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Updates for Businesses: 13th June 2022
Prepare Your Payroll for the National Insurance Changes in July 2022
From 6 July 2022, some National Insurance Contributions (NICs) thresholds will increase. The primary threshold for 6 July 2022 to 5 April 2023 will rise to:
- £242 per week
- £1,048 per month
- £12,570 per year
To accommodate this change, payroll software, including HMRC's Basic PAYE Tools, will need to be updated. This may happen automatically, or you might need to take action.
It is important that payments due to be made on 6 July 2022 or later are calculated using the correct thresholds. Employers who run their payroll early should check that their software has been updated before processing and reporting these payments.
HMRC expect that all software will be updated by 6 July 2022, so any payments processed after that date should not need to be delayed. If you are unsure about whether or not your software has been updated, please contact your software provider.
If you use Basic PAYE Tools, please note that this software will be updated to take account of National Insurance threshold increases from 4 July 2022. HMRC advise you to wait until after 4 July 2022 to run payroll for any payments made on or after 6 July 2022.
Please talk to us about these changes and how we can help you with your payroll.
Penalties for Overclaimed SEISS Grants
HMRC have updated their guidance setting out the procedure for reporting and repaying overclaimed Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) Grants. HMRC are also reminding sole traders and partners who have received these grants that there are potential penalties of up to 100% of the amount overclaimed under certain circumstances.
A penalty of up to 100% would apply where the trader knew that they were not entitled to the grant and did not tell HMRC within a 90-day notification period. The law treats the failure as ‘deliberate and concealed’. This means that HMRC may charge a penalty of up to 100% of the amount of the SEISS grant that the trader was not entitled to receive or keep.
Traders are required to notify HMRC if there is an amendment to any of their tax returns on or after 3 March 2021 which either:
- lowers the amount of the fourth or fifth grant they are eligible for; or
- causes the trader to no longer be eligible for the fourth or fifth grant.
If the tax return was amended before claiming the fourth or fifth grant, traders had to tell HMRC within 90 days of receiving the grant.
If the tax return has been amended after receiving the fourth or fifth grant, traders must tell HMRC within 90 days of the amendment.
If the tax return has been amended on or after 3 March 2021, traders do not need to tell HMRC if the grant amount is lowered by £100 or less.
Please note that this blog post is correct as of the 13th June 2022.