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Government Gateway Changes

The existing Government Gateway, which has been used since 2002, will soon be migrated to a new HMRC Multi Digital Tax Platform (MDTP). This uses a different web address to the exiting gateway. Online Filing Manager (4.00) has been updated to use this new web address.

Online Filing Manager v4.00

You MUST upgrade your installation before approximately 13 February 2018, after which point the current gateway service will end, please contact our support department to arrange your upgrade.

Opera 3 2.43.00

This release includes the following changes:-

Auto enrolment ‘staging date’ & ‘duties start date’

From 1 October 2017, new employers will not be given a Staging Date by the Pensions Regulator. They will instead have what is referred to as a Duties Start Date, which will be the date that their first member of staff starts to work for them.

Serious ill health payments

If pension pots are paid in a lump sum because of serious ill health, this information must be included in the Full Payment Submission that is sent to HMRC for that period.

The Details & Bank form on the Payroll Processing’s Action menu now includes an indicator for this called ‘Serious Ill Health Lump Sum’.

To pay a pension lump sum for serious ill health reasons, the Flexible Pension box must be ticked on the payment profile used for the payment.

D2 > D8 Tax Codes

HMRC has introduced new codes ranging from D2 to D8 in case the Scottish Parliament uses its power to introduce new tax bands. If this happens these codes can now be used in Opera Payroll.


For any help or advise please call our support team on 01246 861100 or email help@sbk.co.uk