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What happens if you make a mistake in a previous year’s payroll?

To correct a mistake made in a previous tax year an earlier year update will be required.

An Earlier Year Update is a notification to HMRC informing them that the figures sent to them on a RTI report for a previous tax year were wrong.

If you made a mistake it could affect the amount of PAYE due to HMRC.

You might have to correct:

  • pay or deductions

  • payment dates

  • start or leaving dates for your employee

  • employee information

  • reports sent in advance

  • National Insurance category letters

  • amounts in your Employer Payment Summary (EPS)

If you’re still not sure or don’t feel comfortable RollPay provide an earlier year update service.

Contact us today for an informal chat on 0800 1310131 or email


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