Beware of Phishing and Scams!

There have recently been a large number of emails supposedly from HMRC, advising individuals that they are due a tax refund.

Please be aware that HMRC will never send you an e-mail about a tax refund, so never give out private information (such as bank details or passwords), reply to text messages, download attachments or click on any links in emails if you’re not sure they’re genuine.

The different ways in which HMRC may contact you, together with their advice on how to tell if an email is fraudulent, are detailed on their website here.

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Pensions Auto-Enrolment – 1st Penalties!

TPR (The Pensions Regulator) has started charging their first penalties to employers who have not complied with their legal obligations regarding workplace pensions.

All businesses with PAYE schemes have been issued with a ‘staging date’ for auto-enrolment – if you are unsure of yours, you can check here by entering your PAYE reference number.

By the time the staging date is reached, employers must have a pension scheme in place, and must automatically enrol all workers who:

  • Are not currently in a pension scheme
  • Are aged between 22 and state pension age
  • Earn more than £10,000 a year
  • Work in the UK

More detailed information can be found on The Pensions Regulator’s website.