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RTI lifts off

Over 70,000 Pay As You Earn (PAYE) returns have been submitted using Real Time Information (RTI) since 6 April.

The new PAYE reporting system, known as Real Time Information (RTI), started on 6 April 2013. Employers report PAYE in real time from their first pay day on or after 6 April each time they pay their employees, rather than yearly, under RTI.

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 will improve the operation of PAYE for employers, HMRC and employees. It will also reduce administrative burdens for employers.

A range of RTI software is available, including free software for micro businesses with nine or fewer employees.

Guidance on reporting in real time and hints and tips on avoiding problems when employers start to report PAYE in real time can be found at

Other support includes:

  • Pre-recorded and live webinars – which are available from the “know where to find extra help” section on the RTI pages on the HMRC website 
  • YouTube video “Accurate Employee Information matters”
  • Face-to-face events across the country
  • Regular Twitter Q&As @HMRCgovuk

Notes for editors

  1. The RTI pilot was launched in April 2012 with just 10 employers.
  2. By the end of the pilot, on 31 March, over 6 million individual records were being reported in real time.
  3. All employers received letters about RTI in February 2013 and October 2012.
  4. RTI will support the operation 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.



Issued by HM Revenue & Customs Press Office

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is the UK’s tax authority.

HMRC is responsible for making sure that the money is available to fund the UK’s public services and for helping families and individuals with targeted financial support.

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