Self Assessment 2021 – update

Dear @PAYadvice, On 25th January HMRC announced that Self Assessment customers will not receive a late filing penalty for their late tax return if they file online by 28‌‌ ‌February. This easement is for late filing penalties only. It does not affect any other tax obligations. A return received in February will be treated in … Continue reading Self Assessment 2021 – update

6th April 2021 tax changes confirmed

Following the Scottish budget, the HMRC have confirmed the tax allowances, rates and thresholds for 2021/2022 across the UK, these are effective from 6th April 2021. The tables below provide both the current and the new tax year values. Personal Allowance England and Northern Ireland Tax calculations for 6th April include changes announced by the … Continue reading 6th April 2021 tax changes confirmed

Scottish Income Tax Changes 2021

Income tax is the responsibility of the UK Government and is collected and managed by HMRC. However, the Scotland Act 2012 gave the Scottish Parliament the power to set a different rate of income tax in Scotland, known as the Scottish Rate of Income Tax (SRIT). This took effect from 6 April 2016. Scotland Act … Continue reading Scottish Income Tax Changes 2021

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

Legislation Update 2021 for payroll

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PAYadvice.UK have issued its 21.4 version of the PAYadvice Series Legislation Update 2021. This is a compilation of the confirmed changes due for 2021 for the UK, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. The original version was made available on 7th January 2021. We believe that PAYadvice was the first organisation in the UK … Continue reading Legislation Update 2021 for payroll

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