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HMRC have launched a new online video to help employers reduce the problems caused by inaccurate employee data.

Every year HMRC receive thousands of employer returns which contain the details of millions of employees, including their names, dates of birth and National Insurance numbers. HMRC are keen to point out that whilst the vast majority of the employee data is correct, in some cases dummy, incomplete or incorrect information is included. According to the press release:

'…a recent study of employer returns found that 128 staff were entered as Mr, Ms or Mrs Dummy, while 824 employees had the surname 'Unknown'.'

'Another 40 employees, according to their dates of birth, were aged over 200.'

The short YouTube video discusses how inaccurate employer returns can affect employees, employers and HMRC and offers advice on how employers can help reduce errors.

Jim Harra, HMRC's Director of Customer Operations, said:

'It's really important that employers get their employees' information right, so that HMRC can match it to the right tax records. Otherwise, it can lead to more contact from staff, trying to sort out their tax, and from HMRC, trying to sort out the data issues.'

'So, if you've got a spare few minutes, watch the video and see what you can do to help your organisation get things right, for you, your employees and HMRC.'

If you would like any help with payroll issues please do get in touch.

Internet links: Press release Video



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