News

New Social Care Compliance Scheme launched – but independent advice essential

14 November, 2017: On 1 November 2017, HMRC introduced the Social Care Compliance Scheme, aimed at employers in the social care sector (including individual employers who have taken on their own carers or personal assistants) who may have inadvertently underpaid their workers for ‘sleep-in’ shifts.

Dealing with HMRC if you have mental health conditions

09 November, 2017: While all taxpayers potentially face problems when dealing with the tax matters due to the complexity and inflexibility of the system, these problems can be exacerbated for those with mental health conditions. Here we look at some of the help that HMRC offer, including the making of ‘reasonable adjustments’ under the Equality Act 2010. This information may help you in your role as an employer, or in dealing with your own personal tax affairs.

Have you seen HMRC’s BSL videos?

27 October, 2017: HMRC have a contract with the Royal Association for the Deaf (RAD) which includes production of 5 videos a year, so they’ve created a section of HMRC’s YouTube channel called Help for deaf customers where deaf customers can find British Sign Language (BSL) and subtitled basic information.

Being an employer – HMRC offers new webinar dates and videos

26 October, 2017: HMRC are offering help and support to employers with a series of free online ‘webinars’ and YouTube videos.

HMRC issue October ‘Employer Bulletin’

25 October, 2017: 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.

Auto enrolment and new employers

20 October, 2017: From 1 October 2017, if you are thinking of taking on a personal assistant (PA) for the first time you should start planning for your automatic enrolment responsibilities. As soon as you take on a PA, your workplace pension duties will set in.

Read this before you phone HMRC

16 October, 2017: LITRG are aware that people trying to contact HMRC are still being misled into using call connection or call record services. If this has happened to you, you should consider making a complaint to the Phone-paid Services Authority (PSA). Here we give you more information, and offer you some advice on how to get through to HMRC’s helpline advisers directly.

Government extends suspension of minimum wage enforcement in social care

09 October, 2017: Further to our previous news piece on the minimum wage for sleep in shifts, the following press release has been issued by the Government who are seeking to minimise disruption to the sector as they seek to ensure workers receive wages owed while they establish whether the industry needs further support.

Confusion over exemption from online payroll reporting

04 September, 2017: It has come to the LITRG’s attention that guidance on GOV.UK around the availability of a payroll online filing exemption, may be misleading some people into believing that their circumstances are not covered.

Latest payroll news

22 August, 2017: HMRC have released their latest Employer Bulletin (Issue 67). The bulletin is well worth a read as it is the main way HMRC communicate with employers on a regular basis.