FreeAgent are the first to admit their payroll system is pretty basic. Finding an alternative isn’t easy.
No payroll provider links to FreeAgent so whichever one you choose, you’ll have to enter the payroll details manually every week/month. Third party payroll processing is expensive and you’ll still have to enter the payroll details yourself.
FreeAgent copes best when there are no changes to the payroll (new employees, leavers, bonuses, etc.). Problems can arise with incorrect PAYE Codes, no P45 and directors starting employment part way through the tax year. At the end of the tax year FreeAgent doesn’t allow you to submit your Employer Annual Return (P35, P14s and P60s) from the software. You have to register with HMRC and enter the details online.
Our solution to these problems is to offer two services:-
- During the year we will monitor the changes to your payroll (new employees, leavers, new PAYE Codes) and make sure they have been dealt with correctly. We’ll also point out, where possible, errors in the Codes themselves. The price for this service is £80 per year.
- At the end of the tax year we will complete your P35, P14s and P60s based on the information in FreeAgent and submit them to HMRC. We will send you copies of the forms, together with an acknowledgement from HMRC that the return was submitted on time. Late submission incurs a penalty of £100 for every month it is late. The price for this service is £80 per year.
The price for both is £150 per year.