Basic PAYE Tools is free payroll software from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for businesses with fewer than 10 employees.
Existing users must download and install the software again if they’re not using the latest version (14.2.14330.88). The version number displays in the bottom-left corner of the tool.
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
Use HMRC’s 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.
Updating the software
The latest version of Basic PAYE Tools will check for updates automatically, eg when the tax year changes or new rules come in.
If you’re not using the latest version (14.2.14330.88), you must download and install the software again for updates to work. The version number displays in the bottom-left corner of the tool.
Don’t uninstall the version of the software you’ve been using, or you’ll lose payroll data.
Download the latest version of Basic PAYE Tools
The guide to using Basic PAYE Tools explains how to use the software to start sending payroll information to HMRC.