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With the self service website, all the information you need to manage and process DEOs is in one place.
When you submit a schedule through the site, we can process the payments automatically. This keeps the process quick and simple and cuts the time you spend answering questions from us about any missing information
The site also gives you a history of all the communication between your company and us.
With the self service website, all the information you need to manage and process DEOs is in one place. You can use it to:
- view the amounts you are due to deduct for specific employees
- complete an online schedule that details your actual deductions and the total payment - we recommend this for smaller companies with up to 10 DEOs
- upload a report produced by your payroll software
- view schedules and payments that you have made previously
- send and receive secure messages between your company and us
- keep a record all communications between your company and us
- tell us about changes in your company's addresses and contact details
Under child support law, it is a criminal offence if anyone required to provide information:
- fails to provide such information when requested to do so, without reasonable grounds or
- provides information, or knowingly causes or allows information to be provided, that they know to be false.
If a court finds you guilty of the criminal offence outlined above, you can be fined up to £1,000.
You are also legally required to implement a DEO where we instruct you to do so. It is a criminal offence if you fail to comply with this requirement, and a court may fine you up to £500 for each DEO payment missed.
Your company's Employer Reference Number (ERN) is a unique 12 digit number that we give to each employer. We include your ERN on all the communications we send you. Please make sure you use it every time you write or talk to us too, so we know who you are.
We treat different PAYE numbers as different companies. This means that if you have offices with different PAYE numbers, then each office will have a different ERN. As a result, you will need to enrol for the self service website separately for each PAYE number.
If you have several ERNs, we'll ask you which one you want to use each time you log in.
If you're an accountant or payroll bureau, remember that the site doesn't provide the facility to process payments for multiple companies. You will need to produce the schedule report using your payroll software and send this to the employer to submit using their own self service account.
If they are paying a DEO to the Child Maintenance Service, you don't need to do anything. We'll automatically add the DEO to your target schedule once HMRC confirms the employee is working for your company. If we haven't added the employee after two months, please contact us and let us know.
If they are paying the Child Support Agency (CSA) you will normally pay this separately. To make things easier, you can add this employee to your target schedule We'll then include them in your payments and forward the money to the CSA when you pay us.
To do this, go to 'My schedules', click through to 'Edit payment schedule' and then click the 'Add CSA employee' link at the bottom of the page.
The protected earnings proportion is 60 per cent of your employee's normal net earnings in each pay period. This means that you must always leave them with at least 60 per cent of the earnings they receive in any given pay period.
You can take the administration charge even if it comes from this remaining 60 per cent.
The information in this site has been secured according to UK government security policies. The security policies are continually reviewed, and the site assessed against them. The site uses an HTTPS connection to limit the ability of unauthorised third parties to intercept the connection. It is still your responsibility to make sure your details are secure and to use the site in a safe environment. This means not writing your details down and taking care when using the site in a public place.
You have a legal obligation to collect the money due from your employee and pass it us. Failure to do this can result in legal action being taken against you, and a court may fine you up to £500 for each DEO payment you miss.
If you've missed a payment, please contact us and we'll help you sort it out.