Taxman provides new payroll software

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

HMRC strongly recommends that employers keep up to speed with other important PAYE developments by signing-up to their free e-mail alerts at, 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