You’re now entering RTI nirvana


Our recently launched automated payroll feature takes care of the heavy RTI lifting: it automatically issues our clients’ payslips each month, and sends a copy directly to HMRC, electronically. This means our clients can relax – every month our app will create their payslips, repay any expenses, make the correct tax and National Insurance deductions […]

Confused about IR35? Check out our new guide

If you’re a contractor you really need to ensure you’re up to date with IR35 and any impact it might have on you. Fortunately we’ve made it easy: we’ve just put the finishing touches to our no-nonesense guide to IR35. You’ll find it here.  

HMRC’s Real Time Information (RTI)

You may have received a letter from HMRC introducing RTI. RTI means that from April 2013 we must tell HMRC about your income tax and National Insurance deductions each time you create a payslip, rather than waiting until the end of the year. This information will be sent to HMRC electronically, directly from the inniAccounts […]

ClearSky Goes Sky High

ClearSky Accounting = SkyHigh PricesThe hot topic on many contractor forums this month has been the news that, from 31st June, ClearSky Accounting has almost doubled its monthly subscription fee from £66 to £120. This hefty price hike applies not only to new customers but also to the current customer base (all of whom recently received a polite letter giving them the good news) and here in the inni office we’ve already switched a number of disgruntled ClearSky customers over to our online accounting service.

HMRC Goes Electronic (Gradually)

If, like us, you like to keep a watchful eye on the machinations of HMRC you’ll probably know that for the past few years they have been implementing an ambitious electronic filing system – in other words, a lot of the form filling you do for the tax man now needs to be completed online.

HMRC Finds A Coding Glitch

You may have heard that HMRC have recently implemented a new PAYE computer system – good news in the long term, but during the changeover process HMRC identified one or two technical discrepancies which have resulted in some incorrect tax coding notices being issued.

While somebody somewhere in the depths of HMRC is no doubt busily fixing this glitch, official guidance has been on how contractors might be affected – here it is in a nutshell:

Good News for Student Debtors

It’s not often you have cause to mention the words ‘student loan debts’ and ‘good news’ in the same breath, but in this case it might just be appropriate. HMRC have announced a new initiative to cut out student loan over-repayments, which frequently occur if you repay your loan off via PAYE deductions (pretty much everybody, then).

VAT holiday over

The Government’s one-year VAT holiday will end on 1st January 2010, with rates expected to return to 17.5% from the 15% we have enjoyed all year. HMRC have confirmed the normal tax point rules will apply: date of invoice or date of payment, whichever comes first.

So if the invoice or payment is made before 1st January, VAT will be at the rate of 15% – anything after that date will be charged at 17.5%. To help us through the transition, HMRC have issued some guidelines we should note:

  • VAT should be calculated at 17.5% from 1st January.

Tax relief on nursery vouchers to be withdrawn

In his speech to the Labour Party Conference, the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown announced an extension of free nursery places, to be financed by the withdrawal of the tax and National Insurance (NIC) exemptions for childcare vouchers.

The proposal is that the provision of free nursery places will be extended to two year-olds (this would be on top of the existing free childcare available to three and four year olds). It is expected that 250,000 children will benefit from this by 2015/16.