I use the HMRC Basic PAYE Tools. That lets me pay my PAYE obligations to the government each month. It's fairly easy to use. And today I got an email.
Important information for employers using Basic PAYE Tools (BPT)
We have identified that you use our BPT software to calculate and submit your payroll. In order for you to use BPT
for 2015/16 you need to have downloaded the latest version which will allow the 2015/16 update (due early April) to
be found automatically.
The latest version (number 14.2.14330.88) is available now on the GOV.UK website and you must download this version
in full. You cannot get it using the ‘Check for updates/Check now’ setting on your current BPT.
Your BPT will not automatically update for 2015/16 without doing this.
What you need to do:
* Go to https://www.gov.uk/basic-paye-tools
* Scroll down the page and select the appropriate download link for your operating system (e.g. for Windows users
select ‘Download basic PAYE tools for Windows – except Vista’)
* Once the download is complete, open the downloaded zip file and open the setup application file within it to
begin the setup wizard.
* Proceed ‘Next’ through the installation as normal
* Once the installation is complete, select ‘Finish’
All employers should back-up their data before installing new versions of BPT.
Download now and be ready.
Helping us to help you.
Head of Digital Support for Business and Agents
So I checked the link they gave; it actually goes to govdelivery.com. I've not heard of that, so i did a WHOIS on it.
Registrant Name: GovDelivery, Inc.
Registrant Organization: GovDelivery, Inc.
Registrant Street: 408 Saint Peter Street
Registrant City: St. Paul
Registrant State/Province: MN
Registrant Postal Code: 55102
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Phone: +1.6517267309
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax: +1.9999999999
Registrant Fax Ext:
Registrant Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This means that the domain that I'm being sent to, was registered by someone in Minnesota, USA. That makes me wonder if this really is an HMRC web site. Or, to put it another way, I smell fish.
So I'm not going to download and install their software, but I am going to forward the email to HMRC.