Consultation time cut in redundancy rules changes

The government has announced changes to the rules on larger scale redundancies that will cut by half the consultation period required. Under the measures announced on 18 December, the current 90-day minimum period that applies where 100 or more employees are to be made redundant will be reduced to 45 days.

Taxpayers celebrate Christmas…by filing online

More than 1,500 people took a break from turkey and tinsel on Christmas Day to file their tax returns online, according to new figures from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). HMRC said 1,548 people filed tax returns online on Christmas Day, a 40 per cent increase on 25 December 2011 when 1,100 people did so.

Avoid last minute RTI rush, employers told

Tax chiefs have issued a new year call to employers, urging them to ensure they are ready for major PAYE changes that come into effect in three months’ time. In April 2013, employers will have to start sending PAYE returns electronically, using Real Time Information (RTI)-enabled payroll software, to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) each time they pay employees as part of routine payroll processes.