Apprenticeship Levy – is it a mystery?

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Schools and academy trusts are not making the most of the millions of pounds they pay into the apprenticeship levy, according to a training expert. Dave Cobb, from the National College of Education, which was […]

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Disguised Remuneration – time to settle your loan arrangements?

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Where employees or contractors have previously received remuneration that was disguised as a loan, they have only until 31 May 2018 to take action to avoid charges by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) from April […]

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Childcare schemes choice extended to October 2018

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Parents have until October 2018 to decide if they wish to join the existing childcare voucher scheme or the new tax-free childcare scheme. The employer-provided voucher scheme was meant to end on 6 April 2018, […]

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Termination Payments from April 2018

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The tax treatment of employee termination payments changes on 6 April 2018 so that all payments in lieu of notice (PILONs), whether contractual or not, are taxable (and from 6 April 2019 are also subject […]

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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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