The end of the tax year is almost here, so those of you who administer the payroll function for your business are nearing a busy time and need to ensure you are prepared for a few changes which occur this year.

Online Filing

The first change affects those who have not previously filed their Employer Annual Return online. 2009/10 is the first year that online filing is mandatory for all employers regardless of the size of the business. Paper filing of forms is no longer an option. Therefore if you have not previously been registered for electronic filing you must ensure you now register with HMRC’s PAYE Online Service which can be done via the HMRC website.

Late Payment Penalties

Another change which will affect employers from May 2010 is the introduction of late payment penalties if your PAYE is paid late. Currently interest is only charged when the PAYE payment is received late at the end of the tax year.

From May 2010 your PAYE payment will need to be received on time either each month or each quarter depending upon which basis you pay.  Businesses will have to ensure that HMRC always receive postal payments by the 19th of the month or that electronic payments are received in HMRC’s bank account by 22nd of the month to avoid a late payment penalty. The new late payment penalties will apply to all employers and contractors that do not pay on time.

Details of whether you have incurred a penalty will not be sent out until April 2011 but will apply for the whole of the 2010/11 tax year. Penalties will start at 1% of the late amount and will increase to 4% depending upon how many times you pay late. You will not have to pay a penalty if only one payment is late unless it is more than six months late. Payments that are more than six months late may attract a penalty of 5% and a further 5% if still outstanding after more than twelve months.

This is an important change for employers who should ensure they get in to the practice of paying their liability on time each month not just at the payroll year end to avoid any extra costs.

If you have any queries regarding the preparation of your payroll my colleagues at our in-house payroll bureau PayScheme will be happy to help. Contact a member of the team direct on 01767 220199.

 

The information provided in this blog illustrates my opinions and experiences, it does not constitute advice and I do not accept responsibility for any actions taken or refrained from as a result of reading this post.

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