Choosing HMRC recognised PAYE software: 2014-15

From 6 April 2013 all employers (or their accountant, bookkeeper or payroll bureau) will need payroll software so that they can report PAYE information to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) in real time.

You can send your PAYE reports online using HMRC's free Basic PAYE Tools, which is designed for employers with nine or fewer employees, or by choosing a commercial payroll software product. There are various products available to help you manage your PAYE responsibilities. Below is a list of software products that have been tested and recognised by HMRC. HMRC updates this list regularly as HMRC test and recognise more products.

HMRC can't recommend one product over another, but if you decide to use software that has been recognised by HMRC, it will give you the reassurance that it has been tested by HMRC.

Suppliers of free commercial PAYE software

Free commercial software can only manage PAYE returns for employers with nine or fewer employees.

Supplier's website (opens in a new window)

Product name

Submissions available

IRIS Software (Opens new window)
0844 576 0726

IRIS Payroll Basics (Opens new window)

Real Time Information – FPS, EPS, EYU, NVR

Payroo (Opens new window)
020 8450 7314

Free Payroll Star
Free Payroll Bureau
Free Payroll with CIS

Real Time Information – FPS, EPS, EYU, NVR
Outgoing - P6, P6B, P9, SL1, SL2, Notifications

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Suppliers of paid-for commercial software

Paid-for commercial software can be used by businesses with any number of employees.

Supplier's website (opens in a new window)

Product name

Submissions available

1 2 eFile (Opens new window)
020 8452 9516

RTI E-FILING Specialist

Real Time Information – FPS, EPS, EYU, NVR
Outgoing - P6, P6B, P9, SL1, SL2, Notifications

12Pay (Opens new window)
0854 834 0234

12Pay Payroll -

Express

Premium

Bureau

Enterprise

Real Time Information - FPS, EPS, EYU, NVR

Accentra Technologies Ltd (Opens new window)
0845 456 7181

Accentra Payroll Real Time Information - FPS, EPS, EYU, NVR

Accu-Man (Opens new window)
01507 668146

Accu-Man Payroll

Accu-Man Daily Harvest

asuals

Real Time Information - FPS, EPS, EYU, NVR

Athene Systems Limited (Opens new window)
0845 230 9803

Liberty Accounts

Real Time Information – FPS, EPS, EYU, NVR

Bond Teamspirit (Opens new window)
01376519413

Teamspirit Payroll

Real Time Information – FPS, EPS, EYU, NVR

Carval Computing Limited (Opens new window)
01908 787700

Uniwage

Real Time Information - FPS, EPS, EYU, NVR

Outgoing - P6, P6B, P9, SL1, SL2, Notifications

Celerity Payroll Services Ltd (Opens new window)
01273 615080

Payline Payroll and BACS Bureau

Real Time Information - FPS, EPS, NVR

Cintra HR & Payroll Services Ltd (Opens new window)
0191 478 7000

Cintra IQ

Real Time Information - FPS, EPS, NVR
Outgoing - P6, P6B, P9, SL1, SL2, Notifications

Crop-Ware Ltd (Opens new window)
01233 740 720

CropPayer

Real Time Information - FPS, EPS, NVR

eFile Ready Ltd (Opens new window)
020 8452 9516

RTI E-FILING Specialist

Real Time Information – FPS, EPS, EYU, NVR
Outgoing - P6, P6B, P9, SL1, SL2, Notifications

Intuit Ltd (Opens new window)
0808 168 1304

QuickBooks

Real Time Information - FPS, EPS, EYU

IRIS Software (Opens new window)

Farmplan EARNIE (Opens new window)

EARNIE (Opens new window)

IRIS Exchequer (Opens new window)

IRIS Payroll Lite (Opens new window)

IRIS Payroll Professional (Opens new window)

Capital Gold (Opens new window)

IRIS Payroll Business (Opens new window)

IRIS Bureau Payroll (Opens new window)

IRIS Payroll for Accountants (Opens new window)

GP Payroll (Opens new window)

Earnie IQ (Opens new window)

PAYE-Master (Opens new window)

Real Time Information – FPS, EPS, EYU, NVR

Outgoing - P6, P6B, P9, SL1, SL2, Notifications

K3 SYSPRO Limited (Opens new window)
0161 876 4498

Equator 5.1

Real Time Information - FPS, EPS, EYU, NVR

Payroll Business Solutions Ltd (Opens new window)
02085507758

Accord Payroll ver. 2.0

Real Time Information – FPS, EPS, EYU, NVR

Outgoing - P6, P6B, P9, SL1, SL2, Notifications

Pegasus Software (Opens new window)
0800 919704

Pegasus Opera 3

Pegasus Opera 3 SQL

Pegasus Opera II

Pegasus Opera II SQL

Real Time Information - FPS, EPS, NVR

Pyramid Human Resources Ltd (Opens new window)

01926 485085

Pyramid

Real Time Information – FPS, EPS, EYU, NVR

Moneysoft Ltd (Opens new window)
08456 444 555

Payroll Manager

Real Time Information – FPS, EPS

Outgoing - P6, P6B, P9, SL1, SL2, Notifications

QMS Ltd (Opens new window)
01483 429078

Paye2000

Real Time Information - FPS, EPS, EYU, NVR

SAA Consultants Ltd (Opens new window)
01752 606000

REIMS ARTIS

REIMS BARTIC

REIMS RTI Service

Real Time Information - FPS, EPS, EYU, NVR
Outgoing - P6, P6B, P9, SL1, SL2, Notifications

Sage (UK) Ltd (Opens new window)
0845 111 5555

Sage 50 Payroll

Sage Instant Payroll

Real Time Information - FPS, EPS, EYU, NVR
Outgoing - P6, P6B, P9, SL1, SL2, Notifications

Sage Ireland (Opens new window)
+353 1 642 0800

Sage One

Real Time Information – FPS, EPS

Star Computers Limited (Opens new window)
01923 246414

Star Payroll Professional

Star Payroll Plus 2014

Real Time Information - FPS, EPS, NVR
Outgoing - P6, P6B, P9, SL1, SL2

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The PAYE Recognition Scheme - what it does and what HMRC have tested for

HMRC works with commercial software developers, who submit their products for testing.

HMRC have tested all the products listed above and can confirm they are able to correctly send to, or receive from, HMRC valid PAYE real time reports throughout the tax year. This does not mean they operate payroll calculations, only that they support your requirement to submit your payroll information online and in real time. Not all software includes all submission types but the following submission types, if available, are tested:

  • Full Payment Submission (FPS)
  • Employer Payment Summary (EPS)
  • Employer Alignment Submission (EAS)
  • NINO (National Insurance number) Verification Request (NVR)
  • retrieve National Insurance number verifications online

In addition the table above shows a list of commercial products that have successfully demonstrated the ability to: retrieve forms (P6, P6B, P9, SL1, SL2, and outbound Notifications over the internet

You need to decide which types of submissions your business will need before you choose your payroll supplier. You can find out more about these in the guide 'Payroll summaries you need to report to HMRC'.

Payroll summaries you need to report to HMRC

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Deciding which PAYE software is for you

HMRC can't recommend one commercial software product over another. But choosing a software product that's been recognised by HMRC can give you some reassurance that it has specific functionality, as outlined above.

Equally, HMRC can't give you support for commercial software products. If you have any difficulties or queries, you should take these up directly with the software developers or suppliers. And HMRC isn't responsible for any loss, damage, expense or cost that arises from you using commercial software.

The listings above show you which products have been recognised by HMRC, and are split by whether the products are free or paid for, with each arranged alphabetically by the developer's or supplier's names. HMRC isn't responsible for, and doesn't necessarily endorse, any views expressed on commercial software providers' websites or promotional material.

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PAYE software and security

HMRC can't test the security of commercial PAYE software - if you have any questions about security, you should take those up directly with the supplier.

The suppliers have provided the contact details in the tables and HMRC cannot therefore guarantee that they are correct or assist if you are unable to contact them.

And if you want to use a digital certificate, you should check with the supplier whether the software you're considering will support it.

If you want to know more about the security of HMRC's systems which the commercial software connects to, you can find out more by following the link below.

How HMRC keeps you safe online

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