Sage 50 Accounts – upgrade to file online tax forms

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Sage 50 Accounts users who are using old versions of the software will need to upgrade to carry on submitting reports to the tax office. Bishop Fleming’s Mark Smith explains what you need to do. […]

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Auto Enrolment pension contributions increase in April 2018 (and April 2019)

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As Auto Enrolment pension contributions are set to rise, we look at the implications for workplace pensions for both employers and employees. Employers will need to take action to update their payroll software or by […]

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Help with pension auto enrolment for new employers

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New employers setting up PAYE schemes since 1 October 2017 have also had pension auto enrolment duties beginning the moment they take on their first employee. The Pensions Regulator has published useful guidance on what […]

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Employers named for not paying minimum wage rates

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A record 260 employers have been named and shamed for failing to pay 16,000 workers at least the minimum wage rates. Investigators identified £1.7m in arrears owing to workers, and fined employers £1.3m for the underpayments. Many sectors […]

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Student Loans – changes from April 2018

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The Student Loans repayment thresholds will rise from 6 April 2018. The current threshold for tax year 2017/18 for Plan 1 is £17,775 and for Plan 2 is £21,000, and the Department for Education have confirmed that from 6 […]

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New Data Protection (GDPR) rules for Payroll Providers

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Payroll providers need to get ready for when the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) become law in May 2018. Now is the time to make the necessary changes to procedures and storage so that the […]

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GDPR – reporting a breach of personal data

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The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has provided some clarity on what action organisations will need to take under the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) where there are serious breaches of personal data. The ICO […]

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Beware – look before you leave your workplace pension

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A person who opts out of a workplace pension during their working career may wish they hadn’t when they reach retirement age. A report commissioned by Royal London highlights the impact of opting out of a […]

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Pension auto enrolment – what employers need to do

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Employers need to keep up to date with what they have to do to comply with the pension auto enrolment rules, and to be aware of the forthcoming increases in the rates of contribution. There […]

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Making use of the Apprenticeship Levy

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This is a key time of year for recruitment following August’s exam results. So now is a good time for employers to consider how they might use the government’s Apprenticeship Levy to benefit their business. […]

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