Payroll

De-coding tax codes

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Tax-codesA tax code (also known as a PAYE code) appears on every payslip, but do you know what it means and how it is impacting on the net pay you are receiving?

Common tax codes include ‘BR’, ‘1100L’, ‘NT’, and ‘D0’, but what do these mean and what if they are wrong? HMRC expects everyone with a PAYE code to check it but do you and your employees (if you have them) realise this, and know where to start?

A month today – changes to the National Minimum Wage/Living Wage & to the penalties for not complying

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A wage packet– In amongst playing pranks on your nearest and dearest, 1st April 2016 also sees changes to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW) for employees aged 25 and over.

 

From 1st April 2016 the minimum rates of pay are

– Age 25+ – £7.20 per hour (the National Living Wage)

– 21-25 – £6.70 per hour

– 18-21 – £5.30 per hour

– <18 – £3.87 per hour

– Apprentices – £3.30 per hour

In addition to these changes, the penalty payable by employers who underpay is being increased from 100% to 200% of the underpayment due to each worker.

The good, the bad and the ugly (of the autumn statement)

Accounting, CGT, Law, National Insurance, Payroll, Personal Tax, Property l

goodThe dust has settled on the autumn statement, and it is now clear on the good, the bad and the ugly effecting SME’s, employers and self-employed.

 

The Good!

National Insurance employment allowance increased to £3,000 from April 2016

Extension of the doubling of small business relief rates to April 2017 (good news – make sure you have this if you operate from an office)

The Bad!

3% additional stamp duty land tax will be charged on second homes or investment properties purchased from April 2016, which in added to the reduced relief for interest previously announced from April 2017 is a double hit for active investors

3% differential on Benefit in Kind for diesel cars retained from April 2016 for 5 more years

The Ugly!

Capital gains tax due to be paid within 30 days of completion of any disposal of residential property from April 2019. This ties in with the introduction of digital tax accounts for most taxpayers.

If you have any queries or concerns arising from the autumn statement, contact our team at Morrell Middleton on 01904 691141.

FREE AUTO ENROLMENT & XERO ACCOUNTS SEMINAR (AND LUNCH)

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xero-logo-hires-RGBPension-PeopleAuto Enrolment – everything you need to know about it and the lack of time you have to implement it!

Xero Online Account – How to keep your books sitting on a beach in Hawai whilst drinking cocktails!

Morrell Middleton have teamed up with Ardent Financial advisers to discuss the in’s and out’s of implementing the Governments solution to the pensions crisis – Auto Enrolment.

The rules will apply even to individuals who employ just one person, such as a nanny or gardener. Employers will have to enrol workers who are classified into 3 areas, Entitled Worker, Non-Eligible Jobholder and a Jobholder. Who is which and what you have to do for them is all in our notes!

Minimum wage increases from 1 October 2015

Budgets, Law, Payroll l

A wage packetFrom 1 October 2015, the national minimum wage rates increase by between 2% and 20% with our youngest employees being both the biggest winners and losers depending on how they are employed.

 

 

– Apprentices * – £3.30 (up from £2.73) – up 20%

– Under 18’s – £3.87 (up from £3.79) – up 2%

– 18 to 20 year olds – £5.30 (up from £5.15) – up 3%

– 21 years and older – £6.70 (up from £6.50) – up 3%

If you have any queries on the minimum wage or running your payroll, please don’t hesitate to contact our team.

Changes to tax free child care now expected in early 2017

Budgets, CSR, Law, Payroll l

childcareOn 1st July, the government welcomed a judgment from the Supreme Court that found the government’s proposals for delivering Tax-Free Childcare to be clearly lawful.

It also confirmed that, as a direct result of the legal challenge, the scheme is now expected to launch from early 2017. The existing Employer‑Supported Childcare scheme will remain open to new entrants until Tax-Free Childcare is launched.

3 Months Free with Xero accounts and Morrell Middleton

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xero-logo-hires-RGBAs one of Yorks leading Xero accountants we have teamed up with them to offer your first 3 months subscription FREE to existing and new clients of our accountancy practices.

Xero is the UK’s best Online accounting solution so for those people who operate on the move, have different locations for staff or just want less hassle in their book keeping lives then this may be a solution for you.

Increased opportunity to pay your Self Assessment through your PAYE tax code

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article-2284938-17AE137D000005DC-727_296x224HMRC are increasing the limit of £3,000 for underpayments which can be collected by way of adjustment to the taxpayer’s tax code but only where the main source of PAYE income is £30,000 or more.

Any tax deductions from PAYE income will be limited to a legislative 50 per cent overriding limit.

Collection of tax by this method continues to only be an option if the relevant Tax Return is submitted by 31 December after the tax year end.

No Employer’s NIC for employees aged under 21

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under21With effect from 6 April 2015 employers with employees under 21 years old will no longer have to pay Class 1 secondary National Insurance contributions (NICs) on earnings up to the Upper Secondary Threshold (£815 per week) for those employees.

You will need to record a different NI category letter for any such employees. Current category A will be replaced by category M until the employee’s 21st birthday.

There is no effect on the NICs payable by the employee.