BACS Advice of Christmas and New Year Payments
16/12/2014

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    Bacs Payment Schemes Limited (BACS), the company behind Direct Debit and Bacs Direct Credit, issued a Press Release in November urging employers to plan...

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Early Paydays December 2014 – RTI Considerations
16/12/2014

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   December will see many payrolls being processed earlier than the usual contractual payday.  This, in itself poses some complexities for payroll software: The Payment Date...

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Review of RTI ‘On or Before’ Guidance
16/12/2014

LEARN SOLID-TRAINING THAT WORKS FOR YOU 2014

    Earlier in 2014, the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) was asked to report on the competitiveness of the UK tax administration system.  In October,...

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Universal Credit and Employers
16/12/2014

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    As The Universal Credit (UC) is rolled out nationally from February 2015, employers are undoubtedly going to be asked questions about the new benefit. ...

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Which? Queries HMRC’s Tax Helplines
16/12/2014

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    The consumer group Which? has carried out an 'undercover' operation, following complaints from members.  Their findings make interesting, if unsurprising reading for those of...

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The Temporary Scheme Contracting-Out Number (SCON) from April 2015
16/12/2014

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    From 06 April 2016, the introduction of the Single-Tier pension will mean the ending of the concept of Contracting-Out.  To enable HMRC to identify...

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Consultations on Expenses and Benefits Processing
16/12/2014

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   At Autumn Statement 2012, the OTS was asked to look at the areas of expenses and benefits administration and how this could be simplified...

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Wales Bill Passes from the Lords back to the Commons
16/12/2014

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    The Silk Commission, chaired by Paul Silk, was established in 2011 to look at the financial and constitutional arrangements in the Principality.  In November...

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National Insurance Rates 2015/16
09/12/2014

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   Autumn Statement 2014 announced changes to the thresholds for National Insurance (but no change to the percentage rates).  The thresholds change every year in...

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HMRC Guidance on Employer NICs for Under 21s (from April 2015)
09/12/2014

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  Autumn Statement 2013 announced that from 06 April 2015, Secondary National Insurance Contributions (NICs) will be abolished for employees under 21 earning below the...

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Proposed Benefit and Pension Rates 2015/16
09/12/2014

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   No announcements on the above rates were announced at the Autumn Statement 2014, though this is no surprise and we often have to wait...

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HMRC Approved Payroll Giving Agencies
09/12/2014

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   On 05 December 2014, HMRC published a list of organisations that they approve and monitor for the purposes of Payroll Giving. Further Information Gov.UK – List...

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Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes (December 2014)
09/12/2014

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    HMRC have updated their Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes (QROPS) listing – this is a list of schemes that have told HMRC that...

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HMRC Engagement Survey 2014
09/12/2014

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   The Civil Service measures employee engagement in a Government attempt to improve organisational performance.  Each department in the Civil Service publishes a People Survey...

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Update from the Office of Tax Simplification
09/12/2014

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We are pleased to publish this update from John Whiting, Tax Director Office of Tax Simplification on their current project (Employment Status) and other work...

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Determining Employment Status
09/12/2014

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   The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) is on an evidence-gathering mission looking at the complexities in determining whether someone is employed or self-employed for...

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