The deadline for RTI end-of-year payroll submissions should be permanently extended due to the “vulnerable” new system’s problems, according to the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT).
ATT has approached HMRC asking for the final day to be pushed back a month to May 19, the deadline prior to transitioning to the Real Time Information (RTI) system.
The request by the charitable professional tax body follows significant disruption on the Government Gateway recently, with payrollers experiencing delays in submitting their PAYE records, as reported by Payroll World here.
ATT president, Natalie Miller, said: “The new system was always going to be vulnerable to any issues arising with the Gateway in this short time period. This has always been a concern of the Association.
“Many employers and agents will have planned to file over last weekend, in advance of taking time off for the Easter school holidays.
“These disruptions will have caused considerable stress for those involved. In addition, this year’s deadline falls on a bank holiday weekend, effectively reducing the number of work days available for employers and agents to file now anyway.
“As an Association we are requesting not just an extension to this year’s deadline, but a permanent move back to May 19th, as there is no guarantee that these problems will not happen again. Such a tight deadline leaves absolutely no room for failure.”