Payroll annual returns are a statement of yearly employment activity and remittances made by a business.
They enable companies to perform a reconciliation of PAYE and NI calculations and payments made to Revenue and Customs and provide the totals for each as they relate to an individual employee.
Any difference between what is shown as due versus the total monies paid would be either be refunded (sometimes deducted from future amounts) or added as a payroll liability which the company would have to satisfy.
The main payroll annual return forms are known as the P35 and P14 documents.
In line with the government’s policy of encouraging online submission on documents where this is practical, there is an incentive based program which offers small businesses a cash back payment where this feature is utilised.
The incentive currently stands at £150
The definition of small in this respect is those companies which have less than 50 named people on the payroll.
There are a variety of employment related forms which can be completed and submitted online. These include the notifications when a person joins or departs the company.
Items such as tax codes and the general exchange of information can be dealt with faster using such online methods.