RTI – Dump the DummiesFriday, February 17th, 2012
This is not the usual video that I imagine is requested often on YouTube. HMRC have produced an 11 minute video which gives examples of inaccurate information held by payroll and HR systems and the possible implications. They give some frightening examples of the bad data that we are sending them, for example:
- A recent study indicated multiple instances of either Mr, Ms or Mrs Dummy returned as the employee’s name
- 500 employees in 2009/10 were, apparently called AN Other
- The same study indicated multiple surnames of ‘Unknown’
- Date of birth returned indicated many employees over the age of 200
- Forenames and surnames swapped around
As we have stated before, now is the time that we should be doing investigation and repair work in our systems to ensure that our data is clean. HMRC also have a dedicated section on the Website regarding the Data Improvement Project (DIP) which provides more information on improving data quality.
Although this video relates to clean data in general, it is very relevant when talking about RTI. The quality and accuracy of our data is going to be critical to the success of RTI – making sure that the data we send HMRC can be matched to an employee on the National Payroll System (NPS) under your PAYE scheme reference. Therefore, we are pleased to repeat Jim Harra’s message that ‘if you’ve got a spare few minutes, watch the video and see what you can do to help your organisation get things right for you, your employees and HMRC’.
- Gotomeeting - Accurate Employee Information Matters – it can save time and money (requires an E-mail address)
- YouTube – 3.36 minute version
- HMRC – RTI and Improving your payroll data