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HMRC reveals number not yet reporting RTI 10 February 2014

Two large companies and more than 2,000 smaller employers have yet to start reporting in real time, according to figures released by HMRC.

The Revenue is refusing to reveal any information that would identity either of the two large organisations, but says that each employs more than 5,000 staff.

One of them, HMRC has confirmed, will be ready to comply with Real Time Information (RTI) legislation before the end of March.

The Revenue would not comment on the cases specifically but said: “Over 99% of PAYE employment records are now being reported in real time. HMRC is continuing to work closely with the very small number of large employers who are yet to start reporting in real time.”

More than 2,000 organisations, employing between 10 and 249 employees, who were also meant to have started reporting in real time, have since been contacted by HMRC.

In addition to the numbers of non-compliers, the Revenue has released details of a number of issues affecting the transition to RTI for employers who have started reporting PAYE in real time.

Between April 2013 and January 2014, 420,000 individual duplicate employments have been created, with less than 5% having incorrect tax codes issued as a result.

A number of unrelated issues have also led to wrong figures being displayed on the Business Tax online Dashboard for some PAYE schemes – which will be rectified without further action by the employers affected.

HMRC is also “taking seriously” incidents of employers disputing the amount of tax they have been informed that they owe.

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