PAYE Modernisation 2019

The implementation of PAYE modernisation and real-time Reporting will result in changes to the current operation of payroll processing. The scheme comes into effect from 1 January 2019. Watch the presentation from Sinead Sweeney, the Revenue Commissioners change and communications manager for the PAYE modernisation project and Ken Killoran, Tax Director Mazars to learn all you need to know about PAYE modernisation.


A summary of the effects of real-time reporting is outlined below:

  • P30s, P45s, P46s, P60s and end of year returns (P35s) will be abolished
  • The current tax deduction card (P2C) will be replaced with a Revenue Payroll Notification (RPN)
  • Revenue will receive real time interfaces of taxable Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection income. This income will reduce tax credits/rate bands and an updated RPN will be made available
  • Employers must notify Revenue at the same time as, or in advance of, any payment to employees by way of a “Payroll Submission Request”. For each employee, the employer must confirm the amount paid, the date of payment and the amount of tax deductible or repayable. Following month end Revenue will issue a monthly statement summarising the Payroll Submission Requests received during the month. An employer return will be submitted by the 14th of the following month, specifying the total PAYE, USC, PRSI deducted from individual employees. The statement from Revenue will be deemed to be the return unless the employer amends the statement in advance of the deadline. Payment of all amounts due to the Collector General must be made by the 23rd of that month (where the employer files and pays via ROS)
  • Any employers who historically wait to “clean up” the operation of PAYE on payments to employees until close to the P35 deadline will become more visible to Revenue under the new regime and will potentially face penalties for non-compliance
  • If PAYE is not withheld correctly by employers on payments made to employees, tax will be recouped by Revenue on a grossed-up basis
  • All data received by Revenue from employers, including corrections and the timing of submissions, will feed into Revenue’s risk analysis systems, which could lead to more Revenue PAYE audits of employers
  • To help employers to get ready for “real-time” reporting, Revenue are contacting employers who appear not to have informed them of new employees. We understand that Revenue has issued letters to the ROS inbox of employers in relation to this matter
  • We also understand that Revenue will be writing to all employers (likely beginning in June 2018) to request a full listing of all employees currently working for an employer. This is to facilitate a “clean up” of the names of the employees that Revenue have on their records, for every employer
  • Revenue is looking for a seamless integration of reporting into the payroll process

Revenue recommends that employers should start preparing for real-time reporting now and consider the following:

  • Have you the right Personal Public Service (PPS) number for all your employees?
  • Have you registered your employees with Revenue?
  • Have you an up-to-date tax credit certificate for all your employees?
  • Have you completed the P45 process for any employees who no longer work for you?
  • Have you adequate controls in place to ensure that notional pay is being accurately calculated during the year?
  • Are you aware of your duties as an employer at the end of the year?

Advantages of outsourcing your payroll to Mazars

  • GDPR compliant giving you confidence that your data is secure
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  • Advice in relation to benefit in kind, share schemes, redundancy, termination payments, GDPR & Revenue PAYE Modernisation
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  • Complete assurance in the increasingly complex regulatory environment, that you are fully compliant with all statutory obligations
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