A few days ago HMRC published a report "The Real Time Information Pilot" that summarises the findings from HMRC's Real Time Information (RTI) pilot.
The conclusion is self congratulatory:
"It is clear that the success of the national roll out of reporting PAYE in real time so far is based on the solid foundations laid by the success of expanding the RTI pilot into live running."This despite the fact that there are a number of issues that may not yet be fully addressed, eg:
- Duplicate employments
- Employer Payment Summary (EPS) - the issue is ongoing as there is a risk that, when automatic late payment penalties are implemented from April 2014, HMRC’s systems will create penalisable payment defaults in the absence of an EPS reporting adjustments to the employer’s liability. HMRC are monitoring how to support the employer community further to ensure EPS are filed promptly where necessary.
- Out of Sync Payments etc
• A pilot is an excellent way of introducing large scale change
• Thorough consultation is indispensable.
Have these people never run IT implementations/systems upgrades before?
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