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P35 (PAYE) deadline: Comment from Frances Coulson, President of insolvency trade body R3

“Typically many businesses will be caught out by the P35 deadline on 19 May, having been ‘getting by’ and not submitting the full amount of PAYE they owe each month. This deadline is traditionally a time when HMRC uncovers any shortcomings in the payments due and the payments made in terms of PAYE, as well as those businesses which do not file at all.

“I suspect this will lead to an increase in actions by HMRC in a couple of months time, as well as pushing up corporate insolvency numbers towards the end of the year.

“One in four (24%) businesses are concerned about their debts, according to the R3’s latest Business Distress Index. Of this group, 37% are worried about Crown debts and this deadline will be a test for them. Seeking professional advice as soon as possible is the best way to allay those fears.”

Frances Coulson, R3 President

Methodology note on R3’s Business Distress Index: BDRC Continental conducted 501 telephone interviews with small, medium and large business owners and Financial Directors between 7th and 18th March 2011. Quotas are set by size, region and sector and the data weighted to the profile of GB businesses. The respondent in each case is a senior financial decision maker. Small businesses are those with a turnover of £50,000 to £1million pa.

R3 Press Office

Notes to editors:

  • R3 is the trade body for Insolvency Professionals and represents the UK’s Insolvency Practitioners.

  • R3 comments on a wide variety of personal and corporate insolvency issues. Contact the press office, or see for further information.

  • R3 promotes best practice for professionals working with financially troubled individuals and businesses; all R3 members are regulated by recognised professional bodies
  • R3 stands for 'Rescue, Recovery, and Renewal' and is also known as the Association of Business Recovery Professionals.