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

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, you can use Basic PAYE Tools alongside it to:

  • check a new employee’s National Insurance number (NVR)
  • send an Employer Payment Summary (EPS)
  • send an Earlier Year Update (EYU)

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 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.

System requirements

If your computer has a Pentium 2/3, AMD64 or AMD XP or older processor you won’t be able to use 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.

The latest version is 15.1.15162.94. The 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.

Payroll for tax year 2014 to 2015

Only download this version if you need to send your Employer Annual Return or calculate payroll for tax year 2012 to 2013.

Using with other payroll software

You can download and use Basic PAYE Tools for specific tasks if your payroll software can’t do them.