PAYE: Reporting payroll when your normal payday falls on a non-banking day

HMRC has provided us with an article which is to be published in the April 2019 Employer Bulletin on 10 April 2019, which members carrying out payroll and PAYE reporting may like to read. 

The article reminds anyone reporting payments of wages under the PAYE Real Time Information (RTI) system that where the normal payday falls on a non-banking day (for example, Good Friday) and as a result of this wages are paid either on the preceding or next ‘banking day’ the RTI submission should report the normal payday as the payment date.


Non banking days Employer Bulletin - April 2019

Reporting payroll when your normal payday falls on a non-banking day

The date you pay your employees will usually be agreed when they begin working for you. Typically, this could be at the end of a calendar month or on Friday each week.

It is essential that you report when you pay your employees on time and use the right payment date when doing so. Remember if you use an incorrect payment date, this could impact on your employees’ financial situation, including any income related benefits, such as Universal Credit, so it is important that you send accurate reports to HMRC on time or as soon as you able to do so.  

However, there may be occasions, when you pay your employees at a different time and not on the agreed day or date. This can arise when the regular payment date falls on a non-banking day (i.e. on a Saturday or Sunday or on a Bank Holiday).  

If so, a payment reporting easement applies to ensure that this payment is treated correctly for tax purposes. The date you should enter on your Full Payment Submission (FPS) will depend on when you actually pay your employees and whether this is earlier or later than their normal payday.  

Easter 2019

You may not be able to pay your employees on their regular payday during the Easter Holidays in April this year as there will be four consecutive non-banking days (19 April to 22 April 2019 inclusive).

If you would normally have paid your employees on any one of those dates, but instead will pay them early on the last working day before the Bank Holidays; then you must report your normal pay date on your FPS, for example:

Paying early

When a regular payday falls on a non-banking day, but payment is made on the last working day before the regular payday.

Regular date of Payment Non-Banking Date Actual date of Payment (or earlier*) Payment date you use on your  FPS
19 April 2019 19 April 2019 18 April 2019 19 April 2019
20 April 2019 20 April 2019 18 April 2019 20 April 2019
21 April 2019 21 April 2019 18 April 2019 21 April 2019
22 April 2019 22 April 2019 18 April 2019 22 April 2019

*Remember you can report these payments early in advance of the actual payment date, but we recommend you don’t submit your FPS too early – as you might need to correct it if information changes, for example an employee leaves or there is a change in an employee’s tax code.

Paying late

If you decide to pay your employees on the first working day after the Easter Holidays – then you should report the payment on your FPS as if it has been paid on the regular payment day/date. .

So, for example:

Regular date of Payment Actual date of Payment (or later*) Payment date for FPS reporting purposes
19 April 2019 23 April 2019 19 April 2019
20 April 2019 23 April 2019 20 April 2019
21 April 2019 23 April 2019 21 April 2019
22 April 2019 23 April 2019 22 April 2019

*We would recommend you send us your payroll submission early in these circumstances, but if you do send your FPS on a later date than the regular payment dates you must select “Late reporting reason code G”

All other payments you make on regular paydays that fall on banking days and the deductions due must be reported on or before the date of payment to your employees. There is more information on running payroll which can be found on GOV.UK.

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