Payroll key updates for 2022
The personal allowance for 2022/23 remains at £12,570 with a tax code of 1257L. The onus is on the employee to ensure the tax code applied is correct – if an employee is not sure, they should contact HMRC on 0300 200 3300.
HMRC require either form P45 or Starter Checklist when processing a new employee as this determines the correct tax code to operate. Therefore, to process any new employee, we will also need these forms. The new starter checklist should be completed via the SAGE portal.
Right to work check
The notes below are for your information and the link will advise you accordingly. https://www.gov.uk/legal-right-work-uk
As an employer, it is your responsibility to ensure your employees have the legal right to work in the UK. An employer who employs an illegal worker and has not undertaken a prescribed right to work check, will be liable for a civil penalty of up to £20,000 per illegal worker. It is also a criminal offence to knowingly employ an illegal worker, or to employ a worker despite having reasonable cause to believe they may be illegal. This offence could lead to a custodial sentence and an unlimited fine.
Student loan thresholds
Plan Type 1 – £20,195 (9% over threshold)
Plan Type 2 – £27,295 (9% over threshold)
Plan Type 4 – £25,375 (9% over threshold)
Postgraduate – £21,000 (6% over threshold)
Statutory maternity pay (SMP) – 39 paid weeks
Statutory paternity pay (SPP) – 2 consecutive paid weeks
This will increase from £151.97 to £156.66 subject to qualifying earnings.
Eligible smaller companies will still be entitled to claw back 100% plus 3% compensation against their monthly PAYE/NI liabilities. Larger companies remain at 92%.
Statutory sick pay (SSP)
This will increase from £96.35 to £99.35 subject to eligibility.
Directors’ national insurance threshold had increased
This has increased from £737 to £758 per month, giving an annual total of £9,096.
National insurance uplift
There are significant changes in relation to the National Insurance threshold for the tax year 2022/23. More information can be viewed here – What will the new Health & Social Care Levy mean for you?
HMRC have instructed all employers to have the following message on payslips
“1.25% uplift in NICs funds NHS, health & social care.” This will be applied from April 2022.
See below link for further information:
The employment allowance has been increased to £5,000 per year for eligible employers.
The following link provides further information relating to the employment allowance and eligibility: https://www.gov.uk/claim-employment-allowance
National minimim wage
The hourly rates from 1 April 2022 have increased as follows:
|23 and above||£9.50|
|Apprentice under 19||£4.81|
|Apprentices aged 19 and over, but in|
the first year of their apprenticeship
The apprenticeship rate only applies to apprentices aged: The apprenticeship rate only applies to apprentices aged:
- Under 19
- 19 or over who are in the first year of their apprenticeship.
Apprentices aged 19 or over in their second year of apprenticeship must receive the national minimum wage or national living wage rate their age entitles them to.
There is no change to the auto enrolment pension contribution thresholds.
|Date effective||Employer minimum |
|Total minimum |
|6 April 2022||3%||5%||8%|
|6 April 2021||3%||5%||8%|
If you have any questions regarding the information above please do not hesitate to contact your payroll manager.
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