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1.25% Increase In NICs And Tax On Dividends

Content accurate at the date of publishing. The Prime Minister announced on 7th September that the government will introduce a new 1.25% Levy to provide an extra £12 bn a year to support the NHS and social care. From April 2022 it is proposed that there will be a 1.25% rise in National Insurance Contributions […]

Read more October 13th, 2021

Kickstart Scheme For Employers

Employers of all sizes can apply for funding to create jobs for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit. Employers can spread the job start dates up until 31 December 2021. You will get funding until 30 June 2022 if a young person starts their job on 31 December 2021. Further funding is available […]

Read more September 27th, 2021

Final Month For CJRS “Furlough” Grants

The Government are pulling the plug on support to employers for furloughed staff at the end of September as they anticipate that the economy will be back to normal by October. The grant claims for employees furloughed in the month of September are 60% of the employee’s usual pay up to a maximum cap of […]

Read more September 10th, 2021

National Insurance Rise

The Government has announced that the rates of national insurance are to be increased by 1.25% with effect from 1 April 2022. The same national insurance rise will also be applied to dividend income. The purpose of the increase is to fund NHS and social care reform. The increase will affect those people over the […]

Read more September 9th, 2021

Off-Payroll Working – Will HMRC Accept Result?

Since 6 April 2021 large and medium-sized organisations have had to determine whether or not a worker supplying their services via their own personal service company would be treated as an employee if directly engaged. HMRC suggest organisations use their Check Employment Status for Tax (CEST) tool on their website to check the worker’s status, […]

Read more August 10th, 2021

Pension Contribution Is Tax Efficient For Both Employee And Employer

Pension contributions to approved pension funds on behalf of employees and directors continue to be a tax-free benefit provided the annual input limit is not breached. The contributions are also deductible for the employer provided incurred wholly and exclusively for the purposes of the trade and paid before the end of the accounting period of […]

Read more July 13th, 2021

Furlough Grant Reduces To 70% For July

For the month of‌‌ July, the CJRS Furlough grant support from the government via HMRC reduces to 70% of the employee’s usual pay for hours not worked. This is despite the fact that “Freedom Day” in England has been delayed four weeks to 19 July 2021, and now called “Terminus Day”. The government support to […]

Read more July 12th, 2021

Managing Mental Health In The Workplace

Supporting your team through turbulent and stressful times. After dealing with the effects of the pandemic for over a year, many people are feeling isolated working from home, while others are struggling to manage family responsibilities alongside the demands of their day job. What can businesses do to support their people and help them to […]

Read more June 21st, 2021

Apprenticeships during COVID-19

The government has released guidance for apprenticeship training providers (providers), employers, end-point assessment organisations (EPAOs) and apprentices. It describes: how and when apprentices can safely train and undertake an assessment in the workplace, education and assessment settings the temporary flexibilities which apply during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic It should be read alongside: the safer working guidance […]

Read more May 20th, 2021

Right To Work Checks – Temporary Measures To End

Advice for employers carrying out right to work checks during the coronavirus pandemic has been updated and replaces previous guidance issued on 20 April 2021. The temporary COVID-19 adjusted right to work checks will now end on 20 June 2021, and from 21 June 2021 employers will revert to face to face and physical document […]

Read more May 20th, 2021

New “We Offer Testing To Our Staff” Scheme Launched

The new scheme for businesses offering workplace testing for staff through NHS Test and Trace has been launched across the UK. It will show customers, employees and the wider public the businesses that are going the extra mile to keep their staff and the public safe. In addition to workplace testing, business owners and staff […]

Read more May 20th, 2021

Employers’ NICs Relief For Employees In Freeport Tax Areas

The government have announced a new zero rate of secondary Class 1 National Insurance contributions (NICs) for eligible employers on the earnings of eligible employees working in a Freeport tax site. In Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales), this measure will provide those employers with physical premises in a Freeport tax site (Freeport employers) with […]

Read more May 19th, 2021

HMRC Urge Businesses To Carry Out Due Diligence On Supply Chain

HMRC is warning organisations about the use of mini umbrella companies in the labour supply chain and the need to carry out due diligence to protect the organisation from financial and reputational damage. Without a careful review of their labour supply chain, the end-user could find themselves liable for Tax, National Insurance and VAT avoided […]

Read more May 19th, 2021

No Employers NICs For A Year If Hiring Ex-Military Staff

The Government have announced a one-year exemption from paying employers national insurance contributions (NICs) where military veterans are recruited by civilian employers. Employers can claim relief if they employ a veteran during the qualifying period. The qualifying period starts on the first day of the veteran’s first civilian job since leaving the regular armed forces […]

Read more May 13th, 2021

Details Of Latest CJRS “Furlough” Grants

The fourth version of the CJRS “furlough” grant scheme started on 1 May 2021 and will run until 30 September. Employees affected will continue to be supported such that they are entitled to be paid at least 80% of their “usual pay” subject to a limit of £2,500 a month for hours not worked. The […]

Read more May 10th, 2021