LTD director applied multiple times for PAYE num.

She has now received 2 PAYE and AORN reference numbers by post

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Director got impation and submitted multiple requests. She has now received 2 PAYE and AORN reference numbers by post

Would she need to do anything about this besides activating one of them online? Do we need to contact HMRC to cancel the unused numbers?

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By Leywood
17th Feb 2024 09:53

Clients can be idiots sometimes. Is this the same client as mentioned in the last 2 posts? Ditch her maybe.

If you do nothing penalties could start to rack up when hmrc don’t get their expected filings.

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By tonyfonda
17th Feb 2024 10:10

Leywood wrote:

Clients can be idiots sometimes. Is this the same client as mentioned in the last 2 posts? Ditch her maybe.

If you do nothing penalties could start to rack up when hmrc don’t get their expected filings.

She ain't that bad - just overzealous.

Activation code was not received yet. When I logged in to request a new one, I could only see 1 of the 2 PAYEs on her portal. Do you think I should call HMRC to clarify the situation?

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By FactChecker
17th Feb 2024 11:21

The good news is that she has a valid one to use in the current tax year ... because as mentioned last time it could get messy if she paid employee now but only started submitting after 6th April!

But she seems a bit more than 'overzealous' (verging on 'impetuous') ... you never explained why the "business registered earlier this month NEEDS to pay its director and employee a salary by month end" (i.e. within a few days at the time)?

At the very least she needs to be apprised of the glacial pace with which much of HMRC (and CH and others) now operate - and thus the need to plan these things rather than merely have an idea for instant implementation.

You could point out that the result of her impatience is extra costs (for you sorting it out) - but as Jason says, don't just leave a 'spare' set on the side!

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By Jason Croke
17th Feb 2024 10:53

PAYE not my subject but why is this question even being asked?

You know your client has two PAYE references, you know they will only be using one of those numbers.

What's the plan, to just leave the other PAYE sitting there? Do nothing at all and see what happens? Does the client want two numbers?

If you're an accountant or book keeper, then having a spare tax number doesn't sound like a good idea.

Just write to HMRC asking them to cancel the erroneous number, job done. HMRC then can't come back later and try and raise penalties as you've told them of the error, as opposed to doing nothing and then eventually HMRC will ask about the extra number.

I've had clients a apply for VAT twice due to impatience and ended up with two VAT numbers, had to cancel one of them else it just looks dodgy and a future potential time bomb.

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By taxdigital
17th Feb 2024 12:41

tonyfonda wrote:

Do we need to contact HMRC to cancel the unused numbers?

What else is there to it?

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