Employers urged - beat the deadline
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Issued 16 April 2009
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has issued a timely
reminder to employers - file your Employer Annual Return by the 19 May
deadline, or you could end up with a late-filing penalty.
HMRC is also reminding large employers, with 50 or more
employees, that they must file their 2008/09 Employer Annual Return
online, or they could face an additional penalty.
Smaller employers, with fewer than 50 employees, can still
file their return on paper, but those who file online will qualify for
a £75 tax-free payment.
To file online, employers must first register with HMRC's
"PAYE Online for Employers" service. It can take up to a week to get
the Activation PIN after registering, so employers shouldn't leave it
until the last minute.
Agents, tax advisers or payroll bureaux can also file on
behalf of employers. Small employers will still qualify for the £75
tax-free payment, even if an intermediary files online for them.
HMRC's Sue Williams said:
"File your Employer Annual Return now, so you avoid a
last-minute rush, and any late-filing penalties."
Support and advice is available from HMRC's Employers Helpline
on 08457 143 143, online at http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/paye
or from HMRC's Employer CD-ROM. There is also a free video podcast
available to view or download from HMRC's podcast pages at http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/podcasts.
1. Each year, employers throughout the UK are required to
inform HMRC of their employees' tax and national insurance payments for
the last financial year. Employers meet this obligation by sending in
an Employer Annual Return - a P14 for each individual employee, and a
P35 summarising the details for their entire workforce.
2. More information on the HMRC Employer CD-Rom can be found
on the HMRC website at http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/employers/cdrom/index.htm.
Issued by HM Revenue & Customs Press Office
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