Heath Street Baptist Church have been using VAC’s payroll service for quite some time. Here their Treasurer talks to VAC about how using this service ensures they pay their staff the right amount and comply with all legal requirements.
“I got involved with VAC’s Salary Administration Service because I am treasurer of a church. Within the last two or three years we took on one paid employee and so I suddenly realised that I had to get to grips with payroll. I am retired and work from home. I was petrified! HMRC has got much tighter, the penalties are higher. If you attempt to do the payroll as a volunteer like me, then it is time consuming and very hard to be sure you have all the details right.
Within our organisation I didn’t feel we had the necessary skills or expertise and knowledge to feel confident to run the payroll ourselves. So this seemed like a great opportunity to sign up to the payroll service at VAC. Even with the recent changes to the service where we now have to pay the salary and liabilities to HMRC ourselves, we still get the calculations done for us and the safety net of somebody making sure that we comply with legal requirements.
It saves me a lot of time and hassle as I would have to be trying to keep up to date with anything to do with payroll on my own, and in my own time. I think it’s also a safety net that the calculations of National Insurance, tax, student loans, etc. are taken care of by someone who knows what they’re doing, and also how to set up the payroll for new employees, which is quite likely for us in the very near future.
If VAC didn’t offer this service then I think a lot of organisations would faff around trying to find somewhere else to do it and would end up paying more, or people like me would end up trying to do it themselves, which is a potential risk. Having an external organisation do this for you, it’s terribly practical.”
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