The Government have published a consultation on draft regulations that exclude employers who hire an ‘illegal worker’ from claiming the Employment Allowance.
The Employment Allowance was introduced in April 2014 and allows businesses to claim a reduction of up to £3,000 a year on their employers’ NICs. At Budget 2016 the Chancellor announced that “Employers who hire an illegal worker face civil penalties from the Home Office. The Government will build on this deterrent by removing a year’s Employment Allowance from those receiving civil penalties, starting in 2018.” Following this announcement, on 8 November 2016 the Government published a consultation document on draft regulations that will exclude employers who hire an ‘illegal worker’ from claiming the Employment Allowance.
The consultation document proposes draft regulations that will exclude employers from claiming the £3,000 annual Employment Allowance for one year where:
The key points to note are as follows:
This consultation does highlight the importance of getting the on-boarding process correct for new hires. In order to avoid unnecessary fines, employers must ensure all employees have the right to work in the UK. KPMG’s Right to Work application is a user friendly tool that allows employers to carry out all necessary checks in a quick and efficient manner via an iOS or Android smartphone or tablet. If you have any queries on this, or want more information on how the app works then please get in touch with your usual KPMG contact.
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