As if anyone could be surprised by this, the "good ship" RTI appears to be sinking fast barely three days after it was launched.
Payroll World reports that HMRC has disabled the filing of P45 and P46 returns for all employers reporting Real Time Information (RTI), including returns that relate to the previous tax year.
As a result if, for example, an employee left a business on April 4 when HMRC’s systems were down for scheduled maintenance an employer would not be able to send the P45 once the systems came back up.
Any current attempts to send a P45 will be rejected with the following error messages:
"3001 The submission of this document has failed due to departmental specific business logic in the Body tag 7818 This PAYE In Year Movement submission cannot be accepted as the employer has been invited to join RTI."Steven Tucker, managing director of The Payroll Site, says the issue is causing a lot of confusion and helpline staff seemed unaware of the change.
“Why HMRC decided to switch this feature off for past tax years is a mystery and it has come as a complete surprise to employers.Live tweets about RTI can be followed via this link Live RTI tweets.
At the same time as they are trying to grasp RTI businesses are faced with trying to work out why their P45s are being rejected – as if they didn’t have enough to worry about.
The fact that the surprise removal of this feature coincided with downtime and a helpline strike has caused chaos.”
Tax does have to be taxing.
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