Here’s what you need to know if paying staff early this Christmas!

As we get closer to the festivities, we would like to remind employers of the permanent easement on reporting PAYE Information in real time that came into place in 2019. Many employers like to pay their employees earlier than usual during the festive period. There are a number of reasons for this. For example, the business may close for Christmas, meaning workers need to be paid earlier than normal. But if you get the dates wrong on the electronic submissions made to HMRC, it could hit employees on Universal Credit hard. The Low Pay Commission report states that 1 in 5 apprentices earn less than their legal entitlement.

NI Rise and tax changes to Health and Social Care

A week ago, the government announced a tax change to help fund the NHS and social care across the UK, reported to raise around £12 billion a year. Whether you agree with it or not, here are the changes you need to be aware of:
The Low Pay Commission report states that 1 in 5 apprentices earn less than their legal entitlement.

Are you eligible for the new Job Support Scheme?

HMRC has confirmed that the final date to submit your claims under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will be on 30th November 2020. After this date, no more new claims can be submitted or added to any previous claims. The scheme finally comes to a close at this end of October since it began […]

CJRS Bonus: Update

employers can claim the bonus for all eligible employees who have been furloughed it comes as employers set to start contributing to the furlough scheme as staff return to work and the economy reopens   The bonus – announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak as part of his Plan for Jobs last month – will see […]

CJRS Bonus

Today the Chancellor announced the introduction of the Job Retention Bonus. This is a one-off payment of £1,000 to employers that have used the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) for each furloughed employee who remains continuously employed until 31‌‌‌ ‌January 2021. The bonus will provide additional support to retain employees. To be eligible, employees will […]

Tax treatment of COVID-19 tests and Personal Protective Equipment

HMRC has updated its guidance relating to the tax treatment of certain benefits and expenses paid to employees due to coronavirus, to explain how employers should proceed where they are providing coronavirus testing kits, or Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to their employees. If an employer has purchased coronavirus testing kits or tests completed by a […]

‘Shielding’ employees able to return to work from August

Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, confirmed that any employees who have been ‘shielding’ as a result of COVID-19 will be able to return to work from 1 August 2020 in England. If a worker is not able to work remotely, and social distancing measures have been implemented within their workplace, then vulnerable people who have been […]

New Scottish Student Loan type to be introduced from April 2021

An email has been circulated by HMRC’s Software Developer Support Team (SDST) in relation to the creation of a new Scottish student loan Plan type.This is due to the fact that, on 9 June 2018, an announcement was made by Scotland’s First Minister, which revealed that Scotland will raise its student loan earnings threshold to […]

Withdrawal of ordering paper P45s and P60s from HMRC: postponement

In March 2020, HMRC announced that they were intending to withdraw the facility of ordering blank P45s and P60s online.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, HMRC has postponed this action until 1 August 2020 to give employers more time to prepare for the change. After this date, employers will be expected to print or issue […]