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The Final Countdown

March 6, 2013


With just one month left HMRC has begun the final countdown to the introduction of Real Time Information reporting of PAYE on 6th April.

Ruth Owen, HMRC’s Director General Personal Tax, said:

“Real Time Information will be better for employers, better for employees and better for Britain. This is the biggest revolution in PAYE in around 70 years and over time will reduce the costs of administration for businesses.

“Employers can find all the information they need about the new system on HMRC’s website and small businesses can download free software to help them get ready. So whatever the size of your business, wherever you are based, whatever you do – if you employ people, it’s time to get ready.”

In information published by the Chartered Institute of Taxation and its affiliate the Association of Accounting Technicians, [] HMRC, set out today the ‘highlights’ of their RTI information awareness campaign:

  • We [HMRC] wrote to all employers in October 2012 and again in February 2013 to tell them about Real Time Information and what they need to do to get ready;
  • We will launch RTI Week on Monday 11 March, which will include a week-long RTI Twitter Q&A;
  • During RTI Week, we will also launch a marketing campaign which includes radio adverts, national newspapers adverts and an online campaign. Appealing to smaller business, the campaign strapline is ‘Whatever the size of your business, PAYE is changing on 6th April’. The campaign asks employers to act today and encourages them to visit our website to find out more about their payroll options; and

We [HMRC] are also offering a range of support for employers, including:

  • Improved PAYE and RTI web pages;
  • Face to face events throughout the country. More information will be posted on our website shortly;
  • Live question and answer webinars every day; we regularly add new dates for these webinars;
  • YouTube video; and
  • Online interactive sessions, including Twitter Q&A on 19 March (#RTIqa)

Kitty O’Leary, of’s information campaign, said “We hope that HMRC’s awareness campaign succeeds in getting the message on RTI through to employers, but it’s still a concern at this late stage that business surveys indicate limited awareness among a significant minority.”

“Advance preparation is essential because employers need to cleanse and check their employee records to ensure employer reporting is communicated smoothly to HMRC’s new RTI systems.”

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