HMRC research into employment/self-employment classification

27 October, 2016: Deciding whether your personal assistant is employed or self-employed for tax purposes is something that we know causes real worry amongst care and support employers, so you may be interested to know that HMRC have commissioned NatCen, an independent research institute, to conduct some research into the area, with a view to making the process clearer and easier.

HMRC issue October “Employer Bulletin”

27 October, 2016: HMRC have issued the latest Employer Bulletin – ‘Your route to the latest in payroll news‘. In general, these bulletins contain lots of useful information to help employers meet their payroll obligations, such as updates on forthcoming changes to the rules and guidance in dealing with particular payroll issues.

PAYE payment and form RT2 October deadline reminder

12 October, 2016: Don't forget that the second quarterly PAYE payment and form RT2 for 2016/17 should be with HMRC next week to avoid the risk of penalties.

Has your PA been on long term sick leave? Can the ‘Fit for Work’ service help?

07 October, 2016: The Government’s free Fit for Work service can help employees return to work by providing an occupational health assessment and specialist advice to them and their employers.

New animated tutorial available on auto enrolment ‘postponement’

29 September, 2016: The Pensions Regulator have produced a new animated tutorial for employers explaining the concept of auto enrolment 'postponement'

National Minimum Wage to increase from 1 October 2016

28 September, 2016: The minimum pay per hour a worker is entitled to, or National Minimum Wage (NMW), is set to increase from 1 October 2016. The rate will depend on the worker’s age and whether they are an apprentice. We set out the changes below.

HMRC study: micro employers are struggling with RTI

23 September, 2016: A research study has recently been conducted for HMRC exploring the challenges experienced and barriers faced by micro-employers in managing PAYE in real time.

PAYE online service account problems

20 September, 2016: HMRC are aware that some PAYE accounts are not showing the latest position. This is being investigated urgently. An update will be published on the PAYE service availability and issues website page when the issue has been resolved.

Webinars about being an employer from HMRC – new dates added

16 September, 2016: HMRC are offering help and support to employers with a series of free online ‘webinars’.

Can you name any of your Charter ‘rights’ when dealing with HMRC?

08 September, 2016: HMRC's ‘Charter’, launched in 2009, sets out what you have a right to expect when dealing with them. Each year, a report is published summarising how taxpayers view HMRC’s performance against the Charter. The existence of the Charter should encourage HMRC to strive to improve their service standards, and should help individuals in their dealings with them. But are you aware of it and do you know how it can help you?