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CLiP IT Solutions

CLiP IT Solutions Ltd
Construction Industry Accounts

phone: 01935 434 435
email: info@clipitsolutions.co.uk

Tax Year End Update - April 2018

We will be releasing the Tax Year End update week commencing Monday 19th March 2018. This will be a staggered release to help ease congestion on our Support Line, so please do not be alarmed if you do not get prompted to download the update immediately. However, if you have not been prompted by 2nd April 2018 please contact the Support Department. The latest versions will be:- CIA (Version 2.9 (Build 1) and PAYE Plus (Version 2.9 (Build 1)). These latest versions of the software contain the necessary programs to enable you to finalise the Tax Year End on the Payroll. Please follow the separate instructions "PAYE Plus Tax Year End 2018" for this.

! When paying week 52 payroll, if you wish to pay holiday pay which relates to week 1 of the new tax year, you must not advance the pay week. Monies paid within the tax year must not overlap into the next tax year, therefore, pay basic and holiday pay in week 52 and do not select the option to advance the Pay Week. Please refer to HMRC document CWG2 (2017 to 2018: Employer further guide to PAYE and NICs) Section 2.7 Holiday Pay, subsections 2.7.4 Working out PAYE on holiday pay and 2.7.5 Working out NICs on holiday pay https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cwg2-further-guide-to-paye-and-national-insurance-contributions (select 2017 to 2018) for more information.

! With the implementation of Real Time Information in April 2013, there is no longer a requirement to file P14's & P35's at the end of the year, this information is incorporated within the weekly/monthly FPS and EPS. However, when you submit your Final FPS for Week 52/53 or Month 12 you will notice that the Checkbox 'Final Submission for Year' will become available – select YES for the final submission. With the EPS, you need to tick () 'Final Submission for Year', but this is only necessary if you have not shown this on the FPS.

Legislation Changes from April 2018

Employment Allowance:-

EA remains the same at £3000 per annum for Tax Year 2018/19. EA cannot be claimed if there is only one employee and if this sole employee is a Director of the company.

Student Loans:-

Plan 1 -
English and Welsh students who started before 1 September 2012 and all Scottish and Northern Irish students. Employees on Plan 1 will only start repaying their student loan when they earn over £18330.

Plan 2 -
English and Welsh students who started on or after 1 September 2012. Employees on Plan 2 will only start repaying their student loan when they earn over £25000.


Don't forget, PAYE Plus incorporates the facility to "View Archived Databases". This will enable you to run the Tax Year End procedure without having to print your Deductions Working Sheet, P60’s or file your Final EPS, but will enable you to clear tax year details so that Week 1 can be run. (You must follow the Year End Procedure Steps 1 through to 4 inclusive, to clear all records). Then at a later date (before May 19th 2018, as this is the deadline from HMRC for filing returns) you can access the 2017/18 records by selecting Company - View Archived Databases and selecting the relevant database and then run the Year End Procedure, preparing, printing and filing online correctly.

Also included within this version are the 2018/19 Tax Year NI,SSP,SMP,SAP, SPP & ShPP Tables.

  • With effect from 6th April 2018, the Tax Rates are:-

    UK Tax Rates:-
    • Basic Rate 20% £1 to £34,500
    • Higher Rate 40% £34,501 to £150,000
    • Additional Rate 45% £150,001 and above

    Scottish Tax Rates:-
    • Starter Rate 19% £1 to £2,000
    • Basic Rate 20% £2,001 to £12,150
    • Intermediate Rate 21% £12,151 to £31,580
    • Higher Rate 41% £31,581 to £150,000
    • Additional Rate 46% £150,001 and above

  • The threshold for PAYE is raised to £228 per week and £988 per month.

  • 'L' suffix codes increase by 35; code 1150L becomes 1185L.
    'M' suffix codes increase by 39
    'N' suffix codes increase by 31

  • The emergency code will be 1185L W1/M1.

  • There are still 6 levels of earnings used to calculate NICs, these are Lower Earnings Limit (LEL) Primary Threshold (PT) Secondary Threshold (ST) Upper Earnings Limit (UEL) Upper Secondary Threshold (Under 21) (UST) (added for 2015/16 Tax Year) and Apprentice Upper Secondary Threshold (AUST) (added for 2016/17 Tax Year). The 2018-19 Upper Earnings Limit (UEL) Upper Secondary Threshold (Under 21) (UST) and Apprentice Upper Secondary(AUST) Threshold are the same value. It is possible that indexation may result in these thresholds having different values in future years. In view of this and in order to avoid making unnecessary changes the UEL, UST & AUST values are the same resulting in earnings between UEL, UST & AUST being zero, as will the NICs rebate for that portion of the earnings.

    The rates for these are:-

    Weekly Monthly Yearly
    LEL 116 506 6032
    PT 162 702 8424
    ST 162 702 8424
    UEL 892 3863 46350
    UST 892 3863 46350
    AUST 892 3863 46350

  • The Weekly rate of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) is £92.05 for employees with average weekly earnings of £116 or more.

  • The Weekly rate of Statutory Payments for SMP/SAP/SPP & ShPP is £145.18 or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings, whichever is the lower. The proportion of your payments you can recover from HMRC is 92% if your total Class 1 National Insurance (both employee and employer contributions) is above £45,000 for the previous tax year or 103% if your total Class 1 National Insurance for the previous tax year is £45,000 or below.

The above rates will be updated automatically when you run the PAYE Tax Year End Procedure and select the option to Switch to the New Tax/NI Rates for 6th April 2018.

For more information and guidance on PAYE and NICs rates or calculation of SMP, SPP and SAP please refer to https://www.gov.uk/guidance/rates-and-thresholds-for-employers-2018-to-2019 from HMRC.


! Please ensure you have the correct Year End Forms, these can be ordered from HMRC via the internet http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/gds/payerti/forms-updates/forms-publications/onlineorder.htm#0x1 or by phoning the HMRC Orderline on 0300 123 1074. Delivery is usually within 5 working days. For Online filing you require P60(SingleSheet-Shortened)(2017-2018) – Certificate of Pay. For manual completion or with a Laser Printer. Please ensure you order enough to cover any employees who have left within the tax year. All forms must be Laser Portrait.

P45's and P46's - As of 6th April 2013 you no longer needed to file P45's and P46's, this information is automatically incorporated within the Full Payment Submissions dealt with via Real Time Information (RTI). However, you still need to print a P45 for Leavers and these can be obtained from HMRC Orderline. You will require P45(Laser Sheet)-3 part. Details of employees leaving work: for use with a Laser Printer. PAYE Plus will print on the 3 Part, so if you have any existing 4-part stationery, you will just need to discard part 1 before printing.


If you have any queries, or are unsure on any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact the Support Department. A reminder of our telephone number is 01935 443340. Please be aware that our phone lines tend to be extremely busy at this time of year, so please bear with us.


! If you are a new user, or you are only planning to start going LIVE as of April 2018, and therefore have no need to run a Tax Year End, please change the 'Use Tax/NI Rates' to 'From April 20178' within Company>Company Setup>General Preferences or alternatively, contact the Support Department to have this module loaded.


Melanie Ditch
Support Manager
For and on behalf of CLiP IT Solutions Limited

CLiP IT Solutions Limited
Unit 3, Plot 5b, Watercombe Lane, Lynx Trading Estate, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 2SU