Payroll Real Time Information

Under Real Time Information, employers or their agents are required to make regular payroll submissions for each pay period during the year, detailing payments and deductions made from employees each time they are paid. There are two main returns which an employer needs to make which are detailed below.

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Payroll – Basic Procedures

In order to set up a Pay As You Earn (PAYE) scheme with HMRC it is necessary to contact the New Employer’s Helpline on 0300 200 3211 or register online via the GOV.UK website. As an employer you will be responsible for operating PAYE and calculating National Insurance Contributions (NICs). There are also certain statutory payments you may have to make from time to time which you need to be aware of.

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New Measures To Ensure Small Businesses Get Paid On Time

For start-ups and small businesses, cash flow can be a real issue. Whilst larger corporations may be able to cope with delayed payments and long invoice periods, this can affect business functions in smaller organisations. With some small businesses being forced to close due to consistent late payments and cash flow issues, the government has proposed new measures to help ensure that small businesses get paid on time.

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Occupational Pension Schemes: Trustees’ Responsibilities

Many employers offer their staff an opportunity to save for their retirement through an occupational (or company) pension scheme. Those employees who join the scheme need to have confidence that the scheme is being well run. The role of pension scheme trustees is very important in ensuring that the scheme is run honestly and efficiently and in the best interests of the members.

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Non-Domiciled Individuals

An individual who is resident in the UK but is not domiciled (referred to as ‘non-dom’) may opt to be taxed on what is termed the ‘remittance basis’ in respect of income and capital gains arising outside the UK. What this means is that instead of being taxed on their actual income/gain arising in the year, they are taxed on the amount of that income/gain actually brought into the UK in the tax year.

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National Minimum Wage

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) are the legal minimum wage rates that must be paid to employees. Employers are liable to be penalised for not complying with the NMW and NLW rules. HMRC is the agency that ensures enforcement of the NMW and NLW.

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National Insurance

National insurance contributions (NICs) are essentially a tax on earned income. The NICs regime divides income into different classes: Class 1 contributions are payable on earnings from employment, while the profits of the self-employed are liable to Class 2 and 4 contributions. National insurance is often overlooked yet it is the largest source of government revenue after income tax.

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Money Laundering and the Proceeds of Crime

There are tough rules to crack down on money laundering and the proceeds of crime. These rules affect a wide range of people and we consider how your organisation may be affected. Most of us imagine money launderers to be criminals involved in drug trafficking or terrorism or to be someone like Al Capone. However, legislation in the last two decades has expanded significantly the definition of what we might have traditionally considered as money laundering.

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Money Laundering – High Value Dealers

The Money Laundering Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017 (the Regulations) apply to a number of different businesses which include (amongst others) accountants and auditors, tax advisers and dealers in high value goods. The Regulations contain detailed procedural anti-money laundering requirements for those affected.

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Micro Entity Accounting

Small companies, which qualify as ‘micro-entities’, have a choice of accounting standards: to use the same accounting standard – FRS 102 – as larger UK companies but using a reduced disclosure regime (section 1A) within the standard, or to apply an alternative standard – FRS 105. FRS 102 introduced some significant accounting challenges including more widespread use of ‘fair value’ accounting so there may be a temptation to use FRS 105 as fair value accounting must not be applied.

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