Free RTI software for agents


With the new RTI scheme coming in next year for payroll, does anyone know of any free software for agents?

Reading the HMRC's latest guidance, we can no-longer use their online filing for this and like lots of you I'm sure I have lots of ltd co's that have a scheme set up with just one director. Although I have sage payroll for my "proper" payrolls, I really don't want to have a massive licence fee to pay just so I can do the smaller ltd co's every month.

I have seen some free software but it just seems to be for individual companies not to use multi-companies on. Does anyone have any ideas?

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does anyone know of any free payroll software for the new RTI rules for agents?


Euan MacLennan's picture

If Sage costs you more than £112 a year ...

Euan MacLennan |

... for your "proper" payrolls, dump it and get Moneysoft Payroll Manager, which gives you unlimited companies for that price, so the software for one-man bands would effectively be free.

petersaxton's picture

HMRC software

petersaxton |

Why can't you use the HMRC software?

Do you mean the online filing

PStreet |

Do you mean the online filing software currently used for P35 submissions? It says on the latest bulletin it can't be used - and whislt I haven't downloaded their "basic PAYE tools" I'm assuming it will be just like the one currently provided which is only appropriate for one employer, unless anyone knows to the contrary?

petersaxton's picture

I know to the contrary

petersaxton |
DMGbus's picture

HMRC list of software

DMGbus |

The following webpage:

gives a list of RTI-compliant software products.

Some are free.

Moneysoft doesn't get a mention.



TomMcClelland's picture

Lots of reputable products aren't on that list, with good reason

TomMcClelland |

DMGbus wrote:

The following webpage:

gives a list of RTI-compliant software products.

Some are free.

Moneysoft doesn't get a mention.




  1. RTI is in its pilot phase until April 2013
  2. The software specification from April 2013 is (bizarrely) quite different from the one being operated during the pilot (Hands up everyone who thinks this is a good idea)
  3. It is not yet possible to get HMRC recognition for the post April 2013 specification, ie the one that 99% of employers will be starting with from April
  4. Because of facts #1, #2, and #3, most payroll providers haven't bothered to get HMRC recognition yet, because the recognition currently available is irrelevant to their users.
ShirleyM's picture

This just makes me glad ....

ShirleyM |

... that we outsource our payroll services.

I feel sorry for the bureaus though. As they do nothing but payroll it will probably be quite stressful for them.