How to escape the involuntary RTI pilot trap

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HMRC’s habit of putting new PAYE schemes into the RTI pilot scheme without telling them is building up another rash of filing problems and penalty concerns for the end of May.

“We’re encountering many situations where people didn’t know they are on RTI. It appeasrs that thousands of schemes didn’t realise they were on RTI,” warned Tom McClelland of payroll software developer 12Pay, who has been monitoring the situation on AccountingWEB and his company’s helpline.

McClelland thinks that from around February all new schemes were put into RTI, whether they wanted to or not. But AccountingWEB member Jean Reeve reported that a scheme set up back in October had its P35 rejected because HMRC had put it into RTI. Multiple posts on the site, including from members David2371, SarahP, E Lewis and cathyne.

According to McClelland...

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