New HMRC automatic PAYE adjustments - what it means for businesses and UK employees
This month (May 2017) saw the HMRC introduce the use of real time information to make automatic adjustments to UK Pay As You Earn (PAYE) tax codes as they happen, rather than waiting until the end of the tax year. This should provide more certainty, reduce unexpected tax bills and ensure more PAYE customers in the UK end the tax year having paid the right amount of tax.
How will it affect UK employees?
The vast majority of UK PAYE customers will have no action to take. For them it will mean they will end the year having paid the right amount of tax. It’s estimated that, in the UK, up to 5,000,000 customers will pay less tax on a monthly basis and pay the correct amount by the end of the tax year.
There are some UK PAYE customers who, because they owe underpaid tax, will need to pay that tax throughout the year, rather than at the end of the year. All UK PAYE customers will receive tax code notices that clearly explain the changes and what they can do if they need help and support to manage their taxes.
What this means for businesses
On June 1st 2017, the HMRC will put the change into effect and commence sending employees’ tax code notifications at the point that their circumstances have changed. The HMRC will continue to send a copy direct to UK employees and send the notifications to their employers, as they currently do now.
In the short-term, businesses may receive some employee enquiries relating to tax code changes as UK PAYE customers get used to the change. Longer-term, however, businesses should experience reduced contact from employees regarding under or overpayments of tax.
UK PAYE customers should refer to their online Personal Tax Account for further details and support. This is where PAYE customers can view any changes to their tax code, learn more about how their tax code is calculated and claim or settle any over or under paid tax. Help and support features are also available.
Employers should direct UK employees to: www.gov.uk/personal-tax-account.
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