IRIS Software Group launches free RTI Payroll Software enabling SMEs to meet new HMRC regulations

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17 Oct 2012

Payroll solutions specialist’s rolls out RTI compliant solution – preparing small businesses for biggest change to payroll since PAYE in 1944   

Berkshire, UK, 18 October 2012 – IRIS Software Group, a market leader in payroll and accountancy solutions, has launched a free software package, IRIS RTI Payroll Basics to ensure that all small businesses are able to comply with RTI (real-time information) payroll regulations from the HMRC. Start-up companies will be required to submit PAYE in real-time from November 2012.

1.4 million SMEs and most employers will be legally required to report payroll information in real-time from April 2013. Employers will need to submit information about PAYE to HMRC every time a payroll is run and employees are paid. This means transmitting an electronic RTI submission to HMRC on or before every pay date.

The challenge for many small businesses is that they are unprepared for the regulation changes. In a recent All-Party Parliamentary Taxation Group report, it was indicated that 23 per cent of micro business (one to nine employees) do not have a payroll solution in place and will be forced to buy RTI ready software or seek an alternative solution. 

“We decided from day one that we would offer a free RTI software package for small SMEs,” says Mark Paraskeva, CEO SME Division at IRIS Software Group. “Today, businesses face a range of challenges and RTI does not need to be one of them, which is why we are launching RTI Payroll Basics ahead of the mandated regulations. In addition to the software, we also offer a free RTI advice line and webinar.”

Working closely with HMRC over the last two years, IRIS Software Group pro-actively developed the software in preparation for the regulation changes.  Basics is now ready for download and installation, enabling businesses to prepare their software in plenty of time.

Paraskeva adds; “We are delighted that the IRIS RTI Payroll Basics solution has fully passed HMRC payroll tests for RTI and has been recognised as one of the leading implementations*.”

In 2012 IRIS Software Group participated in the RTI pilot programme with the HMRC, a project which required them to have RTI ready software, to attend HMRC events for employers and software developers and recruit and train employers for the pilot among its customers.  By the time the pilot was complete around 300 employers using RTI Payroll software successfully filed their submissions.

IRIS RTI Payroll Basics can be downloaded from

About IRIS Software

With 30 years' experience, the IRIS Software Group provides business critical software and services to the UK accountancy and SME sectors. More than 15,000 UK accountants and 30,000 small and medium sized companies rely on IRIS everyday to run their business.

IRIS Accountancy Solutions offers customers the greatest choice of specialist accountancy software and services managed under three leading brands - IRIS, PTP and Drummohr. With 98% customer retention, 2.5 million tax returns successfully filed with HMRC and 60% of the top 50 practices as customers, IRIS is the most trusted accountancy software provider in the UK today.

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IRIS SME Solutions provides payroll technology to over 30,000 SMEs and payroll bureaus. As a leading provider of payroll software, IRIS serves a number of sectors, including 70% of UK GP practices and a growing number of UK retailers. More than 10% of the UK workforce are paid via IRIS solutions.

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