Additional Rate tax update

The Chancellor confirmed an update to plans for the Additional Rate tax on the morning of 3rd October 2022. “From supporting British business to lowering the tax burden for the lowest paid, our Growth Plan sets out a new approach to build a more prosperous economy. However, it is clear that the abolition of the … Continue reading Additional Rate tax update

Growth Plan implementation update

An update on next steps following the Growth Plan which the Chancellor set out on 23 September. Friday 23rd September 2023, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, set out how the government would fulfil its commitment to cut taxes for people and businesses and announced wider supply side policies to … Continue reading Growth Plan implementation update

IR35 Off payroll working rules repealed from 6th April 2023

As part of the Chancellors Growth Plan 2022 speech: Mr Speaker, we can also simplify the IR35 rules – and we will. In practice, reforms to off-payroll working have added unnecessary complexity and cost for many businesses. So, as promised by My RHF the Prime Minister, we will repeal the 2017 and 2021 reforms. Of … Continue reading IR35 Off payroll working rules repealed from 6th April 2023

Company Share Option Plan (CSOP) limits doubled

Growth Plan – a package of measures to deliver a pro-growth, simplified tax system that supports business investment across the United Kingdom, and allows people to keep more of their own money. One is changes to the Company Share Option plan (CSOP) scheme – increasing the employee share option limit from £30,000 to £60,000 and … Continue reading Company Share Option Plan (CSOP) limits doubled

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

Tax cuts planned for April 2023

Chancellor announces new Growth Plan with biggest package of tax cuts in generations The government has announced that the planned 1% point cut to the Basic Rate is to be brought forward by 12 months to next April. To allow people to keep more of their money, the Basic Rate of Income Tax will now … Continue reading Tax cuts planned for April 2023

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

Who is Kwasi Kwarteng?

Chancellor of the Exchequer - The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP It is increasingly looking as if the government will hold a mini emergency budget later this week probably on Friday 23rd September before the parliamentary recess. This will be there first for the Liz Truss government and the first for the new Chancellor. What … Continue reading Who is Kwasi Kwarteng?

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!

Parents and carers of 16 to 19-year-olds have less than one week left to confirm whether their teenager is staying in full-time education or approved training.

While young people are considering their future beyond their GCSE or Scottish National Certificate results, HMRC is asking parents and carers to make sure they update their Child Benefit records by 31st August 2022, or risk seeing their payments end. HMRC has written to 1.3 million parents and carers of children, who are in the … Continue reading Parents and carers of 16 to 19-year-olds have less than one week left to confirm whether their teenager is staying in full-time education or approved training.

EV Drivers benefit from £20 million chargepoint boost

Drivers will have access to more than 1,000 new electric vehicle chargepoints across the country. more than 1,000 new electric vehicle chargepoints to be installed in a new pilot, as part of a wider £450 million schemechargepoints will be built across 9 local authorities across England, including Durham, Nottinghamshire, and Suffolknearly £20 million from government … Continue reading EV Drivers benefit from £20 million chargepoint boost

Walking, wheeling and cycling to be offered on prescription in nationwide trial

Eleven local authority areas in England to benefit from £12.7 million in multi-year funding. trials in 11 areas across the country to help people’s mental and physical healthGPs will issue social prescriptions such as walking, wheeling and cycling, backed by £12.7 millionschemes will include cycling and walking groups, cycle training and free bike loans Social … Continue reading Walking, wheeling and cycling to be offered on prescription in nationwide trial

London landmark tax avoidance scheme named

A tax avoidance promoter based in The Shard has been exposed by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) with users warned to withdraw or risk large tax bills. ContractorCare Ltd has been named by HMRC as a tax avoidance promoter, along with PAYEme Ltd, and Gateway Outsource Solutions Ltd. Customers of these business are being urged … Continue reading London landmark tax avoidance scheme named

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

Share your views about repayment agents

The government is keen to ensure that taxpayers pay the right amount of tax, and, where they are entitled to a refund, can access this easily. They are aware that some taxpayers face issues and feel misled when using agents that specialise in claiming tax refunds from HMRC. Repayment agents can provide a useful service … Continue reading Share your views about repayment agents

Organised Labour Fraud

As part of the August 2022 employer bulletin, HMRC has issued information on Organised Labour Fraud. Organised labour fraud is the collective name HMRC gives to three main frauds: labour fraud in constructionmini-umbrella company fraudpayroll company fraud It’s ‘organised’ because it is orchestrated and conducted by organised crime groups. It’s ‘labour fraud’ because it always … Continue reading Organised Labour Fraud

Using the correct employee addresses — new starters

As part of the August 2022 employer bulletin, HMRC have emphasised the need for employers to notify the correct employee address on the first Full Payment Submission (FPS). Failure may result in an individual not being correctly identified, duplication, application by HMRC of a Temporary Reference Number (TRN) and the individuals record being placed into … Continue reading Using the correct employee addresses — new starters

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

More tax avoidance schemes named

Countrywide Partners Limited has been named as a promoter of a tax avoidance scheme by HMRC. If you have been paid by them via this scheme where a part of your salary was in the form of a loan, please get in touch with HMRC now! Scheme users entered into an employment contract with Countrywide … Continue reading More tax avoidance schemes named

Tax avoidance promoter fined £1 million

A tax avoidance scheme promoter has been hit with a £1 million fine after a legal challenge by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Hyrax Resourcing Ltd was handed the almost-maximum allowed fine by the First Tier Tribunal for failing to disclose an avoidance scheme to HMRC as legally required. Hyrax promoted a disguised remuneration scheme … Continue reading Tax avoidance promoter fined £1 million

PAYE Settlement Agreements (PSA) — new PSA1

HMRC have completed a review of feedback from employers who use PAYE Settlement Agreements (PSAs). Acting on that feedback HMRC have redesigned the PSA1 form and introduced a digital submission route. The new form is available at: PAYE Settlement Agreement (PSA1) HMRC is encouraging all employers to take up the new reporting method as the … Continue reading PAYE Settlement Agreements (PSA) — new PSA1

Improving the data HMRC collects – consultation

The government have launched a consultation to improve data in relation to employment and self employment. The consultation Proposes a number of options for improving the range of data HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) collects, uses and responsibly and safely shares across government. They want to ensure that the data held gives an accurate and … Continue reading Improving the data HMRC collects – consultation

1.2 million low earners to see boost in take-home pay

Low earners who save through a Net Pay Arrangement (NPA) pension will get the same level of government top-up as those who use Relief at Source schemes Around 1.2 million low earners will receive top-ups to their take-home pay from 2025 which could be worth hundreds of pounds a year. For NPAs, pension contributions are … Continue reading 1.2 million low earners to see boost in take-home pay

Call to check vehicles before travelling as 41,500 breakdowns caused by tyre issues

With daily life returning back to the new normality, more vehicle are back on the road and more journeys are being taken. Most breakdowns could be avoided if drivers had carried out basic vehicle checks before setting off including checking tyres. National Highways, which is responsible for motorways and major A roads across the country, … Continue reading Call to check vehicles before travelling as 41,500 breakdowns caused by tyre issues

Families can use Tax-Free Childcare to help pay for childcare costs this summer.

With school summer holidays less than a month away, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are reminding families of financial support that can help pay for childcare. Through Tax-Free Childcare, families can receive up to £2,000 a year per child – or £4,000 if their child is disabled – to put towards the cost of childcare. … Continue reading Families can use Tax-Free Childcare to help pay for childcare costs this summer.

Gender recognition application modernised

The Government committed to modernising the application process in response to the public consultation on the Gender Recognition Act, where respondents highlighted how burdensome and unaffordable the existing procedure was. Last year, Minister for Women and Equalities, Liz Truss, announced the first step of this process by reducing the fee for applying for a Gender Recognition … Continue reading Gender recognition application modernised

Consultation launched to tackle tax rebate reprobates

We have all seen them, constant advertising to claim marriage tax allowance rebates, or tax reliefs for working from home. Some almost convince that they are promoted by or are associated with HM Revenue and Customs, when the reality is that they neither approved nor partners of HMRC. ‘Which’, the consumer organisation, refer to some … Continue reading Consultation launched to tackle tax rebate reprobates

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

HMRC wins disguised remuneration tax avoidance case

The Court of Appeal has found in favour of HMRC that Mr Hoey was liable to pay the tax in his income in ‘Stephen Hoey and others v HMRC’ (13th May 2022). HMRC welcomed the Court of Appeal decision, which confirms that this kind of tax avoidance scheme does not work. Tax avoidance deprives the … Continue reading HMRC wins disguised remuneration tax avoidance case

HMRC instructs agents they can stop using late P45’s

In the HMRC agent update 96 published 19th May 2022, revised guidance has been issued in relation to the late receipt of P45s from employees that are too late to be applied to the first payment. Often employees mislay or employers have not yet issued the P45 to their leaving employee. Equally employees may not … Continue reading HMRC instructs agents they can stop using late P45’s

Claiming Child Benefit? Check your P60

HM Revenue and customs are encouraging parents who claim child benefit to check their P60 which must be issued by 31st May 2022 to those employed on 5th April 2022. If either of the parents income has recently risen above £50k, they may be affected by the High Income Child Benefit Charge. Check your P60 … Continue reading Claiming Child Benefit? Check your P60

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Income tax drop to 19% in 2024 brought forward to 2023

As part of the Spring Statement 2022 announcement, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced that in 2024 when the rate of inflation is predicted to be back in control, the basic rate of income tax will be cut to 19%, which is expected to benefit over 30 million people. This will be the first cut in … Continue reading Income tax drop to 19% in 2024 brought forward to 2023

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

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

Scammers targeting Self Assessment

HMRC warning to be on their guard as scammers target unsuspecting Self Assessment filers to try and steal money or personal information. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is warning Self Assessment filets to be on guard following the Self Assessment deadline after more than 570,000 scams were reported to HMRC. At this time of year, … Continue reading Scammers targeting Self Assessment

COVID tax easement for those affected by travel restrictions ending

In 2020 HMRC introduced guidance indicating that non-UK resident employees stranded in the UK because of coronavirus travel restrictions would not be taxed on earnings for duties performed in the UK after their planned departure date, provided they were taxed in their home nation. EIM77045 - Appendix 5: COVID-19 considerations for non-residents and non-domiciled employees … Continue reading COVID tax easement for those affected by travel restrictions ending

Fraudsters seek to hijack personal tax accounts

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is warning tax payers not to share sensitive personal information online to avoid their identities being used to commit tax fraud. HMRC is aware that criminals are attempting to obtain customers’ Government Gateway logins and other personal details, enabling them to register for Income Tax Self Assessment and submit bogus tax … Continue reading Fraudsters seek to hijack personal tax accounts

One week to file your Self Assessment return

About 1.5 million have just one week left to complete their late Self Assessment tax return. Time is running out for those who still need to file their Self Assessment tax return and avoid a penalty, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has warned. The deadline for submitting tax returns was 31st January 2022 but, this … Continue reading One week to file your Self Assessment return

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

100,000 spread their Self Assessment tax bill

Almost 100,000 Self Assessment filers have used online payment plans to spread the cost of their tax bill into manageable monthly instalments since April 2021, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has revealed. Once a customer has filed their 2020 to 2021 Self Assessment tax return, they can set up a Time to Pay arrangement for up to … Continue reading 100,000 spread their Self Assessment tax bill

HMRC late payment interest rates to be revised

The Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee voted on 2nd February 2022 to increase the Bank of England base rate to 0.50% from 0.25%. The HMRC interest rates are linked to the Bank of England base rate. As a consequence the HMRC interest rates for the late payment will increase. The change comes into effect … Continue reading HMRC late payment interest rates to be revised

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

Over 10.2 million filed their Self Assessment by 31st January 2022

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has confirmed that more than 10.2 million customers filed their 2020 to 2021 tax returns by the 31st January 2022 deadline. More than 630,000 filed on deadline day and the peak hour for filing was 16:00 to 16:59 when 52,475 completed their Self Assessment. There were 20,947 who completed their … Continue reading Over 10.2 million filed their Self Assessment by 31st January 2022

Campaigners call for urgent action on diversion of tax refunds

In light of reports of problems from taxpayers that are increasing in both number and seriousness, the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) is calling on HMRC to stop accepting deeds of assignment at face value with immediate effect and also to revisit historic deeds in certain cases where questions are raised about their validity. … Continue reading Campaigners call for urgent action on diversion of tax refunds

Tax refund companies under fire for high fees

People are losing out on hundreds of pounds after being enticed into using third-party companies to claim tax rebates instead of going directly to HMRC, according to Which? In a survey of over 4,000 people, the consumer champion found one in five (22%) had been contacted by a tax refund company, heard of one by … Continue reading Tax refund companies under fire for high fees

HMRC responds to claims

HMRC, 100 Parliament Street Responses to myths, misconceptions and inaccurate stories or claims about HMRC. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) sometimes faces criticism or negative commentary in relation to its enforcement activity. As a consequence the government department has issued some response providing clarification and challenging some myths that may circulate. HMRC does not do … Continue reading HMRC responds to claims

HMRC gives Self Assessment taxpayers more time to ease COVID-19 pressures

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is waiving late filing and late payment penalties for Self Assessment taxpayers for one month – giving them extra time, if they need it, to complete their 2020 to 2021 tax return and pay any tax due. HMRC is encouraging taxpayers to file and pay on time if they can, … Continue reading HMRC gives Self Assessment taxpayers more time to ease COVID-19 pressures

HMRC fraud squad takes back £1 billion from offenders

More than £1 billion has been recovered from the proceeds of crime and tax offenders since the formation of a specialist HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) fraud squad five years ago.  Launched in April 2016, the department’s Fraud Investigation Service (FIS) has now recovered assets equivalent to funding around 20,000 NHS nurses for an entire … Continue reading HMRC fraud squad takes back £1 billion from offenders

2,828 ’elf Assessments filed on Christmas Day

More than 31,000 Self Assessments submissions for the 2020 to 2021 tax year over the festive period. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has revealed that 2,828 taxpayers filed their Self Assessment tax return on Christmas Day, compared to 2,700 in 2020. For thousands, filing their tax return on 25 December has become part of their … Continue reading 2,828 ’elf Assessments filed on Christmas Day

Trusted and modern: HMRC’s vision for the future

The Rt Hon Lucy Frazer QC MP Location: HMRC’s Regional Centre in Stratford.Delivered on: 6th December 2021 (Transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered) Good morning to everybody, both those who are here in person, and those who are online. Jim, thank you very much for inviting me today. I am really delighted … Continue reading Trusted and modern: HMRC’s vision for the future

Welsh Devolved Taxes and Welsh Rates of Income Tax – Draft Budget 2022-2023

Welsh Rates of Income Tax The draft Budget assumes the three Welsh Rates of Income Tax (basic, higher and additional) will remain at 10% (10p in the pound) for 2022-23. This will be subject to Senedd approval through a Rate Resolution and will mean that Welsh taxpayers will continue to pay the same rates as … Continue reading Welsh Devolved Taxes and Welsh Rates of Income Tax – Draft Budget 2022-2023

HMRC to name tax avoidance promoters

Naming tax avoidance promoters As part of the approach to support taxpayers to steer clear, or move out, of tax avoidance HMRC plans to publish details of those involved in the supply of mass-marketed tax avoidance schemes and details of the schemes they are selling. This will enable taxpayers to spot avoidance schemes more easily … Continue reading HMRC to name tax avoidance promoters

HMRC late payment interest rates to increase

HMRC interest rates for late payments will be revised following the Bank of England interest rate rise to 0.25%. The Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee voted on 16th December 2021 to increase the base rate to 0.25% from 0.1%. As a consequence, the HMRC interest rates (which are linked) for late payments will increase. … Continue reading HMRC late payment interest rates to increase

Crackdown on directors who dissolve companies to evade debts

Rogue directors who dissolve companies and avoid paying liabilities to staff, creditors and the taxpayer can now be disqualified from being a director. The Insolvency Service has new powers to tackle unfit directors who dissolve companies to avoid paying liabilities. The Rating (Coronavirus) and Directors Disqualification (Dissolved Companies) Act helps tackle directors dissolving companies to … Continue reading Crackdown on directors who dissolve companies to evade debts

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

Scottish budget 2022-2023 sets out Scottish Income Tax changes

The following is extracted from the document Scottish Budget: 2022-23 issued alongside the budget delivered on 9th December 2021. The Scottish Parliament has the power to set the Income Tax rates and bands for the non-savings, non-dividend income of Scottish taxpayers, with the revenue received coming to the Scottish Government through the operation of the … Continue reading Scottish budget 2022-2023 sets out Scottish Income Tax changes

Call for Evidence: umbrella company market

The government has published a call for evidence on the umbrella company market. Umbrellas - what are they? Umbrella companies play a role in the labour market by facilitating the engagement of temporary workers. Umbrella companies employ individuals on behalf of clients and employment businesses. They do not source work for the employee, which is … Continue reading Call for Evidence: umbrella company market

Steps to modernise and simplify UK tax system

As part of Tax Administration and Maintenance Day the government has set out more detail on work to deliver a modern, simple and effective tax system - to help taxpayers get their tax right the first time. The announcements follow the commitment the Chancellor made at Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021 - for there … Continue reading Steps to modernise and simplify UK tax system

Check on illegal working practices in the security industry

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) and HMRC have carried out joint operations in London, Bradford and Glasgow last week to ensure that security staff were employed legitimately and treated fairly. Teams attended a number of venues and spoke to security operatives to check the correct taxes were being paid and to ensure they were not … Continue reading Check on illegal working practices in the security industry

Child Care Vouchers – 2022/2023 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 – 2022/2023 Basic Earnings Assessment Calculator

Tax Administration and Maintenance Day – 30th November 2021

A Tax Administration and Maintenance day (TAMD) will take place on 30th November 2021.Consultations for announcements made at Autumn Budget and Spending Review 2021, summaries of responses to recently closed consultations and technical information notices will be among documents published)None of the announcements will require legislation in the Finance Bill. A number of documents will … Continue reading Tax Administration and Maintenance Day – 30th November 2021

Self Assessment – Don’t be scammed!

800,000 tax-related scams were reported in the last 12 months HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is preparing to issue emails and SMS to Self Assessment filers reminding them to be on their guard after nearly 800,000 tax-related scams were reported. Fraudsters are using Self Assessment to try and steal money or personal information from unsuspecting … Continue reading Self Assessment – Don’t be scammed!

Just some extra cash!

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are reminding individuals that obtaining additional income from various sources may need to be declared and subject to Income Tax. This is 'casual income' and you might need to pay tax on it. This may include money someone earns from things like: selling things, for example at car boot sales … Continue reading Just some extra cash!

Drivers miss out by not renewing licences online

New figures released by DVLA show that drivers missed out on £2.3 million of savings by not renewing their photocard driving licence online. The agency has revealed that between April 2020 and March 2021, around 23% of the 2 million renewal applications received were sent by post or via the post office. This is despite … Continue reading Drivers miss out by not renewing licences online

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

Agent view of Employer liabilities and payment for PAYE

The HMRC customer engagement team have provided the following in relation to payroll agents access to client information. Update on Agent view of employer liabilities and payments Rollout plan We are pleased to report that from Monday 1st November agents with up to 7,500 clients can now opt in to see employer liabilities and payments. What … Continue reading Agent view of Employer liabilities and payment for PAYE

Powers to make temporary modifications to employment taxation

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

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

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

Clamping down on tax avoidance

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

Dividend tax increase April 2022

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

Pension tax relief response – new NPA top-up

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

Self Assessment countdown begins

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

Action – final Job Retention Scheme claims

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

Start preparing now for Payrolling benefits 2022/2023

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