Re-platforming of the PAYE EDI Service

29 June 2016

At the conference held at the Royal Society in London on 7 September 2015 to launch HMRC’s API Strategy, Mark Dearnley HMRC CDIO, announced that part of that strategy envisages HMRC withdrawing the use of the Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) channel within 3 years. That public statement of intent aimed to give both developers and users of EDI ample notice of HMRC’s intention to phase out the use of EDI as a transactional channel.

That statement has been widely circulated across the EDI community, at IReeN Conferences and via e-mail from Account Managers. HMRC has provided an update of where they are now and what their short to medium term goals are.

A formal Discovery Phase commenced in April to capture the existing “as is” processes for the EDI Service. Consultation has taken place with HMRC key stakeholders to map the business processes and with our technical architects to map the IT dependencies and interfaces.

A meeting, held in May, marked the first formal consultation with representatives of the IReeN User Group, the British Computer Society and the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals to map user experience and capture pressure/pain points with the existing service. That customer engagement and consultation will continue and expand throughout this project.

Through the summer HMRC will be exploring technical options for a solution and engaging with the EDI user group to draw in user feedback/research. HMRC will be drawing out high level requirements and later in the year exploring the end technical solution in consultation with EDI users.

Further updates will be forthcoming as the project progresses however in the meantime if you have questions or experiences that you want to share with the EDI user group please contact Samantha Mann, CIPP Senior Policy & Research Officer at policy.