Service issues - Basic PAYE Tools


HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) will describe here any current important issues that customers using the Basic PAYE Tools may come across. They will let you know what to do if you are affected. HMRC are sorry for any inconvenience these may cause. If you need help with anything not listed here, please follow the link below, or contact HMRC's Online Services Helpdesk.

Using HMRC's Basic PAYE Tools

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For issues that may affect customers filing their returns or forms online, please read our PAYE service issues.

PAYE Service issues


Payroll 2015/2016

The latest version of Basic PAYE Tools 15.0.15048 is now available to run payroll 2015/2016. The previous version, 14.2.14330, contained an important update to the automatic update functionality so if you are using that version you can download the latest BPT by selecting ‘check for updates’. Otherwise you will need to download the new version from

Error message when checking for updates

Example ‘Error 157: An error occurred while connecting to the update server. Please try again later’. The most likely reason for this is that you did not update to version 14.2.14330 and are trying to update automatically or check for updates from an earlier version. To download the latest version, please visit

Error when adding a period with no payments to employees

If you receive an error message when entering a period with no payments to employees for any period before 6 April 2015, please ensure you are using the latest version of the tools, 15.0.15048.  The version number displays in the bottom-left corner of the tool.

Understanding error messages in Basic PAYE Tools

If you have received an error message when sending your PAYE submissions using Basic PAYE Tools you can find help to correct the error.

Basic PAYE Tools error messages

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