Employment tax

employment tax

Hawsons specialist tax team provides expert advice on employment taxes.

HMRC enquiry visits/reviews

Every year HMRC visits a select number of businesses for a Employer Compliance review.

What are HMRC looking for?

  • PAYE compliance
  • National Insurance payments
  • P11D benefits

We carry out a detailed review of your business and records, working closely with you through the inspection process to ensure you are compliant, in the most tax-efficient manner.

Share incentives

The use of employee share schemes and share based payments can be a particularly cost effective and tax efficient form of remuneration. They can also help to foster a strong working relationship, in regards to retaining and incentivising staff.

We deal with many clients on share incentive schemes and can advise on the suitability of employee share incentives and the implementation of any arrangements. We have worked with businesses of all types and sizes, ranging from start-up businesses to large company groups, on a number of employee incentive solutions.

Some of the share schemes we have helped to implement include:

  • Enterprise Management Incentives (EMIs)
  • Company Share Option Plan
  • Share Incentive Plan
  • Save As You Earn Share Option Scheme

For more information on each of these employee share incentives, please contact your local office.

Employment status

In many cases, determining the correct employment status of a person who works for your business  (ie. is it employment or self-employment) is not a straightforward process and there are many factors that need to be considered.

It is essential that the employment status of a member of staff is correctly determined from the start of work, to ensure that PAYE and National Insurance contributions are deducted as they should be.

Although declaring a self-employed status can be beneficial for both the worker and the employer, HMRC can challenge self-employed status. If HMRC find that the ‘self-employed’ worker should be under an ’employment’ status they will usually seek the retrospective PAYE tax and National Insurance contributions due.

At Hawsons we can look at the engagement of each worker and, accordingly, help you to mitigate the risk of a challenge by HMRC.

We can also help you if you have been challenged by HMRC in regards to employee engagement, potentially reducing the amount you would have to pay back.

Contact us for a free initial meeting

To find out more about how one of the leading firms of accountants in Sheffield, Doncaster and Northampton can help you, please contact one of our specialists. We believe in long-term client relationships and understand the importance of meeting to establish that you like us and we like you. This is why we offer all new clients a free initial meeting which will enable you to have a discussion about you and your business issues.

Free initial meeting

Stephen Charles

Tax Partner, Sheffield


Martin Wilmott

Partner, Doncaster

01302 367 262

David Cairns

David Cairns

Tax Partner, Northampton