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HMRC issues non-suffixed NI numbers

30th May 2013
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HMRC has attempted to fix a national insurance (NI) number verification problem under RTI by issuing numbers without the final letter (A B, C or D).

The Revenue issued the non-suffixed numbers in response to issues raised by RTI filers whose NI number verification requests (NVRs) and full payment submissions (FPSs) had missing or incorrect NI numbers.

No NI numbers will be issued while the problem is being investigated.

“RTI is a major change and as you would expect, a few issues have arisen.  However these have been resolved very quickly,” an HMRC spokesperson said.

“We have now implemented a solution and we are currently checking to ensure that it fully resolves the issue,” he added.

HMRC says the issue affected a “very small” number of employers and employees.

However, the tax department was unable to confirm exactly how many were issued, when the problem was likely to be resolved or when NI numbers would start to be issued again.

There is some guidance provided for those affected, on three potential scenarios and actions to take.

Scenario 1: Incorrect NI number included on an FPS and correct number goes back with no suffix

  • In this case, the Revenue advises that you should use the NI number that was sent back. Use the suffix that was on the original submission (A, B, C or D).
  • If you don’t know what this was, enter the space bar. Don’t try and guess which letter should be used.

Scenario 2: No NI number provided on FPS and correct number goes back with no suffix

  • Use the NI number that was sent back, but enter the space bar instead of the suffix.
  • Don’t try to truncate the number to right characters or guess which letter should be used.

Scenario 3: Employer sends NVR and NI number supplied by HMRC is missing a suffix

  • Use the NI number that was sent back but enter the space bar instead of the suffix.
  • Don’t try to truncate the number to right characters or guess which letter should be used.
  • The Revenue also reminded those entering submissions that using an NI number without a suffix should only be used in this scenario. 

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By pawncob
03rd Jun 2013 21:59

Forward Planning.

And they only had 70 years to prepare for this!  Unbelievable.

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