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Auto-enrolment thresholds unchanged for 2016/17 16 December 2015

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has produced its supporting analysis as part of the annual review of auto-enrolment thresholds for 2016/17, recommending they remain unchanged. Read full story

Tax on benefits in kind to be simplified 11 December 2015

A statutory measure will define which employer-provided benefits in kind (BiKs) are deemed ‘trivial’ and therefore exempt from income tax and National Insurance contributions (NICs). Read full story

Emergency flood support announced by HMRC 9 December 2015

HMRC is offering support for anyone affected by the recent severe weather and floods, including a special telephone helpline. Read full story

HMRC streamlines SME tax portals 9 December 2015

HMRC and Companies House have streamlined two of their online services for small businesses to make them accessible through a single account. Read full story

Prepare now for National Living Wage, urges BIS 8 December 2015

Businesses have been advised to make early preparations for the introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW) on 1 April 2016. Read full story

THE REGULATOR: Communications employers can’t ignore 4 December 2015

Workie, the friendly, furry giant comes with a serious message, as Neil Esslemont from The Pensions Regulator explains. Read full story

EXPERT VIEW: High earners beware 4 December 2015

Henry Tapper examines the potential threat of 100% taxation on contributions under auto-enrolment when someone’s hit their annual allowance from next tax year. Read full story

Warning over SRIT impact 4 December 2015

The introduction of the Scottish Rate of Income Tax (SRIT) will have a “significant but under-recognised” impact on employers both inside and outside of Scotland, tax consultants have warned. Read full story

Survey: Zero-hours contract workers as happy as full-time employees 4 December 2015

Zero-hours contract (ZHC) employees experience similar levels of job satisfaction, work-life balance and personal well-being to employees on permanent, full-time contracts, according to research. Read full story

AE ‘Workie’ campaign panned by industry experts 1 December 2015

The government’s soft auto-enrolment marketing campaign was among the key concerns of industry experts at November’s CIPP Capacity Crunch Conference. Read full story

HMRC updates advisory fuel rates 30 November 2015

HMRC has released an update on its advisory fuel rates, effective from 1 December. Read full story

'Emergency pause' plans in place for auto-enrolment 27 November 2015

The government has drafted plans for an “emergency pause” in auto-enrolment if demand gets out of control, it has emerged. Read full story

Report: Payroll errors costing big businesses millions 27 November 2015

Payroll mistakes cost the average FTSE 100 company between £10m and £30m per year, a study by PwC has found. Read full story

Autumn Statement and Spending Review at a glance 25 November 2015

Chancellor George Osborne has delivered his Autumn Statement and Spending Review, setting out the government’s latest plans for the nation’s finances. Read full story

Tax bodies: HMRC services must not suffer because of restructuring 19 November 2015

A planned restructuring of HMRC must not adversely impact the service it gives to the public, say the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) and the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT). Read full story

TPR reacts to pensions minister's rocket 17 November 2015

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has responded to criticism from the pensions minister over guidance on net pay pensions, and has told Payroll World that it is amending its website. Read full story

Pensions minister fires warning shot to TPR over employer guidance 17 November 2015

Pensions minister Ros Altmann has written to The Pensions Regulator (TPR) demanding it improve its guidance to employers on choosing workplace pensions. Read full story

Payroll World Awards 2015 winners revealed 13 November 2015

Winners of the 2015 Payroll World Awards were announced at a glittering ceremony in London on the evening of 12 November. Read full story

Job losses feared as HMRC announces office closures 13 November 2015

HMRC is to close 137 local offices by 2027, to be replaced by 13 new regional tax centres which will open in the next five years. Read full story

HMRC slammed by Commons Treasury Committee 11 November 2015

Lin Homer, HMRC chief executive, has apologised for the organisation’s call handling after it was described as “staggeringly bad” by the Commons Treasury Committee. Read full story


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