Withdrawal of Electronic Data Interchange
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will be decommissioning the Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) channel and replacing it with an existing XML service by April 2018.
Current EDI users will need to migrate away from the service before the deadline to the XML channel. This will strategically position all of HMRC’s PAYE operations across the UK on the same platform.
HMRC is committed to providing secure and resilient services and this move ensures that any future enhancements and changes can be managed effectively.
Plans to make the move were originally announced at the application programming interface strategy launch conference on 7 September 2015, where Mark Dearnley, HMRC’s former Chief Digital and Information Officer, announced that the department would end its use of the EDI channel within 3 years.
This important (but minor) change will have no effect on individual employees.
HMRC is putting a new team in place to provide support for the user community, which will help them transition before the deadline.
This also means there won’t be any message implementation guidelines produced for the 2017 to 2018 P11D and P11D(B) as these messages will need to be submitted in XML over the internet from April 2018.