HLC Annual Return

HLC Annual Return 2017

All eligible clergy have been sent an email (or letter if we did not hold an email address) dated 1 June 2017 inviting them to submit their figures via MyView. This communication confirms the period between April 2016 and March 2017 that we need to know about your actual expenditure on heating, lighting, cleaning and garden upkeep in your official house.  It is important that you refer to this communication.  If you have not received an email or letter please contact us as you may not need to submit a return. We will also require an estimate of your expenditure for April 2017 to March 2018.

It is important that you submit these figures as soon as possible, particularly if your claim has changed significantly, to ensure the tax-free allowance we are paying you is based on the latest information.  If this information is not received by 30 September 2017, your allowance will be suspended until you submit your form.

Forms received up to and including 12 October will be processed in October.  If you submit your form after this date your allowance will be suspended in October but can be reinstated in November as long as you are still eligible for the scheme.

Do I need to complete an Annual Return?

We have contacted all eligible clergy via email or letter on 1 June 2017 inviting them to submit their figures via MyView. If you were eligible for HLC at 31 March 2017 and did not receive a letter or email then we either have out of date contact details for you or you do not need to submit a return so please contact us to confirm.

Please note that we can only process forms for clergy who are still paid on the clergy payroll and are still eligible to receive the HLC allowance. 

If you have joined the HLC scheme since 1 April 2017, eg because you are an ordinand, then you do not need to submit an Annual Return Form but you may need to supply an inititial estimate of your annual HLC costs.  Please use the HLC estimate form within the new payee pack, we cannot accept this information via the online form.

 

How do I complete an Annual Return via MyView?

Once you have logged into MyView, you will need to follow the link for 'HLC Annual Return Form 2017' to submit your figures.  There is a link to the 'HLC Annual Return Form 2017 Notes' which you will need to read before you complete the form.  Once the form has been submitted, you will receive an email to confirm your return has been successful - if you do not receive this email you have not successfully submitted your figures.  You will also be able to check the figures you have submitted via your MyView account.

To login to MyView please click here.
If you have any issues while using MyView, please e-mail myviewenquiries@churchofengland.org

When should I complete my Annual Return?

It is important that you submit these figures as soon as possible to ensure the tax-free allowance is based on the latest information.  If we do not receive confirmation of these figures by 30 September your allowance will be suspended.  If your HLC allowance is suspended you will notice that you will pay more tax, National Insurance & student loan (where applicable) as HLC is part of your stipend that is paid outside of tax and National Insurance. 

Provided you are still on the payroll and eligible to receive the allowance then once you submit your figures we can then re-instate your allowance the following month and back date any adjustments due. 

I did not receive a letter/email, do I need to submit an Annual Return form?

An email/letter was sent on 1 June 2017 to all clergy who need to submit an annual return for the tax year 2016/17, if you have not received this communication and think you need to submit an annual return then please contact us as we may have an out of date email address for you.

Please note that if you are no longer in the HLC scheme or have left the payroll then we will not be able to make any further adjustments to your HLC allowance via the payroll so you should not complete an annual return.  Any adjustments can be made via your tax return. For more information please see our notes to help you complete the tax return.

If you joined the HLC scheme since 1 April 2017 and need to submit an initial estimate of your HLC costs then please complete the HLC estimate form on page 7 and 8 in the new payee pack as soon as possible.  We cannot accept this information via the online HLC Annual Return Form on MyView.

The Annual Return used to ask for other information, do you need this?

We no longer require you to tell us about your working expenses or local income but you will still need to keep records for your tax return; if you are not in the HLC scheme you therefore don't need to submit an Annual Return. If you received any local income (i.e. chaplaincy, retained fees.) during the last tax year you will need to inform your diocesan office about this directly so they can ensure that you are in receipt of the correct stipend.

What if I am unable to access MyView?

Please visit the MyView frequently asked questions page for help and support to get logged into MyView including where to find your Unique ID number.  The MyView team are very happy to help you get logged in.  Please e-mail the MyView team at myviewenquiries@churchofengland.org

If you have contacted the MyView team and are unable to submit your figures online you can print a blank form from here, which you will need to complete and return to us by post.  Please ensure that you read the notes before completing all sections of this blank form, which you will need to print, sign and return via post; we are unable to confirm receipt of individual paper forms. We will not be able to process any incomplete forms.

Where can I find more information on the HLC scheme?

You can find more information about the HLC scheme including:

* Who is eligible to receive the allowance

* How the scheme works

* What costs are covered by the scheme

On the HLC pages of our website and on the HLC Annual Return Form notes but if you have any queries or anything is not clear please contact us.

I have submitted my annual return, why has my allowance been suspended?

Please check on your MyView account to see when your form was submitted.  We usually upload the forms in the middle of the month so if you submitted your form in the second half of the month, it is likely that you missed the deadline for that month.  As long as you are still on the payroll and in the HLC scheme then we will process your form the following month and any adjustments to your HLC allowance will be backdated.  If you have any concerns please contact us.