Seven payroll tasks you need to do every April

Blogs 1 Mar 2021

Stay on top of your annual payroll duties and prepare for the new tax year ahead with FSB Workplace Pensions’ payroll checklist.

Running payroll every month, whether yourself or outsourced to payroll experts, is a weekly or monthly routine. But every April, when a fresh tax year begins, new employment law changes come into force and there are annual payroll duties to carry out.

Our payroll experts from FSB Workplace Pensions have put together a handy checklist that you can use to get ready for the new tax year and make ticking off your payroll to-do list a breeze.

Send your final payroll report

At the end of the tax year, you need to send your final Full Payment Submission on or before the last payday of the tax year. The deadline for this is 20 April.

Your FPS tells HMRC about payments made to your employees and any deductions that have been made, for example National Insurance contributions and income tax.

If you think you’ve made a mistake in this reporting, HMRC has guidance on what you need to do.         

Update your payroll records and tax codes

You’ll need to use the correct tax code for the new tax year and update your payroll software with this.  HMRC will contact you between January and March with any new tax codes to use for employees. This will be a P9T form, or a P9X form for general changes. HMRC’s PAYE Desktop Viewer lets you view and search multiple employee tax codes and notices at once.

Your payroll should include all employees you pay in a tax year, and any employee who has worked for you in the current tax year, even if they leave. You can find detailed guidance on what to do about new employees and leaving employees from HMRC.

Update tax rates and thresholds

Every tax year, new rates and thresholds for income tax, National Insurance and student loan repayments are updated, so you’ll need to make sure your payroll software has been updated to reflect this.

For 2021/22, the basic personal allowance will be £12,750 in the UK. The threshold for PAYE is £242 per week or £1,048 per month.

Don’t forget National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage increases

From 1 April 2021, the National Living Wage will be extended to those 23 and over, where previously it has been 25 and over. This means that the new rates will be:

23+: £8.91
21 – 22: £8.36
18 – 20: £6.56
Under 18: £4.62
Apprentices rate: £4.30

To learn more about the employment law changes you can expect in 2021, check out our guide.

Send all your employees a P60

A P60 outlines an employee’s total pay during the tax year and any deductions that have been made. You need to do this by 31 May.

Report expenses and benefits

You need to report expenses and benefits to HMRC by 6 July using a P11D form. From a cycle to work scheme to mobile phones, there are a range of benefits and expenses that you might give to employees, and you might need to pay tax and National Insurance on them.

You can find guidance on what your obligations are in each instance on HMRC’s website.

Claim the Employment Allowance

You need to do this every tax year. Your HMRC online account will show you how much Employment Allowance you’ve used. Our handy guide to the employment allowance walks you through how it works, who is eligible and how to claim.


FSB Workplace Pensions

FSB Workplace Pensions service provides independent financial advice to FSB members, helping thousands of businesses to set up their schemes and comply with legislation. It also offers a bespoke and fully supported payroll service.

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