New P45 form
Employers must use the new P45 form with effect from 6 April 2009. The new forms are printed on A4 paper (previously the forms were printed on A5 stock) can be used with immediate effect. From 6 April 2009 any stocks of the old A5 forms must be destroyed.
The new form includes additional fields for date of birth and gender to assist in matching an employee’s information with HMRC’s records.
Employees who are not familiar with the new forms should be reassured that the only changes to the form are in relation to the format and the additional fields mentioned above.
Employers who use HMRC’s free Online PAYE service or certain payroll packages can themselves print parts 1A, 2 and 3 of form P45 onto A4 plain paper, when they have submitted the P45 part 1 (employee leaving details) to HMRC online.