Small Christmas gift for your PA can be covered by trivial benefit exemption

20 December, 2018: December is upon us and you may be thinking about giving your PA a small gift for Christmas, such as a box of chocolates or a bottle of wine. Did you know you can provide this on a tax-free basis? Read on to find out more.

HMRC issue December ‘Employer Bulletin’

18 December, 2018: 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.

New HMRC podcast on payroll submissions

29 November, 2018: HMRC are trialling some new podcasts to help you meet your tax obligations, including one on payroll submissions.

2019/20 – rates and allowances

28 November, 2018: Budget 2018 announced a number of changes to the main rates and allowances for the 2019/20 tax year.

Government updates official minimum wage sleep-in guidance

27 November, 2018: The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have issued updated guidance to reflect the ‘Mencap’ case with regard to sleep-in shifts.

Missed the PAYE payment deadline? Don’t panic.

09 November, 2018: Penalties for missing or late PAYE payments can be harsh, but you are off the hook if this is your first offence.

Social Care Compliance Scheme: what, if anything, you need to do by 31 Dec 2018?

08 November, 2018: The Court of Appeal has ruled that most workers will not be entitled to the minimum wage for sleep-in shifts. This overturns the decision that led HMRC to set up the Social Care Compliance Scheme (SCCS); but despite this, the SCCS remains open. Are you confused? You are not alone!

Budget 2018 round up

05 November, 2018: The Chancellor of the Exchequer gave his Budget to Parliament on Monday 29 October 2018.

Dealing with minimum wage arrears

26 October, 2018: Should you ever find yourself needing to pay some minimum wage arrears to your PA, you need to understand how to calculate them and what should happen with tax, National Insurance and related matters such as pensions.

Received an automated message saying HMRC have taken out a warrant for your arrest? This is a scam.

25 October, 2018: We have become aware of a telephone scam, purporting to be from the police telling the listener that HMRC have taken out a warrant for their arrest. The message then gives a warrant number and requests the listener to contact HMRC. Do not respond!