|My employee is pregnant - what do I do?|
At Stafftax we deal with domestic employees on maternity leave on a daily basis, and with over 15 years experience we understand the many different situations employers can find themselves in. To help answer some of the most frequently asked questions, we've put together a Q&A (see below), but if you have more questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Q. Is my employee entitled to Maternity leave?
Q. What is the amount of SMP?
Q. Who foots the bill for SMP?
Q. Does the employee qualify for holiday while she is on maternity leave?
|Make sure your employee is legally entitled to work in the UK|
All UK employers are now required by law to make basic checks on every person they intend to employ in order to establish that they have a right to work in the UK and are here legally. You must not make assumptions based on the person's appearance or accent.
|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.