Payroll Manager New Features
Details of recently added features and improvements to Payroll Manager can be found below:
- Automatic Enrolment user guides - We have added extra features and reports to help with the administration of workplace pensions ('Automatic Enrolment'). Specific guides have been published on the Payroll Manager Support pages of our website for NEST, NOW:Pensions, The People's Pension and Scottish Widows. Guides for other pension providers will be added soon.
- Changes to where pension items appear on the main menu in Payroll Manager - The new 'Pensions' item on the main Payroll Manager menu (at the top of the screen) gives you access to many of the areas of the program that are relevant to auto-enrolment. The new 'Employee Pension Details report' accessible from the 'Pensions' menu provides an overview of the pension status of each employee (i.e. the scheme that they are in, the date that they joined etc.)
- New Agent RTI batch processor toolbar button - We have added a toolbar item for users of the Agent RTI batch processor to make accessing this feature simpler. Click 'Tools - Setup - Toolbar' from the main menu and tick to display the RTI batch processor on the toolbar.
- Renaming of the HMRC filing log - The HMRC filing log has been renamed. It is now known as the 'Submission Log'. Click 'Tools -Online Filing -Submission log' to see a record of RTI /CIS submissions to HMRC.
4 digit payment reference on P30
When making payments to HMRC you need to use your 13 character Accounts Office reference which Payroll Manager automatically includes on P30 reports. If you are making a late or early payment to HMRC then you should add an extra 4 digits to this reference, which informs HMRC which tax month the payment relates to. If you wish Payroll Manager to add these digits for you click 'Tools - Setup' from the main menu in Payroll Manager and tick the box marked 'Add 4-digit date to HMRC paying-in reference'
It is important to make regular backups of your payroll data in case anything should happen to your computer. If you wish, you can set Payroll Manager to remind you to do this via messages within the software itself. Click 'Tools - Setup' and set the 'Prompt me to back up every..'option to the reminder frequency of your choice.
To make a backup copy of your data click 'File - Utilities - Backup / Restore' and select the appropriate option.
Auto Enrolment upload files
Payroll Manager is able to produce 'upload files' to communicate auto enrolment pension data to some of the major pension providers. Currently the software supports NEST, NOW pensions, The Peoples Pension, Royal London, Scottish Widows and Workers Pension Trust. If you have specific requirements for other pension schemes then please get in touch with us.
Minimum wage employees
The national minimum wage rate is dependent on an employees age. Currently an employees minimum rate increase when he or she reaches the age of 18 or 21. Payroll Manager is able to 'warn' if an employee reaches the age of 18 or 21 in any particular pay period by displaying a red warning message at the bottom of the Pay Details screen. To turn these warning message on click 'Employer - Employer Details - Tax Office' and tick the box marked 'Min. Wage age warnings'.
NOTE: The software does not check that the employee is actually being paid at the minimum rate, it simply warns that an employee is reaching the age of 18 or 21. It is down to the user to ensure that the correct rate of pay is applied.
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Payroll Useful Links
Our Useful Links page contains links to some of the most commonly used payroll related pages, such as HMRC guidance on SMP, holiday pay information etc..