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Payroll Pro - History of Updates

Payroll Pro - new features added in Version 2.47b (released July/August 2017)

 

Electronic Banking now has a clearer heading to indicate the date the banking relates to.

Start and Finish – a new form has been added in the Timesheet area where the user can enter the start time and finish time, and unpaid breaks, per day, for each employee, so that the user does not need to calculate the hours worked per day.
IRD Message - a new message has been added to advise that the IRD will no longer be accepting computer printed IRD Approved ir348 forms from any payroll software from 1/4/2018.
Allowances and Deductions - The Reset to Zero option has now been expanded to allow "Reset units to zero after employee paid" and/or "Reset rate ($) to zero after employee paid". Previously this just set the units to zero.

 

 

 

If you currently have Payroll Pro version 2 or higher installed on your computer, you can update to the latest version using the "Check For Updates Online" option from the main menu of Payroll Pro.

 

If you currently have Payroll Pro Version 1 installed on your computer and would like to upgrade to Payroll Pro Version 2, please do not hesitate to email us.

 

 

 

Payroll Pro - new features added in Version 2.47 (released July 2017)

 

New look main menu:

Each column has different coloured buttons to help the user easily see the setup vs payrun vs other options.

The Electronic Banking option is now showing under Update Totals since this is the logical order of use.

A new button IRD Filing has been added in the right hand column to indicate to users that IRD filing options are available.

 

 

 

Payroll Pro - new features added in Version 2.46 (released March 2017)

 

PAYE legislation changes (applying from 1 April 2017):

This version contains legislation covering both years 1/4/2016 to 31/03/2017 and 1/04/2017 to 31/3/2018.

The rates to use are automatically selected by Payroll Pro according to the pay period end.

If any further legislation changes are made during the year, we will let you know!

ACC Earner Levy

The maximum income to which the ACC Earner Levy is applied is increased from $122,063 to $124,053, giving a maximum levy of $1,724.33. So this generally affects employees earning more than $122,063.

The ACC Earner Levy rate remains at 1.39%.

 

Student Loan Repayment Threshold

For main employment income, the repayment threshold is increased from $367 per week to $368 per week. For example an employee on tax code M SL can now earn one extra dollar of gross pay per week before they have any student loan repayment deducted from their pay.

 

 

Payroll Pro - new features added in Version 2.45b (released November 2016)

 

Updated Digital Signtaure

Payroll Pro and it's related software is now signed with an updated signature using SH256 which Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome will require from 2017. This ensures the software came from the named software publisher (FiveStar Software Ltd) and protects the software from alteration after publication. Up to now SHA1 was used (which was fine!) but SH256 is the latest.

 

 

 

Payroll Pro - new features added in Version 2.45 (released June 2016)

 

Another PAYE legislation change:

IRD have asked that the tax on final holiday pay (when an employee finishes their employment) is calculated as an extra pay. This means to tax the final holiday pay at a flat tax rate in the same way an annual bonus is taxed. This officially applied from 1 April 2016, but we received final confirmation of this form IRD after 1 April 2016, so do not worry about the tax calculation on any final pays up to now. Payroll Pro, along with all other payroll programs, has been using the accepted method of spreading the tax out over the number of weeks the final pay would cover, and using the new flat tax method will make very little difference. In fact, the employees total tax for a whole year could be overpaid or underpaid depending on whether or not they go straight to a new job, and what they get paid in that new job!

 

Colours and Contrast:

We have changed the colours/contrast to make Payroll Pro easier on the eyes for brighter screens.

 

Hints and Messages:

Additional helpful hints and messages added at various places.

 

 

 

Payroll Pro - new features added in Version 2.44 (released February 2016)

 

PAYE legislation changes (applying from 1 April 2016):

This version contains legislation covering both years 1/4/2015 to 31/03/2016 and 1/04/2016 to 31/3/2017.

The rates to use are automatically selected by Payroll Pro according to the pay period end.

 

But there is only one legislation change this year - the ACC Earner levy:

The ACC Earner Levy reduces from 1.45% to 1.39%.

The maximum income to which the ACC Earner Levy is applied increases from $120,070 to $122,063, giving a maximum levy of $1,696.67.

 

 

 

Payroll Pro - new features added in Version 2.43 (released May 2015)

 

Icons and Messages:

New shortcut icon images, and some help messages updated.

 

 

 

Payroll Pro - new features added in Version 2.42 (released February 2015)

 

PAYE legislation changes (applying from 1 April 2015):

This version contains legislation covering both years 1/4/2014 to 31/03/2015 and 1/04/2015 to 31/3/2016.

The rates to use are automatically selected by Payroll Pro according to the pay period end.

 

But there is only one legislation change this year - it is a minor change in the ACC Earner levy. This remains at 1.45% but the maximum income to which the ACC Earner Levy is applied is increased from $118,191 to $120,070, giving a maximum levy of $1741.01 (previously this was $1,713.76).

 

All this really means is that the change only effects employees on M, M SL, ME and ME SL tax codes who earn over $118,191 annually. And the increase in PAYE is generally less than 50 cents per week.

 

 

 

Payroll Pro - new features added in Version 2.41 (released August 2014)

 

Check Bank Account Numbers are Valid

When adding a new bank account for an employee, or editing an existing account, a message will now appear if the account is suspected of being incorrect. A report of incorrect bank account numbers is also available.

 

Recording Hours Worked Per Day

The additional option to record ours worked each day for employees with regular hours is now available. Previously this was only for employees with irregular hours. Select "Defaults & Setup" for this setting.

 

Emailing Payslips

Added support for smtp.live.com and smtp.office365. This means if you use outlook.com, office365, or hotmail, for your company's email address, you can now use the smtp for these to send payslips by email.

 

Hints and Messages:

Additional helpful hints and messages added at various places.

 

 

 

Payroll Pro - new features added in Version 2.40 (released March 2014)

 

PAYE legislation changes (applying from 1 April 2014):

This version contains legislation covering both years 1/4/2013 to 31/03/2014 and 1/04/2014 to 31/3/2015.

The rates to use are automatically selected by Payroll Pro according to the pay period end.

ACC Earner Levy

The ACC Earner Levy reduces from 1.7% to 1.45%.

The maximum income to which the ACC Earner Levy is applied is increased to $118,191, giving a maximum levy of $1,713.76.

 

Secondary and flat rate tax codes (such as S, SH, CAE etc)

These are calculated on the gross rounded down to the nearest dollar. For example, if the gross pay for the week is $200.78, then the tax is calculated on the $200 (and the 78 cents ignored).

 

Backup and Restore

Additional help and hints have been added for the data backup (and data restore if needed) functions.

 

Email Payslips - support for SSL for send.xtra.co.nz (added in V2.40a)

You may be aware that on 17 Mar 2014, Xtra enhanced their email security, meaning emails sent through Xtra will need to use the following settings:

    Outgoing mail server: send.xtra.co.nz; Uses SSL; Port: 465;Outgoing server requires authentication

    Xtra user name and password required for sending email

This information can now be entered into the email payslips section of Payroll Pro.

 

Employee IRD Number on Payslips (added in V2.40a)

You can now select to show or hide employees IRD number on payslips. This is entered under "Defaults & Setup".

 

 

 

Payroll Pro - new features added in Version 2.39 (released November 2013)

 

Messages:

Additional helpful messages added at various places.

 

Backup File Finder:

Utility added to check location of backup files.

 

 

 

Payroll Pro - new features added in Versions 2.36 to 2.38 (released during 2013)

 

Messages:

Additional helpful messages added at various places.

 

 

 

Payroll Pro - new features added in Version 2.35 (released March 2013)

 

PAYE legislation changes (applying from 1 April 2013):

This version contains tax rates covering both years 1/4/2012 to 31/03/2013 and 1/04/2013 to 31/3/2014.

The rates to use are automatically selected by Payroll Pro according to the pay period end.

 

KiwiSaver Minimum increases to 3%
This changes from 2% to 3% in the first pay period commencing on or after 1 April 2013.

 

Student Loan Repayments
The Standard Student Loan rate increases from 10% to 12% in the first pay on or after 1 April 2013.

 

ACC Earner Levy
The maximum income to which the ACC Earner Levy is applied is increased to $116,089, giving a maximum levy of $1,973.51. Previously this maximum income was $113,768.00 so this change only effect employees who earn more than $113,768.00.

 

 

 

Payroll Pro - new features added in Version 2.34 (released August 2012)

 

Reminder when Backing Up

When the backup option is selected, a reminder to back up to a drive other than C: drive is given, since a backup onto your hard drive is no help if your hard drive fails. The only change in version 2.34b is that this message has been changed to point out that it is only a helpful hint and is not an error and is not a warning message.

 

 

 

Payroll Pro - new features added in Version 2.32 and 2.33 (released July 2012)

 

Help with lost data connection

If your data is on a different drive (eg Payroll Pro installed on C: drive, but data on S: drive or some other drive) and your network connection is lost, a new option is available which allows you to see what the last network drive was and attempt to
re-connect to it.

 

Reminder shown on IR348 report

A reminder is shown at the end of the IR348 report printed when the irFile is created. This is a reminder that the ESCT amount to pay is shown on the IR345 form.

 

Default settings in reports

Holiday Pay, Sick Leave and Alternative Holidays Reports now all default to exclude Non-Active employees.
Employee Year to Date and Pay History reports now default to include Non-Active employees.

The change button is still available to change this setting.

 

 

 

Payroll Pro - new features added in Version 2.31 (released March 2012)

 

PAYE legislation changes (applying from 1 April 2012):

- The ACC Earners Levy changes from 2.04% to 1.7%.

- Two New Student Loan Tax Codes - SB SL and ML SL.

- Two new Student Loan repayment codes for additional Student Loan deductions - SLCIR and SLBOR

- New ESCT calculations added.

 

 


PAYROLL PRO VERSION 1

 

Payroll Pro - new features added in Version 1.66 (released March 2017)

 

PAYE legislation changes (applying from 1 April 2017):

This version contains legislation covering both years 1/4/2016 to 31/03/2017 and 1/04/2017 to 31/3/2018.

The rates to use are automatically selected by Payroll Pro according to the pay date.

If any further legislation changes are made during the year, we will let you know!

ACC Earner Levy

The maximum income to which the ACC Earner Levy is applied is increased from $122,063 to $124,053, giving a maximum levy of $1,724.33. So this generally affects employees earning more than $122,063.

The ACC Earner Levy rate remains at 1.39%.

 

Student Loan Repayment Threshold

For main employment income, the repayment threshold is increased from $367 per week to $368 per week. For example an employee on tax code M SL can now earn one extra dollar of gross pay per week before they have any student loan repayment deducted from their pay.

 

 

Payroll Pro - new features added in Version 1.65b (released November 2016)

 

Updated Digital Signtaure

Payroll Pro and it's related software is now signed with an updated signature using SH256 which Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome will require from 2017. This ensures the software came from the named software publisher (FiveStar Software Ltd) and protects the software from alteration after publication. Up to now SHA1 was used (which was fine!) but SH256 is the latest.

 

 

 

Payroll Pro - new features added in Version 1.65 (released June 2015)

 

Another PAYE legislation change:

IRD have asked that the tax on final holiday pay (when an employee finishes their employment) is calculated as an extra pay. This means to tax the final holiday pay at a flat tax rate in the same way an annual bonus is taxed. This officially applied from 1 April 2016, but we received final confirmation of this form IRD after 1 April 2016, so do not worry about the tax calculation on any final pays up to now. Payroll Pro, along with all other payroll programs, has been using the accepted method of spreading the tax out over the number of weeks the final pay would cover, and using the new flat tax method will make very little difference. In fact, the employees total tax for a whole year could be overpaid or underpaid depending on whether or not they go straight to a new job, and what they get paid in that new job!

 

Colours and Contrast:

We have changed the colours/contrast to make Payroll Pro easier on the eyes for brighter screens.

 

Hints and Messages:

Additional helpful hints and messages added at various places.

 

 

Payroll Pro - new features added in Version 1.64 (released February 2016)

 

PAYE legislation changes (applying from 1 April 2016):

This version contains legislation covering both years 1/4/2015 to 31/03/2016 and 1/04/2016 to 31/3/2017.

The rates to use are automatically selected by Payroll Pro according to the pay period end.

 

But there is only one legislation change this year - the ACC Earner levy:

The ACC Earner Levy reduces from 1.45% to 1.39%.

The maximum income to which the ACC Earner Levy is applied increases from $120,070 to $122,063, giving a maximum levy of $1,696.67.

 

 

 

Payroll Pro - new features added in Version 1.63 (released May 2015)

 

Icons and Messages:

New shortcut icon images, and some help messages updated.

 

 

 

Payroll Pro - new features added in Version 1.62 (released February 2015)

 

PAYE legislation changes (applying from 1 April 2015):

This version contains legislation covering both years 1/4/2014 to 31/03/2015 and 1/04/2015 to 31/3/2016.

The rates to use are automatically selected by Payroll Pro according to the pay period end.

 

But there is only one legislation change this year - it is a minor change in the ACC Earner levy. This remains at 1.45% but the maximum income to which the ACC Earner Levy is applied is increased from $118,191 to $120,070, giving a maximum levy of $1741.01 (previously this was $1,713.76).

 

All this really means is that the change only effects employees on M, M SL, ME and ME SL tax codes who earn over $118,191 annually. And the increase in PAYE is generally less than 50 cents per week.

 

 

 

Payroll Pro - new features added in Version 1.61 (released August 2014)

 

Check Bank Account Numbers are Valid

When adding a new bank account for an employee, or editing an existing account, a message will now appear if the account is suspected of being incorrect. A report of incorrect bank account numbers is also available.

 

Hints and Messages:

Additional helpful hints and messages added at various places.

 

 

 

Payroll Pro - new features added in Version 1.60 (released February 2014)

 

PAYE legislation changes (applying from 1 April 2014):

This version contains legislation covering both years 1/4/2013 to 31/03/2014 and 1/04/2014 to 31/3/2015.

The rates to use are automatically selected by Payroll Pro according to the pay period end.

ACC Earner Levy

The ACC Earner Levy reduces from 1.7% to 1.45%.

The maximum income to which the ACC Earner Levy is applied is increased to $118,191, giving a maximum levy of $1,713.76.

 

Secondary and flat rate tax codes (such as S, SH, CAE etc)

These are calculated on the gross rounded down to the nearest dollar. For example, if the gross pay for the week is $200.78, then the tax is calculated on the $200 (and the 78 cents ignored).

 

Backup and Restore

Additional help and hints have been added for the data backup (and data restore if needed) functions.

 

 

 

Payroll Pro - new features added in Version 1.59 (released November 2013)

 

Messages:

Additional helpful messages added at various places.

 

Backup File Finder:

Utility added to check location of backup files.