Use your payroll software to send an Employer Payment Summary (EPS) as well as a Full Payment Submission (FPS) if you:
- reclaim statutory maternity, paternity, adoption or shared parental payments - even if you got an advance payment from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to cover them
- claim the Employment Allowance - only do this once
- can reclaim Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) deductions as a limited company
- claim National Insurance contributions holiday for previous tax years
- pay the Apprenticeship Levy (starting from April 2017) if you, or employers you’re connected to, have an annual pay bill of more than £3 million
Send an EPS instead of an FPS if you’ve not paid any employees in a tax month.
Send an EPS by the 19th of the following tax month for HMRC to apply any reduction (eg statutory pay) on what you’ll owe from your FPS.
The tax month starts on the 6th.
Sending an EPS
To complete and send the EPS, follow your payroll software’s instructions. HMRC has guidance on what to put in each field on an an EPS.
Use HMRC’s Basic PAYE Tools if your software can’t send EPS reports.
After you’ve sent your EPS
Once you’ve sent your EPS, you can:
- view what you’ve claimed and the balance of what you owe on your HMRC online account within 2 days (or by the 14th if you sent the EPS before the 11th)
- pay HMRC by the 22nd (or the 19th if paying by post).
If you made a mistake in your EPS
You should correct any errors in your EPS as soon as you find them.
If you don’t pay any employees in a tax month
Don’t send an FPS. Send an EPS by the 19th after the tax month you didn’t pay any employees. The tax month starts on the 6th.
HMRC has guidance on what to put in your EPS if you haven’t paid anyone.
If you don’t send an EPS, HMRC may:
If you don’t pay anyone for a longer period
You can tell HMRC up to a year in advance that you won’t pay any employees. To do this, enter dates in the ‘Period of inactivity’ fields in your EPS.