Bulletin 17-10-16

IReeN News Bulletin 17-10-16

Well where did that month go! Am I the only one that can't believe we are already in October and approaching half-term, it feels like they have only just gone back after the summer holidays?
As usual the world of payroll hasn't stood still either, so below you will find the latest updates form SDSTeam, and current thinking from a range of contributors.

Payroll Test Data Survey

Dear Developer,
We are reviewing our test data provision at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/software-developers-payroll-test-data-2016-to-2017
So that we can determine how useful this is to you as a customer I would be grateful if you would complete the survey at https://goo.gl/forms/U5OvQcH9QfTjZi4T2
The survey should take less than 3 minutes to complete and all information will be treated in confidence. We only require 1 response per company.
If you experience any problems accessing or completing this survey please let us know by replying to this mail.
Thank you
Jimmy France | HMRC CDIO Digital | Software Developers Support Team 

RTI: Data Items Guide 2017/18 update re car data items

The RTI Data Items Guide has been updated with further information relating to car data items.  The revised guide - version 1.1 - can be viewed here

Dear Developer
You may already be aware that the technical specifications for RTI 2017-18 published on GOV.UK have now been updated.  The latest version allows for National Insurance numbers (NINO) with a larger range of 2-letter prefixes (including KC) to be submitted.
The LTS and TPVS/VSIPS test services are now available for 2017-18, with a further update planned for late November to cover the above NINO changes.  The DPS test service for 2017-18 is also available now.

Pensions regulator wants more powers to protect workers
The BBC reports that The Pensions Regulator is asking for new powers to stop final-salary pension schemes being dumped when companies are sold.

Apprenticeship Levy - Guidance for Software Developers version 1.6

Dear Developer,

Please find a link to “Apprenticeship Levy - Guidance for Software Developers version 1.6”

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries regarding information provided in attached document.

Software Developers Support Team 

 Read the latest news from 
 The Pension Regulator

Update re withdrawing support for SSLv3 connections to Government Gateway

Dear Developer 

The following announcement regarding the permanent withdrawal of support for SSL v3.0 from the live (production) Gateway at https://secure.gateway.gov.uk has been published on our Service Availability page at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hm-revenue-and-customs-service-availability-and-issues:

"Government Gateway SSLv3 disabled 10 October 2016

On 30 September 2015, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) made a change so that if you were using the SSLv3 protocol to connect to our services you were no longer able to. For the majority of online customers this meant no change as they were already using a more secure protocol (such as TLS1.0, TLS1.1 or TLS1.2) by default.

Government Gateway will be disabling SSLv3 on a permanent basis on 10 October 2016.

If you're uncertain about the type of secure connection your browser or other software can support, you can check it at https://www.howsmyssl.com/ and other similar services.

If you're still using the SSLv3 protocol it is advised that you use a more secure protocol to connect to Government Gateway."

The Pensions Regulator has published a revised code of practice and a set of new guides to help trustee boards and managers of all DC schemes.


Tax breaks on pension advice
Ian Holloway, head of legislation and compliance at Cintra HR & Payroll Services looks at two tax saving 'mechanisms' due to come in April 17

The latest edition of Global Payroll Association Magazine can be viewed


Making Tax Digital: The legal hurdles

Tax experts Judith Knott and Rebecca Cave discuss the changes to tax law which will be needed to bring about Making Tax Digital.

read their discussion here

Serious threat to Cash or Benefit arrangements

In August 2016, HMRC launched a ‘Consultation on salary sacrifice for the provision of benefits in kind’. The indication is to bring in law changes from April 2017.
Read Simon Parson's thoughts on the proposals

 Holiday pay commission ruling: Court of Appeal judgment in Lock v British Gas

How will Brexit affect Lock v British Gas

Invalid DEAs being issued by some local authorities

Some recent cases have highlighted that a few local authorities are issuing Direct Earnings Attachments using the wrong DEA deduction tables making them invalid.

Simon Parson's offers his advice as to what you should do if you receive one.

Tribunal victory for father denied full pay during shared parental leave

Employer’s different pay rates for male and female parents amounted to sex discrimination

Read about the ruling against Network Rail here

Why it’s worth organisations checking the employment status of their workforce

Bogus self-employment is increasingly likely to be challenged, so click here to read CIPD's article

Remote working can be a mixed blessing for both employers and employees

But setting clear ground rules and treating employees fairly will help employers avoid the risks associated with unconventional working arrangements, click here to read CIPD's article

And finally…..Payroll: why it's more than just 'the click of a button'

An interesting article that Yvette Lamidey came across on HR Zone

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