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How do I align my pay periods to the tax week?

In task five of the set up process, you’ll need to select ‘Tax Weekly’ to align your pay periods to the tax week.

If you want to continue with the recommended settings then click ‘Save group’. You can change these settings by clicking ‘Edit group’.

You can customise your set-up by clicking ‘Customise set-up’ and then clicking ‘Add a pay period’.

Select ‘Tax Weekly’ from the drop down list next to How often do you pay your workers?

The last step is to choose a deadline for contributions. This is also known as your payment due date and is the date we’ll expect the contributions to have cleared in our bank account.

The deadline will automatically default to ‘16 days after’ the pay period ends but you can change this to suit your organisation. You can select up to a maximum of 22 days after the pay period ends.

It’s important to choose a deadline that works for your organisation and payroll processes to help you avoid making late payments. When you pay your workers you deduct pension contributions from their wages. You’ll then need to pay contributions over to Nest. You might have administration to do between deducting contributions and paying them to Nest so it’s important you leave yourself enough time. However, you shouldn’t hold on to these contributions longer than you need to.

By law your contributions need to have cleared in our account by the 22nd day of the month following the month you deducted contributions from your worker’s wages. That is unless you’re holding on to contributions for them during their opt-out period. For more information on holding on to workers’ contributions please see How can I hold on to contributions during a worker’s opt-out period?

For weekly tax periods you’ll have to provide data for a nominal of 52 weeks contribution schedule. In the year 2021 this starts on 6 April and ends on 12 April. The last contribution schedule won’t cover 5 April 2022.

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