Latest Coronavirus Update – June 2020: With 28 new additional staff members and a new Furlough Portal built we are starting to make inroads into the influx of work that Coronavirus has created for the business.

The immediate challenge is making sure all of our customer’s July quarterly tax bill is up to date and accurate, and for those customers who have requested Furlough that these requests have been processed. To ensure this vital workstream has our team’s full focus, we have temporarily closed our phone lines for 2 weeks, starting from Monday 8th June, reopening on Monday 22nd June 2020. In these 2 weeks we will also strive to get as many emails answered and payroll changes made to our customer’s accounts.

Whilst our phone lines will be closed, we are very much open and you can contact us via email, if it is about the Furlough scheme email covid19queries@stafftax.co.uk or if it is a general payroll query or request email info@stafftax.co.uk  To read all our latest Covid-19/Furlough related FAQs click here. To access our newly built Furlough Portal click here

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Will the new Tax Year affect me?

The new Tax Year comes into effect from 6 April 2019 and there are three main changes happening that will affect employees and employers.

Will the new Tax Year affect me?

The new Tax Year comes into effect from 6 April 2019 and there are three main changes happening that will affect employees and employers.

1. The Tax Free Allowance will rise to £12,500 (£240 gross per week)

The personal allowance – the amount people earn before they start paying income Tax – will rise from £11,850 to £12,500.

This means that employees on a gross salary agreement will see an increase in their take-home pay (net) and employers will see a decrease in their HMRC bill.

2. The National Insurance threshold will rise to £8,632 (£166 gross per week)

Both employers and employees National Insurance thresholds will be increasing from £8,424 to £8,632.

The same as with the Tax Free Allowance, this means that employees on a gross salary agreement will see an increase in their take-home pay. Employees on net agreement will not have any change to their take-home pay. Employers will see a slight decrease in their HMRC bill.

3. Pension contributions are increasing to a total of 8%

Both the employer and employee can choose to contribute more than the minimum if they wish, but it is the employer's responsibility to ensure the pension scheme is a qualifying scheme, and contributions are deducted correctly.To save money, the percentage contribution can be paid on something called 'Qualifying Earnings'. Using Qualifying Earnings means that you only pay a pension contribution on part of the gross salary, rather than the whole salary, therefore reducing the amount to pay.

DatesEmployer     Employee     Total     
Present until 5th April 20192%3%5%
6th April 2019 - 5th April 20203%5%8%


Check the payslips before paying your employee. 

We recommend that all employers check their employee’s payslips for the new net salary and change any Standing Order accordingly. If you have any questions you can always contact us.

For more information about the new rates and thresholds please click Rates and Thresholds 2019-2020

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