Moore and Smalley expands payroll to cope with RTI demand

PRESTON FIRM Moore and Smalley has ramped up its payroll offering as changes to PAYE and pensions start to impact clients.

The firm, ranked 53 in the Accountancy Age Top50 +50 2012 survey, has taken on more than 60 new clients after the move to real time PAYE filings (RTI) has seen business seek help.

Margaret Merrifield, head of payroll service at Moore and Smalley, said that companies that had previously managed their own PAYE affairs had turned to them to ensure the process is done correctly.

RTI forces companies to make more regular PAYE filings to HM Revenue & Customs, including changes to employee’s circumstances.

Moore and Smalley’s payroll team has expended to 12, from nine, to deal with the increased client base. The new staff will also help deal with an expected increase in clients due to auto-enrolment – where all employees are placed into a pension scheme unless they opt out. Merrifield told Accountancy Age that the firm’s new appointments were “pre-emptive”, with auto-enrolment another administrative burden that many small businesses will seek to outsource.

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