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All About Payrolling Benefits In Kind

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Benefits in Kind (BIKs) are a notoriously complex area for payroll experts, employees and employers alike. The good news is that there are moves afoot to help with payrolling benefits-in-kind. However, the not so good news is, for now, it’s not all plain sailing. If you’re a business owner who’s concerned by BIKs and would…

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Right to Work Guidelines

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Before employing someone, you must check that they are allowed to work for you in the UK. While discriminating against a worker for their nationality or their origin is not allowed, as an employer, you have an obligation to check that all of your employees have the right to work in the UK. While there…

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Anti-Money Laundering Compliance

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Money laundering is big business and something that’s constantly hitting the headlines. However, when we read about it in the newspaper, we tend to think of it as something that doesn’t affect us. Until we open a bank account…then we feel the pressure of anti-money laundering compliance and legislation. Despite that, many of our clients…

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National Minimum and Living Wage

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What is the National Minimum Wage? The National Minimum Wage or NMW, as the name suggests is the minimum amount of pay that most workers in the UK are required to get paid. The NMW is a legal requirement. The rate of NMW that someone is entitled to depends on their age. What is the…

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Scottish Income Tax

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What is Scottish Income Tax and how did it come about? The Scottish Rate of Income Tax came into effect on 6th April 2016 and became Scottish Income Tax in 2017. Born out of The Scotland Act 2012, it gives Scotland a certain amount of autonomy regarding its income tax rates. As its name suggests,…

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In Year Adjustments to Tax Codes

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We recently wrote a post about Tax Codes and How They Work. If you haven’t already read it and would like to know more, you can read it here. You won’t need us to remind you if you work in payroll, that tax codes are at the core of everything you do. Getting them wrong…

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All about Statutory Maternity Pay

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When an employee announces that she is pregnant, it is a time of real joy for the employee but a time that sometimes fills employers with fear and worry. Who will do her job when she’s not here? What if she doesn’t come back? What are my obligations? While these concerns can’t be expressed openly,…

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A guide to student loan deductions

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More and more students are availing of student loans to fund their education. With scary headlines in the newspapers about the amount of student debt people are facing, many people are wary. But for some, it’s the only way, and for others, it makes great sense. With repayments fixed at less than 10% of income…

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What is the future of payroll?

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Payroll has changed enormously over the past few years, is still changing and will probably continue to do so forever. In terms of what comes next, it’s impossible to say exactly, but at Payplus we’ve been looking around at some of the predictions being made by payroll experts. Generally speaking, most of the leaders in…

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Real-time paydays

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The world of work is changing The days of a ‘job for life’ have more or less gone. For some this is good news, for others, it’s not so good. That said, the people who have interesting and successful portfolio careers will tell you we should celebrate the freedom that today’s job market gives employees,…

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Payroll penalties – Don’t get it wrong

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Having to do payroll for some business owners is a punishment in itself, but what many don’t realise is that getting payroll wrong can lead to significant penalties. So, if you’re a small or medium sized business owner who does payroll yourself, our message is quite simple – do all you can to make sure…

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Starters and leavers – What is needed?

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Why starters and leavers are a big deal for your business When you’re an employer, it’s inevitable that you’ll have starters and leavers. You’ll always have had them and you’re probably (more or less) aware of what you need to do. However, the legislation around starters and leavers is forever changing, so it’s important that…

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How does Statutory Sick Pay work?

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What is Statutory Sick Pay? Statutory Sick Pay or SSP is the payment that is made by employers to employees who, after a defined period, are too sick to work. The current amount paid is £92.05, and this payment can be made for a period of up to 28 weeks. Who is affected by Statutory…

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Tax Codes – how do they work?

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As a business owner, payroll is highly likely on your agenda. If you have employees, irrespective of whether you manage your payroll in-house or outsource it, it’s something you need to look after on a regular basis. An important part of any payroll activity is making sure that you’re applying the right tax codes for…

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Gender Pay Gap – what is it and where is it going?

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The Gender Pay Gap – what is it? The Gender Pay Gap came into force on 5th April 2017 and is concerned with the difference between the average hourly wage of men and women in the workplace. As an employer, it will highlight the difference in the average hourly wage you pay all men and…

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Blockchain payments and payroll

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Blockchain payments is a topic that’s high on the agenda for those at the leading edge of the financial world. If you’re involved in making payments in your business it may well be a term you’ve heard of and are curious about. While it’s not a topic that appears to be on the immediate agenda…

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What is the Scottish Rate of Income Tax?

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The Scottish Rate of Income Tax or SRIT, born out of The Scotland Act, 2012 is the successor to the Scottish Variable Rate or SVR. Announced on 16th December 2015, the SRIT rate, which came into effect from 6th April of this year is 10% for the current tax year. Set by the Scottish Parliament,…

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Make the most of Childcare Vouchers

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Paying for childcare using Childcare Vouchers is a great way for parents to potentially save thousands of pounds a year in tax. A system that is scheduled to be phased out in 2017, there’s certainly an argument as an employer to buy into this opportunity ‘while stocks last’. A cost saving employee benefit, Childcare Vouchers…

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What are Bacs service user numbers (SUNs)?

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It is the way, thanks to this unique six-digit number, that banks are able to identify which businesses are able to make payments in this way. The number that’s found on the bank statement of anyone who has received such payments allows the banks to track back to the originator of the payment should there…

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Pitfalls to avoid when processing payroll

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Payroll processing is an extremely important task for employers. Getting wages and salaries spot on isn’t only essential from the employee’s point of view errors can end up costing employers dearly too. Add to this, the recent addition of Real Time Information (RTI) to the payroll equation and you begin to see that having your…

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PAYE late submission penalties

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As of 6 October 2014, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) will start to apply in-year penalties for PAYE RTI submissions that are received late or are outstanding at that date. What this means is that 5 October is a significant date, because on or before this day if you make any outstanding submissions, you will…

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10 ways to reward your employees besides salary increases

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Things are tough right now for employers and employees alike. Wages and costs generally are constantly under the microscope and many employees fear that the days of long term job security are well and truly gone. What this means is that employees are seeking reassurance and employers are seeking tax and National Insurance (NI)-efficient ways…

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National Insurance Employment Allowance explained

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With a charge rate of 13.8% of most pay, Employer’s National Insurance Contributions are a sizeable cost to businesses of all sizes, but particularly to smaller businesses. In an attempt to remove some of the financial burden felt by these businesses and to reduce the resistance to employ people, George Osborne took an axe to…

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Why paying electronically makes complete sense

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HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has wished every payroll professional a Happy New Year by introducing significant changes to Employer Payment Booklets and letters. If you’re one of the business owners who are still taking responsibility for their own PAYE, then here’s a list of the documents that will be affected by this change: The…

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