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April 2014

PAYE penalties

HMRC are to introduce further interest and penalties for the late submission of PAYE RTI returns and for late payment of PAYE liabilities. The penalties will be introduced as follows:

•    April 2014 - in-year interest on any in-year payments not made by the due date
•    October 2014 - automatic in-year late filing penalties
•    April 2015 - automatic in-year late payment penalties

If you would like any help with PAYE matters please do get in touch.

Penalties

Penalty charges for late returns and how they will apply:

In addition to where submissions do not appear to have been filed by the due date, a late filing penalty for a month may be issued where one of the following applies:

-    payment information is not received as expected on an FPS
-    you haven't told HMRC that no employees have been paid by sending an EPS

However, no penalty will arise for the first month in each tax year where there is a filing default. This means there are a maximum number of 11 fixed penalties per tax year that can be charged for filing failures.

New employers will not be issued with a penalty if their first FPS is received within 30 days of making their first payment to an employee. But after that, normal penalties rules will apply if an FPS is filed late.
The size of the late filing penalties depends on the number of employees within the PAYE scheme.

Number of employees Amount of the monthly filing penalty per PAYE scheme
1 to 9 £100
10 to 49 £200
50 to 249 £300
250 or more £400

 

HMRC will use the latest information available to determine the number of employees, and the size of the filing penalty for each period where a return is late.

When the penalty notice will be issued

Ordinarily, HMRC will send employers a filing penalty notice quarterly in July, October, January and April, where appropriate. These penalty notices show the amount of the filing penalty for each tax month identified in that quarter. For example, a penalty notice in July will show any filing penalties arising in the first quarter of the tax year - that is, month 1 (6 Apr to 5 May), month 2 (6 May to 5 June) and month 3 (6 June to 5 July).

The penalty notice will advise you of the amount you're being penalised, tell you how you can pay it and what to do if you don't agree a penalty is due.