As the implementation of sending payroll statistics using real time information (RTI) begins next month HMRC is ramping up its assistance to employers to ensure that they are ready.
In an informal update to tax professionals from the department published this week they say that, although there are only four weeks to go until RTI starts, they know that there are still some employers who are not prepared.
They say that by now employers should have chosen the best RTI-ready payroll option for them and started to prepare by making sure they hold accurate and up-to-date information on all their employees, both full-time and casual.
HRMC have also said in the update that they are stepping up their campaign to raise awareness of RTI and provide support to employers to help them get ready for the change.
In addition, from Monday (March 11th) the department will be running a RTI Week, which will include a week-long RTI Twitter Q&A and will see the launch of a marketing campaign.
The campaign will include radio and television adverts and an online programme called Whatever the size of your business, PAYE is changing on 6th April.
The objective of the campaign is to get employers to act ‘in-the-moment’ and encourages them to visit HMRC’s website to find out more about their payroll options.
Other help to come from the department, includes improved PAYE and RTI web pages on the HMRC website, face to face events throughout the country, live Q&A webinars every day, a YouTube video and online interactive sessions on 19 March.
As an accountant, Simon Denton specialises in providing PAYE advice, support and guidance.