The planned real time information PAYE system will continue as planned after the exchequer secretary David Gauke rejected calls for it to be postponed. The calls came after the all party Parliamentary Commission raised concerns over costs and the planned schedule of the system.
A number of issues had been discussed by the commission, including initial and running costs being underestimated, as well as a concern over whether the system would guarantee ‘sustainably accurate’ data.
HMRC are planning on adding a further 1,300 PAYE scheme operators into the system by September, to add to the 500 employers who were part of the early pilot and testing. Mr Gauke said that the scheme is still on time and on budget, and said he thought the parliamentary report contained a number of misunderstandings which took away any credibility.
Stephen Banyard, HMRC’s acting director-general for personal tax, also confirmed the RTI system is on track and the pilot is “going very well.” He continued; “we have successfully received over 1.7 million individual records from 338 PAYE schemes. Following the success of the first pilot stage, more PAYE schemes will join the RTI pilot, as planned, and by the end of September up to 1,300 employer schemes will be reporting PAYE in real time.”
“We are also seeing external confidence in the pilot and we’ve responded to that by offering more large employers, payroll bureaux, new employers and software developers the opportunity to join the RTI pilot or to expand existing involvement in advance of the launch date in April 2013.”
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