Category Archives: HMRC and Policy

Childcare Account chores

Childcare setting with a care worker and four young children playing

HMRC’s Childcare Account can be used to claim free childcare (if eligible) or pay for Tax-Free Childcare. HMRC’s sign in page for the account states that in order ‘…to keep getting free childcare or Tax-Free Childcare, you must sign in every 3 months and confirm your details are up to date’. There are various eligibility […]

Check your National Insurance record

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There is an online service available on HMRC to check your National Insurance Contributions (NIC) record online. The service is available at https://www.gov.uk/check-national-insurance-record In order to use this service, you will need to have a Government Gateway account. If you do not have an account, you can apply to set one up online. By signing […]

HMRC helpline changes on hold

Open envelope from HMRC

HMRC has been forced into an embarrassing climbdown on plans to close the Self-Assessment, VAT and PAYE helplines from early April until September this year. HMRC has now confirmed that these helpline changes have been abandoned following feedback from many concerned stakeholders, including MPs, accountants and members of the public. This means that the helplines […]

Child Benefit claw-backs

Child Benefit claw-backs

One of the more impactful changes in the recent budget was the easing of the High Income Child Benefit Charge. Up to 5 April 2024, this has been recovering Child Benefits received by parents if the total income of one or more parent exceeded £50,000. Basically, parents with income between £50,000 to £60,000 have had […]

Save on Easter childcare costs

Save on Easter childcare costs

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) issued a press release recently reminding working families to save money on their childcare costs in time for the school holidays by making use of the Tax-free Childcare support. With the Easter break looming, families yet to sign up for Tax-Free Childcare could be missing out on annual savings of […]

Reporting employee changes to HMRC

Reporting employee changes to HMRC

There are rules that businesses must follow when they are reporting employee changes. These changes must be sent to HMRC using a Full Payment Submission (FPS). The FPS is a submission that is required every time you pay your employees and must be submitted on or before the usual date you pay your employees. The […]

Are you missing out on the Marriage Allowance?

According to HMRC, couples who are married or in civil partnerships could be due a financial boost by sharing unused tax allowances. HMRC has revealed that March is the most popular month for Marriage Allowance (MA) applications, with almost 70,000 couples applying in March last year. And with the option to backdate their claim for […]

Government backtracks on Double Cabs Pickups

This update is only with reference to DCPUs with a payload of one tonne or more. DCPUs with a payload of less than one tonne continue to be treated as cars. On Monday 12 February 2024 HMRC updated its guidance on the tax treatment of Double Cab Pick Ups (DCPUs), following a 2020 Court of […]