Sometimes small changes make a big difference, so you may spot some modifications that we have made to leave.
A new report
We have added a new report called Leave Days Report. This report shows the specific days that employees have taken/will take leave for the specified leave type and period. It complements our current Leave Report, which shows you the total number of leave days taken during the period, made up of the individual days shown on the Leave Days Report. This added leave report will simplify your payroll duties, as you can confirm leave dates with employees or managers. It is also useful in the management of employees and communication with other departments.
Visual tweaks to entitlement policies
We have made it clearer to see whether or not an employee is on the default company leave policy. When going to an employee’s profile and clicking on Leave > Entitlement Policies > Edit, (company default) will now display next to the leave policy if the employee is on the company’s default policy. In addition, we have updated the heading to display as Active Entitlement Policies.
You can still see the company default policy by going to Settings > Leave > View (next to the leave type) and scrolling to the bottom. However, we have changed the heading to Active Entitlement Policies (company defaults) to align with the changes made in the employees’ profiles.
We hope that these small changes will make a big difference in your payroll experience. If you need any help with leave management, refer to our help page here. For more information on reports, click here.
We are happy to announce that we have increased our bulk actions functionality to include bulk actions for once-off payslips. If you have multiple employees with once-off payslips and need to add items to these payslips, you can now do so in bulk by going to Employees > Bulk Actions.
From here, you can select either Payslip Inputs or Clocking Imports. Then click on Switch to once-off payslips and capture your data accordingly. Please take note of the following:
Payslip Inputs: As always, only once-off items (i.e. no regular items) can be added to once-off payslips.
Clocking Imports: Only custom items with Payslip Inputs are supported for this method.
To read more about these functions, the following help pages are available:
You may have spotted that our logo is looking a bit different. No need to adjust your computer or call a technician. It’s our new logo!
SimplePay is a global brand, so we have decided to present ourselves as such. In the past, we tried to represent different regions by colour, but we’ll soon run out of colours. We have therefore tweaked our logo and are proud to share it with you.
This enhanced unified logo does not change the way we operate. You can still expect to receive the same professional service that you have come to expect from SimplePay in the last few years, with a product tailored for your region and a friendly, knowledgeable team working to make payroll work for you.
Our logo has been updated on our site and on your invoices, but there may still be a few places where the old logo shows up during this transition period. As always, if you use SimplePay for multiple regions, each region has its own dedicated domain name. We have also added the country’s flag to the help site to avoid confusion.
Thank you for being on this journey with us and we look forward to growing even stronger as a global brand.
The increase in DEASP pensions and payments announced in Budget 2019 came into effect last month. Revenue updates over the first weekend of April 2019 means that you can expect new RPNs for employees as of 8 April.
An automated update of RPN information is regularly done by the SimplePay system. However, we recommend that you do an update of RPNs before processing payroll, in case changes were made by Revenue after our automatic system update. Read more about manually updating RPN’s on our help page here.
You can read more about the DEASP pensions and payments in Budget 2019 here. Then click on Social Welfare to navigate to the relevant section.
Should you have any queries regarding the updated RPN information, you can contact Revenue’s National Employer and Employee help lines.
For any other assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our Support team.
You were onto something! Thanks to your suggestions on ways of making SimplePay even greater, we are happy to announce our newest feature! While we have built our system on simplicity and compliance, we understand that sometimes you have unique needs. Our new feature therefore gives you the ability to add your own fields to an employee’s Basic Info screen.
Want to capture an employee’s nickname or cellphone number? Add a custom “Text” field.
Want to record the date that employees completed their orientation training? Add a custom “Date” field.
Want to record an employee’s marital status? Add a custom “Dropdown” field with options to select from.
You can now capture the information that you want, with added features coming soon!
To learn more about how this functionality works, head over to our help page here.
We’d love to hear from you if this feature enhances your payroll experience. In addition, if you have any trouble with this new feature or would like some further guidance, please reach out to our friendly support team who would be happy to help.
Your first Statement of Account is produced by the Revenue computer system based on all payroll submitted with a pay date in January 2019. The Statement of Account contains a chronological list of all tax liabilities incurred, any amendments to these liabilities, all payments made in respect of these liabilities and the balance outstanding at the end of the period referred to in the statement. The Statement of Account for January will need to be submitted by 14 February 2019, with all subsequent submissions due on the 14th of the month following the payroll month.
Employers and/or agents will receive an email to the email address registered in ROS to inform you when the Statement of Account is ready and available. The statement will be stored in your ROS inbox as a .pdf document.
The ROS Statement of Account utility allows you to make payments for your returns using the following payment methods:
using your bank account
ROS debit instruction (if registered for this)
To access the ROS Statement of Account:
Log into your ROS account.
Go to My Services > Employer Services > Statement of Account.
3. Click on View/Accept
4. The statement will then be displayed.
5. Complete the Declaration and then click on Submit.
6. You will then need to sign off the submission using the password for your digital certificate.
6. You will now be able to make payment.
To learn how to make payments via the ROS Statement of Account utility, watch the video created by ROS here.
Over the past few months, we have been discussing PAYE Modernisation on our blog. The new functionality for PAYE Modernisation will be released in stages over the next 2 weeks. We are happy to announce the first release, which allows you to upload ROS Digital Certificates to SimplePay.
If you are unsure about obtaining these Digital Certificates, please refer to this guide provided by Revenue.
This is a very important process for PAYE Modernisation and all employers or agents (such as payroll bureaus or accounting firms) will need to do this before processing payslips in 2019. Without uploading these certificates, requesting RPNs from ROS and submitting payroll information to ROS is not possible.
To help you through this process, we have compiled a useful guide which can be downloaded here:
Revenue released an end of year notice which you should have received on Friday 23 November 2018. This end of year notice serves as a reminder of the PAYE Modernisation project and its consequences, as well as some additional information and reminders that Revenue wants you to be aware of. Here is a summary of the most important parts of the notice, most of which we have already discussed in previous blog posts:
No further P2Cs will be issued from 30 November 2018. These will be replaced by RPNs from 1 January 2019.
To ensure that you are ready for PAYE Modernisation, you must ensure that you:
have registered all of your employees with Revenue,
checked you have the correct Personal Public Service Number (PPSN) for all employees. Employers can use the PPS number checker in ROS to confirm the correct PPS number for employees or pensioners,
operate the Revenue deduction instructions for each employee (on the P2C up to end-2018 and on the RPN from January 2019),
have complete payroll data, which is accurate and up-to-date,
have all required information on employee pay, including notional pay, on a timely basis and in the correct format to payroll; and
have an active ROS digital certificate on the computer you use to run your payroll.
You should review your ROS digital certificates to ensure that they have not expired.
You should review your sub-users’ digital certificate permissions for appropriate permissions.
Forms P45, P46, P30, P35 and P60 will be abolished after the 2018 tax year.
Payment due dates to Revenue remain unchanged in 2019.
USC rates and thresholds will change with effect from 1 January 2019.
For the 2019 tax year, if an employee is expected to exceed the USC threshold but their RPN states that they are USC exempt, you should advise the employee to contact Revenue to have their RPN updated.
Rates for Emergency Tax and the legal basis for applying Emergency Tax will change effective 1 January 2019.
For the 2018 tax year, employers must ensure that the correct PPSNs as per the P2Cs are used for employees.
Revenue’s 1890 LoCall phone system has been replaced by standard telephone numbers.
As you’re aware by now, it will be mandatory for businesses across Ireland to start complying with PAYE Modernisation from January 2019. Under these new processes, there will be no change to the way that PAYE is calculated, only the way that this information is reported to Revenue. Being a client of SimplePay means that you do not have to face these changes alone. After extensive research, consultations with experts and developing our plan of action, the SimplePay team continue to work hard to ensure that you will be compliant.
So what kind of changes can you expect on the system? While there may still be some tweaks and changes after our final testing phase, here is a sneak peek of some of the functionality that we have been working on:
As part of employer authentication, each employer will be given a ROS digital certificate and a password by Revenue. A new ROS Authentication page will be available on SimplePay where you can upload your certificate and view its validity.
Please note: This will work slightly differently for payroll and accounting firms that manage payroll on behalf of multiple companies, as a single agent certificate can be used for all companies. More information on this will be provided in the future.
To avoid being taxed on an emergency basis, clients previously needed to upload a P2C for an employee. With PAYE Modernisation, a P2C is replaced by an RPN. This is generated by Revenue and can be retrieved with the click of a button from the usual tax information screen on SimplePay.
The SimplePay system will regularly update the RPN information for employees automatically. If the tax information for an employee has been updated before the regular automated RPN update has occurred, you can request the system to fetch RPN information from Revenue from the same tax information screen.
The P30 will be replaced with regular online submissions for each pay period. This will still be done from the Filing section in SimplePay.
As you can see from this sneak peek, the new PAYE modernisation functions are being built with the same user-friendliness that you have come to expect from SimplePay. However, we understand that change can be overwhelming. To support you through these changes, we will be releasing a guide on how to use the new functions on the system before the changes go live. Our help site will also be updated for you to refer to should you need it.
We look forward to supporting you along this journey into a new era of modern, convenient and even simpler cloud-based payroll.