July 9 2012.

Over 1,300 employers will join the Real Time Information (RTI) pilot between now and September 2012 HMRC announced today.

Stephen Banyard, Acting Director General for Personal Tax, said: "RTI is on track and the pilot is going very well. We started in April with just 10 employers and now we've successfully received over 1.7 million individual records from 338 PAYE schemes.

"Following the success of the first pilot stage, more PAYE schemes will join the RTI pilot, as planned, and by the end of September up to 1,300 employer schemes will be reporting PAYE in real time.

"We are also seeing external confidence in the pilot and we've responded to that by offering more large employers, payroll bureaux, new employers and software developers the opportunity to join the RTI pilot or to expand existing involvement in advance of the launch date in April 2013."

Most employers will begin reporting PAYE in real time in April 2013. All employers will be routinely reporting PAYE in real time by October 2013, in time for the introduction of Universal Credit.

RTI was launched in April 2012. It was expanded from 8th May as scheduled, when the first of a further 310 PAYE schemes started reporting PAYE information in real time. HMRC is on track for a further expansion in November.

The pilot includes a wide range of employers based on size, industry type, location, software use to ensure the pilot represents a wide employer base.

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