Pensions Regulator publishes automatic enrolment detailed guidance

The Pensions Regulator has published a new version of the Employers Detailed Guides on automatic enrolment. Changes to regulations came into force on 1 November 2013 and these changes are now reflected in the detailed guides. In addition TPR has added new guidance on automatic re-enrolment and have expanded the resource on information to workers… Read more »

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National minimum wage for sleepovers

Is the national minimum wage payable to home carers for the time that they are sleeping in client’s homes? Yes, sometimes said the Employment Appeal Tribunal in Whittlestone v BJP Home Support Ltd. Daniel Barnett’s Employment Law Bulletin summarises the case: W was a care worker. She was paid £6.35 per hour for time spent… Read more »

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HMRC amend guidance on Business Records Checks

Last month we notified clients that HMRC are changing their Business Records Check activity to ensure it better targets help to those who are likely to have inadequate records. The guidance they published has been amended. HMRC has published the following on their website: HMRC Business Records Checks (BRCs) programme uses on-site visits to encourage customers to… Read more »

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Payroll Terminology

When talking to clients, we are often asked by clients who have read something in the news or been sent a letter by HMRC, or their staff have raised a query, what something means, how does it relate to them and what if anything do they need to do. As a company we believe in… Read more »

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HMRC have new powers against dishonest tax-agents

On the 1st April 2013 HMRC will have powers under new legislation brought in to address dishonest conduct by tax-agents and issue civil penalties. From 1 April 2013, new legislation allows HMRC to: investigate dishonest conduct by tax agents charge civil penalties publish the details of tax agents who have acted dishonestly For more details… Read more »

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Benefits of Outsourcing Your Payroll

Benefits of Outsourcing Your Payroll So what are the benefits of outsourcing your payroll?  Often outsourcing your payroll to a Payroll Service Provider is the simplest, cost-effective most efficient and flexible way to manage your payroll function. The benefits of outsourcing your payroll are: Cost Management – You know all of the costs upfront, which… Read more »

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How to Import Data in Sage Accounts

Exporting data from one package to another often entails manually re-keying data which has already been entered onto another system. But if you know how to import data in Sage Accounts, importing data from one system to another by hand can be a thing of the past. In all Sage packages including Sage Accounts Production,… Read more »

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Deduction for fees and subscriptions paid to professional bodies or learned societies

From time to time HMRC update their list of approved professional bodies, (approved by Commissioners for HMRC up to 28 February 2013) which details deduction for fees and subscriptions paid to professional bodies or learned societies. The list shows: It shows: professional bodies and learned societies, approved by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) for the… Read more »

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Companies are singling out pension savers claiming they can help you cash in your pension early.

Companies are singling out savers like you and claiming that they can help you cash in your pension early. If you agree to this you could face a tax bill of more than half your pension savings. Pension loans’ or cash incentives are being used alongside misleading information to entice savers as the number of… Read more »

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Parents Gain Flexible Parental Leave in The Children and Families Bill

New parents will gain greater flexibility over how they divide up their childcare thanks to government plans unveiled today. The Children and Families Bill will allow working parents to share maternity leave between them, and alternate time off in small successive chunks. The shake-up will also see the extension of the right to request flexible… Read more »

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What are Childcare Vouchers and How to Claim Them?

What are Childcare Vouchers and How to Claim Them? A number of clients have been asking us about Childcare Vouchers. Here are some of the questions and answers: How does the scheme work? Most employers choose to operate their childcare voucher scheme via ‘salary sacrifice’. As long as your cash salary does not go below… Read more »

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How do I pay my employee’s?

HOW DO I…PAY MY EMPLOYEES?   This step-by-step guide assumes that you’re starting a new business. You will have a number of employees and you need to set up a payroll function. Step 1: The issues  Consider the size and scope of your payroll. Decide on: how many employees you intend to employ; whether employees… Read more »

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