UK employers will be able to verify their employees’ isolation note on the NHS website soon.
Your employee who seeks medical advice from NHS during the coronavirus outbreak can get an isolation note online.
The note will have the following details about your employees:
the 16 digits reference numbers.
your employee’s name
Your employee’s date of birth
Start date and the end date of isolation
The isolation note is issued by the NHS and it is an official confirmation of an employee absent from work either they have to self isolate because they have symptoms or their family members have symptoms of coronavirus. They must self isolate immediately to prevent the spread of the virus.
Additionally, your employee may use the note as proof that they are unwell and following the government guidance to self-isolate. Companies who paid statutory sick pay to employees who self isolate would entitle to a refund from the government.
Payroll Real Time Information (often abbreviated as RTI) reporting with HM Revenue and Customs is compulsory if you are under the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) scheme.
Under the scheme, each time you make a salary payment you must report the income tax and national insurance contribution payable by your staff and your company before or on the day. You do this by submitting FPS form online.
If your company payroll is on monthly basis then you must submit FPS every month. However, if no salary was made in any months, you must submit the form called EPS stating zero payment was made.
Generally, your company is the employer thus has the responsibility to ensure correct income tax and national insurance contribution are deducted correctly from your staff. Subsequently, pay it over to HMRC.
One man company
PAYE payroll for a limited company, where the director is also the owner of the company. As long as your director intend to withdraw money from the company through salary and bonus payments, you must register for PAYE. Correspondingly, you must submit PAYE forms with HM Revenue and Customs. In this case, your director would be considered an employee of the company.
Payroll real time information software
There are many independent payroll software providers you may choose. Usually, purchase of the software comes with technical support. You may call them if you do not know how to use the software for Real time Information reporting.
Free payroll software
Furthermore, there is also free payroll software for small companies with no more than 10 staff. The Gov.UK website gives a few recommendations.
HMRC telephone helpline if you have any questions about your corporation tax, self assessment, VAT, PAYE and payroll compliance, tax credits and so on.
HMRC stands for HM Revenue and Customs. They are the official Tax Authority in the United Kingdom. HMRC provide dedicated telephone helpline for specific tax related subject matters to help businesses and companies to deal with their tax matters efficiently.
Ensure you dial the correct numbers to avoid being transferred from department to department to reach the right person to speak to.
For general help, you may tweet with @HMRCcustomers.