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Flow chart - new employee tax code procedure 2020/21

Notifying HMRC of a new employee and establishing the correct tax code to use against their pay is an important part of the general admin and paperwork required when you take on a new worker. If you don’t follow HMRC procedure and as a result under deduct PAYE tax you may be liable for the shortfall.

Flow chart

Our Flow Chart - New Employee Tax Code Procedure 2020/21 will help you decide the correct tax code to use.

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To help you obtain all the information you need for your records print and ask the employee to complete HMRCs new starter checklist for your tax records and our New Starter Form for your personnel records.