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HMRC 2016 Key Messages

Here are the key messages from HMRC this month including details of helpful webinars that offer additional online support.

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Welcome to December 2016 Key Messages

Help and support is available to complete your Self Assessment

  • Leading up to 31 January 2017, HM Revenue and Customs  (HMRC) are providing a variety of digital products to support customers who are completing their 2015-16 Self Assessment tax returns. These include:

  • Self Assessment help and support live sessions where customers can listen to live Q&A and submit questions themselves

  • Live webinars on completing the online Self Assessment return

  • Recorded webinars which can be accessed any time

  • A selection of e-learning packages including topics such as Business Expenses are designed specifically for businesses.  

Self Assessment YouTube videos

Machine Games Duty (MGD) Online Returns Service

Did you know if you already use HMRC online services you can use your Government Gateway user ID and password to enrol for the Machine Games Duty service and submit returns online? Once you have submitted your return you will get an immediate acknowledgement, you will then get a reminder email when your next return is due. You can also view your returns and change your registration details.

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.

Phishing email and bogus contact

We have published guidance to help you identify phishing and bogus emails from fraudsters claiming to be from HMRC. The guidance includes examples of some of the phishing emails our office is aware of and is currently working to tackle.

National Insurance Numbers (NINO) with ‘KC’ prefix

Some employers were not able to submit Real Time Information (RTI) for employees with a ‘KC’ NINO. From 15 November 2016 employers have been able to submit the RTI data for this depending on their software. There is updated information on GOV.UK.

National Minimum Wage webinars

We are running two webinars to help employers understand the recent changes to the National Minimum Wage in more detail. You can register to attend our webinar on Tuesday 06 December 11am to midday or our webinar on Thursday 08 December 11am to midday.

Your Personal Tax Account

We're adding new services to your personal tax account. Use it to check how much tax you owe, renew your tax credits, tell us about changes and check your State Pension entitlement. 

For more business help: HMRC webinar support on GOV.UK  and HMRC's YouTube channel

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