HMRC announces new recognition scheme for payroll software developersFriday, July 29th, 2011
HMRC’s existing Payroll Standard Accreditation Scheme and Online Filing Recognition Scheme are to be replaced by a broader-based Enhanced Recognition Scheme.
A new Enhanced Recognition Scheme for payroll software developers is to be introduced from 1 October 2011. The two existing schemes that it replaces, namely,
- the formal Payroll Standard Accreditation Scheme, which ensures that payroll systems produce accurate results, and
- the less formal Online Filing Recognition Scheme, which ensures that validated online files can be submitted to and accepted by HMRC,
will cease to operate on 5 April 2012.
The Payroll Accreditation Standard, which exists in two forms, one for payroll systems and another for pension payroll systems, defines minimum standards for such systems.
Detailed information about the new scheme will be sent to all software developers in August 2011 and those currently working through the accreditation procedures or applying for accreditation for the first time will be contacted individually about the change. However, the deadline for completing the process is 31 August 2012. HMRC will also be contacting the developers who are due to renew their accreditation before 5 April 2012.
The new Enhanced Recognition Scheme, which is intended to bring PAYE into line with the approach taken for other online services, will enable HMRC’s Software Developers Support Team (SDST), as explained in HMRC’s announcement, to
“take a more flexible approach to testing and enable contact and support across all payroll software developers, not just those with previously accredited products. SDST will check the functionality included in the software, but will not be enforcing the same minimum standard of functionality as the Payroll Accreditation Standard.”