HMRC minimum wage checks target rural businesses

Government officials are cracking down on farm employers who fail to pay workers the national minimum wage (NMW), accountant Saffery Champness has warned.

The firm said that HMRC was particularly active in this area at the moment and a number of farmers had reported undergoing wage checks.

Saffery Champness partner Martyn Dobinson said: “We are aware that HMRC is carrying out compliance checks across the rural sector.”

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The officials will scrutinise records to see that minimum wage levels are being met and the correct allowances and deductions are being made, Mr Dobinson explained.

“We are urging all employers to be aware of the correct minimum wage levels, and to be sure that their records are correct and up to date,” he added.

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