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PAYE Settlement Agreements

PAYE Settlement Agreement Explained

Having a PAYE Settlement Agreement (PSA) in place simplifies the reporting process for employers. Find out how PSAs allow annual payments to HMRC on some types of employee expenses and benefits.

PSA HMRC: PAYE Settlement Agreements are effective ways of reporting some expense payments by removing the need to inform employees.

Making one annual payment covers employee tax and National Insurance due on minor, irregular, or impracticable expenses or benefits.

Employers with a PSA in place for standard items would be able to avoid:

Note: HMRC exemptions have replaced dispensations and now cover some types of employee expenses. So, you would have no need to include them in end-of-year reports.

HM Revenue and Customs simplified the process even further from the 2018/19 tax year. The existence of a PSA will continue by automatic process and apply to each future tax year. Thus, there would be no need to renew the PSA unless it was no longer required or needed amending.

There are several advantages of putting a PAYE Settlement Agreement in place. It makes the reporting procedure more efficient for employers. The system can also help with employee reward and engagement.

Employees can avoid some tax treatment and it reduces the impact of National Insurance contributions. PSAs also help to ensure that compliance with HMRC PAYE reporting is better managed.

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Note: Following devolution, different income tax rates apply to Scottish taxpayers. So, employers need to factor it into PSA computations before submitting a return.


Types of Expenses and Benefits Included in a PAYE Settlement AgreementExpenses Included in a PSA

PAYE Settlement Agreements (PSAs) can include standard types of minor, irregular, and impracticable 'benefits in kind' and expenses. Check what can be included in a PAYE Settlement Agreement - and what cannot!

How to Get a PAYE Settlement AgreementGetting a PAYE Settlement Agreement

The section has key information on how to get a PAYE Settlement Agreement for employers. It also explains how to renew a PSA for the 2018 to 2019 tax year.

PAYE Settlement Agreements Deadlines and PaymentsPSA Deadlines and Payments

HMRC agreement dates determine the deadline for PAYE Settlement Agreement (PSA). Check the deadlines and when to pay to avoid penalties for late a payment.

Change or Cancel a PAYE Settlement AgreementChanging or Cancelling a PAYE

You can change the items covered under a PAYE Settlement Agreement. You would need to send the details of any changes to the same office that issued it.

Pay As You Earn (PAYE) Settlement Agreements (PSA) in United Kingdom