MSCs ― the deemed employment payment

Produced by Tolley

The following Employment Tax guidance note Produced by Tolley provides comprehensive and up to date tax information covering:

  • MSCs ― the deemed employment payment
  • Step One
  • Step Two
  • Step Three
  • What to do with the deemed employment payment
  • Relief in respect of dividends paid

MSCs ― the deemed employment payment

Where the legislation on Managed Service Companies applies to a payment made to a worker, that worker is treated as receiving a deemed employment income payment, which is subject to PAYE and NICs. See the Managed service companies overview guidance note.

The calculation of the deemed employment income payment is based on the payment received by the worker in respect of the services he provides via the Managed Service Company (MSC). The calculation has to be repeated each time there is a payment to the worker that falls within the MSC rules.

The method for calculating the deemed employment payment is set out in the legislation as a 3–step method statement.

HMRC guidance on the calculation is at ESM3540.

Step One

The first step is to identify the payment or benefit which “can reasonably be taken to be in respect of the services”.

This includes any payment or benefit of any kind. A payment in this context includes the payment of a dividend.

It does not matter who has made the payment to the worker, if a payment is in respect of the services he has provided, then it forms the basis of a the calculation of a deemed employment payment.

The amounts to be included under this step include any payments made to 'an associate' of the worker in respect of the services he has provided. For this purpose 'an associate' means:

  1. a member of the worker's family

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