Universal Credit and Early Payments at Christmas

HMRC have issued guidance for employers relating to payments being made early at Christmas. 

Guidance for employers on reporting PAYE information in real time when payments are made early at Christmas:

‘In December 2018, we wrote to employers to advise a temporary easement on reporting PAYE information in real time, as we know some employers pay their employees earlier than usual over the Christmas period. This can be for a number of reasons, for example during Christmas period the business may close, meaning workers need to be paid earlier than normal.

Following feedback from employers and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) we have received approval to make this easement permanent. HMRC’s employer guidance will be updated shortly.

If you do pay early over the Christmas period, please report your normal (or contractual) payday as the payment date on your Full Payment Submission (FPS) and ensure that the FPS is submitted on or before this date.

For example: if you pay on Friday 20 December 2019 but the normal/contractual payment date is Tuesday 31 December 2019, please report the payment date on the FPS as 31 December and ensure the submission is sent on or before 31 December.

Doing this will help protect your employees’ eligibility for Universal Credit, as reporting the payday as the payment date may affect current or future entitlements.

The overriding PAYE reporting obligation for employers is unaffected by this announcement and remains that you must report payments on or before the date the employee is paid, i.e. payday’.

Please contact your employer for more information about early payments at Christmas and Universal Credit.

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