RTI - An Irish Perspective
Ireland is set to follow in the footsteps of the UK and introduce Real Time Reporting which is called PAYE Modernisation in the Irish PAYE system. The Irish government is recommending employers to prepare for PAYE Modernisation and familiarise themselves with their new responsibilities.
On 1st January 2019, all employers in Ireland will have to comply with the new Pay as You Earn (PAYE) process, which will see returns processed in real-time, every pay period. This is similar to what the UK transitioned to at the start of the 2013/14 tax year. The new reporting system of Real Time Information (RTI) impacted every employer in the country. For some, this has meant designing new procedures to capture and report payroll information which was previously not required, while for others it has meant changing existing payroll systems.
For Ireland, the new PAYE programme will provide the government (Revenue), employers and employees with up-to-date and accurate payroll information. Rachel Mapleston, Legislation Expert at leading HR and payroll provider MHR says:
“In short, the annual process for submitting PAYE data will change to real-time, meaning submissions relating to employee’s pay and deductions will be submitted to the Revenue each time an employee is paid, with a deadline of on or before pay day. The requirement to manually log on to the Revenue’s Online Services (ROS) to make submissions and download PAYE data should become obsolete, as it will be integrated into your payroll software”.
HMRC and payroll software suppliers from the UK have been included in the consultation process to ensure lessons learnt from their transition to RTI are taken into account.
In order for Ireland to make the January 2019 go live date, employers need to start preparing now.