Scottish Earnings Arrestment changes April 2022

Proposed changes to Scottish Earnings Arrestment tables for April 2022 have been published. Accountant in Bankruptcy (Scotland’s Insolvency Service) is expected to lay regulations in the Scottish Parliament in November which will uprate the current Diligence against Earnings tables. These tables are used to determine the amount deducted from a person’s wages if they are … Continue reading Scottish Earnings Arrestment changes April 2022

Funding to create jobs, expand woodlands and protect trees

Applications for new £6m fund start from 3rd November 2021, with environmental charities, not-for-profits, local authorities and protected landscape bodies encouraged to apply. Action to get more trees in the ground, create more jobs and improve access to nature across the country has been stepped Sunday 31st October 2021 with a new £6 million ‘Trees … Continue reading Funding to create jobs, expand woodlands and protect trees

Powers to make temporary modifications to employment taxation

According to HM Treasury, COVID-19 has highlighted the limited scope to make changes to the current benefits in kind and expenses tax system to respond quickly to the pandemic. The government has had to introduce primary and secondary legislation with temporary effect to respond to the pandemic, to exempt a number of benefits in kind, … Continue reading Powers to make temporary modifications to employment taxation

Van benefit charge and fuel benefit charges for cars and vans from 6 April 2022

As part of the Autumn Budget 2021, the following has been announced: Who is affected? Employers and employees: where employers provide employees with company vans available for private use, or provide fuel for private mileage in company cars and vans. Approximately 150,000 individuals are likely to be affected by the increase in the car and … Continue reading Van benefit charge and fuel benefit charges for cars and vans from 6 April 2022

New Economic Crime (Anti-Money Laundering) Levy

The government is establishing an Economic Crime (Anti-Money Laundering) Levy. This new levy will first be charged on entities that are regulated during the financial year from 1st April 2022 to 31st March 2023, the amount payable determined their size based on UK revenue from periods of account ending that year. Amounts will be payable … Continue reading New Economic Crime (Anti-Money Laundering) Levy

Clamping down on tax avoidance

As part of the Autumn budget 2021 announcements, the government are progression new measures to clamp down on promoters of tax avoidance schemes. The measure is targeted at the most persistent and determined promoters and enablers of tax avoidance. The proposed legislative changes are designed to clamp down on the supply of tax avoidance arrangements. … Continue reading Clamping down on tax avoidance

Dividend tax increase April 2022

Since April 2016, the rates of Income Tax applicable to dividend income have been 7.5%, 32.5% and 38.1% for basic, higher and additional rate taxpayers respectively. Any individual who has dividend income can benefit from the dividend allowance which has been set at £2,000 since April 2018. Dividends within the allowance are not charged to … Continue reading Dividend tax increase April 2022

Large minimum wage increase to boost low-paid workers’ incomes

Minimum wage rates from April 2022 have now been confirmed Following a period of speculation, media briefings and the Autumn budget 2021 announcements, changes to National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage following the Low Pay Commission recommendations have been confirmed for April 2022. The National Living Wage (NLW) will rise to £9.50 from 1st … Continue reading Large minimum wage increase to boost low-paid workers’ incomes

Pension tax relief response – new NPA top-up

Following concerns expressed to government on a purported tax relief anomaly between the Net Pay Arrangement where tax relief at the employees prevailing tax rate is given versus Relief At Source where a 25% top up is applied regardless. The government was concerned about the potential for a low-earning individual’s take-home pay to be affected … Continue reading Pension tax relief response – new NPA top-up

That was the Autumn budget 2021 – the Payroll impacts

So the Chancellor of the Exchequer presented the second budget of 2021 on Wednesday 27th October with much anticipation of the payroll and other impacting changes, some with immediate application, whilst other are set for April 2022 and some direction for the future. What we already knew Much to the annoyance of Parliament, the speaker … Continue reading That was the Autumn budget 2021 – the Payroll impacts

Payroll-deducted saving schemes

True Financial wellbeing in the workplace “Financial wellbeing is about feeling secure and in control of your money. It is knowing that you can pay the bills today, can deal with the unexpected, and are on track for a healthy financial future. In short: feeling confident and empowered.” The Money and Pensions Service (MaPS) is … Continue reading Payroll-deducted saving schemes

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage increases April 2022

On the 21st October 2021, the UK government indicated approval of the Low Pay Commission recommendation for the uplifting of minimum pay rates within the United Kingdom – these new minimum rates apply for pay periods commencing on or after 1st April 2022. The National Living Wage (NLW) increases to £9.50, a 6.6% rise. With … Continue reading National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage increases April 2022

DBS and seasonal job scams

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) continues a campaign to raise awareness of job scams and employment fraud among job seekers, alongside JobsAware – a non-profit organisation that informs people of how to avoid and report job scams and other unfair working practices. With seasonal job scams predicted to increase in the lead up to … Continue reading DBS and seasonal job scams

Nine in 10 disabled workers want to continue working from home after pandemic

Nine in 10 disabled workers surveyed (90 per cent) who worked from home during the pandemic want to continue doing so at least some of the time, according to a TUC poll. An overwhelming majority of disabled workers who worked from home during the pandemic told the TUC that they want to continue doing so … Continue reading Nine in 10 disabled workers want to continue working from home after pandemic

Self Assessment countdown begins

There are 100 days to go until the deadline for online tax returns on 31st January 2022. Last year, 96% of customers completed their tax return online. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding Self Assessment filers that on Sunday 24th October, they have one week left to submit paper tax returns and 100 days … Continue reading Self Assessment countdown begins

Give ex-offenders a second chance

new poll shows support for businesses which recruit prison leaversover 90 percent of businesses highlight the reliability of such staff A polling commissioned by the Ministry of Justice has found that over 90 percent of businesses that employ ex-offenders said that they are reliable, good at their job, punctual and trustworthy. The Deputy Prime Minister … Continue reading Give ex-offenders a second chance

Final claims for the Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) Rebate Scheme

The SSP Rebate Scheme closed on 30‌‌th September 2021 and employers have until 31‌‌st December 2021 to submit any final claims, or to amend claims already submitted.  As a reminder, if an employer with fewer than 250 employees and paid SSP to employees for sickness absence or self-isolation that was coronavirus-related on or before 30th‌‌ ‌September 2021, the employer was … Continue reading Final claims for the Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) Rebate Scheme

Action – final Job Retention Scheme claims

HMRC are contacting employers with the latest information about the closure of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme The CJRS closed on 30th ‌‌September 2021 and the final deadline for claims was 14‌‌th October 2021. What you need to do now: if claims for September need to be amended, this … Continue reading Action – final Job Retention Scheme claims

Finance for small businesses

Running a small business and needing to find finance assistance, the latest blog by the Governments Actuarial Department (GAD) looks at the issues of raising finance to enable UK businesses to run efficiently. They look at how raising finance is important in allowing businesses to function. Working capital, which enables the daily operations of business, … Continue reading Finance for small businesses

Further boost for people applying for EU Settlement Scheme

The Home Office has announced a further £3 million to help vulnerable and at-risk EU citizens apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS). The money goes to a network of grant funded organisations, which supports people across the UK in applying to the EUSS who have vulnerabilities such as language barriers or limited access to … Continue reading Further boost for people applying for EU Settlement Scheme

Thousands set to benefit from new technical skills

Thousands of working adults will be offered free courses to rapidly upskill in STEM sectors including engineering, digital and construction Sixty-five short and modular courses will start to roll out from later this month at 10 Institutes of Technology(IoTs) across England in STEM subjects, including courses such as Artificial Intelligence, Digitisation of Manufacturing, Digital Construction, … Continue reading Thousands set to benefit from new technical skills

New app for GOV.UK announced

Plans to make it easier for the public to access online government services via an app have been announced. The plans mean that the public will no longer have to remember multiple usernames and passwords to access services such as free school meals, support for disabled family members and changing driver licence details in the … Continue reading New app for GOV.UK announced

Start preparing now for Payrolling benefits 2022/2023

HMRC is encouraging employers to consider payrolling the expenses and benefits they pay to staff. The advantages of payrolling expenses and benefits are that employers will no longer need to submit multiple P11Ds, and employees will be more likely to pay the correct tax due on their benefits during the tax year. Employers still need … Continue reading Start preparing now for Payrolling benefits 2022/2023

Paying early for Christmas?

Reporting PAYE information in real time when payments are made early at Christmas As part of the employer bulletin, HMRC are reminding employers of the permanent easement on reporting PAYE-information in real time which has been in place since 2019. Some employers pay employees early for the Christmas period. This can be for a number … Continue reading Paying early for Christmas?

HMRC Agent Update 89 has been published (October 2021)

Dear PAYadvice.UK, Agent Update: issue 89 is now available and contains the latest guidance and information for tax agents and advisers. This edition of Agent Update includes: •Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme •declaring coronavirus support schemes overpayments on company tax returns •Health and Social Care Levy •employers liabilities and payments for PAYE •updates to HMRC appeals processes. … Continue reading HMRC Agent Update 89 has been published (October 2021)

HMRC October 2021 Employer Bulletin

HMRC have issued the October 2021 Employer Bulletin, again, packed full with information. In this month’s edition of the Employer Bulletin there are updates and information on the following: PAYE Tax changes for health and social care Business Tax Account and Pay As You Earn (PAYE) for employers Reporting PAYE information in real time when … Continue reading HMRC October 2021 Employer Bulletin

Improperly obtained bounce-back loan

The traffic commissioner for the West Midlands, Nick Denton, recently held a public inquiry into Mafuwer Logistics Ltd. The company was granted a standard international licence for three vehicles in December 2020. The traffic commissioner found that almost all of the company’s financial resources had been provided by a £50,000 bounceback loan (BBL) in May … Continue reading Improperly obtained bounce-back loan

Attracting and developing world-class teachers and leaders

Graduates applying to train as teachers in high-demand subjects will receive thousands of pounds in tax-free cash bursaries under Government plans to recruit and retain world-class teachers. A total of £129 million is available for trainee teachers starting in 2022/2023, which includes increased bursaries of £15,000 for languages, geography and design and technology, and £10,000 … Continue reading Attracting and developing world-class teachers and leaders

UK Labour market overview – October 2021

The most recent ONS data show the labour market continuing to recover. The number of payroll employees showed another monthly increase, up 207,000 to a record 29.2 million in September 2021, returning to pre-coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (February 2020) levels. Following a period of employment growth and low unemployment, since the start of the pandemic the … Continue reading UK Labour market overview – October 2021

Get ready for Self Assessment

The deadline to complete a tax return for the 2020 to 2021 tax year is approaching. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding Self Assessment customers to check that they have the correct information to complete their tax return. Deadlines for the 2020 to 2021 tax year is 31st October 2021 on paper forms and … Continue reading Get ready for Self Assessment

Those pregnant urged to be vaccinated

Data is showing that 17% of the most critically ill COVID-19 patients are pregnant women who have not been vaccinated. Professor Christ Whitty states: ‘COVID-19 is dangerous for pregnant women and their babies. The medical advice is clear: it is much safer to be vaccinated against COVID than get COVID if you are pregnant or … Continue reading Those pregnant urged to be vaccinated

Prisoners recycle bikes for hospital staff

Prison programme encourages inmates to repair and recycle over 900 bikes for hospital staff and children from disadvantaged backgrounds, helps prisoners gain new skills and turn their lives around. The project run at HMP Hewell and HMP Aylesbury, not only helps recycle bikes, but also provides specialist training to prisoners helping them gain skills and … Continue reading Prisoners recycle bikes for hospital staff

Reduce risk of using umbrellas who operate tax avoidance schemes

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have issued new guidance to help agencies and employers reduce their risks of using umbrella employers who are operating tax avoidance schemes. Tax avoidance schemes Disguised remuneration schemes These schemes claim to prevent some payments being taxable. They describe taxable earnings paid for doing a job as something that is … Continue reading Reduce risk of using umbrellas who operate tax avoidance schemes

Quarter of million left furlough in August and redundancies hit seven-year low

260,000 workers left the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) in August.The number of workers on the scheme fell to a low of 1.3 million, an 85% reduction since its peak in May 2020.Redundancy statistics show that notifications for redundancies in the same month were 12,687, the lowest level in seven years. The furlough scheme was … Continue reading Quarter of million left furlough in August and redundancies hit seven-year low

Salary boosts for new maths, science and computing teachers

Teachers in the early years of their careers will be able to get a salary boost of up to £3,000 tax-free to teach maths, physics, chemistry and computing. This will support recruitment and retention of specialist teachers in these subjects and in the schools and areas that need them most. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced … Continue reading Salary boosts for new maths, science and computing teachers

Time is running out for tax credits and Child Benefit customers with Post Office card accounts

HMRC urge tax credits and Child Benefits customers with Post Office card accounts to update HMRC with their new bank account details by 30th November 2021. From 1st December 2021, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will stop making payments of Child Benefit, Guardian’s Allowance and tax credits into Post Office card accounts. If this is … Continue reading Time is running out for tax credits and Child Benefit customers with Post Office card accounts

Furlough – the Ending credits of an epic

In early 2020, the world was introduced to the ‘furlough’ word as UK PLC closed down with 80% wages covered by grants provided through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. The scheme, a temporary measure to combat the COVID-19 impacts on UK society, has aided over 11 million individual employments, avoiding mass redundancies. The CJRS scheme … Continue reading Furlough – the Ending credits of an epic

Money Laundering Consultations launched

HM Treasury have published two consultations in relation to Anti-Money Laundering: 1. Changes to the Money Laundering Regulations 2. Reviewing the UK’s anti money laundering and terrorist financing regulatory and supervisory regime Both consultations are open for responses until 14‌‌‌th October‌‌ ‌2021. More information on all of HMRC’s anti money laundering guidance for businesses can … Continue reading Money Laundering Consultations launched

Simplified travel system takes off

new simplified travel system with a single red list and the rest of the world comes into force from 4th October 2021at 4amfully vaccinated travellers from over 50 countries and territories have simpler, cheaper rules, with just a single post arrival test neededchanges come as UK welcomes fully vaccinated residents of over 50 countries and … Continue reading Simplified travel system takes off

£500 million Plan for Jobs Expansion

Hundreds of thousands of people to be supported as part of the more than £500 million expansion of the government's Plan for Jobs. Workers leaving the furlough scheme and unemployed people over the age of 50 will be helped back into work as part of more than £500m expansion of the government’s Plan for Jobs. … Continue reading £500 million Plan for Jobs Expansion

Scammers using HMCTS telephone numbers

Criminals are using HM Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) telephone numbers as a way to target the public by convincing them to hand over money and personal information such as national insurance numbers. The calls impersonate HMCTS and may ask the caller to ‘press 1’ in order to speak with an advisor about unpaid fines … Continue reading Scammers using HMCTS telephone numbers

ID cards phased out as acceptable travel documents into U.K.

From Friday 1st October 2021, most EU, EEA and Swiss citizens will need a valid passport to enter the UK as the government stops accepting national identity (ID) cards as a travel document. ID cards are considered some of the most abused documents seen by Border Force officers and, last year, almost half of all … Continue reading ID cards phased out as acceptable travel documents into U.K.