John Glen addresses Which? Cash Summit

The Economic Secretary to the Treasury spoke about the Government’s commitment to protect access to cash and announced a consultation on legislative proposals will be launched in Summer 2021. Opening remarks by John Glen MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Which? Consumer Group Cash Summit, 13th May 2021 Delivered on: 13th May 2021 (Transcript of … Continue reading John Glen addresses Which? Cash Summit

Traffic light system: safe return to international travel

From 17th May 2021, the ‘Stay in the UK’ regulation will cease and international travel will be allowed to restart, governed by a new traffic light system. Written statement to Parliament - Rt Hon Grant Schapps MP We have made enormous progress this year in tackling the pandemic across Britain. That progress has been hard … Continue reading Traffic light system: safe return to international travel

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme is open for claims. If you think you might be eligible, check if you can make a claim. Those who qualify must make their claim for the fourth grant on or before 1 June 2021. Remember - agents can’t apply for their self-employed clients. So make the claim yourself to … Continue reading Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

New ‘We Offer Testing to our Staff’ scheme launched

New sticker scheme launched allowing UK businesses to display their offer of free testing for staff alongside materials promoting use of the NHS COVID-19 app to check in customers and visitorsAlongside the vaccine rollout and checking in with the NHS COVID-19 app, regular testing is at the heart of plans to reopen society and the … Continue reading New ‘We Offer Testing to our Staff’ scheme launched

Low Pay Commission publish their report on National Minimum Wage enforcement

The Covid-19 pandemic has left low-paid workers more vulnerable and businesses under greater pressure than ever before. This increases the risk of minimum wage underpayment and demands a proactive and strategic response from the Government. These are the conclusions of a report into compliance and enforcement of the National Minimum Wage (NMW), published 11th May … Continue reading Low Pay Commission publish their report on National Minimum Wage enforcement

Nearly 8 out of 10 UK employees (78%) had a workplace pension in April 2020.

Pension Automatic Enrolment (AE) was introduced in October 2012 to require employers to provide and contribute to workplace pensions for eligible employees. Employees are eligible if they earn more than £10,000 a year, are aged between 22 years and State Pension age (SPa) and are not already enrolled in a qualifying workplace pension. The proportion … Continue reading Nearly 8 out of 10 UK employees (78%) had a workplace pension in April 2020.

Mini Umbrella Company (MUC) fraud

HMRC have issued information on fraud being committed by a number of Mini Umbrella Companies. HMRC claim that every business which either places or uses temporary labour should be aware of the potential dangers posed to by mini umbrella company fraud. Not only can a fraudulent supply chain lead to reputational and financial damage to … Continue reading Mini Umbrella Company (MUC) fraud

Raising awareness of job scams

Our aim is to raise awareness of scams and employment fraud among job seekers. The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is running a campaign to raise awareness of job scams and employment fraud among job seekers. DBS is working alongside JobsAware, Disclosure Scotland and AccessNI. JobsAware is a non-profit organisation, with cross-government support, that informs people … Continue reading Raising awareness of job scams

HMRC publish guidance for those employed by umbrellas

HMRC have published further guidance (29th April 2021) to clarify the position on agency and contractors who are employees of umbrella organisations. Working through an umbrella company Those employed by umbrellas can find out about how and what they will be paid if they are an agency worker or contractor and work through an umbrella … Continue reading HMRC publish guidance for those employed by umbrellas

Furlough mistakes! 10,000 employers to receive letters

The HMRC’s Taxpayer Protection Taskforce, was set up to ensure that furlough money has been claimed correctly. The Taskforce is now writing to 10,000 more employers who they think may have made a mistakes with furlough claims. The letter will to ask the employer to check their claims. For support and guidance correcting claims see: … Continue reading Furlough mistakes! 10,000 employers to receive letters

Queen’s Speech to build back better from the pandemic

New laws to ensure the UK builds back better and stronger from the pandemic will be unveiled in next week’s Queen’s Speech. Following the global impact of coronavirus the Government’s clams its new legislative programme will be focussed on ‘supporting the nation’s recovery, backing the NHS, levelling up and spreading opportunity’. It is to support … Continue reading Queen’s Speech to build back better from the pandemic

BEIS-HMRC Joint National Minimum Wage Stakeholder Forum

BEIS and HMRC held a Joint National Minimum Wage (NMW) virtual Stakeholder Forum on 29th April 2021 with employer and Minimum pay industry experts. They have kindly shared the presentation slides from the day. The government department responsible for employment law including National Minimum Wage is the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). … Continue reading BEIS-HMRC Joint National Minimum Wage Stakeholder Forum

Latest Furlough statistics

Latest statistics from HMRC show furlough continuing to fall as UK PLC returns to work: provisional figures show there has been a decrease in levels of furlough between February and March 2021 with 4.2 million employments on furlough at 31st March 2021since the start of the scheme a cumulative total of 11.5 million jobs have … Continue reading Latest Furlough statistics

West Yorkshire pair arrested on suspicion of £3.4 million furlough fraud

A man and a woman from West Yorkshire have been arrested as part of an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation into a suspected £3.4 million Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) fraud. HMRC’s Taxpayer Protection Taskforce officers executed a search warrant on 28th April 2021 in the Bradford area and arrested a 35-year-old man and … Continue reading West Yorkshire pair arrested on suspicion of £3.4 million furlough fraud

Job Retention Scheme guidance updated 6th May 2021

Did you pay furlough during April 2021 and need to make a grant claim. You have until 14th May 2021. Thursday 6th May and the next round of guidance updates. The main update is the publication of the claims information for periods from December 2020 to February 2021. Page titleChangesCoronavirus Job Retention Scheme collection All … Continue reading Job Retention Scheme guidance updated 6th May 2021

COVID-19 support – what’s available and actions you or your clients may need to take

Dear Payadvice Ltd, I’m writing to you with the latest information about financial support schemes available to help your clients during the pandemic. This includes the latest on the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and the VAT deferral new payment scheme. Thank you for providing invaluable support to your clients … Continue reading COVID-19 support – what’s available and actions you or your clients may need to take

Improvements introduced to marriage registration system

Major changes to the way marriages in England and Wales are registered are being introduced to help modernise the system. From 4th May 2021, a single electronic marriage register will be created to make the system simpler and more efficient. It will also correct a historic anomaly to allow for the names of both parents … Continue reading Improvements introduced to marriage registration system

Problem debt breathing space launched

Hundreds of thousands of people struggling with debt problems will be supported through a new debt respite scheme that launched today 4th May 2021. around 700,000 people struggling with problem debt to benefit from Breathing Space this yearscheme will give those facing financial difficulties 60 days to get finances back on track – without debts … Continue reading Problem debt breathing space launched

Gender Recognition Certificate fee reduced

The Government has reduced the Gender Recognition Certificate fee to £5. The Government has delivered on its pledge to reduce the fee of applying for a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC). In response to the consultation on the Gender Recognition Act, Minister for Women and Equalities, Liz Truss, committed to modernising the process of applying for … Continue reading Gender Recognition Certificate fee reduced

Limit on funeral mourners to be removed

Families and friends will shortly be able to pay their respects to loved ones in greater numbers, with numerical limits on funerals to be removed. Legal limit on numbers of mourners at funerals to be removed in England at Step 3 of the roadmapVenues such as places of worship to set limits based on individual … Continue reading Limit on funeral mourners to be removed

The key steps Government has taken to support workers

The UK has one of the best workers’ rights records in the world. Following the 1st May International Workers’ Day 2021, the UK reflects on some of the key steps the Government has taken to support workers since last year. Looking to the future, the government is bringing forward plans to crack down on workplace … Continue reading The key steps Government has taken to support workers

New law to make school uniform costs affordable

School uniforms will be made more affordable for families under a new law passed by Parliament on 29th April 2021. The Act, which received Royal Assent, will require schools to follow new statutory guidance on uniform costs, instructing them to keep prices down. The cross-party support for the Bill recognised the costs parents face for … Continue reading New law to make school uniform costs affordable

Changes to the enhanced DBS check application process

Changes relates to an applicant's personal information and apply from 31st May 2021. The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) are implementing changes to the enhanced DBS check application process. The change will mean that DBS is no longer able to amend an applicant’s personal information on an application form, once it has been submitted. The … Continue reading Changes to the enhanced DBS check application process

Kickstart scheme takes off

The Kickstart Scheme was announced by the Chancellor last Summer, and will offer hundreds of thousands of job opportunities over the next two years. A £2 billion pot is available to fully fund positions with businesses across Britain. 16,500 young people have already started their 6 month paid job placement through the #Kickstart Scheme and … Continue reading Kickstart scheme takes off

The Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Jesse Norman, reflects on the achievements of the past year and highlights the priorities for the future of the tax system.

The Rt Hon Jesse Norman MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, spoke at the annual HMRC stakeholder conference on Wednesday 21st April 2021. Published 26th April 2021. Thank you everyone for coming along and joining us today. My name is Jesse Norman, I’m the Financial Secretary to the Treasury and I’m responsible for tax policy … Continue reading The Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Jesse Norman, reflects on the achievements of the past year and highlights the priorities for the future of the tax system.

Changes to termination payments and post-employment notice pay (PENP)

Background Changes were made to the taxation of termination payments in Finance (No.2) Act 2017, with effect from April 2018 including: the introduction of PENP to ensure that all contractual, customary and non-contractual payments in lieu of notice are considered and consistently subjected to tax and National Insurance contributionsthe removal of foreign service relief on … Continue reading Changes to termination payments and post-employment notice pay (PENP)

New and returning students urged to apply now for student finance

There is one simple step students should take to ensure their finances are in place by start of the next academic year – Apply Now, says Derek Ross, Executive Director, Operations In 2020, SLC processed and paid more students than ever before and the next academic year looks set to be another record-breaker. Data published … Continue reading New and returning students urged to apply now for student finance

Job Retention Scheme guidance updated 22nd April 2021

With the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme celebrating its 1 year opening with 8.9 million furloughed at one time, HMRC have issued further phased updates (22nd April 2021) to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance. Details and links follow: Page titleChangesCheck if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Employee Page)Individuals who are taxed … Continue reading Job Retention Scheme guidance updated 22nd April 2021

Consultation on ‘Raising standards in the tax advice market: professional indemnity insurance and defining tax advice’

Dear Payadvice.U.K. Our consultation on 'Raising standards in the tax advice market' was published on 23‌‌‌rd March 2021. This is your chance to have your say. We need to understand the impact these proposals would have on taxpayers, businesses, the insurance industry and the wider tax advice market, so your views are really important to … Continue reading Consultation on ‘Raising standards in the tax advice market: professional indemnity insurance and defining tax advice’

COVID-19 support – what’s available and actions you or your clients may need

Dear Payadvice Ltd, I’m writing to you with the latest information about financial support schemes available to help your clients as part of the UK Government’s Plan for Jobs. This includes the latest on the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and the VAT deferral new payment scheme. Thank you for … Continue reading COVID-19 support – what’s available and actions you or your clients may need

New flexible apprenticeships consultation

Sectors including creative, agriculture and construction industries will soon be able to offer more flexible apprenticeship opportunities A consultation has launched Tuesday 20th April 2021, seeking views on how new flexi-job apprenticeship schemes could be run. Apprenticeships are at least 12 months long, so some sectors with flexible employment patterns and short-term roles, such as … Continue reading New flexible apprenticeships consultation

95% mortgage scheme launched

A new government-backed mortgage scheme will help first time buyers or current homeowners secure a mortgage with just a 5% deposit. 95% mortgage guarantee launched, available on high streets across the countryScheme part of a range of ownership options to help make home ownership a realityNew figures show demand for home ownership has soared during … Continue reading 95% mortgage scheme launched

One-third of Scots unaware of Holyrood’s tax changes as tax and accountancy bodies call for increased awareness of devolved taxes

The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) and ICAS (the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland) are calling on Scotland’s political parties to improve public awareness of devolved taxation in the next Scottish Parliament, as a new poll shows that a third of Scots are unaware that the Scottish Parliament has made changes to the tax … Continue reading One-third of Scots unaware of Holyrood’s tax changes as tax and accountancy bodies call for increased awareness of devolved taxes

‘Umbrella’ companies under the spotlight

The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) has published a research report looking at the use of ‘umbrella’ companies and other labour market intermediaries in the UK. The factual and technical report also considers the nature and scale of disguised remuneration schemes. It is intended to help increase public knowledge of how labour market intermediaries … Continue reading ‘Umbrella’ companies under the spotlight

Want to Payroll Benefits In Kind (PBIK) and not issue P11Ds anymore?

Register for payrolling benefits and expenses If your considering payrolling benefits and expenses from April 2022, they need to register. This will give time to check software capabilities and also inform employees before the start of the 2022 to 2023 tax year. Payrolling is considered to be quicker easier and more real time. It’s also … Continue reading Want to Payroll Benefits In Kind (PBIK) and not issue P11Ds anymore?

Treasury Direction – 15th April 2021: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Job Retention Bonus

The 7th CJRS Treasury Direction made under Sections 71 and 76 of the Coronavirus Act 20 This direction extends, and modifies the effect of, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“CJRS”). The extension applies from 1st May 2021 ending on 30th September 2021. Treasury Direction made under Sections 71 and 76 of the Coronavirus Act 2020 … Continue reading Treasury Direction – 15th April 2021: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Job Retention Bonus

HMRC April 2021 Employer Bulletin

HMRC have issued the April 2021 Employer Bulletin, again, packed full with information. In this month’s edition of the Employer Bulletin there are updates and information on COVID-19 updates and information:Coronavirus Job Retention SchemeVAT deferral new payment schemeNew one-off payment of £500 to support working households receiving tax creditsExtension of filing dates for internationally mobile … Continue reading HMRC April 2021 Employer Bulletin

Staff COVID-19 vaccines in care homes consultation

Staff in care homes with older adult residents in England may be required to have a COVID-19 vaccine to protect residents from the virus. Consultation launched on making COVID vaccination a condition of work for people who are deployed in these homesCare home workers urged to take up offer of a vaccine now to keep … Continue reading Staff COVID-19 vaccines in care homes consultation

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) – Step 2

How to make your workplace COVID-secure. Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) Applies to: England (see guidance for Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland) The 14 guides cover a range of different types of work. Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, so may need to use more than one guide as they think through what they need … Continue reading Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) – Step 2

Visas extended for thousands of frontline health and care workers

Thousands of crucial frontline health workers and their dependents will be granted free visa extensions, Home Secretary Priti Patel has announced today. This free one-year visa extensions will automatically be granted to eligible overseas health and care workers whose visas were due to expire before 1st October 2021. Since starting the free extensions last year, … Continue reading Visas extended for thousands of frontline health and care workers

The Duke of Edinburgh 1921-2021

9th April 2021 “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.” “His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.” Announcement of the death of the Duke of Edinburgh One minute national silence to mark … Continue reading The Duke of Edinburgh 1921-2021

Incentive payments for hiring a new apprentice

Increased incentive payments for hiring a new apprentice Employers will receive £3,000 for new apprentices of any age who join their organisation from 1st April 2021 to 30th September 2021. The incentive payment is in addition to the £1,000 employers already receive for hiring an apprentice: aged 16 to 18 years oldunder 25 with an … Continue reading Incentive payments for hiring a new apprentice

Cycle training for families and children

As COVID-19 restrictions lift, Transport Secretary invests in the Bikeability cycling proficiency training scheme so that more people can feel confident cycling. government invests record £18 million toward cycle training for children and familiesfunding will ensure children are cycling-confident and whole family groups can receive bespoke training sessions through the Bikeability programmeas restrictions are cautiously … Continue reading Cycle training for families and children

Happy Birthday PAYadvice

Wishing PAYadvice Ltd a very happy 2nd Birthday. May there be many more. On 9th April 2019 PAYadvice Ltd was registered with companies house and there lays the birth of PAYadvice.UK. What was originally a WordPress side-hobby has become a regular speed blog for all things Payroll and beyond. 2020 has been a disrupted year … Continue reading Happy Birthday PAYadvice

Specialist job coaches to help young people onto the jobs ladder

The recruitment is a further boost for the government’s Plan for Jobs, which aims to help people of all ages move into work. Thousands of young people will benefit from six-month intensive employment support packages as the Department for Work and Pensions recruits an extra 150 specialist Youth Employability Coaches across the UK. Youth Employability … Continue reading Specialist job coaches to help young people onto the jobs ladder

Work-based learning key to post-COVID-19 recovery – OU

A survey carried out by The Open University (OU) shows that employers have a renewed appetite for apprenticeships and work-based learning. A significant number (70%) say apprenticeships will be vital to their recovery from the disruption caused by Covid-19, with 72% planning to take on more apprentices over the next 12 months. TrainingZone explores the … Continue reading Work-based learning key to post-COVID-19 recovery – OU

Furlough claim data updated

The Monthly data on claims made by employers through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for December 2020 and January 2021 has been updated (7th April 2021). Transparency data - Employers who have claimed through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Future publications HMRC will publish a new list each month alongside the historical data already published. … Continue reading Furlough claim data updated

COVID-19 support – latest information

Dear Payadvice Ltd, I’m writing to you with the latest information about financial support schemes available to help your clients. This includes the latest on the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and the VAT deferral new payment scheme. Self-Employment Income Support Scheme To support you in helping your clients, here … Continue reading COVID-19 support – latest information

Recovery Loan Scheme launches

A new government-backed loan scheme launched 6th April 2021 to provide additional finance to those businesses that need it. new loan scheme to provide further support to protect businesses and jobsloans include 80% government guarantee and interest rate capgovernment has backed £75 billion of loans as part of a £350 billion wider support package The … Continue reading Recovery Loan Scheme launches

Apply early for British passport

The government have urged people not to delay applying for a British passport and to allow more time to be processed. While it is still illegal to holiday overseas and the “Stay in the UK” regulation remains in place, by applying for a passport now, people can make sure nothing stands in their way when … Continue reading Apply early for British passport

CA38/CA40/CA41/CA42/CA44 National Insurance contributions tables issued (at last)

For the second year running the HMRC have issued the National Insurance contributions tables very late on 6th April. Traditionally issued in late February, the 2021/2022 tables have been issued on Tuesday 6th April 2021. The fact that pay calculations have been required in preparation for payments in the new tax year seems to no … Continue reading CA38/CA40/CA41/CA42/CA44 National Insurance contributions tables issued (at last)

Further easing of Covid restrictions from 12th April 2021

Outdoor pubs, shops, gyms and hairdressers to reopen. From Monday 12th April 2021 additional premises will be able to reopen – with the rules on social contact applying. Indoor settings must only be visited alone or with household groups, with outdoor settings limited to either six people or two households. This includes non-essential retail; personal … Continue reading Further easing of Covid restrictions from 12th April 2021

Why does the new tax year start on 6th April?

Why does the 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 1 January. Until then New Year’s Day was 25th March … Continue reading Why does the new tax year start on 6th April?

Twice weekly rapid testing to be available to everyone in England

Everyone in England is able to access rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing from 9th April 2021. Everyone in England, including those without symptoms, will be able to take a free rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) test twice a weekAlongside vaccine rollout, regular testing is at the heart of plans to reopen society and the economy, helping to suppress … Continue reading Twice weekly rapid testing to be available to everyone in England

1 in 3 key workers paid under £10 per hour

Around one in three key (33%) workers earn less than £10 an hour according to analysis by the TUC. Analysis published alongside the new minimum and living wage rates Union body calls on ministers to raise minimum wage to £10 an hour The analysis reveals that around 3.2 million key workers are paid less than … Continue reading 1 in 3 key workers paid under £10 per hour

Hundreds of free qualifications on offer to boost skills and jobs

Launch of free qualifications marks a major milestone in government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee An estimated 11 million adults now have the opportunity to gain a new qualification for free, designed to help them to gain in-demand skills and secure great jobs. Almost 400 qualifications are available to take backed by £95 million in government funding … Continue reading Hundreds of free qualifications on offer to boost skills and jobs

Low Pay Commission – Consultation on April 2022 National Minimum Wage rates

The Low Pay Commission (LPC) is the independent body which advises Government on the levels of the National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW). To help shape the recommendations they will make this autumn on the 2022 minimum wage rates, they are seeking evidence on the impact of the NLW and NMW. All … Continue reading Low Pay Commission – Consultation on April 2022 National Minimum Wage rates

Millions get pay rise as National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage increase comes into effect

Around 2 million of the UK’s lowest-paid workers will benefit from an increase in National Living Wage and National Minimum WageNational Living Wage will rise 2.2% to £8.91, and be given to 23 and 24-year-olds for the first timeBusiness Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng urges workers to check their pay packet to ensure they get what they … Continue reading Millions get pay rise as National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage increase comes into effect

Universal Credit claimants TaP into employment

Millions of jobseekers will be able to access longer work-related training while in receipt of benefits to boost their chances of finding employment. Train and Progress (TaP) is a new DWP initiative aimed at increasing training opportunities for claimants. It will see an extension to the length of time people can receive Universal Credit while … Continue reading Universal Credit claimants TaP into employment

Working safely guidance has been updated to include changes to national restrictions.

Changes include: The visitor economy and Hotels and other guest accommodation guidance has been updated to include information on reasonable adjustments, changes to NHS Test and Trace regulations.Providers of grassroots sport and sport facilities guidance has been updated to include information on reasonable adjustments, changes to NHS Test and Trace regulations, as well as a new shorter format focussing on … Continue reading Working safely guidance has been updated to include changes to national restrictions.

1st April – National Living Wage extended to younger workers

The age threshold for the National Living Wage changes from 25 to 23 as the rate increases on 1st April. The National Living Wage (NLW) will increase on Thursday 1st April 2021 to £8.91, giving a real-terms pay rise to millions of workers. At the same time, the age threshold for the rate will move … Continue reading 1st April – National Living Wage extended to younger workers

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme fourth grant

Find out if you’re eligible for the fourth grant which will cover the period February 2021 to April 2021. Also find out information about the fifth grant. The Budget confirmed that the fourth SEISS grant will be set at 80% of 3 months’ average trading profits, paid out in a single instalment, capped at £7,500. … Continue reading Self-Employment Income Support Scheme fourth grant

Government writes open letter to businesses on Plan for Growth

Prime Minister Boris Johnson looks forward to a year of economic recovery at the second meeting of the Build Back Better Business Council as Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng write an open letter to businesses on the Government’s Plan for Growth. The joint letter between Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Business Secretary Kwasi … Continue reading Government writes open letter to businesses on Plan for Growth

HMRC Anti Money Laundering team change name to Economic Crime Supervision

Dear Payadvice, HMRC's Anti Money Laundering Supervision (AMLS) team is changing its name to Economic Crime Supervision (ECS) from 1‌‌ April 2021. This change does not affect our responsibilities under the Money Laundering Regulations or how we will interact with you.   You may continue to see AMLS referenced in correspondence from us during April whilst the changes take effect. You … Continue reading HMRC Anti Money Laundering team change name to Economic Crime Supervision

England Covid restrictions change 29th March 2021

Some of the rules changed on 29th March 2021. However, many restrictions remain in place. You must not socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with or have formed a support bubble with. You should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the number of journeys you make where possible. You … Continue reading England Covid restrictions change 29th March 2021

13,500 Work Coaches to boost Jobs

13,500 Work Coaches are in post to help people across the country find their next role, start a new career or re-train in growing industries, the Work and Pensions Secretary has announced. Government meets its recruitment pledge - putting in place the country’s biggest ever Jobs Army.In one of the fastest ever Government recruitment rounds … Continue reading 13,500 Work Coaches to boost Jobs

Extended opening hours to continue when non-essential retail returns

Longer opening hours in England will help people return to the high streets safely when non-essential shops re-open from 12th April 2021. Temporary measures to make socially distanced shopping easier to continueLonger opening hours for retail to give shoppers more flexibility and ease transport pressuresFlexible working hours for construction also to continue, helping industry continue … Continue reading Extended opening hours to continue when non-essential retail returns

Workplace testing programme expands to offer free rapid home testing

In the next major push for the Government’s workplace testing programme, all employers will now be able to offer their employees free, rapid and regular testing that can be taken at home Government makes rapid home testing available for all businesses with over 10 employees who cannot offer on-site testingBusinesses must register interest by 12th … Continue reading Workplace testing programme expands to offer free rapid home testing

IR35/Off-Payroll Working – Umbrellas and Agencies

This article is based on HMRC information ESM2390. What is an ‘umbrella company‘? There is no statutory definition of an ‘umbrella company’. It is generally accepted that an umbrella company is a company that employs temporary workers who work for different end clients’. Typically they enter into a contract with a recruitment agency who will … Continue reading IR35/Off-Payroll Working – Umbrellas and Agencies

IR35/Off-Payroll Working – Operating Payroll

This article is based on parts of the HMRC Employment Status Manual ESM10019. How does a Deemed Employer operate PAYE? When the deemed employer operates PAYE, it should do this through payroll. They can add them to an existing payroll or set up a new payroll or PAYE scheme. New Deemed Employee - anything different? … Continue reading IR35/Off-Payroll Working – Operating Payroll

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage – pay reference periods commencing Thursday 1st April 2021

The National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage uplift for 2021/2022 applies for pay periods starting 1st April 2021. Along with the increase to minimum pay rates there are two significant additional changes: The dropping of the National Living Wage qualifying age from 25 to 23 yearsThe extension of record keeping from 3 years to … Continue reading National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage – pay reference periods commencing Thursday 1st April 2021

Job Retention Scheme guidance updates 25th March 2021

HMRC have published further updates to the Job Retention Scheme guidance: Page titleChangesAll PagesFor periods from 1 November 2020 to 30 April 2021, your employer can claim for you if you were employed on or before 30 October 2020, as long as they have made a PAYE Real Time Information (RTI) submission to HMRC between 20 March 2020 and 30 October 2020.Check if … Continue reading Job Retention Scheme guidance updates 25th March 2021

Employee payment records required to be retained for Six Years for National Minimum Wage purposes

Employers are to be required to keep records relevant to National Minimum Wage for 6 years as part of the The National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2021. Regulation 2(5) extends the period for which an employer must keep records sufficient to establish that the employer is remunerating the worker at a rate at least equal … Continue reading Employee payment records required to be retained for Six Years for National Minimum Wage purposes

Government-backed loans help thousands of businesses to protect jobs during pandemic

Government-backed finance helped thousands of businesses through the pandemic with a loan issued through the Bounce Back Loan scheme roughly every 20 seconds since its launch last May, new figures reveal today, 25th March 2021. new statistics reveal that three Bounce Back Loans were issued every minute since May 2020 launchemergency loans provided almost £180 … Continue reading Government-backed loans help thousands of businesses to protect jobs during pandemic

Building back better and fairer for women and girls around the world

UK National Statement at the 65th Commission on the Status of Women by Baroness Berridge Chair, As we reflect on the past year we must acknowledge the pandemic and its effect on all our lives. Globally, COVID-19 has worsened many of the challenges already faced by women and girls and we must now look ahead … Continue reading Building back better and fairer for women and girls around the world

Substitute P60 form approval process changes

HMRC has announced the following easement for those still awaiting approval for substitute P60 forms from HMRC: “A decision has been made by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to introduce an easement of the normal approvals process for substitute P60 forms. This change is due to the impact that both EU-Exit and the current Covid-19 … Continue reading Substitute P60 form approval process changes

Tax year 2021/2022 tax tables published

For those who like to use the tax tables for the occasional manual calculation or problem checking and resolution, the HMRC have published new 2021/2022 tax tables applicable for payments commencing from 6th April 2021. These provide the monthly and weekly calculation tables for the whole of the United Kingdom including the variations for Scotland … Continue reading Tax year 2021/2022 tax tables published

Plan for jobs – well underway!

Statement made on 23rd March 2021: As part of the Government’s ongoing commitment to support claimants back into work, DWP is moving at pace this spring and summer to introduce new Jobcentres, as a direct response to the pandemic. On top of the 13,500 new Work Coaches who will be in place by the end … Continue reading Plan for jobs – well underway!

Online Annual tax summaries

The online Annual Tax Summary shows ‎how much tax and National Insurance contributions someone has paid and how Government spends it. Individuals can find the summary by signing into their personal tax account using the Government Gateway User ID and Password that y used to enrol for Self Assessment online, selecting Self Assessment and then … Continue reading Online Annual tax summaries

Government strengthens tax policymaking with over 30 updates, consultations and documents published

The government has published 23rd March 2021 a series of tax documents and consultations in a move to strengthen policymaking and help create a more trusted, simple and modern tax system. government publishes more than 30 tax updates, consultations and documents to strengthen policymaking and modernise UK tax systemlarge number of the announcements form a … Continue reading Government strengthens tax policymaking with over 30 updates, consultations and documents published

ONS UK Labour market overview: March 2021

The latest three months to February 2021 recorded small increases in the number of payroll employees although since February 2020, the number of payroll employees has fallen by 693,000 with the largest falls seen at the start of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Analysis by age band shows that under 25s contributed over 60% of the … Continue reading ONS UK Labour market overview: March 2021

Child Care Vouchers – 2021/2022 Basic Earnings Assessment Calculator

Employer who provide childcare vouchers to employees are required to undertake an annual Basic Earnings Assessment (BEA) prior to the start of the tax year to define the tax and NIC free amount of ChildCare Vouchers (CCV). The rates and limits available are set by the Westminster parliament and apply across the United Kingdom. There … Continue reading Child Care Vouchers – 2021/2022 Basic Earnings Assessment Calculator

Set up Self Assessment payment plans by 1st April 2021

Self Assessment taxpayers have until 1st April 2021 to pay any outstanding tax liabilities in full or set up an online payment plan to avoid a 5% late payment penalty. Self Assessment taxpayers have just over a week to pay any outstanding tax liabilities in full or set up an online payment plan for the … Continue reading Set up Self Assessment payment plans by 1st April 2021

Legal footing for national unlocking set out ahead of vote

The government has set out regulations that will pave the way to the easing of all restrictions from 21st June 2021. New ‘roadmap regulations’ set out before the next phase of easements take place on 29th March 2021One-year review of Coronavirus Act proposes measures to expire or suspend. Measures to continue are essential and proportionate … Continue reading Legal footing for national unlocking set out ahead of vote

Sleep in shifts not subject to National Minimum Wage

The Supreme Court judgement has ruled that sleep in shifts are not subject the payment of National Minimum Wage. The issue under judgement Whether home workers who are required to remain at home in their shift and/or residential care workers who ‘sleep in’ are entitled to the national minimum wage for time that is not … Continue reading Sleep in shifts not subject to National Minimum Wage

Normal jobcentre opening hours resume from 12 April

From 12th April 2021, jobcentres in England, Scotland and Wales will return to their pre-lockdown opening hours. While jobcentres have remained open and fully operational throughout the pandemic for those who really need it, and Work Coaches have continued to support all their customers virtually – opening hours were temporarily shortened to 10am to 2pm … Continue reading Normal jobcentre opening hours resume from 12 April

CMA requires Countryside and Taylor Wimpey to remove leasehold terms

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is requiring Countryside and Taylor Wimpey to remove certain contract terms that mean leaseholders have to pay ground rents that double every 10 or 15 years. In September 2020, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) launched enforcement action against 4 housing developers. These included Countryside Properties and Taylor Wimpey, … Continue reading CMA requires Countryside and Taylor Wimpey to remove leasehold terms

Employ Veterans

From 6th April 2021, employers who hire former members of the UK regular armed forces will be able to claim a National Insurance holiday for 12 months starting from the first day of the veteran's first civilian employment. This zero-rate can be applied up to the veterans upper secondary threshold. This relief is available from … Continue reading Employ Veterans

COVID-19 support – latest information

Dear @PAYadvice, I’m writing to you with the latest information about the financial support schemes available to help your clients. This includes updates on the VAT deferral new payment scheme, the latest on the Self- Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). VAT deferral – apply now to spread your … Continue reading COVID-19 support – latest information

Plug-in car, van and truck grant to be targeted at more affordable models to allow more people to make the switch

As more people than ever opt for electric vehicles, the government announces changes to the plug-in car, van and truck grant. The grant scheme for electric cars, vans and trucks has been updated to target less expensive models and reflect a greater range of affordable vehicles available, allowing the scheme’s funding to go further and … Continue reading Plug-in car, van and truck grant to be targeted at more affordable models to allow more people to make the switch

Shielding advice for the clinically extremely vulnerable to stop from 1st April 2021

More than 3.79 million clinically extremely vulnerable people in England will be informed they are no longer advised to shield from Thursday 1 April 2021. Advice to the clinically extremely vulnerable to shield ceases from Thursday 1 April, as virus infection rates continue to fallPeople on shielded patient list will receive letters from today with … Continue reading Shielding advice for the clinically extremely vulnerable to stop from 1st April 2021

HMCTS telephone numbers used by tax scammers

Scammers using HM Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) telephone numbers to demand tax payments. An increasing number of concerned individuals are contacting offices across HMCTS following emails or phone calls by scammers. Scammers mimic legitimate phone numbers (spoofing) and may allege debts owed to HMRC and that a warrant for arrest has been issued. Scammers … Continue reading HMCTS telephone numbers used by tax scammers

Government asks for views on Covid-19 certification

The Government is reviewing whether COVID-status certification could play a role in reopening the economy, reducing restrictions on social contact and improving safety. The Government is seeking views on the role of Covid-status certification in the UK’s recovery from the pandemic, particularly from organisations and individuals with relevant expertise as well as those it would … Continue reading Government asks for views on Covid-19 certification