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An advanced payroll qualification in just 3 days!

3 Day - Advanced Payroll workshop:

Day 1 - Reporting to HMRC under RTI
Day 2 - Expenses & Benefits Course
Day 3 - Payroll Practice & Legislation

Complete the optional online assignments and you will be awarded the Pearson/Edexcel/BTEC Advanced Certificate in Payroll Procedures. A 16-week timeframe will be allotted to complete your assignments.

*Price is £1,299 + VAT with assignments

Please Note: The date shown in the “Select course date” section shows the first day of the course, the course will run on consecutive days from this date. 

Your payroll course overview:

Learn Payroll With Face 2 Face Training

£1,070* / £1,299


Learn Payroll With Face 2 Face Training



Learn Payroll With Face 2 Face Training

3 Days


Learn Payroll With Face 2 Face Training

CPD 18 hrs


Learn Payroll With Face 2 Face Training

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Learn Payroll With Face 2 Face Training



Learn Payroll With Face 2 Face Training



Those who have already hold the Payroll Technician award or equivalent qualification and wish to develop knowledge and skills yet further. The programme is ideal if:

  • You wish to bring an individual or a whole team through the qualification route quickly
  • You have been in payroll for many years but have no formal qualification
  • You just want to take the exam to enter the qualification route at a higher level


Throughout the programme, our expert tutors follow a proven step-by-step approach to learning, providing considered and detailed explanations with a mixture of examples and practical applications.

By the end of this programme, delegates will have received a thorough and practical overview of these advanced payroll subjects and techniques:

  • Dealing more effectively with payroll reporting under RTI
  • Producing a schedule of tasks that need to be completed each pay period
  • Dealing effectively with termination payments
  • Dealing with the more complex procedures associated with payroll administration
  • Handling HMRC compliance visits with more confidence
  • Identifying what has to be reported on the P11D, P11D(b) returns
  • Determining how employee benefits are calculated
  • Understanding how to reduce the workload by use of the correct use of statutory exemptions and PAYE Settlement Agreements



Real Time Information

  • The submissions involved:
    • Full Payment Submission
    • Employer Payment Summary
    • Earlier Year Update
    • National Insurance Verification Request
  • Year End Procedures Under RTI
  • Correcting errors
  • The Final Submission Indicator
  • The questions and declaration
  • Supply of form P60
  • Timetable for submissions under RTI
  • Filing methods
  • Penalties and interest charges for incorrect or late returns
  • Glossary of terms

Preparing for returns

  • The importance of pay period reconciliations and what needs to be done
  • Document checks:
  • Payroll giving scheme
  • Certificate of election
  • Evidence of age exception
  • Certificate of deferment
  • Preparing for weeks 53, 54 and 56
  • Clear-down and other checks
  • Procedures to be followed moving from the old tax year to the new tax year, including P9X or P7X instructions and P9(T) coding notices

Filing options

  • Special filing situations – making changes to submitted information.

Completing the returns

  • A step-by-step review of:
    • Full Payment Submission
    • Employer Payment Summary
    • Earlier Year Update
    • National Insurance Verification Request
    • P60 certificate

Processing earnings correctly

  • Problem areas for Class 1 NI
  • A detailed review of termination payments and how to determine whether tax and NI are due
  • Notional payments, what are they and how to deal with them

Pensions and NI

  • Basic and additional state pensions
  • Comparing different pension and qualifying schemes in the context of auto-enrolment
  • The significance of ‘contracting-out’ and its effect on NI with occupational pension schemes
  • Group and personal pension schemes
  • Annual and lifetime allowances

Advanced payroll administration

  • Tax refunds, when they are appropriate and special circumstances
  • Correcting mistakes when deducting tax and NI
  • The importance of monthly payroll reconciliation
  • Holiday entitlement, pay and unusual situations
  • Salary sacrifice schemes and how they work
  • Occupational sick and maternity pay schemes and relating them to statutory payments
  • When average earnings should be recalculated for SMP and SAP purposes
  • Redundancy pay schemes, occupational and statutory
  • Payroll controls
  • What happens on an HMRC compliance visit
  • The payroll implications of compromise agreements
  • Payments made after leaving and how should they be treated
  • Earnings periods and how they are determined for employees and directors
  • Checklist for aggregated earnings for NI in multiple employments

Overview of the P11D

  • Timetable and penalties, fines and interest charges
  • Use of alternative forms, software and working sheets
  • The impact of the demise of form P9D from April 2016
  • Voluntary payrolling of benefits from April 2016
    • The pros and cons
    • Registration process
    • Payrolling of benefits in action
  • Determining whether a Class 1 or Class 1A NIC liability arises
  • Avoiding the need to make entries on form P11D:
    • Expense payments from April 2016
    • Extra Statutory Concessions (ESCs)
    • Statutory exemptions
    • PAYE Settlement Agreements (PSAs)
    • Taxed Award Schemes (TASs)

Completing the P11D, step-by-step and section-by-section

  • Assets transferred (cars, property, goods or other assets)
  • Payments made on behalf of employees
  • Vouchers or credit cards
  • Living accommodation
  • Mileage allowance payments
  • Cars and car fuel
  • Vans
  • Interest-free and low-interest loans
  • Private medical treatment or insurance
  • Qualifying relocation expenses payments and benefits
  • Services supplied
  • Assets placed at the employee’s disposal
  • Miscellaneous items including
    • Subscriptions and professional fees
    • Canteen facilities
    • Childcare vouchers
    • Cycle to work scheme
    • Long service awards
    • Gifts
  • Expenses payments made to, or on behalf of, the employee, including:
  • Travel and subsistence
  • Personal Incidental Expenditure (PIEs)
  • Entertaining staff and clients

Completing the P11D(b)

  • Determining the benefits-in-kind that attract Class 1A NICs
  • The effect of processing benefits through the payroll
  • Calculating Class 1A liability
  • Timetable, penalties and payments

Completing the P9D for 2015/16

  • Which employees require a P9D form
  • Overview of the differences between P11D and P9D

Completing the P9D

  • Overview of the differences between P11D and P9D
  • Which employees require a P9D form.

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