HM REVENUE & Customs (HMRC) has launched ‘Basic PAYE Tools’ to help employers run their payroll systems.

The new online resource replaces HMRC's Employer CD-ROM. It includes all the CD-ROM's interactive features, plus an automatic update facility, to ensure the tools are up-to-date with the latest information and figures.

Employers who have used the CD-ROM will need the new tools for the remainder of the 2010-11 tax year and for future tax years, the department said. The tools can be downloaded by visiting www.businesslink.gov.uk/basicpayetools.

HMRC strongly recommends that employers keep up to speed with other important PAYE developments by signing-up to their free e-mail alerts at www.businesslink.gov.uk/hmrcemployeremailalerts, a spokesman said.

"HMRC will no longer be mailing hard copies of guidance to employers, so these alerts are now the best way to ensure employers are up-to-date with PAYE issues."

In addition, employers are being reminded that PAYE information, forms and guidance are all available online at www.businesslink.gov.uk/payeformsandpublications