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Epayslips - a step in the right direction for e-payslips

Epayslips  - a step in the right direction for e-payslips
Richard Rowell
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Friday, 21 August 2009 14:49

I noted with interest this week that the IPP are now pushing HMRC to allow the use of electronic versions of form P60.

This would be an enormous boost to the use of E-payslip systems that are now becoming more favourable with employers.

Currently, epayslip systems can replace traditional paper based payslips. Each employee would have secure access to a website containing electronic versions of their payslip. However, at year end an employee still has to be provided with a paper version of the form P60.

This does seem at odds with HMRC's drive toward everything electronic, particularly when HMRC allows other year end information to be submitted, such as P14's, to them electronically.

There are provisions where the final payslip of the year can be amended to substitute for the P60 itself. However, a change in legislation to allow electronic distribution of forms P60's would be a huge step forward

Karen Thomson, associate Director of Policy at the IPP, in a recent publication said

"As many of the returns that payroll must submit to HMRC are already electronic, including P14s, there is no reason why P60s should not be issued in the same way. A lot of employers already use online facilities for things such as e-payslips, so expanding this to P60s makes a lot of sense."

Richard Rowell

Richard is the managing director of Dataplan Payroll Limited and is also responsible for the ideas and development of Dataplan's innovative technology solutions such as ePaysafe.

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