It is quite common for companies to pay their staff earlier at Christmas time. This is nice for employees, but it can have a nasty side-effect on workers who receive Universal Credit payments. HMRC has issued some new guidance, aimed at preventing this problem.Read more “Paying Early at Christmas – New Guidance”
I read an article in the Autumn 2019 issue of Accounting Practice about the experience of digital taxation in Australia, and the fact that it has introduced various initiatives ahead of the UK. For anyone interested in the future impact of digital taxation in the UK, this article has some interesting predictions.Read more “The Tax Wizards of Oz”
The company behind AccountingWEB, a popular website for accountants, has completed its 2019 survey which assessed the views of people who use accounting software. I’m very pleased to say that The Payroll Site, again, received the highest ratings in the Payroll Software category.Read more “The Payroll Site Tops AccountingWEB Survey Again”
Facebook has come under considerable criticism recently for the way it processes and protects personal data. One of the lesser known issues with Facebook is the way it tracks people who use the world wide web, but who don’t use Facebook. If your website has a Like button on it, you could be complicit in this.Read more “Is Your Website Sending Data to Facebook?”
A report about Universal Credit, published last week, highlights how an employer’s choice of pay dates can still have unintended consequences for the staff. The report, from the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), states that, “The strict system of monthly assessment of earnings can cause a host of problems as months do not all include the same number of paydays”.Read more “Universal Credit Still Can’t Cope with Real Pay Dates”
Passwords have two main purposes: (1) to make it easy for an authorised person to log on to the system and (2) to make it hard for an unauthorised person to gain access to your account. If the password isn’t written down or stored in a password manager, a good password needs to be easy to remember (to meet the first purpose) and hard to guess (to meet the second purpose). A lot of passwords are good for one of these purposes but not the other and it is important to keep this in mind when choosing a password.Read more “What’s Easy to Remember but Hard to Guess? A Good Password”
When Real Time Information was first introduced, one of the surprising limitations was that, if employers didn’t send details of all wage payments within two weeks of the end of the tax year, HMRC would start automatically rejecting them. HMRC has now confirmed that this is going to change in April 2019.Read more “Filing after the End of the Tax Year”
Back in August, the Child Poverty Action Group flagged up a problem caused by the interaction between an employer’s choice of pay dates and their employee’s entitlement to universal credit. Although the recent budget did include some changes to universal credit, this particular problem wasn’t addressed. So, what can employers do about it?