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The Essentials of UK Payroll Processing

Updated Full-day course

£289 +VAT per person

£289 +VAT
per person

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The Essentials of UK Payroll Processing

Full-day course

Course prices:

Classroom: £289 +VAT per person

Course overview

Most payroll processing is performed by automated software, but it is important that anyone involved in the process has sufficient knowledge to ensure that all functions are performed accurately and compliantly.

This full-day course examines the rules and regulations and provides you with the knowledge and understanding to ensure that your organisation has a well-run payroll operation. It gives comprehensive coverage – from understanding how tax codes and NI table letters are allocated, through to calculating gross pay, gross taxable pay and gross NI’able pay and the resulting gross to net calculation. In addition, delegates will receive an overview of the legislative framework relating to statutory sick pay, statutory maternity pay, apprenticeship levy, student loans and court orders. It will be an interactive, fast-paced day – with discussions and exercises to practice and reinforce the knowledge that has been gained. 

HMRC implemented a new approach to tax codes in July 2017 known as dynamic coding. This new approach is covered in this course and is vital knowledge for both employers and delegates in their own right as tax payers.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for those who...

  • Have a limited understanding of payroll processing and terminology
  • Want to develop their understanding of payroll
  • Have some responsibility for the payroll operation
  • Are involved in HR or finance and may have to deal with employee or third party queries
  • Are returning to payroll after a break
  • Have experience in computerised payroll but little/no manual experience

What will you learn?

  • The annual payroll cycle...Why does 6th April start the tax year?
  • What sources of official employer guidance is there?
  • How do you check the employer’s PAYE account online?
  • How do you arrive at an employee’s gross pay and what is taxable and NI’able?
  • Understanding National Insurance: key definitions, classes and table letters
  • What are the important considerations regarding Directors’ National Insurance?
  • What are good and bad faith errors in NI calculations?
  • How to calculate Standard ‘A’ rate NI
  • The difference between cumulative tax and non-cumulative NI
  • Understanding personal tax allowances
  • The importance of tax weeks
  • How is a tax code calculated?
  • How to allocate tax codes to new starters
  • Using adjustment tables and tax tables in tax calculations
  • An introduction to SSP and SMP including tips and traps
  • An overview of the apprenticeship levy, student loan processing and court order handling

Extra benefits

  • A course pack containing the information presented on the day
  • Copies of the exercises discussed during the presentation 
  • A certificate of attendance

Course presenters

  • Jo Marshall

    Jo has more than 20 years’ experience of working in payroll roles, most recently for a software house with many external clients. She now runs her own payroll services company and delivers consultancy and training on payroll issues for a variety of clients.

  • Kate Upcraft

    Kate is a renowned conference speaker and writer on legislative issues, including tax and National Insurance, benefits and the whole range of employer compliance responsibilities. She undertakes consultancy work with employers, assisting them with topics such as payroll health checks, RTI and auto-enrolment, systems selection and departmental re-engineering.

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