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In preparation for the launch of RTI, the Integrity Software Support Team were on hand on Saturday 6th April to help customers through the initial HMRC 'server timeout' issues reported by businesses when completing their first Employer Alignment Submission (EAS).

Since those initial teething problems, HMRC have announced the successful submission of over 70,000 PAYE returns and Integrity Software are pleased to report that a large proportion of customers have confirmed successful EAS and FPS submissions across all Integrity systems. Customers will go live on RTI throughout April depending on when they pay their employees.

Ruth Owen, HMRC’s Director General Personal Tax, said “RTI is the biggest change to PAYE in 70 years and it is great news that so many employers have started to report PAYE in real time.

“But we are under no illusions – we know that it will take time before every employer in the country is using RTI. We appreciate that some employers might be daunted by the change – but they don’t need to be. HMRC is on hand to offer help and support and we are taking a pragmatic approach – which includes no in-year late filing penalties for the first year.“

RTI has been introduced to improve the operation of PAYE for employers, HMRC and employees. It will also reduce administrative burdens for employers and support the introduction of Universal Credit – the Government’s flagship welfare programme – which brings together means-tested in and out-of-work benefits, Tax Credits and support for housing, and will improve work incentives and make work pay.

Integrity Software provide RTI ready payroll software as part of its Evolution range of construction accounting software. Along with the resources provided by HMRC which include webinars, guides and face to face events across the country, Integrity Software have created a dedicated online knowledge centre for customers providing RTI information specific for their system.