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Key Changes for the New Tax Year

Paystream News

Sally Morris

Wednesday 23rd Mar, 2016

With Easter, the new tax year and changes to Travel and Subsistence just around the corner we have been very busy in the Operations Department.

Our Umbrella Expenses Team are sacrificing their Easter Egg Hunts to come into the office to ensure as many of your contractors expenses claims are processed in time for payment.

As per our Umbrella Expenses Policy, your contractors can only offset expenses against the income received in the tax year in which the expense was incurred. Therefore once the tax year has ended any unapplied expenses will be held in our systems but not applied to their future payments. They should then be able to claim these expenses directly from HMRC via a P87 or a Self-Assessment Tax Return. HMRC will review their claim against their earnings and liabilities and may refund any overpaid tax.

Introduction of National Living Wage

A new National Living Wage (NLW) will be introduced from 1st April 2016. Initially the rate will be set at £7.20 per hour, rising to £9 an hour by 2020. The NLW will be compulsory for all working people aged 25 and over.

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) will still apply for all employees aged 24 and under. These rates are usually updated every October and the current rates can be found in the table below:

New Thresholds for 2016/17

The new tax year is set to bring an increase in personal allowances, which are rising from £10,600 to £11,000 from the 6th April 2016.

We've summarised new thresholds for 2016/17 below, although please note some of these remain unchanged from the current year:

Changes to Student Loans

The tax year 2016/2017 will see the implementation of a new Student Loan plan. This change will take effect from the 6th April 2016, which will see the introduction of two "plan types" termed Plan 1 and Plan 2.

Plan Type 1

  • All existing student loans at 05 April 2016 will be referred to as Plan Type 1.
  • The threshold for plan type 1 has been amended to £17,495.

Plan Type 2

  • A new threshold of £21,000 has been introduced for Plan type 2.

Other News

Scottish Rate of Income Tax

The Scottish Rate of Income Tax (SRIT) was introduced in the Scotland Act 2012. Changes will come into effect on 6 April 2016 and, most notably, we will see the introduction of the 'S' prefix to denote that the respective employee is a Scottish tax payer. This will make it possible for a proportion of the Income Tax generated to be paid to the Scottish Government.

Employees will be defined as a Scottish taxpayer depending on where they live during the UK tax year and not where they work. Generally speaking, if they live in Scotland they will be a Scottish taxpayer and if they live elsewhere in the UK they will not, however there may be exceptions if an individual has more than one place of residence.

Your contractors should ensure that they are on the correct tax code in 2016/17.

For further information of key dates coming up in the new Tax Year, please refer to our timeline below:

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