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PAYE and NI

 

Why pay more tax and NI contributions than you need to? We can help you to minimise your liabilities, while ensuring that you comply with your obligations. Just view our PAYE and NI guides to find out more.

 

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An introduction to PAYE

Whether an individual is an employee or self-employed in a particular situation is a question of fact depending on the terms under which he or she works. When you engage someone to do work for you, you have to decide whether or not to apply the PAYE rules. It is up to you to get it right or suffer the consequences.

2014 PAYE update

From 2014, there will be changes to the PAYE system. We take a look at how these changes affect employers.

Real Time Information

Real Time Information (RTI) is a system introduced by HMRC for the reporting of payroll information, which will effectively require employers and pension providers to provide detailed information to HMRC every time employees are paid rather than through the year end return. It’s the biggest overhaul to the PAYE system since its introduction in 1944 and it affects all businesses.

Foreign workers

Anyone who employs an individual in the UK is required to make sure that the individual is entitled to work in the UK, and is not subject to any immigration control.

Employing your spouse

When considering the overall tax position of your family, it is worth considering if you can justify employing your spouse in your business.

Tax-free gifts to staff

In an environment where most employee 'perks' are subject to tax it may be helpful for you as an employer to be aware of the few concessions that have been made by HMRC.

Don't pay too much national insurance

If you have income from more than one job, or if you have self employment income as well as being employed, you should take care to ensure that you do not pay more in national insurance contributions than you need to.

National insurance planning

Details of class 1, class 1A, dividends instead of salary and action to save NICs.

Getting a P11D dispensation

Completing and submitting forms P11D can be both costly and time consuming, especially for larger businesses. Did you know that the Revenue might on application grant a dispensation so that routine expense payments and benefits that would not give rise to a tax liability need not be reported on forms P11D?

Benefits in kind and expenses payments

Benefits in kind are assessed on all directors and employees whose salary and benefits combined are £8,500 or more.

Payslip basics

Most employees receive payslips and take them for granted, but what are the legal requirements?

How to survive a PAYE and NIC inspection

However confident you are that your records are complete and well maintained, a PAYE / NIC inspection might still catch you unawares. Here are some pointers to help you.

Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit

These tax credits replaced Working Families' Tax Credit, Disabled Person's Tax Credit and Children's Tax Credit and the child-related elements of Income Support and Jobseeker's Allowance. These are likely to operate until 2017 for existing claimants.

Employed or self employed?

The question as to whether someone is employed or self employed is not as straightforward as it might at first appear. Many people assume they are free to choose, but HMRC emphasise that this is not the case.

Personal service companies

The legislation known as IR35 is intended to tackle the avoidance of tax and national insurance contributions through the use of intermediaries such as service companies or partnerships.

Tax and employment

Many people can go for years paying too much (or, perhaps more worryingly, too little) tax. It is important to know exactly how much you are paying or you could face repercussions later.

Employee share schemes

Employee share schemes, such as share incentive plans (SIPs) and Save As You Earn (SAYE) schemes, are increasingly being used by firms to reward good staff performance and retain workers, and make an attractive remuneration package when recruiting.