HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has published the Technical Pack for RTI reporting using the internet through the Government Gateway.
On 4 April HMRC announced that it would pilot RTI reporting from April 2012, with all employers submitting RTI by October 2013. The Technical Pack published today will enable software developers to build payroll software products capable of reporting using the internet through the Government Gateway.
In response to concerns from the software and banking industries (including representative bodies: IReeN (the electronic exchange with government user network), BASDA (Business Application Software Developers Association) and BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT) about the timescales for developing the ISO standards for use in the Bacs channel, HMRC will accept RTI data through Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) until at least April 2014 in addition to the internet channel.
The timetable for moving employers to the RTI system, announced on 4 April is not affected by this interim solution. Bacs remains HMRC’s strategic solution for RTI reporting and further details about the timetable for that channel will be published in due course.
We will publish the Message Implementation Guidelines (MIG) for the EDI channel by the end of June.
An additional field will be included in the interim solution to enable cross referencing of payment information with RTI data. This additional field will be required in both internet and EDI submissions and details about how to create the cross reference will be available by end of June.
Software developers wishing to be part of the pilot should contact the Software Developers' Support Team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning 01274 539666.
Employers wishing to be part of the pilot should contact their software provider.
4 April announcement