HMRC Basic PAYE Tools is a tool used for businesses with up to 10 employees. Automatic Enrolment is not catered for with Basic PAYE Tools. The Pensions Regulator has confirmed that automatic enrolment will not be an additional feature in Basic PAYE Tools. The Pensions Regulator has released an AE toolkit to help Basic PAYE Tools users with auto enrolment compliance. However, the tool is basic, limited and requires a lot of manual processing. The Pensions Regulator purposely released this tool with these limitations to encourage users to avail of free or inexpensive payroll software.
Using The Pensions Regulator'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. The Pensions Regulator continues to advise employers that without adequate payroll software, Basic PAYE Tools users will be at risk of assessing their workforce incorrectly. Without the right payroll tools in place, Basic PAYE Tools 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.
Furthermore, Basic PAYE Tools 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.
Read further information: Limitations of the AE Toolkit for HMRC Basic PAYE Tools users.
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