HMRC have provided an Agent Update detailing new channels of communication with HMRC, news on the move to reporting PAYE in RTI and updates from the Working Together partnership.
HMRC update starts here:
'Agent Update 40 has been published on the HMRC website at: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/agents/update40.pdf and I attach a copy of the PDF.
In this edition the top three items are:
New timetable for RTI penalties
HMRC has announced that there will be a staggered start to the introduction of new penalties relating to RTI.
The National Insurance Contributions (NICs) Employment Allowance
The Employment allowance is up to £2,000 off an Employer’s secondary class 1 NICs liability every year. It is available to businesses and charities from 6th April 2014. Guidance on eligibility and how to claim the allowance has now been published. Agents will want to make their clients aware of their possible eligibility to claim the Employment Allowance from 6th April.
HMRC opens new channel for agent engagement
HMRC has launched a new blog to improve the way it works with agents. The Agent Engagement Team’s blog supports HMRC’s strategy for engaging with agents. In particular, it provides a new channel to communicate about joint HMRC and agent consultative meetings, the rollout of HMRC’s Tax Agent Strategy, improvements to HMRC services by working together and the services available for agents.
The next Agent Update will be published in April 2014.'