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Thresholds for paying Tax and NI and statutory payments such as statutory sick pay and statutory maternity pay change at least once every tax year. Stafftax makes sure you are kept up to date with the latest rates.

Current tax thresholds
You must register as an employer and deduct NI from your employee if you pay them £153 or more per week. You must also register if your employee has another job, even if you pay them below the threshold.

If you pay between £111 and £153 and your employee does not have another job you should still register as an employer although no Tax and NI will be due. This will enable your employee to receive state pension and other benefits. Tax is only payable if you pay your employee £192* or more per week and they do not have another job.

Tax and NI payments
If your monthly tax and NI bill is below £1,500 you only have to pay tax and NI to HMRC on a quarterly basis.

Payment dates
19 April 2014
19 July 2014
19 October 2014
19 January 2015

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)
The current rate is £87.55 per week.

NB. From 6 April 2014 recovery of SSP has been abolished. For a limited period you may be able to recover SSP for previous tax years. Stafftax clients are advised to call our offices for assistance if affected by the changes to SSP.

Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP)
The first six weeks of SMP are at 90% of average gross weekly earnings. The remaining weeks of the maternity pay period (up to a maximum of 33 weeks) are paid at the lower rate of £138.18 gross per week, or 90% if lower.

Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP)
New fathers are entitled to two weeks' SPP, with a right to a further 13 weeks of unpaid leave. The current rate is £138.18 gross per week.

Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP)
The current rate of SAP is £138.18 gross per week.

Redundancy pay entitlement
Aged between 18 and 21: half a week’s pay, or £225, whichever is lower
Aged between 22 and 40: one week’s pay, or £450, whichever is lower,
Between 41 and retirement: one and a half week’s pay, or £675, whichever is lower
NB. Your employee qualifies for a multiple of the above for every year of continuous employment (for the same employer). Stafftax clients are advised to call our offices for further assistance on accurately calculating redundancy pay.

National Minimum Wage (NMW), effective from 1 October 2013
£3.72 per hour gross for employees aged between 16 and 17
£5.03 per hour gross for employees aged between 18 and 20
£6.31 per hour gross for employees aged 21 years and over

Offset allowance per 7-day week: £34.37 (effective from 1 October 2013)

Student Loan Recovery
If your employee has a student loan and they are earning £16,910 gross per year, £1,409.16 gross per month, £325.19 gross per week or more, student loan repayments must be deducted from their salary. 

*providing your employee is on a standard tax code

These rates are effective from 6 April 2014. The rates will be updated as and when they become available.

 

employment guide

Can domestic staff be self-employed?

"Can't I just ask my employee to sort out their own tax?" this is a question we're frequently asked by potential employers. Whether someone is employed or self-employed depends on the terms and conditions of their work. It is important for all employees to know their employment status as it affects employment and benefit rights, and how to pay tax and National Insurance Contributions.

It is equally important that you, as the employer, are absolutely certain whether it is your responsibility or theirs to declare tax and NI.

How to determine employment status
A worker is probably considered employed if they:

  • have to do the work themselves
  • can be told at any time what to do, where to carry out the work or when and how to do it
  • work a set number of hours
  • can be moved from task to task
  • are paid by the hour, week or month
  • can be paid overtime or receive bonus payments

A worker is probably considered self-employed if they:

  • can hire someone else to do their work or engage helpers at their own expense
  • risk their own money
  • provide the main items of equipment needed to do their job, not just the small tools that many employees provide for themselves
  • agree to do a job for a fixed price regardless of how long the job may take
  • can decide what work to do, how and when to do the work and where to provide the services
  • regularly work for a number of people
  • have to correct unsatisfactory work in their own time and at their own expense

*Please note that these lists are not exhaustive.

The exception to the rule
It is clear to see that in most cases domestic employees do not meet HMRC's criteria for self-employment.

However in some cases HMRC do grant self-employment status to domestic workers. It is very important to remember that if you take on domestic staff who was previously self-employed they should contact the Revenue and request confirmation in writing that their status still applies in the new position.

Transfer of self-employment status between jobs is not automatic, and each situation should be considered individually. This is the employer's responsibility, and if they do not receive written confirmation from the Revenue and it later comes to light that the worker is not self-employed, then it is the employer, not the worker, who will pursued for unpaid taxes. And in the eyes of the law it is a criminal offence not to declare an employee and pay tax and NI contributions on their behalf.

employment law

Introducing our legal service

Your annual subscription to Stafftax entitles you to unlimited use of our Legal Advice help-line. We encourage you to make as much use of this service as you need to manage your domestic employment relations effectively. If you require clarification or advice about any employment issue, other than payroll, then please call or email the Legal Advice helpline.

The Legal Advice helpline is available to you as an employer and is not available to your employee as this may cause a conflict of interest. However, if you wish to make an enquiry to assist your employee, you may call on their behalf.

What we do
Rather than simply explain what you can and cannot do, our legal team work closely with you and focus on finding solutions to your particular situation and problem. We accept and reply to email enquires and will also offer help with drafting letters (should you require it) at no additional charge to you.

Additionally, should you find yourself in a particularly difficult situation and need more help or support over and above that provided by your subscription, we can arrange for you to meet with a member of the legal team in person and for a special member’s rate they can help resolve the matter directly.