Erroneous reporting of employee deaths on form P45Thursday, November 18th, 2010
The latest weekly informal update (dated 12 November) from HMRC to employer representatives also includes the following important reminder about reporting the death of an employee on form P45.
We have seen a few cases of P45s filed online where an employer has unintentionally reported a customer as deceased where this is not in fact the case. We’d like to highlight the need for extra care when completing the deceased indicator on the form.
The information from the deceased indicator on the P45 is widely used. If it is incorrect, a next-of-kin may receive a condolence letter about their loved one’s affairs, when they are alive and well. This is distressing for all concerned, and we would very much appreciate extra care being taken to ensure the indicator is only checked in appropriate circumstances.