- February 2013 HMRC RTI Update - Deadline draws near
February 2013 HMRC RTI Update - Deadline draws near
Published on Thursday, February 28, 2013
As we draw closer the April deadline for Real Time Information, HMRC predicts that by March 2013 over 6 Million employees will have their PAYE information reported in real time. HMRC will launch a major awareness campaign on March 11th via radio, newspaper, online advertising and Twitter Q&A sessions.
Given the importance of the April go-live date, HMRC will look
to begin monitoring the service for compliance following this to
ensure that companies are submitting both the PAYE information and
Bacs data containing the cross-reference. As a minimum, the HMRC
has reiterated the importance of sending your PAYE information from
April, as this is key to the operation of the service. During this
year, the significance of RTI to the introduction of Universal
Credit will gain more focus from DWP and HMRC.
HMRC confirmed that the pilot has been broadly positive. Key
points to remember:
- Data quality is important to prevent submissions being
rejected. Check your data to ensure you have included all the
mandatory fields for all employees (Name, Date of Birth, Gender,
Address) - and that it is correct. Include the NINO where
- Check your submission to ensure that you have not included
invalid characters such as ' or # in particular fields. Some
characters may be permitted in some fields and not others. Please
check to ensure you are using the most appropriate characters for
- Ensure you have your correct Accounts Office Reference
- Check you have registered for the Government Gateway and your
credentials are valid prior to submission.
- If you pay your employees by direct Bacs, ensure that your Bacs
software is compliant and if so, that you've done the necessary to
ensure the file definitions have been updated accordingly. You only
need to include the cross reference (hash) where you make PAYE
payments via Bacs.
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