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Wages and Payroll Updates from HMRC

HMRC Employers Bulletin  Feb 2015

It's the last week of February and this year is flying by.. it won't be long until the end of the current tax year 5th April 2015.  

HMRC recently released an employers bulletin - there are a couple of changes we wanted to bring to your attention.

wages and payroll

Changes ahead for the tax year 2015/16

If you have employees under the age of 21

From 6 April 2015, Class 1 Employer National Insurance Contributions (NIC) for  employees under the age of 21 will no longer be payable (on earnings up to the Upper Secondary threshold or UST).   You will have to choose one of the new 7 NIC categories when assessing their secondary NICs.  It is the employers responsibility to apply the correct category letter based on the circumstances of each employee.

Student Loans Threshold

From 6 April 2015 the student loan threshold will increase by 2.5% to £17,335.

Annual National Insurance Employment Allowance £2000

Did you reclaim your £2000 Class 1 National Insurance  Employment Allowance?  If you claimed this in the year ending 5 April 2015, you will automatically be entitled to reclaim this again in future years unless you advise HMRC otherwise.  You don't need to do anything to continue reclaiming this!

If you didn't reclaim this or are a new employer - check for eligibility 

Real Time Information (RTI) Filing Penalties

These will come into effect from 6 March for PAYE schemes with less than 49 employees. This has already started for employers with 50 or more employees. Notices will be issued in late May 2015 for any penalties incurred.  This could range from £100 - £400 per month, depending on the number of employees. Please make sure you file your returns on time to avoid unnecessary penalties.

Bright Chilli provide a payroll processing service to help businesses across Dundee, Tayside and Fife who don't want the hassle of dealing with their wages calculations, deadlines and filing for the HMRC Real Time Information System (RTI) across 

Please contact Gillian Lindsay on 0844 736 5611 or email for more details.


Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015

Happy New Year!

First week back and hope everybody is raring to go!

We had a great 2014.

Here’s a little insight into some of the diverse range of projects we worked on last year at Bright Chilli.

Business Development 
Our business development strategies cover a broad spectrum of areas and depend on the needs of each client eg marketing, business systems, recruitment and product launches. 

We help clients’ develop strategies and implement action plans which resulted in them running a better business.

Website – Website Optimisation / SEO
We built a couple of websites this year using WordPress and optimised existing websites for new clients where the sites weren't performing well.

We achieved some great results with improvements in website rankings which in turn increased website traffic and sales for our clients.

When reviewing our website ranking reports for clients and you can track their sites change in position.

It reminds us of the old Top of the Pops tune by
Led Zepplin “Whole Lotta Love” when they would run through the charts!

further reading  - website optimisation 

How safe is your website?
We worked on an interesting project where a client’s website had been duplicated across a number of different websites without their permission.  

As it was a copyright issue, you would have thought Google would have been helpful but that wasn't the case. We successfully had all the duplicate sites removed – we will let you know how to check your own website is safe, in a future post.

Financial Management
We helped new clients put their business finances in order. 

We provide a comprehensive book-keeping & VAT service and our clients receive regular reports to understand how their businesses are performing and importantly, how to drive them in the future, further reading.

Example monthly reports :-

  • Management accounts (Profit and Loss and Balance Sheet)
  • Debtors report (unpaid customers )
  • Creditors report (unpaid suppliers)
  • Cashflow report

Our payroll bureau service ensures all our clients are filing their wages reports on time and avoiding fines / interest penalties, further reading.

Legal Compliance
If you are a company director are you aware of your legal requirements to file your accounts and annual return with Companies House? 

One client wasn't aware of the severity and impact of late filing of their accounts / annual return and hadn't been informed by their accountant. The consequence of the late filings meant there was a large fine to be paid.

We love this quote by Tony Robbins and bear it in mind while planning our own development strategies.

We are looking forward to sharing all our news, snippets (and maybe some photographs) this year.

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Software We Use, Love & It's Free - Evernote 100 New Features

We love Evernote  (we wrote this blog post in Aug).  They have released a new update with 100 new features which are definitely worth checking out.  

We use Evernote for clipping and saving a variety of information and it has helped reduce printing and filing:-

  • website optimisation research 
  • seo notes
  • social media content
  • book-keeping information

We use Evenote for saving fun stuff as well - eg holiday info, shopping ideas, music and photographs.