1. Download for this tax year

Basic PAYE Tools is free payroll software from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for businesses with fewer than 10 employees.

Most existing users must download and install the software again to get updates for the 2015 to 2016 tax year. You won’t need to uninstall the current version.

What it does

The software allows you to perform most payroll tasks, including working out the tax and National Insurance for your employees and sending this information to HMRC.

If you have payroll software that can’t do certain tasks (eg checking a new employee’s National Insurance number), you can use Basic PAYE Tools alongside it.

Basic PAYE Tools has some limitations, eg you can’t use it to produce payslips. Other payroll software is available.

Before you start

You must be registered with HMRC as an employer and have a login for PAYE Online before you can use Basic PAYE Tools.

Use HM Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) guide to downloading and installing the software if you need help getting set up, or want to check if your computer can run Basic PAYE Tools.

Download the latest version of Basic PAYE Tools

The latest version is for 2014 to 2015. It will automatically update for the 2015 to 2016 tax year, which starts on 6 April.

Existing users must download and install Basic PAYE Tools again unless they’re using version 14.2.14330.88 or later. The version number displays in the bottom-left corner in the software. Your software won’t be ready for the next tax year if you don’t update it in this way.

The guide to using Basic PAYE Tools explains how to use the software to start sending payroll information to HMRC.