How to Stay Safe from HMRC
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HMRC have been tasked to raise more revenue for the Treasury without raising tax rates. One of the easiest ways for them to achieve this objective is to penalise employers for not being 100% compliant with PAYE legislation. If you are not entirely confident that you are following PAYE to the letter of the law, or if you have not had a HMRC PAYE review or audit for a number of years, it would be prudent to have one of our consultants undertake a dummy Employer Compliance Review on your policies and procedures.
Each of our consultants has (in a former life) operated as a PAYE compliance officer for HMRC and therefore knows what to look out for. The review will consist of going through a Employment Tax Risk Assessment Questionnaire & then reviewing your current policies and documentation and comparing that to what actually happens in practice. This is followed by a sample check of certain records pertaining to employees being paid or reimbursed e.g.
A summary report is then usually produced identifying areas of weakness and any potential liabilities along with recommendations on how to put things right and any potential opportunities to save money.
We can then help you to put these recommendations into practice by assisting you to update your policies and procedures, and also train staff to prevent errors from reoccurring.
These measures will allow you to be confident at the time of the actual Employer Compliance Review, i.e. that you have got your house in order and also you will not face any nasty surprises.
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