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What is PAYE Modernisation?

The PAYE Modernisation Project will involve the most significant reform of the PAYE system since its introduction in 1960. Employers will need to calculate and report their employees’ pay and deductions as they are being paid. This will make it easier to deduct and pay at the right time the correct amounts of:


  • Income Tax
  • Pay Related Social Insurance
  • Universal Social Charge
  • Local Property Tax.

The new real time reporting regime will be operational for all employee payments being made from 1 January 2019. Employers, agents and payroll providers will need to review their business processes and practices so they meet the new requirements.

PAYE modernisation will:

  • improve the streamlining of current business processes
  • reduce the administrative burden currently experienced by employers to meet their PAYE reporting obligations.


Revenue, employers and employees will have the most accurate, up to date information relating to pay and statutory payroll. This will ensure the correct amounts of Income Tax, Pay Related Social Insurance, Universal Social Charge and Local Property Tax are:

  • deducted at the right time
  • deducted from the right employees
  • paid by employers in the correct amount of deductions for every employee.

This will improve the accuracy, ease of understanding and transparency of the PAYE system for all stakeholders.

SMART PAYE sets out the key design principles of the project.

By working to these principles throughout the design stages, we can ensure the:

  • project meets its objective
  • benefits for all stakeholders are easily identifiable.

What are the benefits?

For an employer:

  • Seamless integration into payroll.
  • Minimise employer cost to comply.
  • Abolition of P30s, P45s, P60s and end of year returns.
  • Right tax paid on current due dates.
  • Time savings.

For an employee:

  • Simplified online services.
  • Maximise use of entitlements.
  • Automatic end of year review.
  • Real time accurate data.
  • Transparency.

For Revenue:

  • Statutory in-year return.
  • Making compliance easier.
  • Accurate up to date income details.
  • Reduced customer contacts.
  • Timely targeted interventions.


Changes from 1 January 2019


A Revenue Payroll Notification (RPN) will replace the current Tax Deduction Card (P2C).

From 1 January 2019, you will be required to:

  • request the most up to date RPN before making payments to employees
  • report employee payments in real-time
  • reconcile Revenue’s response to the payroll submission.

At the end of each month, you will receive a statement from Revenue with payroll submission totals. You will need to either:

  • accept the statement as your monthly return
  • correct payroll data if the statement is incorrect.

A variable direct debit option will also be available, subject to Revenue approval.

How to get a Revenue Payroll Notification (RPN)

The RPN will provide you with the necessary information to deduct from the employee the correct:

  • tax
  • USC
  • LPT.

You will be able to request an RPN using third party payroll software or through ROS. RPNs will be available to you before 1 January 2019.

New employees

You can request an RPN for a new employee, except where the employee:

  • does not have a PPSN
  • is not registered for PAYE.

You will have to apply emergency tax in these cases.

Employees must register their first employment in Ireland, using the online service Jobs and Pensions. You will then be able to request an RPN.

What are the changes to commencing and ceasing employees?

Employers must register any new employees with Revenue. From 1 January 2019 you can request an Revenue Payroll Notification for any new employees before you pay them. This will create the employment on Revenue’s systems and provide you with the details required to calculate their payroll deductions.

You must also inform Revenue when an employee ceases their employment with you. You will be able to input the date of leaving (cessation date) on the payroll submission.

How do you report in real time?

If you use payroll software, there are two methods of reporting payroll in real time:

  • Direct Payroll Reporting – allows payroll software to communicate seamlessly with Revenue Online System (ROS) and exchange the required information.
  • ROS Payroll Reporting – allows you to use files created by payroll software and upload these through ROS.

Payroll software companies have been working with Revenue to make sure software will be compatible with Revenue’s requirements. If you do not use payroll software, you will be able to retrieve Revenue Payroll Notifications and complete a form through ROS.

This reporting process will contribute to a significant streamlining of existing business processes by eliminating the need to file:

  • P30
  • P35
  • P45
  • P46.


You will no longer be obliged to produce a P60 for your employees.

Revenue will produce an end of year statement for all employees.

What information will you report to Revenue?

You must provide Revenue with payroll information for each employee, including:

  • amount of pay
  • payment date
  • amount of Income Tax, Universal Social Charge and Local Property Tax deducted.

Statements from Revenue

Revenue will issue you with a monthly statement based on your submissions.

The statement will show a breakdown of your liability for:

  • Income Tax
  • Universal Social Charge
  • Pay Related Social Insurance
  • Local Property Tax.

The statement will be treated as the return if no amendments or corrections are made before the return due date.

What if I disagree with the figures on the statement?

Every time you submit your payroll to Revenue you will receive a response from Revenue. This will show the total payroll deductions for that payroll submission. You need to reconcile our response with your payroll totals.

If you find errors in the statement, you must correct them. These corrections will then be shown in a revised statement.

Payment due dates

Payment due dates for employers remain the same.

Quarterly and annual remitters will now have a monthly statement issued by Revenue which become their monthly return. Quarterly and annual remitters will now have to file monthly returns, but the payment due date will remain the same.

Return and payment due dates
Remitter Type Return Filing Frequency Return Due Date Payment Frequency Payment Due Date
Monthly Monthly 14 days after the end of the month Monthly 14 days after the end of the month (23 days for ROS users who file and pay online
Quarterly Monthly 14 days after the end of the month Quarterly 14 days after the end of each quarter (23 days for ROS users who file and pay online)
Annual Monthly 14 days after the end of the month Annually 14 days after the end of the year (23 days for ROS users who pay and file online)


How will PAYE Modernisation affect your payroll processing?

For further advice, call us on + 353 1 968 0663     or email   info@cleargroup.ie

Source: Revenue.ie