Category: Employer

Have you overpaid an employee? Here’s what to do…

Correcting an overpayment of wages Mistakes happen, and it can be very easy inadvertently to pay an employee too much when doing the wages. Perhaps a number was keyed in incorrectly or figures were transposed, or maybe commission was overstated or an employee was paid for more overtime hours than they actually worked. From an…


Employer-funded scholarships

Special tax rules apply to scholarships, which include exhibitions, bursaries or other similar education endowments. Provided certain conditions are met, there will be no tax or reporting implications where an employer funds a ‘fortuitous’ scholarship for an employee’s family member. Broadly, this means that there must be no direct connection between the employee working for…


Read our quick guide on whether you should pay voluntary National Insurance Contributions

Voluntary NICs – should you pay? The payment of National Insurance contributions provides the mechanism by which an individual builds up their entitlement to the state pension and certain contributory benefits. Different classes of contribution provide different benefit entitlements. Employed earners pay Class 1 contributions where their earnings exceed the lower earnings limit – set…


It’s a criminal offence to fail to pay the minimum wage, read our blog to check you’re compliant.

Are you paying the minimum wage? The National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) increased from 1 April 2019.From that date, the NLW, payable to workers aged 25 and over, is set at £8.21 per hour. Workers under the age of 25 and over school leaving age must be paid the NMW appropriate…


A PSA on PSAs and how and why you can create them as an employer

PAYE settlement agreements A PAYE Settlement Agreement (PSA) enables the employer to pay the tax and National Insurance instead of the employee on those benefits and expenses included within the PSA. This can be useful to preserve the beneficial nature of the benefit, for example in respect of a Christmas or other function falling outside…


Wanting to employ a family member? Read this first #familybusiness #tax

Employing family members It is permissible for a business to claim a tax deduction for the cost of a reasonable wage paid to a family member who helps in the business. Their duties could, for example, include answering the phone, going to the bank, bookkeeping and other administrative tasks. The tax legislation specifies that ‘in…


Do you provide your employees with a van?

In this article, we explain the tax aspects of using a works van If an employee is able to use a work’s van for private use, which generally includes home-to-work travel, there will be a taxable benefit and a subsequent tax charge. From 6 April 2019, the flat-rate van benefit charge has risen from £3,350…


How to make your work’s summer barbeque tax-free!

A statutory exemption exists, which allows employers to meet the cost of certain social events for staff without triggering a liability to tax or NICs, providing certain conditions are met. The legislation refers to ‘an annual party or similar annual function’. Although HMRC does not seem to interpret this to mean that the same event…


Employees: tax-free benefits to keep them healthy

More than 25 million working days are lost annually due to work-related ill health matters, including the two leading causes of workplace absence, namely back injuries and stress, depression or anxiety. There are however, several areas where employers can use tax breaks and exemptions to help promote health and fitness at work. Gym facilities and…


It’s not too late to save tax this year

Whether you are employed or self-employed here are 7 last-minute tax planning tips that may save you money As the end of the 2018/19 tax year approaches, it is worthwhile taking time for some last-minute tax planning. Here are some simple tips that may save you money. Preserve your personal allowance: the personal allowance is…