Editorial for Newsletter #334Monday, December 22nd, 2008
HMRC’s periodic Notes for Payroll Software Developers is always a good source of news and the latest issue is no exception. Putting to one side the really technical bits, we learn, for example, that there are to be no “week 7” tax changes this coming May as there have been for too many years, but that everything for 2009/10 is to be implemented, as we suggested a couple of weeks ago, from the very start of the tax year. This does away with the need for the replacements Helpbooks and Employer CD-ROM and the “mini” tax rebates when the tax threshold changes – unless of course the Chancellor announces something entirely unexpected in his 2009 Budget!
One feature of the Software Notes is the occasional list of “top ten” online filing errors and there are two such lists in the latest issue, one for in-year form filing, another for year-end returns. We have not made a news item out of the lists because they are, in reality, a kind of polite “wrist smacking” for the developers. They are not errors made by employers but errors in the input validation procedures which have allowed employers to enter characters that are not permitted or data in an unacceptable format – and the corrections are not a little technical.
Our Employer FAQ this week also comes from the Software Notes. HMRC is helpfully collecting some of the common questions that are asked on PAYE and NICs procedures and providing written answers. We have reproduced the latest collection for you.
By the time you read this, the European Parliament will have debated and voted on a number of changes to the Working Time Directive, including proposals to phase out the 48-hour opt-out. The result of the vote is likely to be a major news story this coming week.
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