RTI – Real Time InformationAfter the introduction of Agency Worker Regulations in October 2011, we have been busy preparing for Real Time Information (RTI), with direct support from HMRC (as part of their pilot scheme) to make sure that we're submitting the correct data in the correct format.
RTI is information about Income Tax, National Insurance contributions (NICs) and other deductions which employers will have to provide to HMRC in real time when payments are made, instead of waiting until after the end of the tax year.
Pay as You Earn was nationally introduced in 1944 to replace the existing annual or twice-yearly collections of tax. Back then, employees tended to stay in the same job from leaving school to the end of their working career. This is no longer the case and HMRC are not always informed of employees' earnings within a tax year - which can result in over or under payments of tax that are not highlighted until the tax year end.
The purpose of RTI is to ensure that more employees will pay the right amount of Income Tax and National Insurance in the tax year.
As the employer of agency contractors, it is our responsibility to provide PAYE data in real time to HMRC, thus removing the responsibility from the recruitment agency. Our UK payroll software is effectively RTI compliant. PAYE software allows us to submit RTI returns directly over the Government Gateway through internet connection.