In April I noted that HMRC had "temporarily" stopped employers and their payroll agents from switching their pay cycles to lessen the administrative burden of RTI.
In new guidance published HMRC stated at the time:
“There has been a recent increase in the number of employers and agents requesting the registration of PAYE schemes as annual.Fast forward to June, and it appears that the "rectification" of this problem has been delayed. The ICAEW Tax Faculty reports that the "fix" is now expected to be implemented in July.
Please note that, at the moment, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) are unable process requests from employers to:
HMRC are working to rectify this position and will publish a further 'What's New' message to announce when this is ready.”
- move to paying annually and register as an annual scheme
- change their payment frequency.
In the meantime, it will not be possible to register schemes as annual and employers and payroll agents will need to submit nil EPS in respect of the months in which no-one is paid.
Views and comments from the frontline, as always, are very welcome.
Tax does have to be taxing.
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