PAYE and NI

PAYE system upgrade may lead to some delays, HMRC warns

Plans by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to upgrade the IT system that is used to handle PAYE tax and national insurance details could result in temporary interruptions to the service.

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Feedback wanted on possible changes to expenses and benefits

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has said that it is looking at making changes to the way that expenses and benefits provided by employers are handled for tax purposes.

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Paternity leave plans may be reviewed

Reports suggesting that the government may look again at plans to extend paternity leave have received a welcome from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

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Employers looking to tighten up on expenses

Increasing numbers of businesses are planning to scrutinise employee expense claims more closely in the future.

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Micro businesses need more help with training

The UK’s smallest businesses are losing out on government-backed training schemes and should have a dedicated skills body that more effectively represents their needs.

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Sick notes to be replaced with 'fit notes'

The government has unveiled the introduction of a new ‘fit note’ scheme aimed at encouraging employees to stay in work rather than join the long-term sick.

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Skills funding described as 'untenable'

Government plans for funding workplace skills programmes need urgent clarification, a leading business organisation has said.

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Online filing boost for employers’ returns

The vast majority of employers filed their annual returns online this year, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has said.

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Firms need extra time to deal with pension deficits

The CBI has urged a change to the pension system in order to allow businesses extra breathing space in which to make good the shortfalls in their final salary schemes.

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Default retirement age should be dropped

Laws that allow employers to oblige employees to retire at 65 should be scrapped.

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