When RTI comes into force in October 2013, employers will be required to send HMRC payroll payment information that includes information on the amounts paid and the number of hours. The submissions are made when the payroll is processed, which will have to be weekly or monthly to allow the Department of Works and Pension to use the information to calculate Universal Credits payments.
The monthly reporting to HMRC will be a problem for small companies which pay a small salary below or equal to the personal allowance (£8105) as there is a requirement to log hours worked, which could breach national minimum wage rules
Before RTI it was possible to declare a low salary as an annual payment, however under RTI if a monthly salary is taken this will need to be reported monthly even if there is no tax payable.
This scheme is going to be an administrative burden on accountants and owner businesses, the scheme is already being piloted and planned to be online by 6th October 2013
HMRC have prepared a webinar on RTI which can be found at http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/webinars/pre-recorded.htm
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