Payroll New Year

  1. Check you’ re using the correct version

Before you start processing the new tax year, you must have installed the update for the 2023/24 tax year.

  1. Update your employees’ tax codes

For the 2023/24 tax year, the personal allowance and emergency tax code remains the same at £12,570 and 1257L  This means you don’t need to change your employees’ tax codes unless informed by HMRC.

You do however need to remove the week 1 / month 1 flag on any employees’ tax codes before processing in the new tax year.

  1. Small employers’ relief

If you are eligible for small employers’ relief (previous years gross National Insurance must be less than £45,000)

  1. Apply for Employment Allowance

TIP: make sure your process date is set to 6/04/2023 before completing this.

In the 2023/2024 tax year the employment allowance allows eligible employers to reduce their annual Employers National Insurance liability by up to £5,000.

Submit the Employer Payment Summary (EPS) for Employment Allowance

  1. Click Company, then click Settings.
  2. Click the Apply for EA
  3. From the State Aid drop-down menu, select one of the following options:
  • Applicable
  • Not Applicable

If State Aid is applicable, select the relevant State Aid Sector.  For more information on State aid, visit

  1. Click Submit then click Continue, then click Submit then Submit

At this stage, HMRC receives an EPS with Employment Allowance application.

  • If your application is unsuccessful, you receive a notification in your IR Secure Mailbox within five working days.
  • If you don’t hear back from HMRC, then your application has been successful, and you can then select the Eligible for Employment Allowance check box within Company then Settings.  Once you select this check box, your software is set up to calculate Employer Allowance.


If you select the Eligible for Employment Allowance check box after you’ve already processed one or more tax months, you must re-run your P32 for each month of the tax year starting from month 1.  Sage 50 Payroll then calculated the Employment Allowance due in each period, and records these values in Company Settings > HMRC Payments of your software.

If you need help setting up your Payroll for the new tax year or need any other help or advice with your payroll please contact us

We can also provide a remote access service where we can directly link into your computer to help you resolve your Sage Accounts or Payroll problems.

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