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HMRC to help employers and contractor accountants improve their PAYE data

HMRC to help employers and contractor accountants improve their PAYE data

HMRC is going to help employers improve their PAYE data.

Targeted Employer Support will be available to more than 1,000 employers who HMRC has identified as having problems with the quality of the PAYE information they submit. Between July and October, HMRC piloted face-to-face support visits with 12 employers and said they resulted in significant improvements in data quality.

Accountants will be aware that some companies struggle to comply with the complex PAYE system, and the Revenue now seems to have recognised this fact. The majority of employers do submit accurate data, but those that don’t could be causing problems for their employees. If employees do not pay the right amount of PAYE, they could find they are unable to claim certain benefits in the future.

The Revenue often encounters problems matching employers’ data with its own records. This can happen when a date of birth or National Insurance number is either entered incorrectly or is missing. Another common error is misspelt, incorrect or fictional names.

Stephen Banyard, HMRC’s acting director general for personal tax, said the Revenue is working tirelessly to improve data quality before the introduction of Real Time Information. In addition to TES visits, the department intends to improve the guidance it provides on PAYE data.

He went on to say that the pilot schemes had been successful and provided HMRC with the data it needed to compile the materials used for interacting with employers.

A pilot Real Time Information programme will begin with 300 volunteer employers next April.

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