A month’s gone by for RTI

So, we’ve had our first month end since real time information (RTI) was put in place. Following on from my first blog on the subject back in February, after all the hard work, it seems to have passed without incident for most of us.

After making a few enquiries, it would seem the main people who struggled were our dear friends at HMRC.

Some submissions didn’t get through, towards the end of that first day, due to the large volume of companies all trying to upload their initial information at the same time.

I also have it on good authority that some large employers received a phone call asking them not to submit real time information for a further three months. The extra time may have been needed by HMRC so that it could roll out the initial stages of the universal credit scheme on time. Funny that I haven’t seen much on this in the press.

A statement also appeared on the HMRC website saying that they had received so many requests from employers to move to an annual scheme that they couldn’t cope with any more. Of course, one-person limited companies won’t want to be submitting PAYE returns every month…

Let’s hope that the current trend of 100% submissions continues, considering here within my companies, we submit every day.

For once, almost without a hitch, hats off to HMRC for at least getting something in and on time. Here’s hoping that the web gateway and back-end systems used to reconcile the information can cope. Time will tell.

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