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Get ready to bin old P45s
Employers are being reminded by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) that they must use the new A4 version of form P45 from 6 April 2009.
The new version was introduced in October 2008 and now includes an employee's date of birth and gender. Any stocks of old A5 versions of the P45 should be destroyed by 6 April.
HMRC's Mel McDonald, said:
"The new P45 has real benefits for employers. It will help HMRC match employees' information to their records and will reduce the number of queries we send employers.
"It is also important to remember that employees may not recognise the new forms. All they need is reassurance that the form P45 has changed in appearance and now includes their date of birth and gender." Employers who use HMRC's free Online Return and Forms - PAYE service can print parts 1A, 2 and 3 of form P45 onto A4 plain paper, when they have submitted the P45 part 1 (employee leaving details) to HMRC online. This facility is also available in some payroll software packages.
The form should be printed onto white A4 paper, using black ink.
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