HMRC guidance on late reporting of payments is as follows:-

If you send a FPS after your employee’s payday, let HMRC know why in the ‘Late reporting reason’ field.

HMRC code


When to report


You have a reasonable excuse

As soon as possible


You correct an earlier payroll report

On your next regular FPS, or an additional FPS, report the correct payment details. Send by the 19th of the tax month after your original FPS for HMRC to show the correction in that month’s PAYE bill


You have an employee who’s either paid less than £120 a week or has worked with you for less than a week

Within 7 days of paying your employee


You pay your employee an expense or benefit where you must pay National Insurance contributions, but not Income Tax, through payroll. This depends on the benefit

Within 14 days of the end of the tax month


You pay your employee based on their work on the day (for example, harvest workers paid based on how much they pick)

Within 7 days of paying your employee


You’re an overseas employer paying an expat employee, or you pay them through a third party

By the 19th of the tax month after making the payment


You pay your employee in shares at less than market value

Usually by the 19th of the tax month of giving them the shares - contact HMRC for complex situations


You make any other non-cash payment (for example, vouchers or credit tokens) to your employee

By the 19th of the tax month after making the payment


Late Submission Reason Selection


The selections map to the HMRC reason codes as follows:-

Correction to Earlier Submission – H

Impractical to report work done on the day - F

Reasonable Excuse - G

Benefit in Kind - D

Notional Payment


If Notional Payment is selected then a further set of options is displayed

The selections map to the HMRC reason codes as follows:-

Payment to Expat – A

Employment Related Security - B

Other Notional Payment - C

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