We all know it’s coming into that time of year again where payroll needs to be finalised. Don’t freak out; simply check out the seven pointers below that Xero has put together for an easy, breezy payroll year end.
There are four key changes in New Zealand payroll calculations for the new financial year:
Don’t worry, Xero has been updated so the latest changes are automatically applied. Simply follow these seven steps to finalise your payroll year end and enjoy a smooth start to the new financial year.
Make sure all your pay runs for the financial year have been posted. If you’re using payday filing through Xero, you’ll also need to make sure these have been filed. To make sure these pay runs are reported in the 2021-22 financial year, the payment date will need to fall on or before 31 March 2022.
Go to payroll settings to review all the information that impacts your payroll reporting. If anything is incorrect, you can update this before processing your first pay run for the new financial year. You can also take this opportunity to check that any final employee payments and changes have been put through.
We know that reconciling your posted pay runs is a regular task for you, but it’s always a great idea to run your eyes down reports like pay history and leave transaction reports, to make sure there are no surprises. Here are some tips that may help:
Any errors made throughout the financial year (such as missed or incorrectly posted pay runs) can be corrected using an unscheduled pay run.
Simply create the pay run for the required period, and enter the adjustment amounts. These adjustments will be filed with Inland Revenue. You can even enter negative values, if needed. If you do enter negative values, you’ll need to make sure you log in to myIR to amend the filing, as negative values are not currently accepted by Inland Revenue through payday filing.
Once any amendments are made, check the payment date of the unscheduled pay run falls within the correct financial year, so it’s reported correctly.
An earnings certificate is a summary of an employee’s earnings, tax and deductions over the tax year. Earnings certificates can be issued to employees at the end of each tax year, or at the end of their employment.
The Accounting > Reports > Earnings Certificate screen allows you to generate and publish earnings certificates, either in bulk or individually. To clarify, employers are not legally obligated to issue earnings certificates to employees. It’s at the discretion of the employer.
The minimum wage has increased to $21.20 per hour, from 1 April 2022. The starting-out and training minimum wage will also increase to $16.96 per hour, from 1 April 2022. Xero won’t automate this process for you, so you’ll need to review and update the salary and wage details of any relevant employees.
You’ll also need to review employees’ ESCT rates before the first pay run of the new year, to make sure they are based on what the employee actually earned the previous tax year. You can do this from the employee’s ‘Taxes’ page in Xero.
Remember that from 24 July 2021, employees are entitled to 10 days of sick leave as at their next anniversary. So you’ll need to review and update the sick leave entitlements of all employees with an upcoming sick leave anniversary.
For example, an employee with a sick leave anniversary of 5 April who works 3 days a week, 10 hours a day, would previously have an annual sick leave entitlement in Xero of 50 hours (5 days x 10 hours per day). They will need this entitlement updated to 100 hours (10 days x 10 hours per day).
An employee with the same sick leave anniversary who spreads their 30 hours across 5 days (6 hours per day) will need their entitlement updated from 30 hours (5 days x 6 hours per day) to 60 hours (10 days x 6 hours per day).
That’s it! There’s nothing else you need to do to finalise payroll year end. Your payroll accounts are now in good shape for the new financial year. Any pay runs with a payment date on or after 1 April 2022 will fall within the next financial year.
Don't forget, the team at Malloch McClean can take care of the administration of your payroll, so you spend less time in the books and more time growing your business. Even with only a few employees, you can make savings by concentrating on the parts of the business you do best. To find out how we can help, get in touch.