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HMRC Key Messages 2017 and Webinars

Here are the key messages from HMRC including details of helpful webinars that offer additional online support. This page is updated on a very regular basis ensuring you receive the most up to date information including a monthly update direct from HMRC.

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Welcome to the key messages and webinar information from HMRC for 2017

HMRC digital support 

HMRC is offering digital support to your members this month. There is a selection of webinars and e-learning available to help them get your tax right first time.

Key messages

PAYE Webinars

HMRC has produced a webinar to explain why it is important for employers to send regular payroll reports to HMRC.  

We have a recorded webinar on G‌OV‌.U‌K – Employer Filing Obligations.

Take a look. 

See below for more webinars from HMRC.

Paying HMRC at the Post Office

If you currently use the Transcash service at the Post Office to pay HMRC you need to be aware that this service is being withdrawn from December 2017 and you will need to find a different way of submitting payments to us.

Could you change over to an electronic payment method?

We are encouraging all customers to pay using the following methods:

Direct Debit, Online or telephone banking, which includes Faster Payments, BACS and CHAPS;

Debit card online or by telephone.

It’s more secure and it’ll save you time and expense of going to the Post Office or Bank.

HMRC’s guidance provides both general and specific information about paying.                

Paying HMRC.          

Apprenticeship Levy

The apprenticeship levy was introduced on 6 April 2017, meaning some UK employers now need to calculate, report and pay a contribution towards the apprenticeship levy to HMRC, through the PAYE process, each month.

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Paying HMRC

Don’t overlook your June/July/August payments. If you close for a holiday you need to remember to pay HMRC on time or make arrangements to ensure your payment reaches us on time. If you pay the right amount, at the right time and use your 13 character Accounts Office Reference, you won’t incur interest or Late Payment Penalties. 

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One month to go to apply for a Queen’s Award for Enterprise

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious Awards for UK businesses, recognising and rewarding outstanding achievements in the fields of Innovation, International Trade, Sustainable Development or Promoting Opportunity (through social mobility). Apply now and make sure your business gets the recognition it deserves.

Winning a Queen’s Award for Enterprise can increase staff morale, bring worldwide recognition, provide excellent marketing opportunities and boost turnover. Almost any business can apply and the Awards are free to enter. You can also apply for more than one category.

Applications close at midday on Friday 1 September 2017. To find out if your company is eligible to apply, register and complete this. 

The Pensions Regulator (TPR): Automatic enrolment updates

On 6 April 2018 Workplace pension contributions are increasing. The minimum amount that your client and their staff need to pay into their pension scheme is going up.

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Tax credits – Help and Support

To help customers understand how tax credits work and what their own reporting responsibilities and rights are, two YouTube videos have been produced – 'tax credits - checks' and 'tax credits - renewals'.

Coming soon: Members will also be able to view a video on how to manage your tax credits. We will notify you when this becomes available.

Webinars - Employer support

Getting started as an employer

This webinar is on registering with HMRC, taking on your first employee, running payroll and paying HMRC. Book here

Getting payroll information right

Find out how providing accurate employee information to HMRC is important and can save time in this interactive employer webinar. Book here

Statutory Sick Pay

We’ll take you through the qualifying conditions, explain key terminology such as Periods of Incapacity for Work, Waiting Days and how much to pay. Book here

Statutory Payments for Births

Find out if an employee qualifies, how much they’re entitled to and how much you can claim back. Book here

Statutory Shared Parental Pay and Leave

Learn about how employees can share their pay and leave, important dates, rates and the records you need to keep. Book here

PAYE - Using Basic PAYE Tools for the first time

A demonstration of Basic PAYE Tools, HMRC’s free payroll software for businesses with fewer than 10 employees. Book here

Employers – how to avoid in-year penalties

This webinar has information on why penalties are charged and how to avoid in year penalties for late and non-filing. Book here

Help available whenever you need it

For more ‘hands-on’ information as an employer, try our interactive online guide: 'Becoming an employer'. Save the link and you can revisit this e-learning anytime. Members can also watch a short YouTube video  'New employers - the basics'.

Webinars - Self-employment support

Self-employment Live

This webinar is aimed at sole traders and self-employed partnerships. The webinar contains short presentations on topics affecting small businesses, including business expenses and Self-Assessment Tax Return. Book here

Self-employment & HMRC – getting started:

Find out about National Insurance, key dates for Self Assessment, budgeting and record keeping during this webinar. Book here

Business Expenses for the self-employed

Do your members know which business expenses are allowable? Find out about typical expenses including working from home and motoring expenses. Book here

Record Keeping for the self-employed

Discover what records to keep, how to set up a system and how long to keep them for. Book here

Car Expenses and the self-employed

This webinar will advise how to use the simplified expenses method, as well as the actual costs method (including capital allowances) and also covers leasing a car and personal contract purchases. Book here

VAT and Motoring Expenses

This webinar will explain how to avoid common errors with VAT motoring expenses and provide a reminder of the general rules that apply when reclaiming VAT on the purchase of cars and when hiring and leasing vehicles. Book here

VAT – an introduction:

In this live, interactive webinar, you’ll discover how VAT works. Learn about the basics of VAT – including registering, rates of VAT, your online return and more… Book here  

There will be the usual opportunity to ask HMRC subject matter experts your questions.


Income from property for individuals

For new and prospective landlords, this live, interactive webinar explains the different types of income from property, allowable expenses and a landlord’s responsibilities to HMRC.

Join from a computer, tablet or smartphone and use the on screen text box to ask questions. Book your place here

If you miss out on the chance to attend the webinar you can watch a recorded one here.    

HMRC have also updated their e-learning guide, 'Letting out a property'. This guide will benefit both new and experienced landlords, and it now has a 'News' section with the latest information from HMRC on property letting.

More business help

HMRC webinar support on GOV.UK  and HMRC YouTube playlist