Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the Royal Society of Arts was asked in October 2016 to conduct an independent review into UK working practices. This was in recognition of the fact that the modern ways of business working and existing employment law did not complement each other. On 11 July 2017, Mr Taylor published his 116-page report entitled ‘Good Work’.
HMRC’s Employer Bulletin is marketed as “your route to the latest in payroll news”. Unfortunately, it often comes out just before an important event, meaning it is only the latest news for a very short period of time.
At Spring Budget 2017 (point 3.7), the government said that it recognised employers chose to remunerate their employees in a number of different ways. However, the tax system in regards to these different types of remuneration was inconsistent and needed to be made “fairer and more coherent”. This included looking at the taxation of benefits in kind and employee expenses.
The government has named and shamed Debenhams for underpaying its staff by £135,000. An astonishing 11,858 department store workers were caught by what Debenhams said was a “technical error in its payroll calculations”
The Pensions Act 2008 requires a review of the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) on three things: the maximum level of contributions that can be paid; transfers in and out of the scheme; and “Other matters”
The United Kingdom government set the tax rates and thresholds for 2017-18 at Budget 2016, legislated for them in Finance Act 2016 and confirmed them at Autumn Statement 2016 – for three quarters of the United Kingdom (i.e. Wales, England and Northern Ireland)
We had just about got used to the fact that it is Article 50 that needs to be triggered to set in motion our ‘divorce’ from the European Union (EU). Now, a new Article has come into the mix, that being Article 127
One of the crumbs of comfort from the Autumn Statement last week was the knowledge that UK payroll professionals would not have to go through a massive change – namely, the closer alignment of tax and National Insurance Contributions (NICs)
The government’s decision to press ahead with reform to the off-payroll working (IR35) rules in the public sector from April 2017 is going to mean a lot of people are going to be very busy between now and then. But is this the right move?
On 15 November 2016, HMRC advised software developers that their systems had been updated and “the live (production) environment for Internet users has been updated to accept the wider range of NINO prefixes, including KC, for all RTI messages”
The post-Brexit lull is well and truly over with the issue of a plethora of consultations, all of which are significant and all of which should be bedtime reading for employers. Here is just a brief summary of three of them
I blogged a bout the chaos that was being caused as a result of National Insurance numbers (NINOs) being issued with KC prefixes. On 8 July 2016, HMRC’s PAYE Service Issues page was updated with a message about the issue
Following a review of the three-day easement and risk-assessed approach adopted last tax year, which has seen a significant reduction in returns filed late, HMRC has decided to continue this approach for a further tax year
On 12 May 2016, the EU Parliament voted in a resolution that said member states should work towards guaranteeing working parents the right to take four months off, unpaid, regardless of where and how they are employed
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