Using TPR’s auto enrolment toolkit comes with a number of limitations, risks and restrictions.
HMRC Basic PAYE Tools (BPT) is a tool used for businesses with up to 10 employees. Automatic Enrolment (AE) is not catered for with BPT. The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has confirmed that automatic enrolment will not be an additional feature in BPT. TPR will release an AE toolkit to help BPT users with the process of complying with auto enrolment. However, the tool is basic, limited and requires a lot of manual processing. TPR purposely released this tool with these limitations to encourage users to avail of free or inexpensive payroll software.
Limitations of the AE toolkit
Using TPR’s auto enrolment toolkit comes with a number of limitations, risks and restrictions. The process of complying with auto enrolment is difficult enough without further shortcomings. TPR continues to advise employers that without adequate payroll software, users of BPT will be at risk of assessing their workforce incorrectly. Without the right payroll tools in place, BPT users may not know how to assess their employees or calculate the necessary contributions. The assessment feature of the AE toolkit is a downloadable spreadsheet and quite a manual process, therefore there is a higher margin for error. Read further information: Limitations of the AE Toolkit for HMRC Basic PAYE Tools users.
BPT does not allow users to produce payslips. This will be important when it comes to automatic enrolment as employees will need visibility of the pension contributions that are being made each pay period. Payslips should include information about employee and employer contributions plus cumulative totals.
Auto Enrolment for BPT Users
Using BrightPay a HMRC recognised, RTI automated and fully integrated payroll and auto enrolment system will allow employers to streamline processes. We have designed a specific import feature to help users of HMRC Basic PAYE Tools migrate to BrightPay. BPT users can export their employees' data file from HMRC’s BPT and import it directly into BrightPay. Using BrightPay, users can automate the AE tasks including staging, employee assessment, AE letters/communication, postponement and much more. For a full list of AE features click here.
BrightPay is free for employers with up to three employes. The standard licence is inexpensive at just £89 + VAT / tax year for an employer which includes unlimited employees. All BrightPay licences include full automatic enrolment functionality and free support. Payslips are easily produced in BrightPay and can be downloaded, printed or emailed directly to the employee. The payslip feature is completely free within BrightPay.