[UK] Withdrawal Of P45 And P60 Online Bulk Stationery Ordering

15 JUN 2020

In March 2020, HMRC announced that they were withdrawing the facility for employers to order blank P45 and P60s online.  The reason for this is that it was only used by 3% of employers as most payroll software had the functionality to produce them.

On the 12th of June 2020, HMRC advised that this withdrawal was happening later than planned and will be effective from the 1st of August 2020.

Global Payroll Association Comment

This means businesses will need to prepare to print or issue their own digital P45 and P60s.  But note that employers who are exempt from operating their payroll online will not be affected by the withdrawal and can continue ordering stationery by phoning the HMRC Order Line.

HMRC will be writing to the employers that have previously ordered giving details on how to produce their own.  They advise the following action:

  • Prepare to start using payroll software to print or issue digital P45s and P60s or to switch to software that can (note that HMRC’s Basic PAYE Tools offers this functionality)
  • Make sure employers have enough stationery for the end of the tax year, and for any employees leaving their company while preparing to switch
  • If employers use a payroll provider or bookkeeper speak to them now to make sure they’re ready

 3% of employers is not an insignificant number

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