Payroll Pro - Version 2.51 (and higher)
Changes applying from April 2020
ACC Earner Levy
ACC Earner Levy Maximum
The maximum income to which the ACC Earner Levy is applied increases from $128,470 to $130,911, giving a maximum levy of $1,819.66.
The ACC Earner Levy rate remains at 1.39%.
The ACC Earner Levy is a component of the PAYE.
The maximum income to which the ACC Earner Levy is applied is increased from $128,470 to $130,911, giving a maximum levy of $1,819.66. Previously this maximum income was $128,470 so this change effects employees who earn more than $128,470.
This change will automatically come into effect when you enter a pay period end date of 1 April 2020 or later.
Student Loan Repayment Threshold Increases
The repayment threshold is increased from $380 per week to $385 per week.
For main employment income, the repayment threshold is increased from $380 per week to $385 per week.
This means an employee on tax code M SL or ME SL can now earn more gross pay per week before they have any student loan repayment deducted from their pay.
So for M SL and ME SL, the employee does not pay a standard student loan amount if their weekly earnings are $385 or lower. This is called the weekly threshold.
Weekly threshold is $385
Fortnightly threshold is $770 ($385 * 2)
Four-weekly threshold is $1,540 ($385 * 4)
Monthly threshold is $1,668.33 ($385 * 52 / 12)
Employee earns $485 this week, and is on the M SL tax code.
The threshold is $385, so the amount to calculate the repayment on is $485 less $385 = $100
Therefore the Student Loan Repayment amount (from April 2020) is $100 * 12% = $12.
Employee earns $375 this week, and is on the M SL tax code.
This is below the threshold of $385, so the employee has no student loan deduction this week.
HOWEVER the M SL and ME SL employees might have a student loan deduction even if they do earn less than $385 in the week if they have the additional student loan codes SLCIR or SLBOR. A summary is below. In addition IRD may request a special deduction rate (SDR) in some cases.
SLCIR and SLBOR
These were introduced in April 2012.
SLCIR is "Commissioner deduction" and is used for required additional student loan repayments.
SLBOR is "Borrower deduction" and is used for voluntary additional student loan repayments.
IRD will advise you if additional deductions are to be made using SLCIR.
For SLBOR deductions, the employee will advise their employer if they wish to make additional payments to reduce their loan balance.
You can enter the SLCIR and/or SLBOR amounts under "Enter Current Pay", where you will see three new white boxes under the Tax Code:
Click on the relevant box to enter the requried figures.
The S.D.R. box is for "Special Deduction Rate", which is another Student Loan rate you will use only if advised by the IRD.
Special Note on SLCIR Rate
SLCIR has a maximum of 5%. The IRD will advise if you need to use this for an employee.
We have found that the IRD are advising that SLCIR is to be 41.67% of the standard rate. By this they mean 41.67% of 12% which is 5%, so you will enter 5% into Payroll Pro. The reason Payroll Pro requires you to enter 5% and not 41.67% is because that is the requirement of the IRD for computerised payroll systems.