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24th April 2020 Job retention scheme update

So we are nearly at the end of the first week of the job retention scheme portal opening and as a firm have processed over 100 claims helping more than 500 employees continue to get paid. We are still continuing to process the claims, hoping to help more businesses gain funding to keep going.  …

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23rd April 2020 COVID-19 – Improving Cash Flow – Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Claims

HMRC opened the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme On-line Portal on Monday 20th April 2020, which allows employers to claim the Government Grant in respect of Furloughed employees.  As cash flow is a priority, our payroll team is busy helping clients compile and submit claims at the earliest possible opportunity.   At Whiting & Partners we…

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20th April 2020 COVID-19 – Updated Guidance re Life Events for Salary Sacrifice Arrangements

In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, HMRC has updated it’s guidance for employers who offer salary sacrifice arrangements.   Under the terms of a salary sacrifice arrangement, a ‘life event’ is a permitted reason to break the arrangement mid-term.  Previously the list of life events was limited to marriage, divorce, and a partner becoming redundant…

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26th March 2020 COVID-19 Payroll Update

Please find below the latest payroll information regarding the current COVID-19 situation:   COVID-19 Payroll Newsletter

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5th March 2020 Employment Allowance Reform

The Employer Allowance was first introduced in April 2014, giving employers a reduction of £2,000 against their Employer’s NIC bill.   This was further increased in value from April 2016 to £3,000 and in addition the scheme was reformed to exclude single-director companies.   It has remained at £3,000 ever since and is claimed via…

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3rd March 2020 Increases in National Minimum Wage Rates 2020

From April 2020 the National Minimum Wage will once again be increased, as per the below figures:   Year               25 and over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice April 2019 (current rate) £8.21 £7.70 £6.15 £4.35 £3.90 April 2020 £8.72 £8.20 £6.45 £4.55 £4.15   Apprentices are entitled to the minimum wage…

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17th October 2019 Is it too early to talk about Christmas!

In December 2018 HMRC wrote to employers to advise of a temporary easement on reporting PAYE information in real time. This was for a number of reasons, one of which could be due to businesses closing over the Christmas period and therefore having to pay staff earlier than normal.   HMRC have received feedback from…

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10th September 2019 Employer allowance – is it worth the hassle?

The £3000.00 employer allowance ceases at the end of the current tax year. From April 2020 employers will have to re-apply for a di minimis state aid based allowance.   A new HMRC checklist will have to completed to declare the following;   NIC contributions in the previous tax year were beneath £100,000; Confirmation that…

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3rd September 2019 National Payroll Week – Keeping the UK Paid

2019 marks the 21st Anniversary of National Payroll Week which is from 2 to 6 September 2019.   National Payroll Week recognises and celebrates the importance of payroll in business and the UK economy.  Not many people may know that there are 1.3 million employers in the UK and that Payroll is the largest expenditure…

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15th July 2019 Company car tax changes – Government will remove BIK company car tax on Electric Vehicles from 2020/21

The government has provided positive news for Company car drivers announcing that a pure electric vehicle (EV) will no longer pay benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax in 2020/21 following a review which looks set to boost sales of emissions-free cars. HM Treasury’s response to its review of the fallout from the roll-out of the Worldwide Harmonised Light…

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