New ‘fraud squad’ to crack down on criminals who steal taxpayer money

HM Treasury (by PSP) The Chancellor has announced that a new fraud squad, recruited from data analytics experts and leading economic crime investigators, will crack down on criminal gangs who rip off the taxpayer.Operational in July and based in the Cabinet Office, the new £25 million “Public Sector Fraud Authority” will double funding for the … Continue reading New ‘fraud squad’ to crack down on criminals who steal taxpayer money

2.1 million tax credits packs issued

About 2.1 million tax credits claimants will begin to receive their annual renewal packs from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). The packs will be sent between 25th April and 27th May 2022, and claimants have until 31st July 2022 to check their details are and update HMRC if there has been a change in circumstances. … Continue reading 2.1 million tax credits packs issued

Move of claimants to Universal Credit to restart

The government outlines plans to resume helping claimants move to Universal Credit by end of 2024Universal Credit supported millions during the pandemic All benefit claimants will be moved over to Universal Credit by the end of 2024, the Department for Work and Pensions announced. The restart follows a pause to the process during the pandemic … Continue reading Move of claimants to Universal Credit to restart

Future homebuyers to be freed from expensive ground rent bills on 30th June

Ground rent charges will be banned on most new residential leases from 30th June 2022Ban will put an end to increasing annual costsFirst step in government reform package to create fairer housing system Future homebuyers will see their prospective property bills reduce in when the government’s ban on charging ground rent on new leases in … Continue reading Future homebuyers to be freed from expensive ground rent bills on 30th June

HMRC to revoke Moscow Stock Exchange’s status

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), has today announced its intention to revoke the Moscow Stock Exchange’s (MOEX) status as a recognised stock exchange. Investors will not be able to access UK tax benefits when trading securities on MOEX, although existing investments will be protected. The move comes alongside the unprecedented sanctions the UK Government has … Continue reading HMRC to revoke Moscow Stock Exchange’s status

Multiplying maths skills for adults

£270 million investment in adult numeracy in England to help people progress and secure great jobs Adults looking to improve their numeracy skills are set to benefit from a £270 million investment in new courses, helping to level up opportunities for more people to progress and get good, well-paid jobs. Around 17 million adults in … Continue reading Multiplying maths skills for adults

COVID-19 Easements end

As part of the April 2022 Employer Bulletin, HMRC have confirmed detail around the ending of certain ‘easements’ related to special measures during COVID-19. Easement ends for employee home-office expenses Existing rules prior to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic provided Income Tax and National Insurance contributions exemptions, where employers provide employees with equipment to allow them … Continue reading COVID-19 Easements end

Home and Hybrid working – a taxing situation

Working from home: claiming tax relief from April 2022 As part of emergency COVID-19 restrictions, Government instructions to work from home where possible, including the legal requirement to self-isolate if you or a close contact tested positive for coronavirus, meant that in tax years 2020 to 2021 and 2021 to 2022 millions of people across … Continue reading Home and Hybrid working – a taxing situation

April 2022 HMRC Employer Bulletin

HMRC publishes the Employer Bulletin 6 times a year, giving employers and agents the latest information on topics and issues that may affect them. In April 2032edition of the Employer Bulletin there are important updates and information on: PAYE PAYE Settlement Agreements deadline Electronic payment deadline falls on a weekend Classification of company cars or … Continue reading April 2022 HMRC Employer Bulletin

Record number of employees on payroll

The latest Labour Force Survey (LFS) estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for December 2021 to February 2022 show that the employment rate is unchanged on the quarter, while the unemployment rate decreased. Over the same period, the economic inactivity rate has increased slightly. The UK employment rate was largely unchanged at 75.5%, … Continue reading Record number of employees on payroll

Check what financial help you can get from HMRC

HM Revenue and Customs claim to want to make it as easy as possible for individuals and their family to claim any benefits, credits and allowances that they might be entitled to. They have pulled together a list of all support they can offer. Check what financial help you can get from HMRC Find out … Continue reading Check what financial help you can get from HMRC

Allow up to ten weeks to apply for a British passport

People are being urged not to leave their application for a British passport to the last minute, with demand currently at an all-time high. Since April 2021 HM Passport Office has been advising people to allow up to ten weeks when applying for their passport. This advice remains. Due to COVID-19, HM Passport Office saw … Continue reading Allow up to ten weeks to apply for a British passport

Updated guidance on how tips, gratuities and service charges are taxed

April 2022, HMRC are publishing an update to the E24 guidance on tips, gratuities, service charges and troncs – in addition to the updated Tips at work guidance published in November 2021. The updated guidance will reflect a shift towards customers paying tips electronically, such as through digital applications designed for this service. E24: tips, … Continue reading Updated guidance on how tips, gratuities and service charges are taxed

HMRC names avoidance schemes for first time

HMRC uses new legal powers to name tax avoidance schemes and their promoters, for the first time. Tax avoidance schemes have been named for the first time by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) as users are warned they could face large tax bills. HMRC has today advised anyone involved in Absolute Outsourcing’s or Purple Pay … Continue reading HMRC names avoidance schemes for first time

Digital ‘fit note’ launched

Doctors issue fit notes to people to provide evidence of the advice they have given about their fitness for work. They record details of the functional effects of their patient’s condition so the patient and their employer can consider ways to help them return to work. From April 2022 you may notice changes to the … Continue reading Digital ‘fit note’ launched

Take advantage of National Insurance relief when hiring veterans

Businesses hiring military veterans can save thousands of pounds in employee National Insurance contributions, thanks to a scheme launched by the government’s Office of Veterans’ Affairs. From 6th April 2022 employers will not have to pay National Insurance contributions for veterans in their first year of civilian employment after leaving the armed forces. Businesses will … Continue reading Take advantage of National Insurance relief when hiring veterans

Tax cut worth up to £1,000 for half a million small businesses starts

Tax cut worth up to £1,000 for eligible businesses announced by the Chancellor at the Spring Statement takes effect 6th April 2022.Increase in Employment Allowance from £4,000 to £5,000 benefits around 495,000 businesses - 30% of all UK firms.Takes the total number of firms not paying the Health and Social Care Levy to 670,000. Nearly … Continue reading Tax cut worth up to £1,000 for half a million small businesses starts

Eligible pensioners urged to apply for Pension Credit

Pensioners and their loved ones are being urged to take-up Pension Credit, as a new campaign is launched to help those of pension age with the cost of living. New statistics show many pensioners could be missing out on Pension Credit, a vital financial boost that can be worth over £3,300 a year. Starting April … Continue reading Eligible pensioners urged to apply for Pension Credit

Making the UK a global cryptoasset technology hub

The UK government has announced moves that will see stablecoins recognised as a valid form of payment as part of wider plans to make Britain a global hub for cryptoasset technology and investment. Stablecoins to be brought within regulation paving their way for use in the UK as a recognised form of payment.Announcement is part … Continue reading Making the UK a global cryptoasset technology hub

Health and Social Care Levy to raise billions for NHS and social care

From Wednesday 6th April 2022, the Health and Social Care Levy will begin to raise billions to tackle the Covid backlogs and reform adult social care From Wednesday 6th April 2022, the Health and Social Care Levy comes into effect and begins to raise billions to help tackle the Covid backlogs and reform the adult … Continue reading Health and Social Care Levy to raise billions for NHS and social care

Support for vulnerable applicants to the EU Settlement Scheme

Home Office announce further funding to help vulnerable EU, EEA and Swiss citizens and their family members applying to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS). The additional £2.5 million funding will go to a network of 68 grant funded organisations located throughout the UK which help people to apply to the EUSS who have vulnerabilities such … Continue reading Support for vulnerable applicants to the EU Settlement Scheme

142,000+ use payment plans to pay Self Assessment bill

HMRC's online Time to Pay facility has been used by more than 142,000 Self Assessment filers since April 2021, helping spread their tax bill. The Self Assessment deadline for 2020 to 2021 tax returns was 31st January 2022 but, this year, HMRC gave until 1st April 2022 to pay any tax owed and not face … Continue reading 142,000+ use payment plans to pay Self Assessment bill

Happy New (Tax) Year – 6th April 2022

Why does the UK tax year start on 6th April each year? Well, it used to be New Year’s Day! In 1752 the British calendar aligned with the rest of Europe (moving from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar) and moved New Year’s Day to 1st January. Until then New Year’s Day was 25th … Continue reading Happy New (Tax) Year – 6th April 2022

Check your Auto Enrolment Pension scheme

Do you operate a banded pension scheme using qualifying earning? Have you checked that the start and end points meet the requirements in operation for pay reference periods commencing 6th April 2022. Since the introduction of pension AE the qualifying earnings Lower Threshold has matched the National Insurance Lower Earnings Limit (LEL). Often pension schemes would … Continue reading Check your Auto Enrolment Pension scheme

New National Minimum Wage rates commence

For pay periods commencing from the 1st April 2022, the new National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates come into force. Employers who fail to ensure that their staff are paid at least minimum wage for all work-time will be in breach of National Minimum Wage law and are committing criminal activity. those found … Continue reading New National Minimum Wage rates commence