Key facts – who can claim
The Employment Allowance is available from 6 April 2014. If you are eligible you can reduce your employer Class 1 NICs by up to £2,000 each tax year.
You can claim the Employment Allowance if you are a business or charity (including Community Amateur Sports Clubs) that pays employer Class 1 NICs on your employees’ or directors’ earnings.
If your company belongs to a group of companies or your charity is part of a charities structure, only one company or charity can claim the allowance. It is up to you to decide which company or charity will claim the allowance.
You can only claim the £2,000 Employment Allowance against one PAYE scheme – even if your business runs multiple schemes.
Not all businesses can claim the Employment Allowance, see excluded employers for more information.
Testing on Microsoft Office 2013 has been successfully completed and Office 2013 is now supported on Opera 3 (2.10), Opera 3 SQL (2.10), Opera II (7.30) and Opera II SQL (7.30).
As you will be aware Microsoft are ceasing support for Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 on 8 April 2014. After this date there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates. The only service Microsoft will provide is virus warnings until July 2015.
Therefore, Pegasus is giving 12 months’ notice that we will not support Windows XP or Office 2003 after 31 January 2015 with any Pegasus product.
For Opera II customers, the end of support is an ideal time to take advantage of a new operating system, and also to take the next step and upgrade to Opera 3 at the same time to future proof your business.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Below are some common myths and the actual facts behind some of the most common topics of Auto Enrolment;
1. Myth – Postponement delays the staging date and there is no need to do anything until then.
Reality – Postponement does not change the staging date (and other duties still apply in this period).
2. Myth – Employers can work out their own staging date.
Reality – Employers are unlikely to know their PAYE size on 1st April 2012, so should use staging date tool.
3. Myth – The Pay reference period (PRP)is the same as the pay frequency.
Reality – PRP is often the same as the pay frequency, but may not be.
4. Myth – Pensionable pay is used to determine which category a worker is (e.g. EJH).
Reality – Qualifying earnings must be used for assessment, not pensionable earnings.
5. Myth – A person who leaves a pension scheme can be left until re-enrolment.
Reality – Workers who have never been an EJH and an active member will need to be monitored.
6. Myth – People contractually enrolled get an ‘Opt Out’ window.
Reality – A contractual enrolment has no ‘Opt Out’ window, but can exit under scheme rules.
7. Myth – You can’t ‘Opt Out’ until a contribution has been taken.
Reality – If the ‘Opt Out’ window opens before the first payday, a contribution may not be taken.
Planning for this year’s software upgrades is now well underway with the promise of software being delivered to Technology Management early February. Our plan is to start testing as soon as it arrives to enable us to commence the upgrade programme from Monday 10th February 2014.
The statutory changes required for 2014 are outlined below:
· End of Year (EOY) Returns
· Technical changes for Auto Enrolment
· Real Time Information
· Full Payment Submission (FPS)
· Employer Payment Summary (EPS)
· Other Statutory Changes
· Document Management
There will also be a number of minor enhancements introduced into the new versions including support on Microsoft Windows 8.1 and Microsoft Server 2012.
We would be grateful if you could fax/email back the form which has been emailed out showing the upgrade option you would like to take this year. Should you decide to do the upgrade yourself and wish for the software to be sent to you, we ask that you also send back the acceptance of liability form duly signed. When the upgrades arrive we will then be able to arrange appointments or despatch the software to you without delay.
Please do not forget to order your End of Year Stationery from the Inland Revenue Stationery Department. The order forms can be found on the Employers area of their website at http://search2.hmrc.gov.uk/kb5/hmrc/forms/home.page. Please ensure you order your HMRC stationery in plenty of time, as unfortunately Technology Management does not carry stocks of these forms.
We look forward to receiving your instructions soon. Here’s looking forward to another very successful and trouble free payroll year end.
Should you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact us.
The Pegasus Team.
Pegasus are pleased to announce the completion of Windows 2012 Server and Windows 2012 Server Essentials testing.
The following products have been successfully tested on Windows 2012 Server, and Windows 2012 Server Essentials:
• Opera 3 (1.81.00)
• Opera 3 SQL (1.81.00)
• PIM (1.92.00)
• Scheduler (1.42.10)
• Stocktake (1.21.10)
• XRL (1.50.00)
• Pegasus CIS (3.00.31)
However please note Document Management and Pegasus Dashboards have not been tested at this time; new versions of these applications are currently in development and are undergoing further testing.
Pegasus are pleased to announce the following product releases are now available.
Opera 3 (1.81.10) and Opera II (7.21.10)
Pegasus XRL (1.50)
Pegasus XRL (1.50) is supported on Windows 8, both 32 and 64 bit. In addition, the release includes new RTI-related and CRM database tables and fields, plus a small number of software change requests.
Capital Gold Accounts (3.70.20) – Includes support on Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10 and a number of changes to cater for trading with Ireland and Croatia.
If you have any queries regarding the releases, please contact us on the main number to discuss further (01902) 578300.
HMRC have published a reminder that it is important for employers to record the correct number of hours their employees work (usual/agreed contracted weekly hours) to help ensure that they receive the right amount of benefits and tax credits they are entitled to. In particular, the hours worked should be recorded as follows:
A. Up to 15.99 hours
B. 16 to 29.99 hours
C. 30 hours or more
Employers should only select ‘D other’ if their employee does not have a regular pattern of employment or the payment relates to an occupational pension or annuity. If they selected ‘D other’ in earlier submissions when they should instead have selected one of the other options, they don’t need to re-submit an earlier Full Payment Submission (FPS); they simply need to ensure that they report the correct hours on their next FPS.
Please note that within Opera 3/Opera II you enter the usual hours worked (numeric) and the application automatically uses the correct category when creating an FPS.
Full guidance can be found on the HMRC website
5th – Last date for agreeing PAYE Settlement Agreements
for 2012-13 (if any).
6th – Deadline for submitting form 42 or other relevant forms to report share-related benefits provided to employees.
6th – Deadline for filing forms P9D, P11D, P11D(b), or substitutes for the tax year ending 5 April 2013.
6th – Last date to give forms P9D and P11D to relevant employees.
19th – Deadline for postal payments to reach HMRC Accounts Office for any outstanding Class 1A NICs for the tax year ending 5 April 2013.
22nd – Final date for electronic payments to be cleared in HMRC’s bank account for any outstanding Class 1A NICs for the tax year ending 5 April 2013.
31st – Deadline for second Self Assessment payment on account for tax year ended 5th April 2013.
We recently had confirmation from Pegasus that they are continuing to make good progress with the testing of Microsoft Windows 8 (Enterprise edition) with Opera 3.
They are hoping to have the testing completed in the next couple of weeks which will be followed by a formal support statement.
They will then turn to testing Microsoft Windows Server 2012 with Opera 3. More information will follow late July.
Pegasus XRL, Pegasus CIS, Operations II and Opera II will also undergo rigorous testing on the above Microsoft platforms.