Payroll - EYU (Earlier Year Update), correction of errors

This guide will show you what you need to do to correct mistakes made in the previous PAYE tax year and when you might need to send an Earlier Year Update (EYU). Users of Liberty Accounts payroll will have access to EYU submissions for the 2019/20 payroll year once the final payroll of 2019/20 has been run and the year closed (although not necessary reported) and the Payroll rolled over to 2020/21

This process is used to report corrections for payroll years ending 5 April 2020

If you are unsure as to the necessary corrections we strongly recommend you take appropriate professional advice.

This guide addresses the following:

  1. FPS Errors discovered on or after the 20th April following the end of the tax year
  2. EPS Errors discovered on or after the 20th April following the end of the tax year
  3. Processing an EYU (Earlier Year Update) submission
  4. Entering the Updates Required
  5. Unreported Leaver
  6. Examples of Updates
    1. Example 1 Pay and Tax update
    2. Example 2 National Insurance category error

FPS Errors discovered on or after the 20th April following the end of the tax year

If you discover the issue on or after 20 April in the following tax year, you should submit an EYU. You can submit an EYU to correct FPS information for up to six years after you filed your original FPS. You can only use an EYU for the tax years where you operated PAYE in real time, not if you filed P35 and P14s. Note amended forms P35 and P14 can be filed online for up to six years after the original forms were filed.

EPS Errors discovered on or after the 20th April following the end of the tax year

If you have reported incorrect information on an EPS in a previous tax year, you must submit another EPS to report the correct total year to date figures for all recovered payments within that tax year. You can submit an EPS for up to six years after you filed your original EPS.

Processing an FPS Correction submission

Note it is important to recognise that the FPS corrects the figures sent to HMRC, it does NOT adjust the accounting figures stored in Liberty Accounts because these were as a result of payrolls processed. The user may therefore need to make appropriate accounting adjustments depending on the updates made. It is recommended that appropriate professional advice is sort if you are unsure.

Once the current year has been closed the EYU facility will be available for amending that closed year. Navigate to Payroll RTI under the HMRC menu.

HMRC - Payroll Returns (RTI) - EYU

A screen offering RTI filing options is displayed. By definition an EYU is for a prior year so select the year to which the EYU is associated from the PAYE Year dropdown. For example if the new current year is the 2020/21 the EYU is to apply to 2019/20.

Click the red + symbol and select EYU.

A multi-tabbed screen is displayed to allow a user to enter the updates required.

Entering the Updates Required

EYU should only record the difference between what you had originally submitted on the final FPS and what the figure should be.

Submission Details Tab

Select Test Submission if required. Confirm or select the Sender Classification and select the Employee impacted by the EYU.

Payment Details Tab

Use this tab to amend payment and tax details.

NI #1, #2, #3, #4 Tabs

These tabs are used to correct national insurance errors. You may enter up to four category letters for one employee.

User Feedback Tab

Feedback from the System or HMRC on the process will be reported in this tab.

Submitting an EYU

When the necessary updates have been entered click SUBMIT to start the filing process. Note, if the user has previously filed FPSs, the necessary credentials will have already been entered, but if they need to be entered navigate to Government Gateway Credentials and enter them.

The usual RTI filing control screen is presented.

When ready click SEND to file the submission, dismissing the warning. If the local validation is OK the status is shown as Queued. For feedback on process click View and go to User Feedback tab. The user will receive an email detailing success or failure. In the latter case, correct the issues and re-send.

Unreported Leaver

In the situation where a leaver has not been reported, firstly indicate that the employee should be processed as a leaver and enter the date. Do this by navigating to the particular employee in the manage employee list.

Payroll - Manage Employees - Payroll/Tax

You will need to know the PAYE tax code at the time they left. This may be obtained from the P11 report. The PAYE year 2016/17 will need to be closed for the EYU to be processed. Now navigate to the EYU screen.

HMRC - Payroll(RTI)

Change the PAYE year in the dropdown to 2016/17 and select the EYU button. Click the ADD EYU button. Now complete the EYU by selecting the employee and providing the Tax Code at the time of leaving. Note you need to provide the tax code because for most uses of the EYU the tax code held is likely to be different to that held on the system at the time of filing. The leaving date is picked up in background.

Examples of Updates

Example 1 - Pay and Tax update

For example, if you recorded £100 too little pay on an employees payroll record, the EYU should show '+£100'. You can only amend year to date data on an EYU. If you need to submit more than one EYU, each submission must only show the amount of the amendment from the last figures submitted. For example, if you submit a year to date figure of £10,000 for pay on your last FPS for the year, then realise that the figure should have been £12,000, you will submit an EYU to show '+£2,000'. If you subsequently realise that the actual figure should have been £11,500, you must then submit a second EYU which will show '-£500'.

Example 2 - National Insurance category error

An employee has been reported as subject to Table A NICs for the whole year but should have been subject to Table C. Using the P11 figures for that employee reverse the year to date figures as reported using negative amounts in NI #1 tab.

Then in the next tab enter figures, as they should have been.

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