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HMRC to start employer RTI awareness campaign

September 28, 2012

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has announced today that it intends to kick off its Real Time Information (RTI) awareness campaign next month by writing to over 1.4 million employers.

The employer letter, which will be sent during the month of October, will provide information on what employers need to do to prepare for PAYE RTI which the majority of employers have to start reporting in April 2013.

The announcement follows strong representations made by UK accountancy bodies and others represented in HMRC’s RTI User Group that HMRC has not done enough to alert businesses about RTI starting in just six months’ time.

HMRC announced that its letter to employers forms part of a wider HMRC campaign, “starting immediately”, to raise awareness among employers of the changes. HMRC’s information campaign will include: targeted flyers and emails, regular live Twitter Q&As, You Tube videos and road shows across the country and is aimed at employers of all sizes, Payroll Bureaux, accountants, professional bodies, software providers and other representatives and industry groups.

Ruth Owen, HMRC’s Director General, commented: “Don’t put it off – April 2013, when Real Time Information becomes a reality, is now less than six months away.”

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