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Payroll and Accounting Newsletter, February 2012

Welcome to the February edition of Sargent-Disc's Payroll & Accounting Newsletter. Sargent-Disc has been selected to take part in the the H.M. Revenue and Customs Real Time Information (RTI) pilot scheme for developers to improve the operation of Pay As You Earn (PAYE). In this issue we introduce RTI and how it works.

Also in this issue we are delighted to announce the launch of our new app for the iPhone®, SD Online 2.0. Now you and your employees have the freedom to access payslips whilst on the move.

And finally... we have published a guide to qualifying as a UK film and the UK film tax relief system. For more information on these announcements, stories and articles follow the links. Enjoy!

SD Online 2.0 application for iPhone
SD Online 2.0 iPhone App

Sargent-Disc is delighted to announce the launch of the SD Online 2.0 mobile application for the iPhone. The app is available now for FREE from the App StoreSM.

Key features include:

  • Online payslips
    Employees can view payslips and get a full history of earnings on set, location or in the edit suite.
  • Secure messaging
    Track sensitive communication and avoid sending confidential information by email
  • Reports archive
    Detailed and accurate management reports are published and archived for easy access online.
Real Time Information pilot scheme

Real Time Information (RTI) is an H.M. Revenue and Customs (HMRC) programme which will replace the current Pay As You Earn (PAYE) system in April 2013.

A single integrated real time process, RTI has been developed with the aim of simplifying employers’ and HMRC's own operations and to provide employees with information more quickly.

Sargent-Disc is working with HMRC on a twelve month RTI Pilot and has produced an Introduction to Real Time Information to demystify the process.

UK Film Tax Relief

The UK Government confirmed the extention of the UK tax relief system in 2011. Fiscal incentives are an essential element of international film financing and Sargent-Disc has produced a guide to qualifying a film as British and the UK film tax relief system - we hope you find it useful.

Upcoming Training
Skillset funding for Sargent-Disc training
Sargent-Disc training

Sargent-Disc's Movie Magic budgeting and scheduling  training courses are approved by Skillset to be suitable for their Management and Leadership bursaries for eligible applicants.

Up to 80% of the costs of the courses can be provided by the fund.

Find out more


Introduction to Movie Magic Scheduling
16 March (1/2 day - 10am)
Introduction to Movie Magic Budgeting
16 March (1/2 day - 2pm)

Production Guild

PG Progress: Assistant Co-ordinators Training
19 March thru 30 March
(Deadline: 9 March)

Software & Support
Thank You Louise!

Sargent-Disc would like to thank Louise Green for all her hard work, commitment and good humour, since joining the company in August 2000. Louise has shared a few things about herself for this months newsletter!

Favourite Films:
Grease - John and Olivia strutting their stuff to You’re the One That I Want is a fail safe cure for the blues!
Toy Story 1, 2 and 3 - more Woody, Buzz Lightyear and Slinky Dog soon please!

Enjoys: Horse Riding – particularly on the beautiful Crest!

Forthcoming Holiday: Trekking through Peru

Unknown Fact: In 2002/3 Louise travelled the world and lived in Australia

Star Sign: Taurus


Sargent-Disc distributes and provides remote and telephone support in Europe for Entertainment Partners' software.

Using remote support software our dedicated team can bring their know-how directly to your desktop in real time from our offices in the United Kingdom.

To find out more about our software and where you can buy it, visit our website.

About Sargent-Disc

Founded in 1986, Sargent-Disc provides a full range of payroll, accounting and software services tailored to the needs of your production. As an Entertainment Partners affiliate, Sargent-Disc distributes EP software, such as movie Magic Budgeting, Movie Magic Scheduling, EP Vista Accounting and Vismax across Europe.

Sargent-Disc's online payroll, SD Online, is used throughout the entertainment industry on productions ranging from from low budget documentaries and commercials, through to major Hollywood blockbusters. From feasability.


During development, in production or in post, Sargent-Disc delivers a wealth of production accounting experience and industry know-how

Find out more about our Accounting services

With Sargent-Disc operating your payroll you will be able to divert valuable resources back to your core business, control costs and gain access to our knowledge base and expertise.

Find out more about our Payroll services

Sargent-Disc offers a range of training options on industry standard production software including Movie Magic Budgeting, Movie Magic Scheduling and Vista Accounting.

Find out more about our Training services

Sargent-Disc distributes Entertainment Partners' software throughout Europe, including Movie Magic Budgeting, Movie Magic Scheduling and Vista Accounting.

Find out more about our Software services
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