The Growth Plan 2022: Investment Zones

New employer National insurance reliefs to be introduced Similar to Veterans and Freeports, a new investment zone employer NIC relief is proposed requiring change in payroll solutions. Investment Zones Investment Zones are to drive growth and unlock housing across the UK by lowering taxes and liberalising planning frameworks to encourage rapid development and business investment. … Continue reading The Growth Plan 2022: Investment Zones

Reversal of the Health and Social Care Levy

The government is cancelling the Health and Social Care Levy – initially introduced via a 1.25 percentage point rise in National Insurance contributions (NICs) - which took effect in April 2022. This is delivered in two parts: The reduction of National Insurance rates from 6th November 2022, in effect removing the temporary 1.25 percentage point … Continue reading Reversal of the Health and Social Care Levy

Payroll 2022-23: November changes to NICs

The following has been provided by the HMRC Software Developer Support Team (SDST):- Dear Developer, On 22 September the Government announced changes to National Insurance contributions (NICs) rates and the Health and Social Care Levy (HSCL). Please note that this update is subject to Parliamentary approval. Key measures the Government announcement impacting payroll software developers … Continue reading Payroll 2022-23: November changes to NICs

3rd National Insurance change confirmed for 6th November 2022

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The 1.25 percentage point rise in National Insurance will be reversed from 6th November 2022, the Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng has announced 22nd September 2022 April’s National Insurance increase to be reversed from November 2022 - delivering one key Prime minister pledge to cut tax burden and promote economic growth Health and Social Care Levy will … Continue reading 3rd National Insurance change confirmed for 6th November 2022

HM Treasury confirm Friday 23rd September 2022 for the mini budget

Subject to the agreement of the House of Commons, On Friday 23rd September, Chancellor Kwai Kwarteng will unveil the Growth Plan to Parliament. PAYadvice.UK 21/9/2022

Mini-budget imminent

Following the state funeral on Monday 19th September 2022, the government are expected to hold a fiscal event or mini -budget to move forward with plans to assist with the cost of living crisis. Increasing indication are that this will take place on Friday 23rd September 2022. There are some likely areas of payroll impact … Continue reading Mini-budget imminent

Approved Mileage Allowance Payments error

HMRC’s Income Tax Policy Team has indicated that over the last 6 months, both HMRC & HM Treasury have received a large number of queries relating to Approved Mileage Allowance Payments (AMAPs), which may be paid to employees free of tax and NI for any business miles travel they do in their own vehicle (not … Continue reading Approved Mileage Allowance Payments error

Directors of a tax avoidance promoters named for the first time

HMRC uses new powers to publicly name the directors of tax avoidance promoting companies. Tax avoidance bosses have been named for the first time in the latest move to help protect the public. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has used new powers to publicly name directors of tax avoidance promoting companies, with customers being warned … Continue reading Directors of a tax avoidance promoters named for the first time

Preparing for the 3rd National Insurance payroll change!

With the resignation of Boris Johnson and the ongoing election of a new Prime Minister with announcements to be made Monday 5th September 2022, will payroll see it’s third change to National Insurance in one year? With candidates vying for election, promises of changes are frequent and sometimes a little reactionary. With the cost of … Continue reading Preparing for the 3rd National Insurance payroll change!

Legislation update 2023 for payroll

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Following the successful Legislation update for 2021 and then 2022 for payroll by PAYadvice.UK with 20 thousand hits and downloads since its launch at the beginning of 2021 - PAYadvice.UK are constructing its PAYadvice Series Legislation Update 2023 for payroll. We believe that PAYadvice was the first organisation in the UK to bring together the … Continue reading Legislation update 2023 for payroll

PAYE new variable payment plan

From 19th September 2022, in response to feedback, employers’ with PAYE will be able to setup and take advantage of a new variable Direct Debit payment plan being introduced by HMRC. The service can be accessed through Pay employers’ PAYE or directly through the business tax account and the employers PAYE service. There will be … Continue reading PAYE new variable payment plan

August 2022 HMRC Employer Bulletin

HMRC have published their August 2022 edition of the employers bulletin. It covers a multitude of topics: PAYE PAYE Settlement Agreements — introducing new digital version of the PSA1 Form Payment deadline and calculation reminder Employers PAYE — introduction of variable payment plan First Full Payment Submission for new starters: the importance of using the … Continue reading August 2022 HMRC Employer Bulletin

NI change 6th July 2022 – are you ready?

Increase in National Insurance thresholds On 23rd March 2022 in the Spring Statement 2022, the UK government announced an increase in National Insurance primary thresholds affecting the 2022 to 2023 tax year. HMRC are reminding employers that the primary threshold changes take effect from 6th July 2022, resulting in employees paying National Insurance contributions on … Continue reading NI change 6th July 2022 – are you ready?

June 2022 HMRC Employer Bulletin

HMRC have published their June 2022 edition of the employers bulletin. It covers a multitude of topics. A primary focus is on the National Insurance changes which come into force from 6th July 2022. Topics covered include: PAYE Changes to our webchat service Increase in National Insurance thresholds Basic PAYE Tools — additional in-year release … Continue reading June 2022 HMRC Employer Bulletin

HMRC urges customers to leave tax avoidance scheme promoted by London-based firm

HMRC names Peak PAYE Ltd as a tax avoidance promoter and urges individuals to withdraw from using it. This tax avoidance scheme has been exposed by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on 8th June 2022, to help ensure customers do not end up with large tax bills. Individuals using a tax avoidance scheme provided by … Continue reading HMRC urges customers to leave tax avoidance scheme promoted by London-based firm

Umbrella company director banned

Best Employment Services provided umbrella payroll services and outsourced its operations to a network of Isle of Man companies, and shifted assets to Anguilla. Adrian Benedict Sacco 55, has been disqualified after running an umbrella payroll services company with links to the Isle of Man, potentially costing the public millions in unpaid income tax, National … Continue reading Umbrella company director banned

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

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

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

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

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

SPRING BUDGET SPECIAL 2022-23 WITH SIMON PARSONS #79

Nick Day is joined on The Payroll Podcast by Simon Parsons M.Sc FCIPPdip MBCS, Director UK Compliance Strategies at SD Worx, Simon is a Specialist in UK tax and Social Insurance legislation and all things payroll software development, and also a fellow panellist on Payroll Question Time. SPRING BUDGET SPECIAL 2022-23 WITH SIMON PARSONS #79 … Continue reading SPRING BUDGET SPECIAL 2022-23 WITH SIMON PARSONS #79

Spring Statement 2022

Dear PAYadvice.UK, The Chancellor made his annual Spring Statement speech today where he set out the Government’s tax plan to support the UK economy, businesses and families in both the short and the medium term. Key measures the Chancellor announced as part of the plan include: •an increase to the National Insurance Primary Threshold for … Continue reading Spring Statement 2022

Employment allowance increased to £5,000

As part of the spring statement initiatives, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has announced an increase to the Employment Allowance from £4,000 to £5,000 Employment Allowance is a relief which allows eligible businesses to reduce their employer National Insurance contributions (NICs) bills each year Around 495,000 businesses (30% of all businesses) benefit from the increase, including … Continue reading Employment allowance increased to £5,000

Payroll surprise in spring statement

As part of the Spring Statement 2022 given on Wednesday 23rd March 2022, the government announced a change to National Insurance calculations which are to be applicable from Monday 6th July 2022. Increase is Primary Threshold The chancellor has announced an increase in the Class 1 National Insurance Primary Threshold from £9,880 to £12,570, the … Continue reading Payroll surprise in spring statement

April 2022 – New Tax Year resources

PAYadvice endeavours to keep you as up to date as possible with the latest and developing changes impacting payroll and HR. The latest version 22.9 includes the announcements made at the spring statement 2022 which took place on 23rd March 2022.: The increase to primary threshold from 6th July 2022The increase to the Employment Allowance … Continue reading April 2022 – New Tax Year resources

Health and Social Care – National Insurance contribution uplift

HMRC have issued the following communication to UK employers to assist informing employees of the reason for the increase in National Insurance contributions that apply from 6th April 2022. Dear PAYadvice, We would appreciate your assistance to help… employees understand that the increased National Insurance contribution of 1.25 percentage points from 6‌‌‌ ‌‌April 2022 is … Continue reading Health and Social Care – National Insurance contribution uplift

February 2022 HMRC Employer Bulletin

HMRC publishes their Employer Bulletin online 6 times a year, providing employers and agents with the latest information on topics and issues that may affect them. In the February 2022 edition there are important updates and information on: PAYE Basic PAYE Tools ― new release Changes to our Employer Helpline processes Health and Social Care … Continue reading February 2022 HMRC Employer Bulletin

HMRC issue new guidance to operate from 6th April 2022

By PSP (c)2019 HM Revenue and Customs has updated guidance and instructions in preparation to be operated from 6th April 2022. P9X Tax codes to use from 6 April 2022 Use P9X to find out which PAYE tax codes to change, how to change them and which codes to carry forward ready for the new … Continue reading HMRC issue new guidance to operate from 6th April 2022

The 2022 annual report on the National Insurance Funds

Focus on the National Insurance Fund The Government Actuary has published the annual report on the National Insurance Fund (NIF) for Great Britain. The report: projects contribution income, benefit payments and the balance of the NIF over the coming financial yearsis a source of information for MPs who scrutinise the government’s draft legislation for up-rating … Continue reading The 2022 annual report on the National Insurance Funds

HMRC December 2021 Employer Bulletin

HMRC have issued the December 2021 Employer Bulletin, again, packed full with information. In this month’s edition of the Employer Bulletin there are important updates and information on the following: PAYE Health and Social Care – National Insurance contribution increaseNational Insurance holiday for employers of veteransReporting benefits and expenses in real-timeEmployers using Category M National … Continue reading HMRC December 2021 Employer Bulletin

Software Developers HMRC NI Guidance 2022/2023 EB5 (updated to reflect the Spring Statement 2022)

The HMRC Software Support Team (SDST) have issued the National Insurance Contributions guidance for software developers. 6th April 2022 - 5th July 2022 Originally issued in January 2022 and intended to be applicable for the full tax year, NI plans changed by announcement at the governments Spring Statement 2022. This first version now relates to … Continue reading Software Developers HMRC NI Guidance 2022/2023 EB5 (updated to reflect the Spring Statement 2022)

Health and Social Care payslip message issued

On 7th September 2021, the government announced a new 1.25% Health and Social Care Levy to fund investment in the NHS and social care. The Levy will be effectively introduced from April 2022 when National Insurance Contributions (NICs) for working age employees, self-employed people and employers will increase by 1.25% and be added to the … Continue reading Health and Social Care payslip message issued

Legislation update 2022 for payroll

Following the successful Legislation update 2021 for payroll by PAYadvice.UK with 19,500 hits and downloads since its launch at the beginning of 2021, following the UK budget on 27th October trigger and confirming a number of payroll changes for April 2022, along with announcement by States of Guernsey and States of Jersey - PAYadvice.UK have … Continue reading Legislation update 2022 for payroll

The year of two budgets! 2021 budget date set

The Chancellor has launched (7th September) Spending Review 2021 (SR21), which will conclude on 27th October 2021 alongside an Autumn Budget and set out the government’s spending priorities for the Parliament. The three-year review will set UK government departments’ resource and capital budgets for 2022-23 to 2024-25 and the devolved administrations’ block grants for the same … Continue reading The year of two budgets! 2021 budget date set

Health and Social Care levy rates – National Insurance

From April 2022 the government we will create a new, UK-wide, 1.25 per cent Health and Social Care Levy on earned income, hypothecated in law to health and social care. The new levy will share the cost between individuals and businesses, and everyone is to contribute according to their means, including those above State Pension … Continue reading Health and Social Care levy rates – National Insurance

New 1.25% Health and Social Care Levy – National Insurance and Dividends

Prime Minister pledges to tackle NHS Covid backlogs and cut waiting times with £36 billion for health and social care‘Responsible, fair, and necessary’ action to provide the biggest catch-up programme for the NHS and reform to adult social careNHS capacity to increase to 110% of planned activity levels by 2023/2024: more appointments, treatments, and operationsSocial … Continue reading New 1.25% Health and Social Care Levy – National Insurance and Dividends

Off-payroll (IR35) contracted out services

Off-payroll working rules (commonly known as IR35) changed on 6th April 2021. In efforts to overcome IR35 responsibilities some arrangements are being promoted that indicate some client organisations would no longer be responsible for considering the off payroll working rules. These may be labelled as ‘contracted out services’ or ‘statement of works’. It is important to fully consider any arrangements in response to changes to … Continue reading Off-payroll (IR35) contracted out services

Freeports Employer NICs Relief (FENR)

HM Revenue & Customs Software Developers Support Team (SDST) has issued briefing notes for developers in relation to changes for the April 2022 introduction of Freeports Employer NICs Relief (FENR). For the 2022/2023 tax year a new NIC category letters ‘F’, 'I', 'S' and 'L' are introduced. Initial analysis of the requirements indicates that payroll … Continue reading Freeports Employer NICs Relief (FENR)

NICs Holiday for Employers of Veterans (NHEV)

HM Revenue & Customs Software Developers Support Team (SDST) has issued briefing notes for developers in relation to changes for National Insurance Contributions Holiday for Employers of Veterans abbreviated as NHEV. The relief applies from April 2021, however HMRC were unable to ready their systems in time for real time operations and employers will be … Continue reading NICs Holiday for Employers of Veterans (NHEV)

New format NINOs? No they’re Temporary Reference Numbers (TRNs) – do not use!

There have been a number of questions circulating about new format National Insurance Numbers identified as such on letters to individuals from HM Revenue and Customs and also on P2 tax code notifications to individuals. These ‘new numbers’ are in a different format to the traditional NINO. Have NINOs changed? Should employers use these new … Continue reading New format NINOs? No they’re Temporary Reference Numbers (TRNs) – do not use!

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

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

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)

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

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

Off-Payroll working (IR35) – Questions about compliance

Ahead of changes to the off-payroll working rules #IR35 on 6th April 2021, the HMRC answer some top questions about compliance that they’ve heard in their webinars and other support they have provided Are changes to the off-payroll working rules happening on 6 April 2021?Does the light touch approach to penalties mean customers don’t need … Continue reading Off-Payroll working (IR35) – Questions about compliance

Isle of Man National Insurance for 2021-2022 confirmed – UAP withdrawn

On Wednesday 10th March the Isle of Man government published the confirmed National Insurance threshold value for the 2021/2022 tax year. Although most values have remained the same, the Upper Accrual Point (UAP) is withdrawn. This does cause slightly different calculation results and rounding in comparison with 2020/2021. 2021-22 Software developers guide Isle of Man … Continue reading Isle of Man National Insurance for 2021-2022 confirmed – UAP withdrawn

Payroll 2021/22: Employment Allowance and Apprenticeship Levy

HMRC Shipley by PSP HM Revenue and Customs Software Developers Support Team (SDST) have provided the following confirmation for the new tax year and that there is no change. It has been confirmed that for 2021-22 the Employment Allowance and the Apprenticeship Levy will remain at the same levels they were for 2020-21. Employment Allowance: … Continue reading Payroll 2021/22: Employment Allowance and Apprenticeship Levy

Budget 2021 – Income tax and National Insurance contributions

The government will maintain the income tax Personal Allowance and higher rate threshold and National Insurance contributions Upper Earnings Limit and Upper Profits Limit at their 2021-2022 levels up to and including 2025-2026. HM Treasury have issued the following in relation to announcements at budget 2021: As announced at Spending Review 2020, the government will … Continue reading Budget 2021 – Income tax and National Insurance contributions

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

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

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

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

6th April 2021 tax changes confirmed

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

Employer Bulletin – UK transition edition

Dear @PAYadvice, Following the UK’s exit from Europe on 31 December 2020, we have published a UK Transition edition of the Employer Bulletin. This contains a roundup of information and support previously published to continue supporting you. In this edition, you can find out about the new rules for: trading with Europebusiness travellerssocial security coordination. … Continue reading Employer Bulletin – UK transition edition

Zero rate NI for Veterans – draft legislation

At Spring Budget last year, the government announced its intention to introduce a National Insurance Contributions (NICs) holiday for employers who hire former members of the UK regular armed forces.  The relief will exempt employers for any NICs liability on veteran’s salary up to the Upper Secondary Threshold in their first year of civilian employment. … Continue reading Zero rate NI for Veterans – draft legislation

Legislation Update 2021 for payroll

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

UK-EU future relationship agreement: social security coordination

Dear @PAYadvice, The UK has reached an agreement with the EU on its future relationship. The social security coordination provisions in this agreement ensure workers who move between the UK and the EU only have to pay into one country’s social security scheme at a time. Going to work temporarily in the EU under the … Continue reading UK-EU future relationship agreement: social security coordination

Social security contributions for workers coming to the UK from the EEA or Switzerland from 1 January 2021

Check where you need to pay social security contributions from 1 January 2021, if you’re a worker from the EU, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland or Liechtenstein working in UK. From 1 January 2021, if you’re an employee, self-employed or an employer, where you pay your social security contributions will depend on your circumstances and the country … Continue reading Social security contributions for workers coming to the UK from the EEA or Switzerland from 1 January 2021

National Insurance Contribution changes 2021/2022

The HMRC Software Developer Support Team (SDSTeam) have provided the following in relation to National Insurance Contributions (NICs) applicable from 6th April 2021:- The government made a Written Ministerial Statement that it will use the September Consumer Price Index as the basis for setting the National Insurance limits and thresholds, as well as the rates … Continue reading National Insurance Contribution changes 2021/2022

Employer reimbursed Coronavirus swab tests – Income tax exemption and National Insurance disregard

The Government is to introduce a temporary income tax exemption and National Insurance contributions (NICs) disregard, to ensure that employees who purchase their own Coronavirus swab tests, and are reimbursed by their employer, will not attract income tax and NICs liabilities in the current tax year. A Coronavirus swab test means a test which detects … Continue reading Employer reimbursed Coronavirus swab tests – Income tax exemption and National Insurance disregard

Extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

Dear @PAYadvice, In light of the increased restrictions needed to curb the coronavirus pandemic, the UK government is introducing additional economic measures to support you and your clients. Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme  The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), which was due to end on 31 October, will now be extended, with the UK government paying … Continue reading Extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

Job Support Scheme – Guidance Published (30th October 2020)

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. HMRC have published more details and guidance to assist employers in operating and claiming support through the new Job Support Scheme which commences from Sunday 1st November 2020. Check … Continue reading Job Support Scheme – Guidance Published (30th October 2020)

Self Employment Income Support Grant – claim from 14th December 2020

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Grant Extension provides support in the form of two grants, each for three month periods covering November 2020 to January 2021 and February 2021 to April 2021. The Government will provide a taxable grant covering 40% of average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering 3 months’ … Continue reading Self Employment Income Support Grant – claim from 14th December 2020

Hire ex-military talent – The career transition partnership

Defence minister Johnny Mercer: “Every year, 14,000 people leave the military - people with incredible skills that can enhance your workplace.” He is encouraging employers to sign up to the Career Transition Partnership to access ex-Armed Forces talent. Career Transition Partnership Opinion The government are encouraging employers to look seriously at the pool of talent … Continue reading Hire ex-military talent – The career transition partnership

Prove your right to work in the UK

You do not need a National Insurance number to work in the United Kingdom. The government provide an online service which verifies and confirms details of: the types of job you’re allowed to dohow long you can work in the UK for You’ll need one of the following: your biometric residence permit numberyour biometric residence … Continue reading Prove your right to work in the UK

Off-payroll workers – have you prepared?

With less than 6 months until new law comes into effect, has your business put in place plans to implement changes to the process of: Engagement of contractorsStatus classificationNotification of status to contractors and their intermediariesDispute processsRecord keepingPayroll and finance readinessOrganising appropriate PAYE schemeIdentifying amounts subject to tax and National InsuranceBudgeting for the employers National … Continue reading Off-payroll workers – have you prepared?

No National Insurance number? So what!

National Insurance Number delays The October 2020 HMRC bulletin provides additional guidance on National Insurance requirements.Due to COVID-19, the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) is only able to offer a National Insurance Number (NINO) service to a limited number of applicants. In order to allocate a NINO for employment purposes DWP has a legal … Continue reading No National Insurance number? So what!

Job Support Scheme expanded to firms required to close due to Covid Restrictions

The government’s Job Support Scheme (JSS) is expanded to protect jobs and support businesses required to close their doors as a result of coronavirus restrictions. Job Support Scheme will be expanded to support businesses across the UK required to close their premises due to coronavirus restrictionsgovernment will pay two thirds of employees’ salaries to protect … Continue reading Job Support Scheme expanded to firms required to close due to Covid Restrictions

Grandparent, or other family member, who care for a child under 12? Specified adult childcare NI credits

MM&R by PSP(c)2020 You may be entitled to receive NI credits if you are a grandparent, or other family member, who cares for a child under 12, usually whilst their parent (or main carer) is working. These credits have been available since April 2011. If you qualify you must make an application to receive the … Continue reading Grandparent, or other family member, who care for a child under 12? Specified adult childcare NI credits

Consultation launched: National Insurance Contributions holiday for employers that hire former members of the armed forces

The government is seeking views from employers of veterans, software providers and accountants about a National Insurance Contributions (NICs) holiday for employers who hire former members of the UK regular armed forces. The measure, announced at Budget 2020 in March, will exempt employers for any NICs liability on veteran’s salary up to the Upper Secondary … Continue reading Consultation launched: National Insurance Contributions holiday for employers that hire former members of the armed forces

Need your National Insurance Number? Get the free HMRC App.

Quickly find and print your National Insurance number using the HMRC App. What you can do with the HMRC app See it your tax code your National Insurance numberan estimate of the tax you need to payyour income and benefitshow much you will receive in tax credits and when they will be paidyour Unique Taxpayer … Continue reading Need your National Insurance Number? Get the free HMRC App.

HMRC clarify National Insurance Number requirement for Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Grant Claim

HMRC have issued the following with regards to Furlough employees where the employer has not been provided with a NINO. We understand that there have been some questions regarding National Insurance numbers and the Job Retention Scheme and therefore hope the below is a helpful update. When making a claim to the Job Retention Scheme, … Continue reading HMRC clarify National Insurance Number requirement for Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Grant Claim

CWG2 corrected – 21st April 2020

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cwg2-further-guide-to-paye-and-national-insurance-contributions/2020-to-2021employer-further-guide-to-paye-and-national-insurance-contributions The HMRC have updated the CWG2 Employer guide to reflects some errors corrections. One area was section 3.1.5 Whilst the opening section was correct (and not changed): The example 3 retained last years guidance and indicated using a prior tax year rate for starter earning from the prior tax year but paid in the … Continue reading CWG2 corrected – 21st April 2020

Furlough : benefits and salary sacrifice #COVID19 #coronavirus

Letter box, HM Treasury, by P Simon Parsons With employees being placed into furlough, there is much confusion and misunderstanding in relation to salary sacrifice arrangements. Benefits in kind The provision of benefits provided by employers have different tax and National Insurance implications than an employee receiving cash remuneration. For example: Child care vouchers given … Continue reading Furlough : benefits and salary sacrifice #COVID19 #coronavirus

Claim It – how much? – #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

How much CJRS grant can an employer claim? Employers can claim: 80% of your employees’ wages (even for employee’s on National Minimum Wage) - up to a maximum of £2,500. Do not claim for the worker’s previous salary.minimum automatic enrolment employer pension contributions on the subsidised wage Employers can ‘top up ...salary, but... do not … Continue reading Claim It – how much? – #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Homeworkers tax and NI free allowance increase from 6th April 2020

Working from home? Where an employer chooses to pay an allowance for their workers who are working at home under a home working arrangement, the allowable amount which is tax and NI free (with no requirement for expense recording) is being raised from the current flat rate £4 per week (£18 per month) to a … Continue reading Homeworkers tax and NI free allowance increase from 6th April 2020

National Insurance Holiday for employers of veterans from April 2021

One of the new measures announced in the budget was the introduction for a National Insurance holiday for employers that hire former members of the UK regular armed forces. Budget 2020 The NI holiday would exempt employers NIC liability on the veteran’s salary up to the Upper Earnings Limit (UEL) in their first year of … Continue reading National Insurance Holiday for employers of veterans from April 2021

Budget 2020 – the payroll highlights!

‘This budget gets it done’ Base rate cut Bank of England cuts base rate to 0.25% #coronavirus #COVID19 SSP measures For Coronavirus, day 1 right to SSP. For employers with under 250 employees the amount is fully recoverable for up to 14 days leave per employe. Employers to be offered time to pay in relation … Continue reading Budget 2020 – the payroll highlights!

£4,000 Employment Allowance change to be announced in the Budget

The Chancellor of the Exchequer is predicted to announce further changes to the Employment Allowance. A cut in the ‘job tax’. Raising the employment allowance from £3,000 to £4,000, giving millions of businesses an immediate boost. In a government policy to encourage job creation, the employment allowance allows qualifying employers to offset currently up to … Continue reading £4,000 Employment Allowance change to be announced in the Budget

Government Budget set for 11th March 2020

Sajid Javid confirms next Budget will be held on Wednesday 11 March 2020. The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid, has today launched the beginning of the Budget process and announced that it will take place on Wednesday 11 March 2020. During a visit to the new £350 million Trafford Park tram line project in … Continue reading Government Budget set for 11th March 2020

December 2019 Queens Speech – reaffirms NIC and NLW proposals

The Queens gracious speech on 19th December 2019 set out the new government proposals. Some are relevant to payroll and employment. Exiting the European Union 'My Government’s priority is to deliver the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union on 31 January. My Ministers will bring forward legislation to ensure the United Kingdom’s exit on … Continue reading December 2019 Queens Speech – reaffirms NIC and NLW proposals

April 2020 changes for Termination Payments – Real time Class 1A

Originally planned for introduction in April 2018, due to delays in obtaining parliamentary approval, the changes have been deferred until April 2020. New rules mean that the scope of termination payments exemptions align the rules so employers National Insurance Contributions (NICs @13.8%) are due on those payments over £30,000 which are already subject to Income … Continue reading April 2020 changes for Termination Payments – Real time Class 1A