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|Welcome to Stafftax|
When you employ domestic staff in the UK there are numerous issues that you must consider. As a domestic employer, you have the same legal responsibilities as commercial employers. But many domestic employers have little or no experience in this role and the prospect of having to deal with both complex and time-consuming legal obligations can be a source of great concern.
Established 20 years, Stafftax is the UK's original domestic payroll service and a valued and trusted name in thousands of UK households. We can help transform the hassle of being a domestic employer into peace of mind.
We act as your agent and we do everything for you, from setting up a PAYE scheme and calculating the correct tax and National Insurance payments, to making sure your employee's payslips are accurate. When you subscribe to Stafftax you also receive unlimited support and advice on all pay and employment related issues:
Your annual Stafftax subscription also gives you unlimited access to our Legal Advice help-line and our legal team work closely with you and focus on finding a solution to your particular situations. Once you have subscribed we recommend that you take advantage of our Members' Area where you can make changes to your details or those of your employee, send messages, make requests, and most importantly, download your payslips.
|Payslips and employment contract|
You must give your employee a payslip every time you pay them, and you must also give them a contract of employment within two months of their starting date.
|Benefits in kind|
Benefits in kind are sometimes provided by the employer in addition to the employee's salary. They are often taxable benefits and must be reported annually as part of employee's gross earnings.
Who pays the tax?
Tax on benefits in kind is payable in arrears and is not reported until July following the end of the tax year. Sometimes it can take up to two years before payments are claimed by HMRC, and during the interim your employee can have moved from one job to another, leaving the new employer responsible for paying what can in some cases be a very large sum of money. If your employee is on a gross wage, however, then the tax is deduced from their gross income at their current rate of tax.
In addition to tax there may also be a Class 1A NI charge of 12.8% of the value of the benefit to be paid - the employer always pays this charge.
Examples of taxable benefits
NB: PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS LIST IS NOT EXHAUSTIVE.
Mobile phones are not considered a taxable benefit
Use of Car
Please note that the information and examples contained on this page are to be used as guidelines only. If you have specific questions please contact Stafftax.