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Latest News

Read on for the latest news on Carval, our software and clients. It's good to share, so from time-to-time we'll also bring you interesting HR and Payroll related snippets.

HMRC Weekly Update 15/04/14

This week's round-up of informal highlights from HMRC featuring:

Real Time Information
- Final 2013-14 submissions
- Correcting Full Payment Submissions (FPS)
- Correcting Employer Payment Submissions (FPS)
- Electronic Message Updates

Percentage Threshold Scheme ends allowing for the introduciton of the Health and Work Service
Form P9X - Tax codes to use from 6 April 2014
Reminder for employers operating Appendix 6 arrangements
Toolkits to help minimise common errors
Employment Related Securities Bulletin
Employment Related Securities – register, self certify and file online
NICs regulations in respect of various matters have been published
Registering as a new employer

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Carval welcomes Tris Anley to the technical team

We'd like to extend a warm welcome to the newest member of our technical team, Tris Anley, who will be working from our Newport Pagnell office. Below Tris, tells us a bit about his role, himself and the experience that he brings to Carval.

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Carval's Uniwage payroll software gains HMRC RTI recognition for 2014/15

On the 9 April 2014 Carval Computing Limited received notification from HMRC to advise that 'Uniwage' payroll software had gained recognition for the following 2014-15 RTI messages:

• Full Payment Submission
• Employer Payment Summary
• NINO Verification Request
• Earlier Year Update

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New on the Carval Blog: How to send scheduled reports with your Carval HR software or Payroll software

Learn how to send scheduled reports with your Carval HR software, Payroll software or Time and Attendance software.

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Easter Opening Hours

Carval's Support Desk will be closed on the following dates:

Good Friday - 18 April 2014
Easter Monday - 21 April 2014

Support is available to those customers with appropriate out of hours support contracts.

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HMRC Weekly Update

Informal highlights from HMRC as a result of listening to employer feedback and working in partnership with you, featuring:

NICs Employment Allowance
PAYE: What to do if your employee asks why they don't have a new tax code
Are you completing P9Ds needlessly for emplyees in receipt of medical benefit?

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Carval reports renewed focus on HR software and Payroll for Education following strong growth in the sector

New product features for Education unveiled at the Academies Show | Stand Number: 140 | 30 April, ExCeL, London

Carval Computing, a specialist supplier of fully integrated Human Resources, Payroll and Time & Attendance (T&A) software, has today announced that it is to increase its focus on the Education Sector. The company’s flagship software suite HR Unity has been developed to enhance the functionality currently available in schools’ resource management systems. An interface for one of the leading resource management solutions, CMIS from Advanced Learning is now available with SIMS from Capita to follow shortly.

This provides comprehensive HR software management features and enhances absence management without compromising the resource allocation features that schools and colleges rely on. The fully integrated solution also enables schools to produce school statistics reports such as the workforce census return to the Department for Education. Carval’s solution has been designed to meet the needs of primary/secondary schools as well as tertiary and higher education establishments.

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Baby news!

We're delighted to announce that Michelle Barker, Carval's Operations Manager, had a beautiful baby girl, Eboni, on 8 April.
Mother and daughter are doing well!

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High flying Mossbourne Community Academy selects Payroll and HR software from Carval

Ofsted ranked ‘exceptional’ Academy School in Hackney invests in new integrated HR software and Payroll solution to meet expansion plans.

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Did you know that Carval can process your payroll for you?

Carval's pick and mix range of payroll software and services offer you the flexibility to find a solution that's just right for your business. So whether you want to outsource your payroll entirely, or just the final payslip production, then Carval can help.

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What can your Account Manager do for you?

Each Carval client benefits from the services of a dedicated Account Manager. While our helpdesk team are on hand to deal with day-to-day enquiries, your Account Manager is your central point of contact here at Carval. Their role is to keep the lines of communication open and to work with you to ensure that you are getting the most out of your Carval HR Unity software.

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British Summer Time: Essential Maintenance for Unitend Time and Attendance Software

The clocks will go forward by one hour on Sunday 30 March as British Summer Time begins for another year and if you use Carval Unitend for Time and Attendance monitoring there are some essential steps you must take.

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HMRC News: Problems Relating to Duplicate Employments

The information you enter on your payroll feeds into the real time submissions you send to HMRC and then directly into HMRC's IT systems. If your payroll information does not match the data held by HMRC, it may result in them issuing the wrong tax codes to your employees and former employees. It may also result in erroneous charges. HMRC have put together a guide that tells you how to avoid the most common problems, including:

* What causes a duplicate employment?
* What happens when HMRC discovers a duplicate employment
* Hints and tips on avoiding the creation of duplicate employments
* Other general hints and tips

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HMRC News: Reconciling PAYE charges

There may be occasions when employers can't reconcile a charge shown on HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) records to theirs. Here are a few steps employers can take to eliminate some of the most common errors and resolve the issue without having to contact HMRC.

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HMRC News: Incorrect Mergers

On 19 February HMRC began to correct an issue in their system which, where an employee has had two or more employments with the same employer, had resulted in some employments being merged in error. Prior to their corrective action some accounts on HMRC’s Business Tax Dashboard will have been incorrect. They are currently updating affected employer records and the Business Tax Dashboard will show corrected figures shortly:

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HMRC News: 2014-15 Early Filing

Having listened to stakeholders and employers involved in the RTI pilot HMRC have adapted their systems so that employers can send their 2014-15 submissions from 6 March.

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Sentinel Housing empowers staff and managers with HR self-service solutions from Carval.

Carval Computing, has been selected by Sentinel Housing to supply its fully integrated staff management solution HR Unity. The new system will include HR and Payroll software, Time and Attendance and, Employee and Management Self-Service facilities, and will cover all 200 staff that work for the Association. HR Unity is being implemented as part of Sentinel’s strategic drive to support staff and managers with more automated systems, enabling them to take on more responsibility and ownership as they provide better services to the community.

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Integrated HR and Payroll software from Carval support AAF’s People Centred Management methodology and release valuable time back into the business

AAF International, a leading manufacturer and marketer of commercial air filtration products, has successfully deployed Carval Computing’s complete HR Unity portfolio of integrated Payroll, HR, Self-Service and Time and Attendance software solutions. AAF is using the software to streamline its HR administration and payroll software processes and support the company’s People Centred Management (PCM) methodology . Just four months after installing the new system, AAF has noticed a series of significant benefits including valuable time savings.

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Get ready for Auto-Enrolment!

Do you have your staging date coming-up in the next 12 to 18 months? If so it's very important to have an action plan in place. Carval's Uniwage payroll software has all the tools you need to manage the monitoring of eligibility, opting-in and out, communications and record keeping. If you'd like a hand making sure everything is set-up and ready then our consultancy team is on hand.

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HMRC announces new timetable for RTI penalties

HMRC has decided to stagger the start of new, automated, in-year late payment and filing penalties, to give HMRC and employers more time to adapt to reporting in real time

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National Insurance Contributions (NICs) Employment Allowance - Guidance for Employers

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has published guidance for businesses and charities (including Community Amateur Sports Clubs) on how to claim the Employment Allowance, which will reduce their employers Class 1 NICs by up to £2,000 every tax year.

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Energy from Waste specialist MVV selects HR software from Carval to support growing UK operations

MVV, a specialist in Energy from Waste processing plants, has selected HR software from Carval Computing. Carval’s HR Unity will cover staff at both UK sites at Devonport Dockyard, in Plymouth, Devon and Ridham Dock, near Sittingbourne in Kent. Carval is also supplying Employee Self-Service capabilities. The new HR software will streamline operations, replacing a manual paper-based system, saving time and providing a better service to employees and the business.

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Great prices on tri-fold P60s!

Carval offers a range of very competitively priced payroll stationery, including a variety of payslips and tri-fold P60s from seven pence per piece. These are available to anyone - you do not have to be a user of our payroll software. Contact us for a chat about your requirements and a quote.

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How to make self-assessment easier for your payroll team and employees

The deadline of 31 January for self-assessment is looming and requests for replacement documents are putting pressure on payroll personnel. Discover how Carval can help make this process easier - for your payroll team and for your employees.

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Meet Carval's new HR software consultant

“Hello everyone, my name is John Herbert and I am the new HR Software Consultant at Carval Computing. Having come from a training and software support background, I am looking forward to helping new and existing customers implement the Carval brand successfully into their working environments."

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Newcastle’s Cultural Temple, the Theatre Royal, selects HR and Payroll software from Carval

Carval Computing has been selected by the Newcastle Theatre Royal Trust to provide Payroll and HR software. As well as providing in-house payroll processing and HR functionality, Carval’s HR Unity system will enable the iconic Theatre Royal to comply with new pensions and auto-enrolment legislation for its 150 strong workforce.

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New PAYE guides issued by HMRC

HMRC has provided updated guides to provide employers with advance notice of new data items for 2014-15, and any resulting changes to the PAYE reporting process, as well as some basic information on the new online appeals facility from April 2014.

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Changes coming to payroll and RTI from April 2014

Here we highlight some of the changes coming to payroll and RTI from April, some of which may necessitate changes to your current payroll procedures. All of these are, of course, fully covered by v5.1.0 of Carval's Uniwage payroll software.

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HMRC chasing employers for RTI underpayments before corrections can be submitted

HMRC is chasing employers as soon as an incorrect RTI submission is made, even though the guidance for correcting an error is to do it in the next Full Payment Submission (FPS). The contradiction is leading to a number of employers being contacted unexpectedly by HMRC’s Debt Management & Banking (DMB) team.

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Payroll Year End Training Courses - Book Now!

If you use Carval's Uniwage payroll software then our great workshop will give you all the tools you need to prepare for your payroll year end, walk you through the tasks involved and help you avoid unnecessary audit by HMRC.

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Carval support times over the festive period.

The Carval support desk will be open at the following times over Christmas and the New Year:

24/12/13: 09:00-13:30
25/12/13: Closed
26/12/13: Closed
27/12/13: 09:00-17:00
30/12/13: 09:00-17:00
31/12/13: 09:00-13:30
01/01/14: Closed

We'd like to take this opportunity to wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year!

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National Housing Federation updates Payroll, HR and Staff Time Management with fully integrated solution from Carval Computing

Carval Computing has been selected by the National Housing Federation (Federation) to supply fully integrated Payroll, Time and Attendance and HR software. The Carval system, HR Unity, went live recently and is now handling two payrolls that cover all 135 staff at the Federation, as well as providing a flexi-time system and a full range of HR features. Additionally, staff are able to check their personnel records and outstanding leave balances using the Self-Service facility provided by the system. HR Unity replaces the organisation’s old payroll software that did not meet the requirements of RTI (Real Time Information). Having worked with HMRC on the RTI Pilot Scheme, Carval was one of the first vendors to bring to market a fully compliant solution.

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Thomas Sabo streamlines Payroll and HR Software solutions with Carval Computing

Innovative jeweller and retailer manages continued growth with fully integrated staff management solutions

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Carval promotes new Technical Director to support rapid business growth

Carval Computing, a specialist supplier of fully integrated Human Resources, Time and Attendance (T&A) and Payroll software, has promoted Jason Sweby to Technical Director. This will support the company’s continued business growth and the increasing demand from customers for creative solutions that incorporate the latest advancements in technology. In his new role, Jason, a graduate in computer science who has worked at Carval for over 15 years, heads up a dedicated team of software developers that has doubled in size in the last 18 months.

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See Carval HR Unity v5.0 at the CIPD Annual Conference & Exhibition!

CIPD Annual Conference & Exhibition, 6 –7 November, Manchester Central (formerly GMEX) Stand Number: 555
Carval Computing, a specialist supplier of fully integrated Human Resources, Time & Attendance and Payroll software, will be showcasing Carval HR Unity v5.0 at the CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition. Now shipping, this latest version is a major upgrade providing new automated features and users’ short cuts throughout the product range and includes support for iPhone/iPad. HR Unity takes a single platform approach to providing Payroll, T&A and HR software and is the only suite of products currently on the market that are truly integrated using the same employee database.

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New customers continue to flock to Carval

Carval Computing, a specialist supplier of fully integrated Payroll, Time and Attendance and HR software, has continued its recent track record for growth with a further 10 major contracts signed in the last three months. Significantly, all of the new customers are using two or more modules from Carval, benefiting from the integration within the system. All customers will be running HR Unity v5.0, the latest version that will be on show at the CIPD Annual Conference & Exhibition.

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Carval National User Group Meeting 2013

On Thursday 17 October close to 100 users of Carval’s HR Unity software gathered at the Jury’s Inn Hotel in Milton Keynes for the company’s National User Group Meeting. The event marked the official release of HR Unity v5.0 and users got to explore the raft of new features available to them across the Human Resources, Payroll, Time and Attendance and Employee Self-Service modules.

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HMRC to issue letters notifying of closure of inactive PAYE schemes

From 28 October, HMRC will begin sending letters telling an employer that they are going to cancel their PAYE scheme if it was opened after 5 April 2013 but has been inactive for 120 days. The process will not cancel any schemes registered as annual schemes.

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New HMRC electronic messages to help employers keep up-to-date with their PAYE

From 21 October, HMRC will start to send three types of generic electronic messages to warn the employer if their PAYE submissions or payments appear to have fallen into arrears.

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Interruption to HMRC’s PAYE online services 18-21/10/13

From 20:00hrs on Friday 18 October 2013 to 07:00hrs on Monday 21 October 2013, most of HMRC's public facing IT systems are being upgraded and will undergo planned maintenance.

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Update from HMRC on disputed 2013-14 PAYE Charges

HMRC have been looking into the reasons why there may be differences in the tax they say is due, to that employers think is due. The findings of this analysis, undertaken over the summer, has now been published in a report "Reconciling 2013 PAYE Charges".

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Help HMRC shape the design of new online service for small and medium businesses

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is developing a new online service for small and medium businesses. The new service will bring together in one place everything businesses need to manage their tax affairs. From a personalised homepage they will be able to view key information and access online services to manage their business tax affairs, for example: file tax returns, check and make payments, view important dates for future action.

HMRC is looking for volunteers to take part in a live trial of an early version of this new online service later this autumn. Volunteers will be able to access the service from any internet-enabled PC they are currently using and no special equipment or expert IT knowledge will be needed, just basic internet skills.

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Manage auto-enrolment from just 10p per employee!

Worried about auto-enrolment? Outsource your payroll to Carval and have us take care of assessment and communication for you.

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National User Group Meeting Update

New workshops and speakers added. Currently sold out.

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Free webinar: See how integrated HR software could drive great human resources in your organisation.

Discover how Carval's refreshingly simple integrated approach to HR software and a single source of real-time accurate data can:
•transform your business processes;
•deliver outstanding efficiencies;
•improve policy adherence and
•give you the tools, time and information required for confident decision making.

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Free tickets for CIPD Annual Conference up for grabs!

Carval HR Unity software users have the chance to win a free ticket to the CIPD Annual Conference in Manchester on 6 and 7 November 2013. Simply enter our free draw!

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Carval creates new Account Management function to provide on-going focus to existing customers

Carval has appointed Laura Buchanan to head up the company’s new Account Management function. The greenfield role has been created to accommodate rapid business growth over the past 12 months which saw Carval increase turnover by 30% and sign 40 new contracts. Laura, who brings with her a wealth of customer relationship and business development experience, will actively drive Carval’s customer service and support activities during a period of continued expansion.

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Auto-enrolment webinar

Many HR Unity software users have their auto-enrolment staging dates coming-up and your software has plenty of tools to help you manage this important process. Carval's training department has put together a helpful webinar to talk you through the functionality.

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HMRC pursues employers for questionnable RTI debts

While RTI has been a success for many employers, a significant minority are finding themselves pursued by HMRC for underpayments. What's going on?

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Time & Attendance systems set for a resurgence to support new more flexible ways of working

Press release 08/03/13. Demand for staff time management functionality up almost 50% in last three years as recession hits.

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Successful launch of Carval HR Unity v5.0 at HRSS

Carval launched an exciting new version of their successful HR Unity Software at the CIPD HR Software Show, 19-20 June at Olympia. This release includes a new iPhone/iPad app which was very well received.

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Carval sees continued momentum with 40 new contracts signed in the last 12 months

Press Release. 25 July 2013. Expansion results in office move and new Account Management function at Carval.

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Employers and employees divided over value of vocational training

Almost half of employers regard vocational qualifications as equally attractive as academic ones, but employees are still unsure of its value, according to a report by Cranfield School of Management and learndirect.

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HR guide to depression in the workplace

Down-to-earth advice from mental health charity Mind on managing and supporting workplace mental wellbeing.

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Carval announces HR Unity v5.0 providing enhanced Mobile and Self-Service features

Press Release 19 June 2013. HR Software Show, 19-20 June, Olympia, London. Stand No: H155
Carval Computing will be showcasing Carval HR Unity v5.0 at the CIPD HR Software Show on the 19th and 20th June at Olympia. London. This latest version is a major upgrade providing new automated features and users’ short cuts throughout the product range and includes support for iPhone/iPad, with an Android version to follow later. HR Unity takes a single platform approach to providing HR, Payroll and T&A, and is the only suite of products currently on the market that are truly integrated using the same employee database.

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RTI advice from HMRC: submissions creating new employments and tax codes

HMRC has asked Carval Computing Limited to alert clients to the importance of including all employments on their alignment submission. This is because any failure to do so will mean that HMRC will automatically treat any omitted employments as having ceased.

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Carval has moved!

Founded in 1986, Carval is a well-established player in the UK HR and payroll software market. Recent years have seen a sustained period of growth in terms of market-share, turnover and of course company size, resulting in a move to new larger offices.

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Keep on top of all your payroll activities & news with Carval's new payroll dashboard

March sees the release of the latest version of Carval's successful HR Unity software, which delivers unique levels of integration across human resources, payroll and time and attendance management.

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