Plea for bosses to submit correct PAYE information

EMPLOYERS are being urged to get their PAYE paperwork in order after hundreds of forms were returned containing basic errors.

Every year employers send PAYE data to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), giving details of employees’ tax and national insurance contributions.

However there were 507 returns which incorrectly claimed to employ ‘A N Other’ in 2009/10.

These inaccuracies can cause problems for employees such as incorrect amounts being deducted from pay. It can also use up valuable employer and HMRC time and money putting errors right.

Other howlers in 2009/10 revealed 128 staff entered as Mr, Ms or Mrs ‘Dummy’ and 572 people whose surnames only included the letter X, ranging from ‘Mr X’ to ‘Mrs XXXXXX’.

There were 75 staff with the surname ‘casual’, 11 ‘cleaners”, nine ‘workers’ and six ‘students’

A total of 824 employees were listed with the surname ‘unknown’ and 40 people were apparently 200 years old or more after incorrect dates of birth were submitted.

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