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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 recieve 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 February

An overview of new and changed processes for the 2017 to 2018 tax year

Tuesday 14 February        11am to midday    Book now

Wednesday 15 February   1pm to 2pm          Book now

Friday 17 February            10am to 11am      Book now

Tuesday 21 February         11am to midday   Book now

Thursday 23 February        1pm to 2pm         Book now

Friday 24 February             midday to 1pm     Book now

National Minimum Wage – Apprentices and status of a worker 

During these webinars you will learn about some of the common errors made by employers and how to avoid them.

Wednesday 15 February 1pm to 2pm                 

Thursday 23 February 1pm to 2pm          

To access these webinars   Book now

Why not access an interactive e-learning guide, Minimum Wage E-learning that you may find useful.

Need advice for new entrepreneurs?

HMRC and DWP have joined forces and so is a must for anyone currently claiming benefits and thinking about starting a business with the New Enterprise Allowance – register now to secure a place:

Wednesday 22 February 11:30am to 12:30pm    Book now

HMRC and DWP – Leaving the Work Programme and starting in business

This webinar will advise you on who qualifies for the programme, the skills they’ll need to succeed and the benefits and start-up loans available to people starting a new business. You will also learn about important issues, such as tax, National Insurance, record keeping and budgeting for payments to HMRC, as well and getting the opportunity to put your questions to the experts.

Wednesday 22 February 1.30pm to 2.30pm

Book now

Are you thinking about starting a limited company?

Find out what you need to take into account before making the decision – register for the webinar being run by HMRC and Companies House:

Monday 27 February 11am to midday

Book now 

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