Research and analysis

The Real Time Information Pilot

This report summarises the findings from HMRC's Real Time Information (RTI) pilot.

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RTI will help to improve the operation of the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) system by creating more up-to-date taxpayer records and making it more efficient for employers and HMRC to administer.

The RTI pilot started in April 2012 with a small group of volunteer employers and increased in three stages up to March 2013 by which time over 6 million individual records were being reported in real time. This enabled HMRC to fully test the RTI process, prior to full roll out, by identifying and resolving problems, and anticipating risks and issues.

This report summarises the findings from the pilot by explaining the background and summarising the tangible benefits that crystallised as the pilot progressed.