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Register Your Business For PAYE With HMRC In 10 Min. Up to 50% of applications to HMRC are rejected and delayed due to errors. The easiest way to register for PAYE and pay yourself and your employees is to use Online Filings.

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  • Set up within 24 hours
  • Simplified Registration Form
  • HMRC Authorised Tax Agent

How To Register Your Business For PAYE using the Online Filings Platform?

File early to allow plenty of time in case your confirmation statement is rejected. The easiest way to file your confirmation statement is online and we provide:

1. Find your company in Companies House register
Find the company for which you want to register for PAYE and select a package that's right for you.

2. Fill out our short simplified application in less than 5 min
Select a filing package then fill out our short 100% online PAYE application. We'll take care of all admin and process the application on your behalf with HMRC.

3. Receive Your PAYE Reference Number
You will receive your PAYE reference number from HMRC within 10 working days directly at your trading address.

Use Online Filings To Register Your Business For PAYE

If you are going to earn more than £118 per week it is COMPULSORY to register for PAYE with HMRC
We have extensive experience working with HMRC
to ensure that applications are processed smoothly without delay and we provide:

Professional Services
Online Filings is an HMRC authorised PAYE (Pay-As-You-Earn) agent. Your registration is checked, processed and securely sent to HMRC.

Fast and Easy Process
No login, password or complicated jargon. Just respond to our 5 min questionnaire about your business.

Let us do your payrolls
Online Filings can produce your employee payroll on your behalf and send a Real Time Information submission to HMRC. No need to focus on admin tasks, we got your back!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why register for PAYE?

If you intend to hire employees, including yourself, you will need to register as an employer with HMRC. The system used by HMRC is referred to as 'Pay As You Earn' (PAYE) and collects Income Tax and National Insurance Contributions (NICs) from eligible employees.

How to register for PAYE on the Online Filings platform?

Once you have completed our online form and it has been approved by us, we will submit an application to HMRC on your behalf. Then, once you've been successfully registered as an employer by HMRC, you'll receive a letter in the post with your PAYE reference.

Where can I find my employer reference number?

You can find your employer’s reference number from several sources:

  • In the Yellow Booklet supplied by HMRC when you first registered as an employer
  • On any historic payslip, P45, P60 or P11D issued to past or present employees
  • Other correspondence from HMRC about PAYE
  • If your outsource your payroll, your accountant or bookkeeper
  • As a last resort, you can call HMRC’s Employer Helpline on 0300 200 3200. While they can resend the reference to the employer, it may take up to two weeks to arrive

What is the Real Time Information - RTI system?

Real Time Information requires employers to send a return to HMRC every time they pay their employees. Nearly all employers have had to send RTI returns since April 2013.


What is an employer reference number?

An employer reference number is a unique combination of letters and numbers, also called an employer PAYE reference, PAYE reference number (ERN). It is given to a business when it registers with HMRC as an employer, serving to identify the employer for employee income tax and national insurance purposes.

What is an employer reference number (ERN) made of?

The employer reference number is in two parts. The first part is 3 digits, which identifies the HMRC office number that deals with the company’s PAYE (e.g. 135). The second part of the reference, which follows a forward slash, is the tax office’s reference for the employer itself. (e.g. AB56789). A business registered as an employer before 2001 will have an employer reference number in the form 135/A56789. Those registered after that date will take the form 135/AB56789.

What do I need to pay to HMRC when I employ someone?

If you have one or more employees in the UK, then you, as an employer are responsible for ensuring H.M. Revenue & Customs' deductions are made. Income Tax, based on an individual's tax code and Employee's National Insurance Contributions must be deducted before the net sum can be paid. Employer's NI is also payable, but this is paid by the employer and is not deducted from pay. The employer deducts tax and national insurance from their employees' pay and then pay this sum on a monthly basis over to HM Revenue and Customs.

What is an employee payslip?

The employer gives the employee a payslip on payday which sets out the gross and cumulative amounts of pay and all the deductions. If applicable, pension deductions, maternity pay, Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) and other items can be shown on the payslips. The total payments, minus all of the deductions gives the net pay, which is the actual amount paid to the employee. Also on payday, the employer sends a Real Time Information submission to HMRC, giving details of each employee, the payments and the deductions.

What is the Online Filings Payroll Assistance?

We will produce your employee payroll on your behalf and sends a Real Time Information submission to HMRC, giving details of each employee, the payments and the deductions. We deal with the admin ensuring that you are compliant with HMRC and you will just need to pay your employee and HMRC from your bank account.

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From our business users

  • customer review
    Katrina Stothers
    1 review

    5 stars    Invited

    Quick and simple
    Quick, simple and on line guidance is great.

    3 days after first filing

  • customer review
    Mark Thomas
    2 reviews

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    First class service
    First class service, did exactly what was promised and even agree to refund initial fee if they could not deliver. thank you

    2 days after first filing

  • customer review
    Lee Ratcliff
    1 review

    5 stars    Invited

    Excellent process for me.
    This process was extremely easy and something that I thought would be difficult, when I sent a question it was answered within hours and further more my registration was set up in 36 hours.

    3 days after first filing

  • customer review
    4 reviews

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    Very easy to use
    Very easy to use, quick clear confirmation e mail sent.

    8 days after first filing