RELEASE AND IMPORTANT UPDATES
Wagemaster® Version 126.96.36.19991
For customers processing Australian payroll, this is an important and mandatory release for the following reasons:
- it includes tax changes for the new financial year, effective 1 July 2019
- it includes changes and new features to support STP Reporting, which becomes mandatory for all employers from 1 July 2019
- General software developments.
What's in this Wagemaster release?
- Tax changes for the new financial year, effective 1 July 2019
From 1 July 2019, all study and training loans are covered by one set of thresholds and rates. SFSS Tax Tables are no longer separated, with these becoming part of a single study and training support loan repayment hierarchy. Tax tables for 2019-20 with HELP/SSL/TSL have been renamed ‘Study and training support loans (STSL).
More information from the ATO on these changes available at https://www.ato.gov.au/Rates/HELP,-TSL-and-SFSS-repayment-thresholds-and-rates/#HELPandTSLrepaymentthresholdsandrates201
These changes have been applied to the file, Tax Tables 2019-20_UPDATED.Pdl, within the Wagemaster installation folder (default location: C:\Users\Public\Documents\Wage Easy Payroll\Association Data\Australia). The update of tax tables via the pdl file will need to be run on each Wagemaster database for the new tax tables to take effect once your PPE date is at a date in July 2019.
STP Reporting of Employer Additional Superannuation contributions as Superannuation
Where compulsory Award Super Guarantee (SG) contributions are setup as Employer Additional Contributions at a set dollar amount, a new option to report these as Super in STP Reporting has been added.
If your Award or Agreement stipulates a set dollar amount for superannuation and in Wagemaster you have this contribution setup as Employer Additional Contribution, you can select to report this as Super on STP reports.
STP Update – option to ‘Zero YTD Values’
An option has been added to the STP Update Event to allow to ‘Send Zero Pay’. This function can be used when there is a need to change the ATO Branch Number, Company ABN, or Employee Number. When an employee has ‘Send Zero Pay’ selected, Final Pay check box will automatically be selected.
NOTE: Changing any of these entries during a financial year may have negative impacts on STP reporting in the form of duplicating values in employee myGov records.
Selecting to ‘Send Zero Pay’ for an employee will not change the records within Wagemaster but will only zero previously STP reported totals.
Considering this, we have also added messaging advising that changing any of these entries during a financial year may negatively impact STP reporting.
Ref: File > Company Details > Taxation > Tax Configuration – Branch Number
Ref: File > Company Details > Change Company Details > Company Licensing Details
Ref: Employee > General > Personal - Number
ATO STP reporting – Pay Event Header new column for ATO Gross (excludes Lump Sum D)
As per ATO requirements, a new header option in the STP Pay Event has been added called ‘ATO Gross’. This amount is the same as the Gross amount except when a Lump Sum D has been paid in the pay event, this value excludes the Lump Sum D amount.
STP Update Warning message that no Pay Events have been reported
Usually, an STP Pay Event should be used instead of an STP Update Event. In the new financial year in instances where no Pay Event has been sent and an STP Update is attempted, an STP Update Warning will display.
STP Setup Wizard messaging update
Before you can complete the STP Setup wizard, you will need to enter a set of credentials for the Sage STP Gateway. When STP data is reported from Wagemaster to the ATO, it is passed via the Sage STP Gateway. The credentials are used to authenticate you as a valid user, before the data is passed on to the ATO.
Wagemaster Customers will receive their credentials key within 10 working days after signing up to Agrimaster-Plus. At times this email can be lost to your junk folder. If you cannot locate the STP Credential Key in any email folders, log on and submit a support request to Agrimaster Support: https://support.agrimaster.com.au/hc/en-us/requests/new
Leave Entitlement by Employee and Date report – report payrates and loadings
Wagemaster has made a correction to the Leave Entitlement by Employee and Date report at Reports > Pay Period Reporting, to correctly report leave rates of pay when loading is added to the pay rate or is exclusively paid, for example, Leave Loading.
Super employer contributions not for super, remove from payslip super YTD
Where Superannuation is used for Additional Employer contributions that are not for superannuation, we have added an option to exclude these from the YTD Employer Super values reported on payslips.
For this new option to take effect, within the Superannuation Fund setup, under the Payslip tab, the ‘Use Caption’ option must first be selected and a Payslip Caption entered.
In the above example, only the Employer Additional contribution for Superannuation is shown in the YTD totals for Superannuation (Employer).
Password field character number increase
From Company Details > Email Settings > SMTP Server Password, we have increased the current password maximum of 32 characters to 255 characters to accommodate longer passwords.
We have added a Notifications icon on the main screen toolbar in Wagemaster. Notifications will be used to advise users of information relevant to Wagemaster including new releases, updates, and news.
After you Upgrade
After the upgrade is installed, you should check that the correct software and database versions are displayed. If the latest version numbers are not as displayed below, Wagemaster may not have been successfully upgraded.
To check the version of Wagemaster
The version number is displayed on the bottom right hand corner of the main Wagemaster screen.
After you have upgraded and opened your database, you can also check the version number by going to Help > About.
Your new database version number after the upgrade should be 188.8.131.5291