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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.

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

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-employed
Getting 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’.


VAT and motoring expenses: This webinars covers VAT on cars, commercial vehicles, repairs and fuel costs. 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 April 2017

Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) Verifications

From April 2017 HMRC will no longer accept any telephone calls to verify subcontractors. Changes also include the ability to amend returns online, and the addition of an online message/alert service. Find out more here.

National Minimum and National Living Wage

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. Our guidance explains it in more detail. 

Apprenticeship funding - how it will work?

Apprenticeships boost the skills of the workforce, benefiting employers and individuals. From 6 April 2017, the government funding for apprenticeships in England is changing. There’s more detailed guidance on GOV.UK.

Understanding employee's tax codes

We have support to help you put an employee’s tax code into your payroll software, so you work out how much tax to deduct from their pay throughout the year. Read more about it by clicking on the link employee's tax code.

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. To learn more, please click on the following link Tax-Free Childcare.

Have you stopped or temporarily stopped employing people?

Avoid unnecessary penalties by telling HMRC the date you ceased being an employer. If you don't pay anyone in a tax month, or you know you are not going to pay anyone for a length of time tell HMRC on an Employer Payment Summary (EPS).

Scottish Rate of Income Tax

From April 2016, the Scottish Parliament have the power to set its own rate of income tax to fund spending by the Scottish government. This briefing explains what the Scottish Rate of Income Tax is, who it will apply to and how it will be implemented.

Automatic enrolment of pensions

The law on workplace pensions has changed. Under the Pensions Act 2008, every employer in the UK must put certain staff into a pension scheme and contribute towards it. This is called 'automatic enrolment'.

Income from property

HMRC’s updated e-learning guide, Letting out property, is clear, flexible and easy to use. This comprehensive guide will benefit both new and experienced landlords. And to keep your members up to date we’ve introduced a 'News' section with the latest information from HMRC on property letting.

Student loan thresholds from 6 April 2017

From April 2017 the threshold for plan 1 will change to £17,775 and plan 2 will remain at £21,000. This starter checklist will confirm which plan to use.

More business help

HMRC webinar support on GOV.UK  and HMRC YouTube playlist