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Employers urged to beat may deadline

Employers urged to beat may deadline

HM REVENUE AND CUSTOMS News Release (Ref:NAT 21/08) issued by The Government News Network on 30 April 2008

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is urging employers to file their PAYE end-of-year returns by the 19th May deadline, or they could face a penalty.

With time running out, employers need to finalise their return and send it to HMRC as soon possible.

Employers with fewer than 50 employees - who can file either on paper or online - are being encouraged to file their returns electronically. Not only is it quicker and easier, but they will get £100 tax-free for doing so.

If you're an employer and you want to start filing online, you must first register with HMRC's online PAYE service. It can take a week to get the activation PIN after you've registered, so it's important to register as soon as possible. Alternatively, you can ask an agent or payroll bureau to file your return.

If you need help or advice, visit the HMRC website at http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/payeonline, or call the HMRC Employer Helpline on 08457 143 143. There's also a video podcast available which provides an introduction to employer filing online, which can be downloaded free from the HMRC website at http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/podcasts.

Don Macarthur, Head of HMRC's Employer Team, said:

"Don't leave it to the last minute. Get your employer return in now, and beat the 19th May deadline."

Notes to editors

1. Each year around 1.8 million employers throughout the UK are required to inform HMRC of their employees' tax and national insurance payments for the last financial year. Employers meet this obligation by sending in a P14 noting each individual employee's payments and a P35 summarising the details for their entire workforce.

2. Employers with 50 or more employees must file their 2007-08 return online.

Issued by HM Revenue & Customs Press Office

Website http://www.hmrc.gov.uk

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