5. Reporting to HMRC: FPS

Use your payroll software to send a Full Payment Submission (FPS) to tell HMRC Revenue and Customs (HMRC) about payments to your employees and what deductions you’ve made.

Include everyone you pay, even if they get less than £111 a week.

FPS deadlines

You should send the FPS on or before your employees’ payday - but there are some exceptions.

Early reporting

You can send an FPS in advance, eg if your payroll staff are going on holiday. Don’t report too early - you’ll need to send a corrected FPS to update HMRC if information changes, eg an employee leaves or changes tax code. You can’t send reports for the new tax year before March.

Sending an FPS

You’ll need to enter your PAYE reference and Accounts Office reference in your software. HMRC will have sent this to you after you registered as an employer.

To complete and send the FPS, follow your payroll software’s instructions. If you need help, HMRC has guidance on what to put in each field on an FPS, including:

You can split your FPS into batches if it’s easier for you, eg one for employees and one for directors.

There are special rules for calculating deductions if your employee has more than one job with you.

After you’ve sent your FPS

In the next tax month (which starts on the 6th), you can:

If you need to make an extra payment to your employee, you can either:

  • update the year-to-date figures in your next regular FPS
  • send an extra FPS before your next regular report (if your software has this feature)

If you made a mistake in your FPS

Tell HMRC if you need to correct any errors. If you can’t correct your FPS, let HMRC know straight away.

Reporting extra information

You need to report more information on an FPS if:

You may also need to report extra information about certain employee changes, eg they take a leave of absence or become a director.

There are special rules if you’re only reporting National Insurance, eg you’re an overseas employer that doesn’t need to pay UK tax.