Our success in influencing changes include:
• RTI policy, guidance and implementation – we worked closely through EPG, TDSF and the RTI user group to help steer the decisions and designs to make them as workable as possible. And are still regularly raising issues and giving advice.
• Universal Credits – we have been able to give advice on guidance on the development of UC, the impact on payroll and how it interfaces with RTI.
• Online filing policy, implementation and guidance – this started way back pre-2000 and led to the formation of IReeN. Sometimes its about understanding the battles that you can win and the ones to let go but our input through various forums and direct meetings has helped shape things.
• Changes to forms such as P45 and P46 and the new starters checklist – for a ling time we have argued that there is no reason to keep these forms with the full roll out of RTI and that the forms weren’t really fit for purpose with the changes. We hope that our continued lobbying will result in the withdrawal of the P45 completely.
• Extension of the lifetime of EDI – this is something that we lobbied very hard on since we knew that the cost to replace EDI, where many businesses were still recouping their original investment, was going to be high and that it will be a big project especially for the large employers and payroll agents. We are now working closely with HMRC on how EDI will be phased out and will continue to ensure that members are advised of the timetables and the actions they need to take.
• 50% limit on all tax codes – ever since the K codes were introduced we felt there was an anomaly within the profession that many low paid employees and pensioners were being treated unfairly since there was no limit on the amount of tax they would pay in a pay period when their tax code changed. For us it seemed a logical extension to apply the 50% limit to all payees and it took ministers some time to agree to this.
• Week 53 and Good Friday – this became a huge issue a few years ago due to the timing of Good Friday and 5 th April, and meant that many employers weren’t going to be able to comply with the legislation as it stood. HMRC were attending an IReeN meeting and from the weight of the feedback on the day went away and got agreement with ministers that enabled employers to pay their employees correctly.