Sage RTI Surgery with Helen Hargreaves
Sage RTI Surgery
29 April to 03 May 2013
Throughout this week Sage are working with AccountingWEB and Helen Hargreaves, Senior Policy & Research Officer at the CIPP to answer Sage customer’s questions on the tricky details of RTI. Below is a live transcript of the questions and answers as they happen.
If you are a Sage customer and would like to ask a question to Helen please click here to register for the surgery , get in touch with your Sage account manager on 0845 111 1111, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for access to the live session.
You wouldn't need to send an EPS because the EPS would be saying that you haven't paid the employees(which of course you have), it doesn't have any effect on the payments you make to HMRC.
Existing quarterly schemes would not need to take any further action as HMRC will already know to accept payments every three months. In the earlier question the scheme's payments had just reduced taking it newly down to being a quarterly paer, so i wold suggest a quick call to HMRC's Employer Helpline to ensure they note the reocrd to only expect payments every three months.
I answered the bulk of this question earlier on, so hopefully now you know that you can submit more than one FPS each month. Hopefully that will be a more starightforward option so you don't need to explore the possibility of setting up a second scheme.
You dont say whether the incorrect hours are for the pay period just ending or at the end of the last tax year.
I'm assuming that you mean the pay period just gone so will answer on that basis.
HMRC provides guidance on how to correct at the following link http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/payerti/reporting/errors.htm
essentially, if the correction involves making an additional payment to the employees, then you will have to submit an additional FPS.
Good news that you have been coping with the transition to RTI.
The advice I will give you for the first scenario is similar to a message I posted for another guest.
You can do an EAS for this although i would check with the Sage helpdesk first on 0845 111 2451 just to make sure that this is how the software has been set up. However, the action you will need to take is to submit EPSs and actually you dont need to have submitted an EAS to be able to submit an EPS. A quick call to Sage will clarify how they have dealt with this requirement.
After that, if there are no payments to report on an FPS, you must instead submit an EPS to indicate no payment is due for one or more (up to a maximum of six) complete tax months. Using the period of inactivity box means you would only need to do this twice a year as you can go up to six months ahead. At the year end, you must submit an EPS to indicate that this is your 'Final submission for the tax year' and answer the end of year declarations and questions.
As for your second scenario
You can't complete an EAS as there are no employees to report. But as above, you can submit EPSs until the company takes on employees, either in advance using the period of inactivity box, or for the previous month using the no payments made box.