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HMRC Launches Employment And Payroll Group

by Robert Lee, Tax-News.com, London

01 December 2014


HM Revenue and Customs has confirmed that its new stakeholder outreach group, the Employment and Payroll Group (EPG), will meet for the first time on December 4, as part of the agency's efforts to engage with the employment and payroll community.

The Group is open to employer and payroll representative bodies, software developers, employers, and payroll bureaux. It subsumes three existing groups – the Employment Consultation Forum, the Payroll Consultation Panel, and the Expenses and Benefits Group – and will be co-chaired by representatives from the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals.

The sessions will allow HMRC to inform stakeholders about policy and process changes, and attendees will have the chance to review user guidance at an early stage. HMRC will also implement a structured follow-up process, so that issues can be escalated quickly.

Ruth Owen, HMRC's Director General for Personal Tax, said: "Engaging with the right stakeholders, at the right time, can be a huge benefit in making sure our processes are as customer-friendly as possible. EPG came about as a result of a wide review of stakeholder engagement and is intended to be HMRC's principal consultation forum for employers and their intermediaries."

"It will focus on high-level operational policy and process issues. It will also provide a forum through which members can raise and discuss issues or problems in administering payroll obligations or in relation to employment tax issues more generally."

EPG meetings will be held four times a year.

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