‘L-Day’, Post Office Allocate NINOs in Trial, Online Filing Deadline Reminder, RTI – The ‘What’Monday, December 12th, 2011
I am not so sure that I like this getting older business. I am supposed to be getting wiser and more balanced in my thinking. Nothing could have been further from the truth last week when I watched a news bulletin, stating that the art of text messaging had turned 19 years-old. Apparently, in such a short space of time, texting has become so commonplace that 15 million texts are sent every 60 seconds. I sat on the sofa, shaking my head in disbelief, remembering the time that we used to speak to each other from a telephone that was attached to a wall, or write a letter when we really wanted to express our feelings. Then, in the same news bulletin, I found myself lamenting the departure of the 15p tax relief on Luncheon Vouchers, reflecting that this was one of the first things I can remember learning when I entered the payroll profession (years before the first text message was sent!).
Wiser and balanced – probably not?! Texting is an indication of the present and the future, whilst 15p tax relief on a voucher system introduced in 1946 is reminiscent of days passed. Then I comforted myself with the thought that I have just reached that age when I can still remember the past, and was part of it, but I am still capable of being part of the present and the future.
This week, we look at the raft of draft legislation that was presented to us last week, commenting on what this means for us in the payroll department. We detail two items from the DWP and HMRC and pick up our RTI story again. Plus, there are some meaty questions on the Forum that require your brainpower.
Another date for your diaries, being prepared now up and down the country – the Chancellor will give his Budget 2012 on 21 March 2012.