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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 March 2017

Payrolling: Benefits in kind – an overview

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

Wednesday 15 March 3pm to 3:45pm   Book here

Tuesday 21 Marc‌h - 9am to 9:45am

Friday 31 Marc‌h - 11am to 11:45am

Payroll: annual reporting and tasks

This webinar is for employers and covers end-of-year tasks, the P60 form, a brief look at reporting expenses and benefits, sending the last Full Payment Submission (FPS) to HMRC, preparing for the new tax year, and actions for Basic PAYE Tools users.

Monday 13 March 10am to 11am    Book here
Thursday 23 March 1pm to 2pm          Book here
Wednesday 29 Marc‌h - 9am to 10am

Getting started as an employer

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

Wednesday 15 March 11am to midday   Book here

There are also YouTube video’s on ‘How to send your Final PAYE Submission’ and ‘How to issue P60s’

Use the e-learning guidance employer package at your own pace and return to it anytime by saving the link.

Getting Payroll Information Right

This webinar shows you how to give accurate information to HMRC. 

Monday 27 Marc‌h - 10am to 11am

National minimum wage

This webinar will cover apprentices and the status of the worker, and how to avoid the common errors made by employers.

15 March 11am to midday   Book here

Monday 20 Marc‌h - 11am to midday

We also have e-learning guidance on the ‘National Minimum wage’.


HMRC has designed a webinar especially for childminders. It covers tax and National Insurance issues affecting self-employed childminders. See the details below and click on the link to register.

Wednesday 15 March - 7pm to 8pm Book your place here

What's new for 2017

This popular webinar will provide an overview of new and changed processes for the 2017 to 2018 tax year.

Monday 03 Apri‌l - 2pm to 3pm

Wednesday 05 Apri‌l - 11am to midday

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