From 6 April 2019, minimum employer and total contributions into pension schemes rose. Here, we review these changes, and analyse the pensions auto-enrolment scheme in greater detail. Auto-enrolment: an overview Under the pensions auto-enrolment scheme, employers must automatically enrol eligible workers into a qualifying pension scheme. Employers’ duties include assessing the types of workers in … Continue reading Reviewing the Changes to Pensions Auto-Enrolment
The start of the new tax year brought significant changes to legislation. It is also P11D season: these need to be completed soon. Increasing minimum wage From April 2019, the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and the National Living Wage (NLW) rates increased. From 1 April 2019, the hourly rates of pay are as follows: Age … Continue reading New Tax Year, New Tax Rules: Are You Up-To-Date?
New legislation came into force this month regarding employees’ payslips. There are two issues which are being amended: Firstly, under the new system employers will need to provide itemised payslips to every worker on their payroll, not just those classified as ‘employees’. Currently, employers are not obliged to issue payslips to contractors, freelancers, and other … Continue reading What’s on Your Payslip?
The 2018 Autumn Budget announced changes to the ‘off-payroll’ working (or ‘IR35’) rules, which are set to apply from April 2020. This may affect you if you work on a contract through a personal service company (PSC) in the private sector, or hire or place such workers. Similar rules already apply in the public sector. … Continue reading New Rules for Personal Service Companies
Further to the publication of the rates and thresholds from HMRC, from 6 April 2019 we are advising our clients that directors will be able increase their current salary with no tax or national insurance deductions. Directors of Limited Companies will be able to increase their salaries from £702.00 to £719.33 per month, or weekly … Continue reading Increase to Directors Salary
Experts have recently warned that thousands of over-55s are at risk of incurring charges and reducing the available tax relief if they continue to delve into their pension pots whilst benefiting from workplace pension contributions. This article takes a look at some key pensions tax reliefs and allowances. Relief on pension contributions All pension schemes, … Continue reading Are You Making the Most of Pensions Tax Reliefs?
HMRC have published the statutory rates for Maternity pay, Paternity pay, Shared Parental pay, Adoption pay and Sick pay for use from April 2019. Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) will rise from £145.18, or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings, if this is less than the statutory rate, to £148.68. This change will occur on … Continue reading New Statutory Payment Rates From April 2019
Following on from the Chancellors Budget, further changes will affect how you pay your employees from April 2019. It has been confirmed that the National Living Wage for workers aged 25 and over will be increasing from £7.83 to £8.21 per hour. The complete list of changes from April are: Current Rate From April 2019 … Continue reading National Minimum Wage and Auto Enrolment Rates from April 2019
A recent appeal case brought before the Supreme Court has highlighted the need for more clarity relating to employment status. The case was first heard by the Employment Tribunal when engineer, Gary Smith, claimed that he had been unfairly dismissed by Pimlico Plumbers following a heart attack, after having worked for the company for 6 … Continue reading Think Your Workers Are Self Employed? Think Again
HMRC recently reviewed the ‘effectiveness’ of its risk-based approach to late filing PAYE penalties, and opted to continue to use this approach for the current tax year. Here we provide an overview of the PAYE system. How the PAYE system works Pay As You Earn (PAYE) is the system through which employers deduct an amount … Continue reading Getting to Grips with PAYE