NEARLY 800 employers in Southampton are urged to send Pay As You Earn (PAYE) information in real time or face penalties.

HM Revenue and Customs says 785 employers in the city need to file PAYE returns in real time using a new system by the end of the year or face penalties of at least £100.

HMRC’s director general for personal tax Ruth Owen, said: “Over 99 per cent of PAYE records are being successfully reported in real time and the majority of businesses say they find the new system easy to use.

“So those in the South East who have not begun using the system should not stick their heads in the sand.”