Welcome to the new Home of IReeN. From the former IReeN.org.uk to the new web address IReeN.uk.
IReeN is the user group for all UK employers who electronic exchange with HM Revenue and Customs (formerly the Inland Revenue).
The IReeN name originates from ‘Inland Revenue electronic exchange Network’.
Originally employers were invited to file annual P14 or P35 mag media submissions at tax year end. Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) via ISDN started in 1999 with eXtensible Markup Language (XML) being introduced a year later).
Back in 2002 and at the encouragement of then Inland Revenue (IR) Electronic Business Unit (EBU) head Joan Woods, the formation of a user group for employers and pension payrolls who electronic exchange (ElEx) along with agents, payroll service providers and bureaux was encouraged at an event at Aston Villa Football Club.
Software that met test criteria were able to be awarded the Electronic Exchange mark.
Following proposals by Lord Carter, electronic exchange was expanded initially with financial encouragement, and then but then with phased compulsion.
The HMRC launched the payroll standard, meant to test desktop software for small employers ensuring capability for electronic filing of P14 and P35 tax year end declarations along with in year filing of P45, P46, Pension notifications and the employer benefiting from electronic tax code notifications. The payroll standard accreditation ended in 2012.
Now all employers (with limited exception) came under new in year filing obligation with the 2012 pilot and then 2013 compulsory Real Time Information (RTI) with regular Full Payment Submission (FPS) and monthly Employer Payment Submission (EPS) along with the monthly pay-over of tases and National Insurance contributions to the collector of taxes.
RTI has been problematical. The process sometimes complicated and difficult. The need for coordinated representation between the users, UK plc, and HMRC has never been greater in improving electronic exchange for both governments, employers and pensions payers. And definitely for improving the experience of UK tax payers whether employed receding payment of wages, or pensioners in receipt of pension payments.