Year End Guide 2016-17

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This guide has been designed to help you complete the necessary year end tasks for 2016-17 and move forward to start processing and reporting 2017-18 payroll information. It can be accessed at any time by clicking ‘Help – Online – End of Year Guide’ from the main menu in the Payroll Manager software.

This page covers the following areas:

  1. Filing the last RTI submission for 2016-17
  2. Creating a new payroll data file for 2017-18
  3. Producing P60s for employees
  4. New for 2017-18
  5. Important deadlines

The first 2 items on this list (filing the last RTI submission for 2016-17 and creating a new file for 2017-18) can actually be done in any order, although we recommend that you finish entering data for 2016-17 before creating the file for 2017-18.

1) – Filing the last RTI return for 2016-17

Your final FPS return for the tax year should be sent, as always, on or before the payment date of your employees. In practice this means that you should have filed all of your FPS returns for 2016-17 by 5 April 2017. HMRC also require that you send a ‘Final Return’ for 2016-17, which Payroll Manager automatically schedules for you by creating an EPS return. For full instructions please see the guide Year end filing 2016-17.

2) – Creating a new payroll data file for 2017-18

Payroll Manager stores the payroll information for each tax year in a separate data file on your computer. In order to continue processing payroll from April 2017 onwards, you need to create a new data file. Payroll Manager does this for you and carries forward all of the relevant payroll information from one tax year to the next. The guide Creating a new payroll data file for 2017-18 takes you through this process.

3) – Producing P60s for each employee

The P60 summarises an employee’s total pay and deductions for the year. You need to provide a form P60 (either paper or electronic) to each employee on the payroll who was working for you on the last day of the tax year (5 April). The employee must receive their P60 no later than 31 May. See the P60 guide for more information.

4) – New for 2017-18

There are a number of items that will affect payroll in 2017-18, such as changes to Student Loan repayment thresholds and the Apprenticeship levy for large employers. For more information on these items and others please see the New for 2017-18 guide.

5) – Important deadlines

19 April 2017 – You must have sent all RTI submissions for the tax year 2016-17 by this date. This includes any FPS re-submissions / amendments as well as your final EPS submission for the year. (You should of course still submit FPS returns on or before the pay date as per HMRC rules.)

HMRC will NOT accept FPS submissions for 2016-17 after 19 April 2017. If you attempt to file an FPS after this date your return will be rejected by HMRC. If you miss this deadline and need to submit pay information to HMRC for 2016-17 then you will need to do so via an ‘Earlier Year Update (EYU), which is NOT available in Moneysoft Payroll Manager and must be submitted by downloading and installing HMRC Basic PAYE Tools software.

31 May 2017 – You need to provide a form P60 (either paper or electronic) to each employee on the payroll who was working for you on the last day of the tax year (5 April). You must do this by no later than 31 May. Click ‘Forms – End of Year P60’ to produce these.

6 July 2017 – Expenses and benefits annual returns – P11D and P11d(b) are still sent as a separate submission to HMRC and should be sent by 6 July 2017 where applicable.

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