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The essential seminar to attend BEFORE the audit - not after!

HMRC is taking a much tougher approach to compliance visits and new regulations considerably reduce an employer’s ability to negotiate settlements. This workshop gives employers all the tools to deal with a compliance visit – from first notification by HMRC and preparation for the visit, through to reaching the final settlement. As well as tax exposure and NI problem areas, the tutor will cover any other issues that may be of particular concern.

Your payroll course overview:

Learn Payroll With Face 2 Face Training



Learn Payroll With Face 2 Face Training

1 Day


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



Payroll, accounting and HR personnel who are responsible for ensuring compliance with legislation affecting the payment of wages and determination of tax and NI liabilities.

At the end of the workshop you will be able to:

  • Understand what to expect from a compliance visit
  • Understand the potential penalties
  • Prepare an action plan to help eliminate high-risk areas before the compliance visit
  • Identify how to handle the compliance visit
  • Examine ways of negotiating the final settlement
  • Identify the areas in the payroll office at risk of fraud
  • Examine ways in which the risk of fraud can be minimised.

The audit in action

  • Who carries out the audit?
  • Penalties
  • Preparing for the audit
  • What are the risk areas?
  • How is the tax and NI liability determined?
  • Managing the audit
  • Payroll records
  • Expenses
  • Benefits
  • Purchase ledger
  • Petty cash
  • What happens after the audit?
  • Negotiating a settlement.

Common areas investigated and how to protect yourself

  • Termination payments including:
    - Pay in lieu of notice
    - Compromise agreements
    - Redundancy
  • Employment status including service companies and IR35 companies and retired workers returning as self-employed
  • National minimum wage
  • Statutory payments and their recovery.

Benefits and expenses

  • Telephones, home and business lines
  • Vans
  • Mileage payments
  • Fuel benefit for employer-provided cars
  • Private use of assets
  • Vouchers
  • Credit cards – corporate and personal
  • Loans
  • Canteen facilities
  • Gifts and awards including long service awards
  • Hotel bills and personal incidental expenditure
  • Other benefits


  • Identifying areas at risk of fraud within payroll, outside payroll and types of fraud
  • Minimising risk of fraud, segregation of duties, rotation of duties and assessing cost benefit of risk reduction.



"I have always found the Learn Centre to be helpful and supportive of not only mine but the team's payroll training needs. The blended learning approach works well for me and I would not hesitate to recommend them as a Payroll training specialist provider not only for online delivery (e-learning) but also face 2 face and in-house. The Payroll Professionals Conference is also a great networking opportunity."

Kresh Veerasamy - Payroll Manager at Cancer Research UK

"Cintra HR & Payroll Services has a long standing relationship with The Learn Centre – they are an absolutely integral part of the payroll community. Their training courses and annual conference are a must for all payroll professionals and not just for up to the minute technical topics: their training really puts payroll and payroll issues into context, taking into account commercial, economic and political influences."

Carsten Staehr - CEO at Cintra HR & Payroll Services

"When setting up a Shared Service Centre, The Learn Centre played a key role in our award winning Payroll Academy, delivering a blended learning experience combining both classroom based training and an e-learning solution. The course delivery, the training materials and overall learning experience was excellent."

Michael Stevenson - Payroll Manager at Queen's University Belfast

"I have attended many of The Learn Centre’s training courses in recent years. They are always of the highest professional standard and deliver updates on complicated HR and Payroll legislation, but in an easy to understand format. I would gladly recommend The Learn Centre to any potential client who is looking for HR & Payroll training courses, bespoke in-house training or expert advice."

Michael Stevenson - Payroll Manager at Queen's University Belfast

"My team always attends the annual Payroll and HR Update course. Essential information covering often complex legislative changes, always presented by excellent trainers with in depth knowledge of their subject. A 'must attend' course for any serious payroll professional."

Deon Piovesan - Finance and Payroll Manager at Westminster Kingsway College

"I've booked the HR and Payroll Update course most years and during roles with at least 3 different employers. One thing remains the same; a course that is relevant, well delivered and enjoyable and that is key when trying to retain the many pieces of legislation changes to which payroll professionals are exposed."

Tracey Hinton - Payroll Manager at Wilson James Limited

"I have used The Learn Centre on a number of occasions and have found it provides a great platform to gain the knowledge required to carry out my job. I started off with the Payroll Technician course and this in-depth learning gave me a great foundation of payroll knowledge to build upon and give me the confidence to progress up the career ladder, well worth it and would certainly recommend, no matter what level you are at there will be a course/qualification that can help you."

Ayman Zagloul - Assistant Payroll Supervisor at Queen's University Belfast

"Payroll may not be the most exciting of topic for some but The Learn Centre really bring it to life - the brilliant networking opportunities with fellow professionals is an added bonus. They cover an amazing range of topics too – if you need to upskill, then The Learn Centre is the organisation to help you do it."

Carsten Staehr - CEO at Cintra HR & Payroll Services

"I have chosen The Learn Centre both for my own knowledge base and in-house training courses for my teams for many years. I have always been extremely impressed with the content of the courses, people engagement and the positive feedback from my staff."

Ann Chesher - Payroll Consultant at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service