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As part of the move to Universal Credits, the DWP require a database of 25% of employers on which to test their system, to be live in October 2013. This 25% employer pool is required by April 2013. It was no surprise; therefore, that HMRC announced on 23 November 2011 that it is extending its RTI pilot. 300 employers will be involved in the pilot from April 2012, and an additional 1,300 volunteer employers are invited to join RTI in July 2012. On top of this, a further 250,000 additional volunteer employers will be invited to join in November 2012, subject to a review of the initial pilot. RTI timetables are tight and ambitious, as are the deadlines for registering for the pilot. Plus, there are a number of constraints, so not all employers will be able to participate, even if they want to. Indeed, communication is between HMRC and the software developers themselves. These deadlines and constraints are:
The payroll software used by the employer must have been piloted
For the new pilot employers, HMRC cannot accept RTI submissions where an employer operates multiple payrolls for one tax reference. However, such submissions will be permitted where the multiple payrolls can be amalgamated into one file
Software developers who wish to participate should contact the Software Developers Support Team (SDST) to register interest by 30 November 2011. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org who will provide a template which details the information required
Template to be returned to SDST by 07 December 2011 detailing the payroll software and the individual employers
Details of the pilot employers will need to be provided to HMRC by 30 December 2011
The exchange of payroll data in real time is an exciting and challenging time for both the payroll profession and the software developers that work, frequently, behind the scenes. We need to work hand-in-hand with HMRC to ensure that RTI is integrated as smoothly as possible into our working lives. Therefore, The Learn Centre is delighted to see that the pilot scheme has been extended and hopes that a larger number of smaller software developers and, therefore, small employers, will be tempted into it. However, employers should be aware that there is no statutory requirement to volunteer and should not feel under any pressure to do so. Whilst software houses and bureaux should be encouraged to pilot their software, employers will also have data protection concerns as well as additional reporting and recording requirements to contend with.
· HMRC – RTI Press Release
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