Universal Credit: PAYE

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered at on 4 May 2016.

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Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Labour, East Ham

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what measures are in place to prevent employer's (a) late and (b) inaccurate reporting of PAYE through real time information causing errors in the amount of universal credit received by that employer's employees.

Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)

DWP and HMRC analyse and monitor both the timeliness and accuracy of reported PAYE information. HMRC apply risk based penalties to encourage filing compliance. DWP passes queries about earnings from claimants to an HMRC team who contact employers, software developers and employer’s agents to ascertain the actual position in disputed cases and to educate them on the importance of timely and accurate data.

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