HMRC confirms that a pilot RTI scheme will start in April 2012Monday, April 11th, 2011
HMRC invites software developers and employers to volunteer to be involved in the RTI pilot.
In a press release issued on 4 April HMRC confirmed that Real Time Information will go ahead and that a pilot will begin in April 2012 with volunteer employers and software developers. By October 2013, all employers will be required to submit payroll data by Bacs or online following every pay run.
Work to ensure data quality will begin from October 2011 and, subject to successful completion of the pilot, mandatory use for RTI will be phased in for all employers, starting with the largest, between April and October 2013.
Readers may find it interesting to compare this six-month implementation period for a highly complex computer-dependent PAYE reporting system with the four-year implementation period for the new auto-enrolment pension schemes starting in October 2012.
These dates show a change to the earlier announced timetable. Mandatory use of RTI for large employers will start from April 2013 instead of January 2013, giving just six months for all employers to be brought into scope.
In separate correspondence, HMRC has advised developers that technical packs for RTI will be published in May 2011 and, prior to that, they will be issued with an information pack containing:
- a full list of data items and the documents
- customer “journeys” describing the end to end process
- an explanation of bank payment methods appropriate for the Bacs submission channel.
Developers have also been asked to complete a detailed questionnaire.