Synergetic are at the final polish and release preparation stage for these changes, and are planning for the updated functionality to be released for production systems as part of a v69 update in early March.
IRD PayDay Filing and Leave Calculation changes
Payday Filing is an initiative of the New Zealand Inland Revenue Department (IRD) whereby all New Zealand employers will need to submit employee pay-related data to the IRD on a per-pay basis, moving away from the monthly submission process that has been in effect (and part of Synergetic) for many years.
From April 1st 2019, this requirement becomes mandatory for all employers in New Zealand, with the pay information required to be submitted within two working days of the payday.
For more general information from IRD regarding Payday filing, visit the IRD page.
Synergetic changes to support Payday
Synergetic have been working on changes as part of our v69 release, to incorporate support for Payday Filing. This will support the ‘File upload from your Payroll returns account in myIR’ alternative allowed by the IRD.
These changes leverage a number of screen and workflow refinements introduced with v69 as part of our earlier Australian Single Touch Payroll (STP) changes, evolving these changes to reflect wording and workflow steps particular to the Payday filing process.
We’ve been placing some general information and updates/responses to questions in our Discourse site – visit the Projects section of the site relating to the NZ IRD changes.
Updated NZ Leave Calculation support
Another area we’ve had several requests for is improved support for New Zealand’s employee leave payment calculations to assist in what can be an involved calculation process.
In last year’s NZ user group a user form was demonstrated to assist with the leave payment calculations. Testing at a few NZ schools showed that it needed to be refined to be a bit more flexible with what is included in the leave calculations and thus we have brought it into the main product allowing users to select which paycodes form part of the leave calculations.
Release and Client support
As mentioned, Synergetic are at the final polish and release preparation stage for these changes, and are planning for the updated functionality to be released for production systems as part of a v69 update in early March.
The update process to the latest v69 version with Payday features will be a very straightforward process, with New Zealand clients already having updated to v69 recently as a part of the preparation for the March Roll Returns process. Deployment of the update will be facilitated through our Octopus deployment tool,
Shortly following the initial release, we will also be offering a free webinar for clients to run through the feature/workflow changes involved for the Payday Filing process. More information on this will be shared at a later time.
We’re currently in the process of investigating a few Ministry of Education changes in the Enrol Leaver and Attendance reporting space. More details to come soon.
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