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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

Webinar update for April 2017

Support for small businesses at the start of a new tax year.

Payroll: annual reporting and tasks

This webinar is designed primarily for employers using Basic PAYE Tools but will still be useful for those using other payroll software. It covers end of year tasks, a P60 form, the last Full Payment Submission and preparing for the new tax year. 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 from the drop down menu

Payrolling benefits in kind – an overview

Find out more about payrolling expenses and benefits in this short webinar. Book here

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.

There are also YouTube videos on 'How to send your final PAYE submission' and 'How to issue P60s'.

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Help and support for your members if they are self-employedGetting started

How to tell HMRC you’re self-employed, what National Insurance you’ll pay, how to keep records and budget for your first tax bill. Book here


How to keep records, set up a records system and how long to keep records. Book here

Business expenses

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

For more handy hints and tips for your members from HMRC, try our e-learning guides ‘Tax guide for the self-employed’ and ‘Self-employed business expenses’

What is VAT: an introduction

Discover how VAT works, how to register and more during this live webinar. Book here

Now you’re registered

This covers VAT rates, simple VAT accounting and things that aren’t subject to VAT. Book here

How to do your VAT Return

This webinar looks at how and when to send your VAT return. Book here

For more information, available at a time to suit your members, try our e-learning guides; ‘VAT – Getting started’ and ‘VAT – How VAT works’.

HMRC key messages

Do you provide services to a public sector client through your own Limited company?

In the Autumn Statement the Chancellor confirmed the reforms to off-payroll working in the public sector will go ahead and will be implemented from April 2017.

Tax relief for employees

Your employees may be able to claim tax relief if they have to use their own money, and you have not reimbursed them, for travel or things they must buy for their job. Examples are available on our website.   

Collecting information about car and car fuel benefit via PAYE reporting

From April 2016, employers have been able to register to payroll car and car fuel benefits. This means that the tax on the benefit is paid by the employee through their PAYE code in year and accounted for in real time by the employer.

Raw Tobacco Approval Scheme - New scheme introduced 1 April 2017

All businesses and individuals who intend to be involved in raw tobacco activity will need to have an approval for the Raw Tobacco Approval Scheme by1 April 2017, unless an exemption applies, or be at risk of having their raw tobacco seized and a penalty issued.  Apply for approval here.

Research & Development (R&D) tax relief, are you missing out?

Are you involved in R&D  projects? If you are then they may be able to claim R&D tax relief. You can find out more by viewing our videos on what expenses qualify and how to claim R&D tax relief for grant funded work. There is more detailed guidance, including case studies, on GOV.UK.

National Minimum and National Living Wage – Top five errors to avoid

The National Minimum Wage is the minimum pay per hour almost all workers are entitled to. The National Living Wage is higher and workers get it if they’re over 25.

Update on Tax-Free Childcare

Tax-Free Childcare launches in early 2017 as a new Government scheme to help working families’ childcare costs. Eligible parents will be able to open online childcare accounts for the childcare.

Changes to tax relief for residential landlords

The tax relief that landlords of residential properties get for finance costs will be restricted to the basic rate of Income Tax, this will be phased in from April 2017. 

State Pension top up

State Pension top up lets people receiving a State Pension boost their retirement income by up to £25 per week. It’s available to those who reached State Pension age before 6 April 2016 and is based on a lump sum contribution. If you qualify you can register for a State Pension top up until 05 April 2017.

Student Loans

The threshold for Student Loan Plan 1 will increase by 1.6% to £17,775 from April 2017 in line with the Retail Prices Index. The employee should know which type of Plan they are on. It is important to check the online student loan repayment guidance to keep up to date with the latest changes.

More business help

HMRC webinar support on GOV.UK  and HMRC YouTube playlist