employers are able to calculate furlough grant reclaim amounts for employees who were in the original furlough scheme or employed and reported before 20th March 2020, and the new cohort of employees who have since been … Continue reading Job Retention Scheme Calculator – ready for Extended November calculations

REAL LIVING WAGE INCREASES TO £9.50 IN UK AND £10.85 IN LONDON AS COST OF LIVING RISES

Living Wage Week, from 9-15 November 2020, is a UK-wide celebration of the almost 7,000 employers that have voluntarily committed to ensure employees and sub-contracted staff earn a real Living Wage. This includes more than two-fifths of the FTSE 100 and major household names such as Brewdog, Everton FC, Aviva, Burberry, and Nationwide. The real … Continue reading REAL LIVING WAGE INCREASES TO £9.50 IN UK AND £10.85 IN LONDON AS COST OF LIVING RISES

Self Assessment deadline – 31st January 2021

HMRC are encouraging those required to complete Self Assessment to complete their tax return ahead of the deadline on 31st January 2021, to make sure they have time to pay their tax bill or set up a payment plan. Self Assessment customers can complete their Self Assessment via the Personal Tax Account, which provides an … Continue reading Self Assessment deadline – 31st January 2021

Unregistered new born? Claim Child Benefit now!

Parents are being urged to claim Child Benefit even if they have not yet been able to register the birth of their new-borns to ensure they don’t miss out. C&S by PSP (c)2020 Normally, to claim Child Benefit, parents must first register their child’s birth. However, HMRC announced in April that During the pandemic parents could claim Child Benefit without … Continue reading Unregistered new born? Claim Child Benefit now!

Off-Payroll working rules (IR35) – are you prepared?

Off-Payroll Working Rules (IR35): education and support to help prepare for April 2021 changes Medium or large-sized non-public sector organisations and contractors need to start to prepare for the changes to the off-payroll working rules. These changes were legislated for in the recent Finance Act and will come into effect on 6th April 2021. Changes … Continue reading Off-Payroll working rules (IR35) – are you prepared?

Wales: The Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) extension

Support for care workers who are required to stay off work due to actual or suspected COVID-19 or because they have to self-isolate. Please note that this Scheme relates to care homes located in Wales. It does not apply to England, Northern Ireland or Scotland. The Statutory sick pay enhancement scheme supports care workers who … Continue reading Wales: The Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) extension

Extended CJRS Grant claim deadlines – Cause for concern?

Many are welcoming the new Extended Job Retention Scheme. However, is the new 14th of the month following deadline a ‘cause for concern’? Full guidance for the extended CJRS will include further detail on how to claim and will be published on Tuesday 10th November 2020. The current policy paper provides information along the following … Continue reading Extended CJRS Grant claim deadlines – Cause for concern?

Policy paper – Extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

HMRC have published information on how you to check if an employer is eligible to claim, and what needs to be agreed with employees. Policy paperExtension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme This latest information applies for CJRS claim periods from 1 November 2020. The final date for claims for the period up to 31 … Continue reading Policy paper – Extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Chancellor statement to the house – Furlough extension

The oral statement of the Chancellor of the Exchequer announcing the extension to the Job Retention a Scheme referred also as furlough can be viewed on the following button: Chancellors statement to the houseFurlough extension PAYadvice.UK 5/11/2020

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

Dear @PAYadvice, In our email earlier this week on the extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), we promised to share any further information with you as soon as it became available. Extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – more information available Today the Chancellor has announced that CJRS will be extended until … Continue reading Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

Government extends Furlough to March and increases self-employed support

Workers across the United Kingdom will benefit from increased support with a five-month extension of the furlough scheme into Spring 2021, the Chancellor announced today, 5 November. businesses and people across the UK given certainty over winter months with further support announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunakthe furlough scheme will now be extended until the end … Continue reading Government extends Furlough to March and increases self-employed support

Living Hours – first accredited employers

AVIVA AND STANDARD LIFE ABERDEEN BECOME FIRST ‘LIVING HOURS’ EMPLOYERS, AS OVER 80% OF ADULTS BACK HOURS GUARANTEES On 20th October 2020 Aviva and Standard Life Aberdeen were announced as the UK’s first accredited Living Hours Employers. Their accreditation means that, in addition to paying their staff the real Living Wage of £9.30 in the … Continue reading Living Hours – first accredited employers

The Living Wage week is coming – new rates to be announced Monday 9th November 2020

THE ONLY UK RATE BASED ON LIVING COSTS The real Living Wage is the only UK wage rate that is voluntarily paid by over 6,500 UK businesses who believe their staff deserve a wage which meets everyday needs; the weekly shop, or a suprise trip to the dentist. Living Wage accredited employers voluntarily pay the … Continue reading The Living Wage week is coming – new rates to be announced Monday 9th November 2020

5th November restrictions for England commence

Mr Speaker, I beg to move that these Regulations are approved and that we come together today to implement time-limited restrictions across England from midnight, so we can contain the Autumn surge of the virus, protect our NHS and save many lives - Boris Johnson PM New national restrictions in England from Thursday 5 November … Continue reading 5th November restrictions for England commence

Fraud awareness – Mini Umbrella Company (MUC)

Please see message sent on behalf of the HMRC’s Fraud Investigation Service, Threat Response Unit. This article has been written to provide you with material to share with your membership / readership in relation to the Mini Umbrella Company Fraud risk. Every business which either places or uses temporary labour should be aware of the … Continue reading Fraud awareness – Mini Umbrella Company (MUC)

Government extends extra welfare support for self-employed for further six months

Zero Minimum Income Floor for UC regulations signed into law Universal Credit will continue to be calculated based on current earnings as Minimum Income Floor suspension extended. The Minimum Income Floor (MIF) for self-employed Universal Credit claimants will remain suspended until the end of April 2021, extending a vital lifeline for hundreds of thousands of … Continue reading Government extends extra welfare support for self-employed for further six months

Student Loan nearly paid off? Switch to Direct Debit

The Student Loan Company (SLC) is urging customers to switch to Direct Debit in the final months of paying their student loan. In a bid to tackle over-repayments, the Student Loans Company is urging customers to switch to Direct Debit in the final months of paying their student loan and to ensure their contact information … Continue reading Student Loan nearly paid off? Switch to Direct Debit

Extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

Dear @PAYadvice, In light of the increased restrictions needed to curb the coronavirus pandemic, the UK government is introducing additional economic measures to support you and your clients. Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme  The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), which was due to end on 31 October, will now be extended, with the UK government paying … Continue reading Extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

Government increases support for self-employed across the UK

The government is increasing its support to the self-employed over the coming months and ensuring people get paid faster than previously planned, it was announced Monday 2nd November 2020. government increases support under the third instalment of the UK-wide Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, with people receiving 80% of average trading profits for Novembergrants will also … Continue reading Government increases support for self-employed across the UK

Latest (2nd November) on CJRS extension

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension until the end of March 2021 The government have issued the following information which may provide some added clarity: Extending the Coronavirus Jobs Retention Scheme (CJRS) The CJRS will be extended until 2 December 2020. In March, we announced the Coronavirus Jobs … Continue reading Latest (2nd November) on CJRS extension

New national restrictions start 5th November 2020

The Prime Minister has announced tougher national restrictions in England from Thursday. New national restrictions from 5 November With the NHS weeks from being overwhelmed, and a higher death toll than the first wave predicted without new restrictions, the Prime Minister, Chief Medical Officer, Chief Scientific Advisor, and Cabinet agreed there was no alternative to … Continue reading New national restrictions start 5th November 2020