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Long-awaited real-time pilot takes off

17 April 2012
Issue: 4349 / Categories: News , RTI , Admin , Employees , Income Tax
Revenue among first employers in new PAYE system

The taxman has launched the long-anticipated trial of the real-time information (RTI) system for PAYE, with the first of ten volunteers submitting their returns.

Under the set-up – first suggested by the government in July 2010 – employers and pension providers will tell the Revenue about PAYE payments at the time they are made, rather than at the end of the year.

Most firms will join RTI from April 2013, and all employers will be using the system by October of the same year.

HMRC’s Stephen Banyard, acting director general for personal tax, confirmed that the department join the scheme as an employer in the trial period.

He said, ‘We have been working in close partnership with stakeholders to ensure RTI will be introduced progressively, to give time for testing the new systems and processes and allowing them to bed in.

‘Having HMRC take part in the pilot will allow us to see first hand how it is working from an employer’s perspective. A specialist team of RTI experts will be on hand to support employers through the pilot,’ Mr Banyard added.

The Revenue expects a further 310 employers and pension providers to join the pilot during May and June. Subject to initial success, around 1,300 volunteers will be reporting via RTI by September.

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Issue: 4349 / Categories: News , RTI , Admin , Employees , Income Tax
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