HMRC have released the latest version of their online software for employers with 9 or fewer employers. Version 13.1.13122.102 was released on 30th May 2013 and now offers functionality to complete and submit Earlier Year Update (EYU) and to produce and print certain forms including P45’s.
Full information and download links can be found HERE
It seems that there are a considerable number of small businesses that HMRC expected to come into RTI from April who have, so far, failed to file their first FPS and HMRC are preparing to contact them. The number of businesses falling into this category will be confirmed before the end of June.
Apparently 1.3 million employers have joined the scheme, but 1.9 million are thought to be eligible.
HMRC are reporting over 1 million successful Full Payment Submissions (FPS) in the first month of RTI and, in spite of a few glitches, mainly due to some employers leaving everything to the last minute, the changeover seems to have gone remarkably smoothly.
I have to admit to some trepidation when it came to putting through my first couple of FPS’s and a great deal of relief when they were accepted but it appears that the system is going to be a lot quicker in the long run and a lot more efficient.
So I guess we must say “Congratulations” to HMRC for a well-planned launch and to the software writers who have worked with them to create efficient payroll software.
Payroll World have reported that HMRC’s own Basic PAYE Tools software, used by some small employers with less than 9 employees to work out their payroll and take care of online filing, is failing to file RTI submissions in some cases. Advice from the Revenue on how to resolve this issue can be found here.
Another good case for using a professional Payroll Bureau?
Don’t forget that, even though you might be reporting payroll in real time (RTI) now, you still have to file a Year End Return with HMRC for the year 2012-13 by 19th May, unless you were on the RTI pilot scheme. If you have not had to maintain any P11’s during the year and therefore don’t need to make a return, you must inform HMRC of this by the same date, otherwise you may receive a late filing penalty if they are expecting a return.