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11191: How do I process a new starter?

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Article ID 11191
Article Name How do I process a new starter?
Created Date 27 Feb 2019 00:00:00
Product IRIS PAYE-Master
Codes: GGLPAYEMST
Problem

I have a new starter on my payroll, how do I report this to the HMRC under RTI.

Resolution

Under RTI there is no submission of a p45 for a new starter. All the new starter details are included on the next FPS you send after adding them onto your system.


Note: All new employees must complete a Starter Form. This is very similar to the old p46 but must be completed even if the employee has a valid p45 from their previous employment.


How to process a new starter WITH a p45


• In an existing employee, click "New" in the bottom right-hand corner.
• Complete the new employee's personal details in all tabs but leave the "Tax Details" tab empty for now.
• Go to "Starter/Leaver" tab and select the option "Starter"
• If indicated on the p45, tick the "Student Loan Indicator" option. For details on which plan type to use see below.
• Select the most appropriate response from the options under "Starting Declaration"
• Based on the option selected, the system will apply a standard tax code, if this is different to the one on the p45 provided, enter the tax code from the P45. Go to “Tax Details” and type in the tax code.
• Enter the to-date figures from the P45 on the "Tax Details" tab in the “Previous Employment” section.
• Click "Save" and "Close"


Note: The option chosen on the new starter form will set the tax code. It is important that you change the tax code to match the p45 AFTER you save the option on the new starter form.



How to process a new starter without a P45:


• In an existing employee, click "New" in the bottom right-hand corner.
• Complete the new employee's personal details
• Go to "Starter/Leaver" tab and select the option "Starter"
• Select the most appropriate response from the options under "Starting Declaration"
• Based on the option selected, the system will apply a standard tax code.
• Click "Save" and "Close"


The option selected sets the tax code as follows (19/20 tax year):


Option A - 1250L Cumulative


Option B - 1250L Week1 / Month 1


Option C - BR Cumulative


P46 Not complete - 0T Week 1 / Month 1


Use the tax code selected until informed otherwise by the HMRC.



Receiving a P45 after the employees first payday


If a new starter gives you a P45 after their first payday but you have already submitted the FPS for that pay period and you have already received the employee’s tax code from your Tax Office you should:


• Disregard the tax code on the P45
• Continue to use the tax code received from HMRC 
• Enter the "Gross Pay" and "Tax Paid" figures from the P45 in "Employee Details" > "Tax Details" tab > "Previous Employment" section.


However, if you haven’t received a tax code for the employee from HMRC:


• Confirm the figures on the P45 are correct and enter the relevant tax code in "Employee Details" > "Tax Details"
• Enter the "Gross Pay" and "Tax Paid" figures from the P45 in "Employee Details" > "Tax Details" tab > "Previous Employment" section



Automatic Enrolment (Workplace Pension Reform) of new starters.


If you are using the IRIS AE Suite as part of payroll to assess and enrol employees, any new starters would be assessed for eligibility when you process their first payroll. You shouldn't normally need to enter any details in either the "Pensions" or "Pension Refs" tabs as these are completed automatically during assessment/enrolment.


If they are deemed to be eligible job holders when the assessment occurs they will be enrolled or postponed as per your settings in "Pension" > "Configure Auto Enrolment" > "Pensions"



In the example pictured above, if a new starter is assessed as eligible in their first pay they would then be postponed 3 months from their recorded start date. An exception to this rule occurs when the new starter isn't included in payroll for more than one pay period from their start date, eg start date falls in month 1, the employee isn't paid and assessed until month 3. In this scenario any postponement selected would apply from the start of the pay reference period where assessment occurred.



Student Loan Plan Type


As of the 2016/17 tax year, there is now an option of which student loan plan type the employee should be set to. The difference in the plan types is the threshold at which deduction will begin. The threshold for plan type 1 (19/20 tax year) is £18,935. The threshold for plan type 2 (19/20 tax year) is £21,725. BOTH plan types calculate deduction at  9% of the NIC liable pay. When you receive the SL1 from HMRC it will specify which plan type to use.


Please Note: There is no provision on the p45 form to indicate which plan type an employee should be on. When you add a new starter to the system, the employee needs to confirm the following;


• Did they live in Scotland or Northern Ireland when they started the course? OR
• Did they live in England or Wales and started the course before 1 September 2012?


If so, set them to plan type 1.


• Did they live in England or Wales and started the course on or after 1 September 2012.


If so, set them to plan type 2.


If your employee cannot confirm these details, ask them to contact the Student Loan Company (SLC). If they’re still unable to confirm their plan type, start making deductions using plan type 1 until you receive further instructions from HMRC.

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