Latest Blogs in Payroll
Steven Denton
2nd August 2022 Making PAYE Payments by Direct Debit

For many years employers have been able to set up a Direct Debit (DD) with HMRC to make a single one-off payment. Recurring DD’s have not been allowed. From early Autumn, HMRC are expecting to launch a new Payments Strategy enabling employers to establish a DD that will recur monthly.   Employers will need their…

Steven Denton
21st July 2022 Holiday pay: The Supreme Court Decides

Yesterday the Supreme Court rejected Harpur Trust’s appeal with regards to the calculation of holiday pay.   In 2013 Brazel was a part-time music teacher who worked varying hours throughout the year. Her employer was Harpur Trust. When taking her holiday, Harpur Trust calculated her holiday pay based on 12.07% of hours worked. Brazel disagreed…

Liz Simpson
21st July 2022 Employment Allowance (E/A): Hand in hand with Auto Enrolment

In 2014 HMRC set up the Employment allowance which was a way of giving back to employers who took on more staff, the way the allowance works is that your employers national insurance liabilities are reduced by the allowance up to £2,000 or by the tax year end which ever was reached first.   Since…

Steven Denton
18th July 2022 The Apprentice Levy

  Introduced in 2017 as a form of taxation designed to help companies offer more in the way of apprentice opportunities. Any company offering approved apprenticeships can tap into the funds raised from a levy exacted against employers with a payroll bill in excess of £3m per annum (£250,000 per month).   However, what a…

Joe Fretwell
1st July 2022 Is your PAYE code correct?

With the rising cost of living, it has never been more important to ensure you are paying the correct amount of tax through your PAYE tax code. It is important to understand your tax code, any changes to this and why your tax code on your payslip is what it is. There are many reasons…

Ruth Pearson
23rd June 2022 Changes to National Insurance

In April 2022 we saw Employee’s National Insurance Contributions increase by 1.25% from 12% to 13.25%, as part of the Governments Health and Social Care levy. Employer’s National insurance also increased from 13.8% to 15%. From April 2023, the health and social care levy will be paid separately to National Insurance and become a tax…

James Selby
23rd June 2022 Pensions Contributions: Maximise tax relief

We are seeing more and more cases of individuals missing out on claiming higher rate tax relief on their employee pension contributions especially where they are not in self-assessment and required to file tax returns.   Where employers have enrolled their staff to make employees pension contributions via a ‘relief at source’ scheme, the contributions…

Liz Simpson
13th June 2022 NIC: All Change!

HMRC Changes to the National Insurance contributions for 2022-2023 tax year, are you confused? Due to the COVID-19 strain on the NHS, the government announced that they would be increasing the National Insurance contributions by 1.25% as a means to increase spending on health and social care. The Health and Social Care Levy was applied…

Richard Alecock
4th April 2022 MP’s urge HMRC to crack down on unpaid taxes due to pandemic

During the first lockdown HMRC paused most debt collection activities, which has contributed to the total UK tax debt of £39bn according to The Public Accounts Committee. HMRC have stated, “We are recouping debt safely, taking into account customers’ circumstances and making repayments affordable. It’s in no-one’s interests to push viable businesses into insolvency when…

Ellen Carter
7th March 2022 Payrolling benefits in kind – is this the future?

HMRC’s most recent Employer Bulletins are indicating a clear shift towards the promotion of payrolling benefits, with the topic being mentioned in nearly every latest issue.   The payrolling of benefits in kind shifts the management of the process from annual to monthly reporting, allowing employees to pay tax in ‘real time’ during the tax year…