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Staging Date for New Employers in QuickBooks Desktop

Employers are required to enroll some or all workers into a qualifying pension scheme on a staging date or the date when employer duties come into effect.
Staging date can be found on the Pension Regulator's website by entering the PAYE reference.

All employers who have paid their employees on or before April 1, 2012 have received their Staging Dates from the Pensions Regulator. The Pensions Regulator have also issued the staging dates to the new employers who paid their employees after April 2012.

Example: If an employer has a PAYE reference and makes a payment to any employee between October 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017, then the staging date for that employer is January 1, 2018.

For employers who have never received a staging date from the Pensions Regulator and have not paid any employee before September 30, 2017, staging date is considered as the first date of employment. This is also known as the Duty Start Date.

Example: If for the first time, an employer hires an employee on September 15, 2017, then the Staging date for that employer is September 15, 2017 even if this employee is not paid until October 20, 2017.

Record the staging date for new employees

  1. In QuickBooks Payroll, the new employers will be asked to enter the staging date when the first payroll is run.
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  2. To open the "Company Information" tab, select Enter Now.
    Note: You can also go to Company > Company Information.
  3. On the "Pension Information" section, enter the staging date.
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    Note: As with Employers with a staging date, the new employers still need to complete their Declaration of Compliance within five months.

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