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PAYE and real-time information

Expert commentary and practical guidance from ICAEW related to PAYE, Real-time information and the UK employment tax regime

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Practical guidance

ICAEW's Tax Faculty produces TAXguides to provide practical support on technical areas of tax

TAXguide 21/20 Employment Tax: round up of 2020/21 and a look ahead

This TAXguide collates a broad range of employment tax changes for 2020/21 and looks ahead to 2021/22. Kate Upcraft provides practical guidance on off-payroll working, national insurance exemptions, the employment allowance, termination payments, student loans, RTI matters, statutory parental bereavement pay (SPBP), and summarises benefits and expenses in the context of COVID-19.

TAXguide 02/20 Employment Allowance from April 2020

From April 2020, employers who together with their connected companies have aggregate Class 1 secondary NIC liability of £100,000 or more in the preceding tax year cannot claim employment allowance (EA). EA also becomes de minimis State Aid.

How to prepare for mandatory payrolling of benefits in kind

HMRC has announced that employers must payroll benefits in kind from April 2026. In this article, Michael Nicolaides and Kym Wise consider what we do and do not know about HMRC’s plans, and how employers can begin to prepare for the changes.

Technical round-up: May 2024

This month’s top stories include a HMRC warning about VAT bank details fraud; an NAO report showing taxpayers have been let down by poor HMRC service; and HMRC rejecting the ‘brightline’ test for furnished holiday lets.

Tax news in brief 13 March 2024

Highlights from the broader tax news for the week ending 13 March 2024, including: the publication of legislation providing for the Spring Budget NIC cuts; changes made by secondary legislation across a range of areas, including R&D tax relief, PAYE and CIS; new HMRC guidance on ISAs; and the opportunity to claim a refund for Italian VAT paid on goods and services related to Italian business activities.

Webinars and recordings

Tax in Practice - April 2023

Join the Small Practitioners Community, ICAEW Tax Faculty and guest speaker Rebecca Benneyworth as they talk about HMRC service performance and ADL restrictions, MTD ITSA small business review, change to HMRC digital services, tax consultations and more.

Employment taxes update 2022

In this webinar from the Tax Faculty, employment tax experts Kate Upcraft and Ian Holloway provide an update on the key changes in the employment tax arena for 2022.

National Minimum Wage

This webinar from the Tax Faculty provides NMW worker definitions, NMW pay definitions, NMW hours definitions and what deductions from pay count for NMW.

Employment taxes update 2021

This webinar Kate Upcraft will provide an update on the key changes in employment tax for 2021.

Off-payroll working

In this webinar we unpick the finalised legislation in FA 2020, and HMRC’s latest guidance.

Off-payroll working 2020

Steve Wade provides guidance on the implementation of the new off-payroll working rules due to come into effect in April 2021.

Bloomsbury Accounting and Tax Service

Eligible firms have free access to Bloomsbury Professional's comprehensive online library, comprising around 80 titles from some of the country's leading tax and accounting subject matter experts. Find out who is eligible and how you can access the Accounting and Tax Service.

PAYE procedures

A chapter outlining the pay as you earn (PAYE) system and related national insurance contribution (NIC) procedures.

Personal service companies and off-payroll working

Chapter containing advice on personal service companies and off-payroll working, written for anyone who advises or runs a family or owner-managed company.

Providing shares to employees

Chapter containing advice on providing shares to employees, written for anyone who advises or runs a family or owner-managed company.

Remuneration strategies

Chapter containing advice on remuneration strategies and tax planning, written for anyone who advises or runs a family or owner-managed company.

Pay as you earn (PAYE)

A chapter on Pay as you earn (PAYE), covering tax issues relating to UK employers and their staff.

National Insurance

Clearly laid-out chapter on national insurance, covering tax issues related to UK employers and their staff.

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Working in employment

A chapter covering the tax treatment of earnings and benefits from employment. Includes a consideration of the PAYE system, tax codes, tax-deductible expenses, employee travel, home working, benefits-in-kind, employee share ownership, and payments on termination of employment.

Payment of PAYE and NIC

A short summary of the general principles of PAYE and NIC payments, with a note on quarterly installments.

Pay as You Earn (PAYE) and collection of National Insurance contributions

This chapter explains the principles and procedures of PAYE and NICs, including the penalties for late submission of documents or payments.

Taxation: Finance Act 2019

The main aim of this book is to describe the UK taxation system in sufficient depth and with sufficient clarity to meet the needs of those undertaking a first course of study in taxation.

Taxation: Finance Act 2017

For students wishing to understand the UK taxation system.

Financial Times guide to personal tax 2011-12

Guide to completing the self-assessment tax return.

Taxation: Finance Act 2010

For students wishing to understand the UK taxation system.

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Further support

Useful links

Some resources that we link to may pre-date the latest amendments to the relevant tax regulations. While these links contain useful information, please treat them with appropriate caution.

Find payroll software

Information on free and paid-for software for managing payroll and reporting in real time (RTI) that has been tested and recognised by HMRC.


Comprehensive hub with links to government guidance for employers covering a wide range of practical topics, including registering and starting PAYE and payroll, regular and annual payroll tasks, paying HMRC, expenses and benefits, special types of employee pay, statutory pay and leave.

National Insurance on GOV.UK

Comprehensive hub linking to government guidance on National Insurance including rates and categories, National Insurance for the self-employed, and UK National Insurance for those working outside the UK.

Expenses and benefits: company vans and fuel

Overview for employers on tax, National Insurance and reporting obligations for those providing company vans and fuel to employees. It covers exemptions, what to report and how to calculate value.

Expenses and benefits: A to Z

Guidance on the tax, National Insurance and reporting obligations for employers providing expenses and taxable benefits to employees on a wide range of topics.

Expenses and benefits for employers

Overview providing guidance on tax and National Insurance on expenses and employee benefits, covering the procedure for submitting a P11D form, deadlines, record keeping, and exemptions and dispensations.

Tax if you leave the UK to live abroad

Guidance for UK taxpayers with links to forms and tax returns required by HMRC, plus information on tax refunds, UK income, and National Insurance.

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