The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Conference 2021

Join the conference virtually to explore how we can all work together to make recruitment safer. The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has announced its second conference! The event, which will be held virtually, will take place on 24th and 25th March 2021, and the theme of this year’s conference is Making Recruitment Safer – … Continue reading The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Conference 2021

All households with children of school age to get 2 rapid COVID-19 tests per person per week

Whole families and households with primary school, secondary school and college age children, including childcare and support bubbles, will be able to test themselves twice every week from home as schools return from 8th March 2021. Tests can be ordered and collected from local sites, or administered through workplace testing programmes. Getting a rapid test … Continue reading All households with children of school age to get 2 rapid COVID-19 tests per person per week

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance updates 25th February 2021

HMRC have applied further updated (25th February 2021) to the guidance for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Page titleChangesAllCallout box amended   Claims for furlough days in February 2021 must be made by 15 March 2021  Check if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Employee Page)To advise that more information on training is … Continue reading Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance updates 25th February 2021

2021/2022 New Starter Checklists available

GOV.UK have published the new adjusted HMRC ‘New Starter Checklist’. Some years ago these were referenced as P46. These have been adjusted to combine the student loan and postgraduate loans information requests into two questions 9 and 10, and incorporate the new Scottish Student Loan Plan 4 which commences collection from pay from 6th April … Continue reading 2021/2022 New Starter Checklists available

2020 Student Loan guidance updated to include Scottish Plan 4 and Off-Payroll working references

Student loan and postgraduate loan repayment guidance for employers has been updated 23rd February 2021. Guidance has been updated to include information if you are operating off-payroll and new Plan type 4. Although this is still the 6th April 2020 edition, so further changes expected. Scottish Plan type 4 Your employee may be liable to … Continue reading 2020 Student Loan guidance updated to include Scottish Plan 4 and Off-Payroll working references

File tax returns now to prevent penalties

Self Assessment taxpayers have less than one week to submit their late tax returns to prevent a £100 penalty. While 10.7 million taxpayers filed their return by 31st January 2021, more than 1.5 million taxpayers missed this deadline and are still to file their tax return. They are accruing interest on unpaid tax liabilities but … Continue reading File tax returns now to prevent penalties

Roadmap out of lockdown!

The government has published the ‘COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021’, setting out the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England. The Prime Minister, Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, announced to Parliament on Monday 22nd February, the government’s roadmap to cautiously ease lockdown restrictions in England. It published a four-step roadmap to ease restrictions across … Continue reading Roadmap out of lockdown!

Gender Pay Gap Reporting deadline extended

Six month suspension to the enforcement of gender pay gap regulations. Due to the impact of Coronavirus (COVID‑19), the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) have announced that employers now have until 5th October 2021 to report their gender pay gap information for the 20/21 reporting year (which uses a snapshot date of 31st March … Continue reading Gender Pay Gap Reporting deadline extended

Government consultations on non-compete clauses & exclusivity clauses

BEIS have sent reminder that this is final week to respond to the Government consultations on options for reform to non-compete clauses & exclusivity clauses in contracts of employment. Both consultations close this Friday, 26th February. Background: The proposed reforms form part of the government’s plans to build back better, ensuring the UK’s recovery from … Continue reading Government consultations on non-compete clauses & exclusivity clauses

Parliamentary question – Directors Income Support Scheme response

HM Treasury responded to a question on COVID-19 assistance for Directors on 22nd February 2021 The question: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to progress a directors’ income support scheme package for directors of limited companies? The response was made by Treasury minister Jesse Norman: The Government always welcomes … Continue reading Parliamentary question – Directors Income Support Scheme response

HMRC issue the 2021/2022 further guidance

The HMRC have update their employer guidance CWG2, CWG5 and also the guide to gross-up where employer pay the tax and NICs on expenses and benefits. CWG2 further guide to PAYE and National Insurance HMRC have issued the updated CWG2 for the 2021/2022 tax year (for the tax year which commences from 6th April 2021). … Continue reading HMRC issue the 2021/2022 further guidance

UK government welcomes the European Commission’s draft data adequacy decisions

Today’s draft decisions follow months of discussions and pave the way for continued free flow of data between the EU and the UKThe UK now urges the EU to fulfil its declared commitment to complete the technical approval process swiftly, so that we have final data adequacy decisions as soon as possibleThis will provide certainty … Continue reading UK government welcomes the European Commission’s draft data adequacy decisions

More help for Self Assessment taxpayers

HM Revenue and Customs announces Self Assessment taxpayers will not be charged the 5% late payment penalty if pay their tax or set up a payment plan by 1st April 2021. Self Assessment taxpayers will not be charged the 5% late payment penalty as long as they pay the tax due or set up a … Continue reading More help for Self Assessment taxpayers

COVID-19: Employer support – live webinars

Dear @PAYadvice, Claims under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) are now open for pay periods in February ‌2021. Claims for January are now closed, but if you find you need to make a change because you didn’t claim enough you can do this until 1 ‌March. Make sure you have the latest information by joining the … Continue reading COVID-19: Employer support – live webinars

Government to publish range of tax consultations and calls for evidence on 23 March

The government will publish a number of tax-related consultations and calls for evidence at the end of March. To allow for more transparency and scrutiny, documents and consultations that would traditionally be published at a Budget will now be published on 23rd March 2021. This is to allowen tax professionals to have an opportunity to … Continue reading Government to publish range of tax consultations and calls for evidence on 23 March

Shielding and work

The government are extending shielding guidance until the end of March 2021. So some workers and employees will receive a letter instructing them to shield. It also provides guidance and instruction In relation to work; Work You are strongly advised to work from home because the risk of exposure to the virus in your area … Continue reading Shielding and work

Pension enforcement activity rises protecting savers

New figures published 18th February 2021 demonstrate how The Pensions Regulator (TPR) is continuing to robustly protect savers. The latest compliance and enforcement bulletin which details enforcement activity carried out between October and December 2020, shows TPR’s use of statutory powers has increased by nearly 50% overall from the previous quarter in line with expectations. … Continue reading Pension enforcement activity rises protecting savers

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance updates 16th February 2021

HMRC have applied further updates (16th February 2021) to the guidance for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Page titleChangesClaim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention SchemeTo amend the method of contact for Reasonable ExcuseAsk HMRC not to publish your Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme claim detailsAddition to include line that agents can submit request on … Continue reading Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance updates 16th February 2021

Support Payment for those instructed to self-isolate

Those who have been told to self-isolate because of coronavirus (COVID-19) and cannot work from home may be able to get a financial support. England The payment is £500. The claimant must be employed or self-employed and needs to claim within 28 days of the first day of self-isolation. They can only apply for the … Continue reading Support Payment for those instructed to self-isolate

Isle of Man Budget 2021

No payroll surprises (yet) for the payroll changes from the Isle of Man Budget 2021 held Tuesday 16th February 2022. Income tax remains unchanged In the Isle of Man budget 2021 information, it is stated that the LEL (marked with * below) ‘that these figures will not be announced until after the UK Budget and … Continue reading Isle of Man Budget 2021

Off-Payroll working rules – HMRC Talking Points

Dear @PAYadvice, HMRC's regular Talking Points provide information, guidance and tips to help you to understand tax issues.  We have more Talking Points webinars coming up. There are a limited number of spaces, so save your place now. Off-payroll working rules from April 2021: Status Determinations and Disagreements: This webinar explains what Status Determination Statements (SDS) are, … Continue reading Off-Payroll working rules – HMRC Talking Points

Support extended for renters during pandemic

Renters will continue to be supported during the ongoing national lockdown restrictions, with an extension to the ban on bailiff evictions. Renters protected with ban on bailiff enforced evictions extended until 31st March 2021Exemptions in place for the most serious casesPart of a wider package of support for renters during the pandemic Renters will continue … Continue reading Support extended for renters during pandemic

Support for small businesses, landlords and leaseholders: government charges up the electric vehicle revolution with £50 million boost

Government announces financial boost to encourage electric vehicle use and launches consultation on improving the charging experience. electric vehicle charging schemes to be opened to small business, leaseholders and those in rented accommodation to accelerate electric vehicle (EV) uptakeworth up to £50 million, the updated schemes will also boost rural areas and the charity sector, … Continue reading Support for small businesses, landlords and leaseholders: government charges up the electric vehicle revolution with £50 million boost

Tax scammers are mimicking official numbers!

Scammers are using Royal Courts of Justice telephone numbers to demand tax payments. An increasing number of concerned individuals are contacting offices across the Royal Courts of Justice following emails or phone calls by scammers. The scammers allege that payment is owed to HMRC and that warrants for arrest have been issued. Scammers tell individuals … Continue reading Tax scammers are mimicking official numbers!

Give your loved one a tax break this Valentine’s Day

Married couples and people in civil partnerships could be eligible for Marriage Allowance and reduce their tax by up to £250 each year. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is encouraging married couples and people in civil partnerships to sign up for a tax break this year. Marriage Allowance offers individuals the chance to transfer part … Continue reading Give your loved one a tax break this Valentine’s Day

Landmark moment for UK pensions as Bill receives Royal Assent

The biggest shake-up of UK pensions for decades was confirmed Thursday 11th February 2021 as the Pension Schemes Bill received Royal Assent. The Bill, now an Act, will bolster protections for savers and further the government’s green agenda by supporting progress towards net zero. Minister for Pensions, Guy Opperman: This is a historic day for … Continue reading Landmark moment for UK pensions as Bill receives Royal Assent

National Insurance contributions relief for employers who hire veterans

At Spring Budget 2020, the Chancellor announced the introduction of a National Insurance holiday for employers that hire former members of the UK regular armed forces. The holiday will exempt employers from any National Insurance contributions liability on a veteran’s salary up to the Upper Secondary Threshold (UST) in their first year of civilian employment. … Continue reading National Insurance contributions relief for employers who hire veterans

HMRC end informal payrolling of benefit arrangements

In the February 2021 Employer Bulletin, HMRC have announced the end of informal payrolling arrangements. Informally payrolling HMRC state that ‘The small number of employers who informally payroll benefits must now... formally register for payrolling before the start of 2021 to 2022. [HMRC] will no longer accept informal arrangements’ For those who have not registered … Continue reading HMRC end informal payrolling of benefit arrangements

February 2021 Employer Bulletin published

HMRC have published their new format web delivered Employer Bulletin. It’s absolutely packed with important information which will aid payroll professionals in obtaining vital information and guidance. There are a plethora of important topics: Coronavirus Job Retention SchemeVAT deferral new payment scheme – opt-in from the end of February 2021VAT reverse charge for construction and … Continue reading February 2021 Employer Bulletin published

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme complaints to HMRC

Chris Law MP (SNP) asked a parliamentary question on 2nd February 2021: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average time taken is for investigating and resolving an incorrectly refused Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme claim. In response Jesse Norman (MP) of HM Treasury answered on 9th February 2021: In order to decide if … Continue reading Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme complaints to HMRC

HMRC annual issue of P9 tax codes commences

HMRC have confirmed that electronic outputs of P9 tax codes to be applied for contractual payments dates from 6th April 2021, will be issued to employers or their electronic exchange agents who have their PAYE scheme set to ‘Yes’ for P9 bulk issue starting now and through until 19th February 2021. For employers where the … Continue reading HMRC annual issue of P9 tax codes commences

Bounce back loan borrowers can delay repayments by extra six months

Businesses that took out government-backed Bounce Back Loans to get through Covid-19 will now have greater flexibility to repay their loans, the government announced 8th February 2021. Bounce Back Loan borrowers will now have the option to tailor payments according to their individual circumstancesChancellor makes support even more generous with the option to delay all … Continue reading Bounce back loan borrowers can delay repayments by extra six months

National Apprenticeship Week 2021 – Why choose an apprenticeship?

The 8th February to 14th February is National Apprenticeships Week 2021. Here are five reasons to choose an ODP apprenticeship. Earn while you learn Apprenticeships give you the opportunity to get hands on experience, develop key skills by working alongside experienced colleagues and all whilst earning an income. As an apprentice you will also receive … Continue reading National Apprenticeship Week 2021 – Why choose an apprenticeship?

80,000 new SWAPs opportunities

Nearly two million Brits could be supported back into work through innovative Plan for Jobs employment schemes delivered by the DWP. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has given (8th February 2021) a further boost to jobseekers by increasing the number of retraining places on the Sector-based Work Academy Programme (SWAP) to 80,000 for … Continue reading 80,000 new SWAPs opportunities

Boost to rapid workplace testing

New government drive to increase workplace testing in sectors open during lockdown, to detect coronavirus (COVID-19) in people who are not showing symptoms. New government drive to increase workplace testing in sectors open during lockdown, to detect coronavirus (COVID-19) in people who are not showing symptomsGovernment departments tasked with ensuring targeted, rapid testing is set … Continue reading Boost to rapid workplace testing

Action required – submit your January claims for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Dear @PAYadvice, I’m writing to remind you of an upcoming deadline for Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) claims, and to answer some questions you or your clients may have. Also included is information on checking claims you made for variable paid employees – those not on fixed salaries – and more on HMRC publishing details … Continue reading Action required – submit your January claims for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

HMRC’s progress

HMRC, 100 Parliament Street by PSP(2019) How HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has performed during the first 9 months of tax year 2020 to 2021. The HMRC has published a news story charting their progress over the past 9 months. It has been a unique financial year as HMRC continues to be at the heart … Continue reading HMRC’s progress

Salary Sacrifice and furlough reference salary

HMRC have added further clarification to the furlough guidance in relation to salary sacrifice arrangements and the calculation of the reference salary for the Job Retention Scheme. They clarify that: You cannot include the following when calculating wages: payments made at the discretion of the employer or a client - where the employer or client … Continue reading Salary Sacrifice and furlough reference salary

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance updates 4th February 2021

HMRC have applied further updates (4th February 2021) to the guidance for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Page titleChangesCheck if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Employee Page)To update the contact HMRC paragraph and include there is no right of appealCheck if you can claim for your employee's wages through the Coronavirus … Continue reading Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance updates 4th February 2021

SL1 student loan start notices – Plan 4 Scottish student loans – being issued from 5th March 2021

Are you ready to receive and apply the new SL1 notices requesting student loan deductions commence. 2021 sees the first issuing of SL1 notices for the new Scottish Plan 4 student loans deductions. The HMRC software developers support team (SDST) have indicated the following processing timetable of the revised SL1 notices which are applicable from … Continue reading SL1 student loan start notices – Plan 4 Scottish student loans – being issued from 5th March 2021

The Van Benefit and Car and Van Fuel Benefit Order 2021

HM Treasury have issued the following statement to enable payroll software and employers to prepare for the new tax year commencing 6th April 2021. Statement 4th February 2021 Kemi Badenoch MP Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury): The van benefit charge and fuel benefit charges for cars and vans will be uprated by the Consumer Price Index … Continue reading The Van Benefit and Car and Van Fuel Benefit Order 2021

Digital job surgeries launched to help 160,000 Brits get back into work

More than 150,000 jobseekers across Great Britain will benefit from new employment support, helping them build their interview skills, find local vacancies and quickly get back into work. New Job Finding Support service launched to benefit 160,000 people over the next yearSupport ranges from job searches and interview practice to advice on how to switch … Continue reading Digital job surgeries launched to help 160,000 Brits get back into work

P9X Tax Codes to use from 6th April 2021

HMRC have published (Tuesday 2nd February 2021) form P9X to be operated by employers from 6th April 2021. Employers use the P9X to find out which PAYE tax codes to change, how to change them and which codes to carry forward ready for a new tax year on 6th April. P9X(2021) Information on the payroll … Continue reading P9X Tax Codes to use from 6th April 2021

23 and 24 year olds have minimum pay bonus!

Changes to the National Living Wage rate and age for pay periods commencing from 1st April 2021, see a significant rise for some 23 and 24 year old employees. For pay periods before the change, the National Living Wage (NLW) applied to those aged 25 and over. Some employers would have been paying NLW rates … Continue reading 23 and 24 year olds have minimum pay bonus!

Low paid more likely to be impacted by pandemic claims TUC

New polling, published Monday 1st February by the TUC, finds that low earners are more likely than middle and higher earners to have been forced to cut spending and take on debt during the pandemic. The poll findings (conducted by BritainThinks) come as the TUC calls on the Chancellor to improve pandemic support for low- … Continue reading Low paid more likely to be impacted by pandemic claims TUC

10.7 million tax returns filed by 31st January deadline

More than 10.7 million people have submitted their Self Assessment tax returns for the 2019 to 2020 tax year by the 31 January deadline. 12.1 million SA returns due10,743,387 returns received by 31 January - this includes Expected Returns, unsolicited returns and Late Registrations10,351,387 Expected Returns received by 31 January (85.25% of returns expected)392,000 unsolicited … Continue reading 10.7 million tax returns filed by 31st January deadline