HMRC will target business owners struggling to collect employee information in an attempt to match the data between employers and HMRC.
At least 1,000 businesses will receive face-to-face visits as part of its Targeted Employer Support (TES) scheme to help rectify missing PAYE information in employee records, such as National Insurance Number, date of birth and full names.
HMRC reported in October that over 500 returns claimed to employ 'AN Other' between 2009/10, with such errors causing incorrect amounts of tax deducted from employees.
“HMRC is working hard to get data quality ready before RTI comes in and, as well as TES visits, we will improve the communications and guidance we provide on this subject,” Banyard added.
John Cassidy, tax investigation and dispute resolution partner at PKF, said: “It’s difficult not to welcome something that helps people get it right but we’ve seen so many occasions where what’s said is ‘We want to help people’ and the reality is that you’ve got inspectors looking for problems trying to find something they can charge a penalty rather than providing support.”
HMRC is due to start the RTI 12-month pilot programme from April 2012.