April 10 2013.

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.

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


For businesses with nine or less actual PAYE employees, the free Basic PAYE Tools - Real Time Information software available via is really easy to download and use. Easy to follow instructions are provided at every step and, once in use, you can save and restore your data and receive update notifications throughout the year - useful when tax codes change, etc. It took us less than half an hour to get it sorted - If we can do it, so can you!