Payroll news

Income tax and national insurance contributions could be combined - 30 September 2015

The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) was recently given the task of investigating the implications of merging income tax and national insurance contributions (NICs). It will assess all of the available evidence and conduct further research with stakeholders and taxpayers.

More SMEs to be affected by auto-enrolment - 30 September 2015

The Pensions Regulator has published data which reveals that more businesses will have to implement a pension auto-enrolment scheme than initially expected. Almost 1.8 million smaller businesses will have to meet the requirement to provide pensions for their employees over

Research reveals that only 40 per cent of employees know their exact salary - 30 September 2015

Research published by Noddle – the credit check company – has shown that only four in 10 employees actually know what their salary is. Some of the potential reasons for an individual lacking this knowledge include a general absence of

Automatic union contributions could soon be scrapped under Government plans - 30 September 2015

The Government recently announced that it soon hopes to put an end to public sector workers being able to automatically pay their subscriptions to trade unions from their salaries. ‘Check off’, as the practice is known, gives union members the

Tax cuts for those on the minimum wage - 19 June 2015

The Government has vowed to let people ‘keep even more of the money they earn’ as they set out tax cuts for 30 million people. The Prime Minister pledged to enshrine in law that workers on the minimum wage will

Grandparents to share parental leave? - 19 June 2015

Grandparents could share parental leave to allow their children to go back to work early, David Cameron has signalled. The Prime Minister is to examine the idea of extending the right to time off work to look after young children

Payroll errors could be costly for employers - 19 June 2015

The payroll department could be the lynchpin for talent management and employee engagement in the UK’s small businesses, according to new research from Sage UK. Sage surveyed more than 1,000 consumers with more than a third (35 per cent) of

RTI changes can be confusing for everyone - 25 March 2015

HM Revenue & Customs has agreed to delay the introduction of automatic penalties for limited companies and other employers switching over to Real Time Information (RTI). Automatic penalties for late PAYE payments were due to start from 6 April, but HMRC

Shared parental leave – Parents can now split up to 50 weeks - 25 March 2015

Working parents will be able to split up to 50 weeks off after having a baby or adopting from 5 April 2015 under new rules aimed at offering greater flexibility in how they care for their children in their first

Minimum wage increase is the biggest real-terms rise for seven years - 25 March 2015

The minimum wage will rise by 20p to £6.70 an hour this October, benefiting 1.4 million low-paid workers. It is the biggest real-terms rise in seven years, while rates for younger workers and apprentices will also go up. The hourly