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Setting up payroll schemes 2019-20 now

I need to set up a ltd co payroll scheme for 2019-20, will this be perceived as dodgy by HMRC?

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I have a client that I still need to put the payroll through for 2019-20, he is a one director owner of his own limited company, he has taken his money already.  I am mopping up what his bookkeeper didn't do as she was meant to set up the payroll scheme a year ago.

Surely this will be perceived as being dodgy?  I realise I am flouting RTI rules if the client has already taken the money but I accept that.

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By Matrix
30th Mar 2020 17:54

Why? Directors have an annual pay period. I set one up today.

Or were you going to backdate it until Feb? That may be dodgy.

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By juicy lucy
30th Mar 2020 18:17

Well Matrix, I was just going to post the whole salary as a one year payment. I have a few directors that take their whole £8k in the first or the last month. Would it still count as being for the full year and therefore should be prorated? He's had this business for years and the bookkeeper has never done it properly on the payroll. Its all been declared on his self assessment, just not put through RTI. Bl**dy bookkeeper!

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By memyself-eye
30th Mar 2020 17:59

I feel certain it's in his directors loan account waiting for the salary (emolument) to clear it.
Like a dog waiting for a bone.

(to chew on)

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By juicy lucy
30th Mar 2020 18:19

It is that, I put it through his self assessment for 2018-19, I intend to do a prior year adjustment to payroll year 2018-19. No PAYE or NI due. Its just late, but it won't be late for 2019-20 if I pull my socks up.

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By Matrix
30th Mar 2020 18:37

I don’t really understand the above but he can’t suddenly claim from the JRS if the payroll was not set before 28 Feb 2020. I would concentrate on the clients who have their affairs in order.

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By Cheshire
31st Mar 2020 08:16

Minor point but why is the bookkeeper getting all the blame for 2019-2020 when you knew about the lack of a PAYE scheme for the 2018-19 year? Surely you should have taken the bull by the horns then and fixed it.

I know there are some carp bookkeepers out there, but you might find you actually get more out of bookkeepers if you show them a bit more respect and work with them a little (no Im not expecting you to wholesale train them, but most are petrified of asking even the odd question because of such attitudes).

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