This month we look at two important public consultations concerning Real Time Information, and the removal of some Health & Safety legislative measures.
HMRC has released a consultation document ‘Securing Compliance with RTI – Late Filing and Late Payment Penalties’, which suggests a fixed penalty of £100 for late returns.
Supplying information to HMRC under RTI is designed to be quick and simple, as it will be integrated into employers’ payroll processes. HMRC wants to maximise compliance with RTI and this consultation document seeks views on how they can achieve that.
The consultation considers options for calculating RTI penalties for different sizes of employer and for various degrees of default, as well as how often penalties should be charged.
HMRC says RTI penalties could follow the current late filing penalty regime that includes a fixed penalty of £100 incurred as soon as a return is late. The new RTI penalties will be issued automatically and, as with other penalties, will be subject to appeal.
The document invites views on how to maximise compliance with RTI, and how the late filing penalties should be structured, as a fallback where information is not supplied on time. The deadline for response is 6 September 2012.
Draft legislation covering penalties will be published for further consultation in the Autumn, along with a summary of responses document.
In November 2011 the Government announced that they would be launching a consultation on the abolition of a significant number of health and safety regulations.
This consultative document seeks views on the Health and Safety Executive’s proposals to remove fourteen legislative measures (one Act, twelve Regulations and one Order and with a related provision in the Factories Act 1961) and to withdraw approval for an associated Approved Code of Practice. HSE believes these are either redundant, have been overtaken by more up to date Regulations or do not deliver their expected benefits.
This consultation began on 3 April 2012 and will end on 4 July 2012.
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