An update on UK Payroll Compliance Issues

An update on UK Payroll Compliance Issues

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    United Kingdom

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The UK is not alone in having a complex tax and social security system, although it does have the dubious distinction of having more tax legislation than any other country in the world at over 17,000 pages. Of course for employers with employees based in the UK tax compliance is only a small part of their responsibilities which covers matters as diverse as employment law, gender pay gap reporting, student loan recovery and immigration issues. Whilst using compliant payroll software will assist with many compliance obligations, it is no substitute for the user having a sound knowledge of the underpinning legislation which changes on an almost weekly basis!

The course is delivered over two days from 3.30pm to 5.00pm GMT in order to accommodate worldwide time zones. A pack of slides are provided to all delegates

Who is this course for?

It is aimed at those who are looking to start running a payroll in the UK for their organisation, or those who are utilising the services of a service provider who want a better understanding of the setup requirements so they are better able to support their business and ensure compliance in their organisation.

What will you achieve?

Reassurance that they are aware of all the compliance changes that took effect the start of the current UK tax year in April 2020 and a heads up of planned legislative change for the tax year beginning of April 2021.

Course Trainers

  • Kate

    Payroll Lecturer

    Kate, AMBCS, mGPA, is a regular conference speaker, lecturer and writer on legislative issues, including tax and National Insurance, benefits and the whole range of employer compliance responsibilities. She undertakes consultancy work with employers and payroll agents assisting them with topics such as payroll health checks, national minimum wage and auto-enrolment, systems selection and departmental re-engineering. She is the vice chair of the ICAEW Employment Taxes and NI committee and Chair of the pan-professional Reward and Employment Engagement Forum. Prior to setting up her own company in 2005, she was the Payroll Legislation Manager at M&S, for whom she worked for 20 years, eleven of them in payroll. 

What will be covered?

Course Overview 

  • COVID-19 employer support schemes: the job retention scheme, the job retention bonus, statutory sick pay and the kickstart scheme, risk areas and compliance activity
  • Changes to holiday pay calculations from April 2020
  • Social Security on termination payments from April 2020
  • The introduction of parental bereavement pay and leave from April 2020
  • Benefits in kind issues for 2020/21 and 2021/22
  • The introduction of an exemption from employer social security contributions for the employment of veterans from April 2021
  • Changes to the collection of student loan repayments for Scottish repayers from April 2021
  • The rollout of the of payroll working legislation (contractors and consultants paying tax through the payroll) from April 2021
  • The new points based system of migration introduced in January 2021 when the UK leaves the EU

Even though the course is delivered online there is the opportunity to ask the presenter any technical questions or request additional support throughout.

Post-course support can also be offered with the fee subject to negotiation depending upon whether this is one-off, or the delegate would prefer a retainer service which we offer to clients based on an hourly rate.

Complementary courses 

The Global Payroll Association also offers the following courses for employers with employees based in the UK:

  • An overview of UK payroll (three x 2 hour sessions over three days)
  • An overview of UK benefits and expenses taxation (three x 2 hour sessions over three days)
  • Preparing for the taxation of contractors and consultants through the payroll from April 2021 (two x 1 ½ hour sessions over two days)