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December 2007

Monday 31st December more
I have a number of casual employees on my payroll, but when I go to do my weekly wages, they are not there. How do I pay them?

Friday 28th December more
I am the only person who has the password for Ace Payroll. How would my company gain access if something happened to me?

Thursday 27th December more
Inland Revenue is considering whether to remove an anomaly in the tax law that means volunteers can be taxed on any small contribution they get for their trouble

Tuesday 25th December more
Merry Christmas from Ace Payroll. Our help desk continues to operate throughout the holiday period 8.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday, public holidays excepted.

Monday 24th December more
Paying out your Christmas pays? This document covers the taxation of holiday pay and is especially relevant if paying out multiple weeks pay in one go.

Friday 21st December more
In this tutorial we look at annual compulsory closedowns. That is, where a business traditionally closes down for a number of weeks each year, usually over Christmas.

Thursday 20th December more
This document shows how to record the upcoming Christmas and New Year stat days for employees that do not work on these days but need to be paid for them.

Wednesday 19th December more
The Government's multibillion-dollar KiwiSaver superannuation scheme has been slated by the Retirement Commission, which questions its huge cost and its value for money.

Wednesday 19th December more
About 200,000 workers on the lowest pay rates are to get a wage rise of up to $30 a week, after the Government agreed to lift the adult minimum wage to $12 an hour.

Tuesday 18th December more
When paying out Holiday Pay I am confused about recording the actual days each employee has off. How do I use the calendar which appears when I am paying leave?

Monday 17th December more
Merry Christmas from Ace Payroll. Our help desk continues to operate throughout the holiday period 8.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday, public holidays excepted.

Friday 14th December more
What days of the week do the Xmas and New Year stat days fall on this week, and how do I handle them in Ace Payroll?

Thursday 13th December more
In this tutorial we look at annual compulsory closedowns. That is, where a business traditionally closes down for a number of weeks each year, usually over Christmas.

Wednesday 12th December more
Doing Christmas Pays? This document shows you how to overwrite the default PAYE calculation, useful if paying multiple weeks wages within one pay period.

Tuesday 11th December more
Supermarket employers have been advised not to hire junior staff ahead of minimum wage legislation coming into force next April, says a Picton supermarket owner.

Tuesday 11th December more
This document shows how to record the upcoming Christmas and New Year stat days when an employee does work on a public holiday and needs to be paid correctly for it.

Monday 10th December more
About to pay out your Christmas pays? This document covers the taxation of holiday pay and is especially relevant if paying out multiple weeks pay in one go.

Saturday 8th December more
More than 316,000 people have signed up to the KiwiSaver superannuation scheme five months after its introduction, Finance Minister Michael Cullen and Revenue Minister Peter Dunne said today.

Friday 7th December more
The owners of Wellington coffee house Fidel's are fuming after being fined for allowing smoking on-site, labelling the move heavy handed and like a police state.

Thursday 6th December more
Earnings Certificates provide your employees with a record of their earnings, tax payments and deductions for the financial year selected.

Wednesday 5th December more
The IRD have released their KS4 KiwiSaver Employer Guide. This document is in PDF format and opens in a new browser window.

Tuesday 4th December more
Confused by parental leave? To assist, we have published the Act, written a tutorial, and assembled FAQ's by the Employment Relations Service.

Monday 3rd December more
Is there any way I can show KiwiSaver YTD totals on the payslip, so that my staff can know how much has been contributed to KiwiSaver?

November 2007

Friday 30th November more
I am trying to email my payslips but I get error messages and the payslips don't send. Our emails go through a server, and we use Microsoft Exchange Server.

Thursday 29th November more
A time lag between employers transferring KiwiSaver money and the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) registering it is being blamed for causing confusion for savers and spurring fears that the money is being lost.

Wednesday 28th November more
Listed-healthcare and beauty product retailer Life Pharmacy is among a number of New Zealand businesses that expect the KiwiSaver scheme to hurt employers in the long term.

Tuesday 27th November more
What are the different ways to access employee details from anywhere in Ace Payroll?

Monday 26th November more
MPs have come up with a package of changes intended to make KiwiSaver fairer for employers and better for workers on low incomes.

Friday 23rd November more
Looking for a better way to handle KiwiSaver and all your other payroll needs? Download a demo version today and see why so many companies are making the switch to the cheaper, easier and better supported payroll system.

Thursday 22nd November more
In this article we look at the calculation of Relevant Daily Pay for an employee that works irregular hours. We examine both the legislation as well as what you need to do to handle this requirement in Ace Payroll.

Wednesday 21st November more
Hot sun - not cold cash - is the main reason skilled Kiwi workers move overseas, a new international survey shows.

Tuesday 20th November more
A child support variation code is used if you regularly deduct child support from an employee's wages, but the amount deducted in a certain pay period is different from the usual deduction.

Monday 19th November more
I'm getting asked by current employees if they can opt in to KiwiSaver. Are they able to do this, and how can I make this happen in Ace Payroll?

Friday 16th November more
The IRD have asked me to include all of my staff on the monthly schedule, even the ones who are not being paid this month. Is this possible in Ace Payroll?

Thursday 15th November more
What different types of payslips are available for the Ace Payroll system? How do I go about ordering them?

Wednesday 14th November more
Low-income working families will be eligible for a $416 increase in their minimum family tax credit from 1 April next year, Revenue Minister Peter Dunne announced today.

Tuesday 13th November more
Once opted into KiwiSaver it is possible for an employee to apply for a Contributions Holiday. This document covers how this is administered and how this is handled in Ace Payroll.

Monday 12th November more
Almost 300 Kiwi teenagers earn more than $100,000 a year, according to 2006 census figures.

Friday 9th November more
Unable to get hold of copies of the KS3 KiwiSaver Employee Information Pack. This document is in PDF format and opens in a new browser window.

Thursday 8th November more
Looking for help with Ace Payroll? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions where we answer well over one hundred questions about Ace Payroll with simple explanations and screenshots to demonstrate the answers.

Wednesday 7th November more
Looking for new payroll software? Our testimonials page contains comments made by our clients every day. Due to the number of testimonials, this page may take a moment to load.

Tuesday 6th November more
If you were meandering through your local mall and saw a $10 note lying on the ground, would you pick it up? What if it were a $100 note? Or a bundle of $100 notes?

Friday 2nd November more
Close to half of New Zealanders 18 and over who haven't yet retired say they are unlikely or very unlikely to join KiwiSaver, an AMP survey shows.

Thursday 1st November more
I have deductions set up for many of my staff. Some of these deductions are linked to a bank account, but some (such as "Repayment of Advance") are not. How can I see which deductions have been direct credited?

October 2007

Wednesday 31st October more
Getting ready for the Christmas / New Year payroll period? This document covers the days that public holidays fall on this year and the way paying for them is handled in Ace Payroll.

Tuesday 30th October more
Only a small percentage of the age group which would benefit most from KiwiSaver have opted in to the scheme so far.

Monday 29th October more
Business will start to see tax in a more positive light as the Government's new initiatives kick in, say tax experts.

Friday 26th October more
I have accidentally filed a pay for an employee and it is showing on my reports. How do I delete it?

Thursday 25th October more
The government announced today that it will introduce changes ensuring that employer payments for employee relocation expenses and overtime meal allowances are not taxable to the employees who receive them.

Wednesday 24th October more
Is there a facility in Ace Payroll where I can check when public holidays fall, in this, and future years?

Tuesday 23rd October more
I want to start emailing payslips to my staff - how do I get started setting this up?

Monday 22nd October more
Today is the Labour Day public holiday - this document shows you how to pay for Labour Day in Ace Payroll, for both companies that work on the day and those that do not.

Friday 19th October more
An old employee has come back to work for me again. How do I resume them in Ace Payroll?

Thursday 18th October more
Two-thirds of New Zealand businesses have reported economic crimes such as theft or embezzlement over the past two years, a rate which outstrips the average for both the Asia Pacific region and the world, PricewaterhouseCoopers says.

Wednesday 17th October more
Employers can employ new staff on trial periods, as long as they specify in writing that the employee is on a trial period - now also referred to as a "probationary arrangement".

Tuesday 16th October more
When I go to calculate my regular payroll it shows last weeks pay date. What is wrong?

Monday 15th October more
How does KiwiSaver work? This document summarises the KiwiSaver scheme from an employer perspective, as well as linking to the relevant legislation and further KiwiSaver tutorials.

Friday 12th October more
Recruiting a new staff member and unsure what to ask? - These 109 questions include both traditional and behavioral interview questions.

Thursday 11th October more
Regarding my staff who will want to join KiwiSaver, do I need to load their nominated scheme provider into the Ace Payroll system?

Wednesday 10th October more
My employee wants to pay back more than the minimum student loan so has asked me to increase the amount I deduct each week. How is this done in Ace Payroll?

Tuesday 9th October more
The IRD have released their KS11 Introducing KiwiSaver leaflet. This document is in PDF format and opens in a new browser window.

Monday 8th October more
Company compliance costs have fallen but with the burden from new schemes like KiwiSaver hitting employers they could soon bounce back up, says Business NZ chief executive Phil O'Reilly.

Friday 5th October more
Under what circumstances are we to exclude school students, contractors and companies from the IR348?

Thursday 4th October more
This FAQ explains how to overwrite a PAYE or student loan deduction in Ace Payroll.

Wednesday 3rd October more
Looking for help with Ace Payroll? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions where we answer well over one hundred questions about Ace Payroll with simple explanations and screenshots to demonstrate the answers.

Tuesday 2nd October more
The Wages Protection Act governs the way in which wages are paid, the making of deductions, and recovery of over payments.

Monday 1st October more
Industry sources suggest most savers are wisely steering clear of the low risk, low return KiwiSaver default funds.

September 2007

Sunday 30th September more
The rules for Daylight Saving have changed this year. Set your clocks forward one hour, today - Sunday 30th September. If staff are employed during the transition, our Daylight Saving and the Time Act 1975 clarifies the situation.

Friday 28th September more
The User Definable Employee Data Field allows you to set up and name a field, then use it to record whatever item of employee information you want.

Thursday 27th September more
A car saleswoman who complained about pornography in her workplace has been awarded nearly $20,000 after the Employment Relations Authority found her employer failed to provide her with a safe working environment.

Wednesday 26th September more
Is it possible to handle multiple frequencies in Ace Payroll, for example some people being paid weekly and others being paid fortnightly?

Tuesday 25th September more
Is there a place in Ace Payroll where I can record hours in lieu that have nothing to do with a public holiday? For example, if an employee works three hours on a Saturday and I wish to hold these in lieu?

Monday 24th September more
With the KiwiSaver changes, a new KiwiSaver section has been added to the Employee Records in Ace Payroll. This document covers what is done from this part of the program and also links to the relevant legislation.

Friday 21st September more
Meat company Affco says it will fight ACC's attempts to charge $1 million for the "work-related personal injury" of an employee gunned down in the company's Wairoa car park by Mongrel Mob members.

Thursday 20th September more
The rules for Daylight Saving have changed this year. Set your clocks forward one hour on Sunday 30th September. If staff are employed during the transition, our Daylight Saving and the Time Act 1975 clarifies the situation.

Wednesday 19th September more
How do I show employee IRD numbers on the payslip?

Tuesday 18th September more
What's Europe's biggest tax haven? Monaco, perhaps? Andorra or Liechtenstein? No, it is Britain.

Monday 17th September more
Struggling to get hold of extra copies of the IRD's KiwiSaver Employee Information Pack? This PDF copy of the document opens in a new browser window.

Friday 14th September more
I use Norton Internet Security and am trying to email my payslips. Are there settings I need to change in Norton for this to happen?

Thursday 13th September more
I have discovered an error with a previous monthly return that I sent to the IRD using ir-file. How do I correct this error with the IRD?

Wednesday 12th September more
How to search for an employee on the Ace Payroll employee index.

Tuesday 11th September more
The Ace Payroll Site Index is an alphabetical listing of items on our website - it makes searching for the items you wish to learn about quick and easy.

Monday 10th September more
The taxman has collected hundreds of millions of dollars in overpaid taxes from the nation's workers and isn't making enough effort to give it back.

Friday 7th September more
The IRD have recently changed the layout of the screens you will see when using IR-File so we have updated our IR-File Made Simple document to reflect these changes to the procedure.

Thursday 6th September more
Are you a Telecom Xtra customer, currently struggling to either send emailed payslips, or finding that some employees are not receiving them? This problem is due to Xtra making changes in an attempt to control spam. To register as a legitimate bulk emailer, Telecom Xtra recommend following the instructions on this page.

Thursday 6th September more
A man must pay his former employers more than $4000 for excessive internet use despite winning an employment case.

Wednesday 5th September more
Is there any way I can show KiwiSaver YTD totals on the payslip, so that my staff can know how much has been contributed to KiwiSaver?

Tuesday 4th September more
The rate used to calculate fringe benefit tax on low-interest, employment-related loans will rise from 9.79% to 10.37% from 1 October 2007.

Monday 3rd September more
IRD Payroll News Issue 100 September 2007

Sunday 2nd September more
I am printing out my August IR348 Monthly Return and I note that the report looks different and has a bar code on it. Is this correct and what is the reason for the changes?

August 2007

Friday 31st August more
Looking for a better way to handle KiwiSaver and all your other payroll needs? Download a demo version today and see why so many companies are making the switch to the cheaper, easier and better supported payroll system.

Thursday 30th August more
Business groups are calling for safeguards to stop workers rorting the paid parental leave system, if the Government agrees to a Families Commission recommendation to increase the period to 13 months.

Wednesday 29th August more
Of all the issues that gnaw at Auckland businesses, Michael Barnett has been surprised by how much one in particular has started to bite.

Tuesday 28th August more
Still getting to grips with KiwiSaver? Our KiwiSaver overview starts on this page and links to many resources that will assist you with KiwiSaver.

Monday 27th August more
I have a number of casual employees on my payroll, but when I go to do my weekly wages, they are not there. How do I pay them?

Friday 24th August more
One of my staff wants to have their wages paid straight to their credit card. How do I set this up in Ace Payroll?

Thursday 23rd August more
Revenue Minister Peter Dunne has reassured charities and other tax-exempt organisations that make employer contributions to KiwiSaver schemes that they will be eligible for the new employer tax credit once it is enacted.

Wednesday 22nd August more
Under the Holidays Act 2003 it is important to identify actual dates taken for all leave types. How do I go about doing this in Ace Payroll?

Tuesday 21st August more
Questions about KiwiSaver? We have recently added many questions and answers to our FAQ section about the KiwiSaver scheme.

Monday 20th August more
What different types of payslips are available for the Ace Payroll system? How do I go about ordering them?

Friday 17th August more
A business lobby group say employers were "ambushed" by changes to the KiwiSaver scheme which will create industrial unrest for years to come.

Friday 17th August more
Prominent Wellington businessman and sailor Stewart Thwaites has escaped being sent to jail after paying $1.4 million to Inland Revenue.

Thursday 16th August more
Earnings Certificates provide your employees with a record of their earnings, tax payments and deductions for the financial year selected.

Wednesday 15th August more
I have accidentally filed a pay for an employee and it is showing on my reports. How do I delete it?

Tuesday 14th August more
Savers can have their KiwiSaver cake and eat it too. Rob Stock discovers a couple of loopholes in the retirement fund's rules.

Monday 13th August more
I am trying to email my payslips but I get error messages and the payslips don't send. Our emails go through a server, and we use Microsoft Exchange Server.

Friday 10th August more
I am printing out my July IR348 Monthly Return and I note that the report looks different and has a bar code on it. Is this correct and what is the reason for the changes?

Friday 10th August more
The number of people signing up to the KiwiSaver scheme appears to be exceeding the Government's expectations.

Thursday 9th August more
What are the different ways to access employee details from anywhere in Ace Payroll?

Wednesday 8th August more
IRD Payroll News Issue 99 August 2007.

Tuesday 7th August more
I'm getting asked by current employees if they can opt in to KiwiSaver. Are they able to do this, and how can I make this happen in Ace Payroll?

Monday 6th August more
How do people get ahead in the workplace? One way seems to be by making their subordinates miserable, says a study released yesterday.

Friday 3rd August more
Once opted into KiwiSaver it is possible for an employee to apply for a Contributions Holiday. This document covers how this is administered and how this is handled in Ace Payroll.

Thursday 2nd August more
I have deductions set up for many of my staff. Some of these deductions are linked to a bank account, but some (such as "Repayment of Advance") are not. How can I see which deductions have been direct credited?

Wednesday 1st August more
Looking for more copies of the KS3 KiwiSaver Employee Information Pack? This PDF document opens in a new window and can be printed.

July 2007

Tuesday 31st July more
I want to start emailing payslips to my staff - how do I get started setting this up?

Monday 30th July more
This document covers the rules for automatic enrolment into KiwiSaver and shows what happens on the relevant Ace Payroll screens.

Friday 27th July more
Looking for a better way to handle KiwiSaver and all your other payroll needs? Download a demo version today and see why so many companies are making the switch to the cheaper, easier and better supported payroll system.

Thursday 26th July more
In this article we look at the calculation of Relevant Daily Pay for an employee that works irregular hours. We examine both the legislation as well as what you need to do to handle this requirement in Ace Payroll.

Wednesday 25th July more
Need extra copies of the KiwiSaver opt out request form? This PDF document opens in a new window and allows you to print the form.

Tuesday 24th July more
The deemed rate of return for taxing foreign investment fund interests has been set at 10.27%, for the 2006-07 income year, up from 9.82% last year, Revenue Minister Peter Dunne announced today.

Monday 23rd July more
Acclaimed teen film-maker Cameron Duncan, who died from cancer in 2003, is being hounded beyond the grave by the Inland Revenue Department for failing to file a tax return.

Friday 20th July more
An old employee has come back to work for me again. How do I resume them in Ace Payroll?

Thursday 19th July more
Struggling to get hold of extra copies of the IRD's KiwiSaver Employee Information Pack? This PDF copy of the document opens in a new browser window.

Wednesday 18th July more
A child support variation code is used if you regularly deduct child support from an employee's wages, but the amount deducted in a certain pay period is different from the usual deduction.

Tuesday 17th July more
Questions about KiwiSaver? We have recently added many questions and answers to our FAQ section about the upcoming KiwiSaver scheme.

Monday 16th July more
The KiwiSaver scheme is so generous that it could give average wage-earners higher incomes in retirement than they earn through their working lives, according to expert calculations.

Friday 13th July more
When I go to calculate my regular payroll it shows last weeks pay date. What is wrong?

Thursday 12th July more
The IRD have released their KS4 KiwiSaver Employer Guide. This document is in PDF format and opens in a new browser window.

Wednesday 11th July more
Looking for help with Ace Payroll? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions where we answer well over one hundred questions about Ace Payroll with simple explanations and screenshots to demonstrate the answers.

Tuesday 10th July more
Have a new employee that wants to opt out of KiwiSaver but you haven't received the IRD information packs to hand out and the employee doesn't have a filled in opt out notice? This PDF copy of the opt out notice will open in a new window.

Monday 9th July more
IRD Payroll News Issue 98 July 2007

Friday 6th July more
I have discovered an error with a previous monthly return that I sent to the IRD using ir-file. How do I correct this error with the IRD?

Thursday 5th July more
Is there any way I can show KiwiSaver YTD totals on the payslip, so that my staff can know how much has been contributed to KiwiSaver?

Wednesday 4th July more
Looking for a better way to handle KiwiSaver and all your other payroll needs? Download a demo version today and see why so many companies are making the switch to the cheaper, easier and better supported payroll system.

Tuesday 3rd July more
The Government says it will move to fix mistakes in the KiwiSaver legislation which makes it less generous than intended.

Tuesday 3rd July more
A study into workplace relationships has found having a close friend at work can be a major distraction.

Monday 2nd July more
KiwiSaver started yesterday so any clients who have not yet ordered or received their upgrade for KiwiSaver should contact us. Our contact details are listed on this page.

Sunday 1st July more
Today is launch day for KiwiSaver, the subsidised workplace retirement savings scheme for the masses. To mark the launch, Money editor Rob Stock looks at what KiwiSaver has to offer employees, the self-employed, employers and those not in paid work.

June 2007

Friday 29th June more
Thousands of employees and employers do not have information about the KiwiSaver superannuation scheme, one working day before the scheme comes into force on Sunday.

Friday 29th June more
Questions about KiwiSaver? We have recently added many questions and answers to our FAQ section about the upcoming KiwiSaver scheme.

Friday 29th June more
Unions, lawyers and employers all predict difficulties with employment contracts under the KiwiSaver scheme, starting on July 1.

Thursday 28th June more
The IRD have recently changed the layout of the screens you will see when using IR-File so we have updated our IR-File Made Simple document to reflect these changes to the procedure.

Wednesday 27th June more
Auckland Chamber of Commerce chief executive Michael Barnett yesterday said employers should be more flexible with staff who are watching early morning live coverage of Team New Zealand competing in Valencia.

Wednesday 27th June more
The IRD have asked me to include all of my staff on the monthly schedule, even the ones who are not being paid this month. Is this possible in Ace Payroll?

Tuesday 26th June more
An employment case bought by 30 Hewlett-Packard workers is set to shake up thousands of New Zealand workplaces, as employers prepare to re-organise their super schemes with the introduction of KiwiSaver.

Monday 25th June more
This article in the NZ Herald demonstrates how an already retired person can join KiwiSaver two days before their 65th birthday, contribute $20 a week for 5 years and have $14,000 at that stage.

Friday 22nd June more
Some of my employees are talking about opting into KiwiSaver after 1 July 2007. How do I go about doing this in Ace Payroll?

Thursday 21st June more
Is there a facility in Ace Payroll where I can check when public holidays fall, in this, and future years?

Wednesday 20th June more
A Wellington businessman who led hundreds of investors into an ill-fated tax avoidance scheme has been bankrupted by Inland Revenue owing nearly $14 million.

Tuesday 19th June more
The Ace Payroll Site Index is an alphabetical listing of items on our website - it makes searching for the items you wish to learn about quick and easy.

Monday 18th June more
Getting prepared for KiwiSaver? Our KiwiSaver overview starts on this page.

Sunday 17th June more
Pole dancing is is a job best suited to women. Fish filleting, on the other hand, is more a job for the blokes. That's life, not discrimination, says Talley's Fisheries boss, Andrew Talley.

Saturday 16th June more
A landmark employment case sends a strong message to employers to be sure they are right if they discriminate on gender, an employment law expert says.

Friday 15th June more
Regarding my staff who will want to join KiwiSaver, do I need to load their nominated scheme provider into the Ace Payroll system?

Thursday 14th June more
Confused by parental leave? To assist, we have published the Act, written a tutorial, and assembled FAQ's by the Employment Relations Service.

Wednesday 13th June more
Looking for new payroll software that makes KiwiSaver easy? Download the latest Ace Payroll demo today and see why so many companies are making the switch to the easy, affordable option backed up by the best 0800 support.

Tuesday 12th June more
My employee wants to pay back more than the minimum student loan so has asked me to increase the amount I deduct each week. How is this done in Ace Payroll?

Monday 11th June more
This document covers the automatic enrolment provisions relating to KiwiSaver and links to the relevant legislation. KiwiSaver begins on 1 July 2007.

Friday 8th June more
I am the only person who has the password for Ace Payroll. How would my company gain access if something happened to me?

Thursday 7th June more
The IRD have released their KS11 Introducing KiwiSaver leaflet. This document is in PDF format and opens in a new browser window.

Wednesday 6th June more
This FAQ explains how to overwrite a PAYE or student loan deduction in Ace Payroll.

Tuesday 5th June more
IRD Payroll News Issue 97 June 2007 has been released by the IRD and can be viewed here.

Monday 4th June more
Today is Queen's Birthday, we hope you all have a pleasant day. This document shows you how to pay for Queen's Birthday in Ace Payroll.

Friday 1st June more
The IRD have released their KS3 KiwiSaver Employee Information Pack. This document is in PDF format and opens in a new browser window.

May 2007

Thursday 31st May more
Looking for new payroll software? Our testimonials page contains comments made by our clients every day. Due to the number of testimonials, this page may take a moment to load.

Wednesday 30th May more
The IRD have released their KS4 KiwiSaver Employer Guide. This document is in PDF format and opens in a new browser window.

Tuesday 29th May more
The rate used to calculate fringe benefit tax on low-interest, employment-related loans will rise from 9.55% to 9.79% from 1 July 2007.

Monday 28th May more
The Inland Revenue's helpline staff are ill-prepared for new tax changes and much of the information they're giving out is incorrect, a Business Herald investigation has revealed.

Monday 28th May more
Under what circumstances are we to exclude school students, contractors and companies from the IR348?

Friday 25th May more
Leaving the country may be the only way for most people to get their money out of KiwiSaver if they want it before turning 65.

Friday 25th May more
How does KiwiSaver work? This document summarises the KiwiSaver scheme from an employer perspective, as well as linking to the relevant legislation and further KiwiSaver tutorials.

Thursday 24th May more
Is it possible to handle multiple frequencies in Ace Payroll, for example some people being paid weekly and others being paid fortnightly?

Wednesday 23rd May more
Questions about the upcoming KiwiSaver scheme, answered in an article printed by the NZ Herald.

Tuesday 22nd May more
Is there a place in Ace Payroll where I can record hours in lieu that have nothing to do with a public holiday? For example, if an employee works three hours on a Saturday and I wish to hold these in lieu?

Monday 21st May more
The IRD have recently changed the layout of the screens you will see when using IR-File so we have updated our IR-File Made Simple document to reflect these changes to the procedure.

Friday 18th May more
The key points in Budget 2007 relating to the KiwiSaver scheme are summarised here.

Thursday 17th May more
Looking for KiwiSaver compliant payroll software? Download the latest Ace Payroll demonstration version today and make your payroll the easy, hassle free task it should be.

Wednesday 16th May more
What different types of payslips are available for the Ace Payroll system? How do I go about ordering them?

Tuesday 15th May more
I'm getting asked by current employees if they can opt in to KiwiSaver. Are they able to do this, and how can I make this happen in Ace Payroll?

Monday 14th May more
The Wages Protection Act governs the way in which wages are paid, the making of deductions, and recovery of over payments.

Friday 11th May more
One of my staff wants to have their wages paid straight to their credit card. How do I set this up in Ace Payroll?

Thursday 10th May more
Once opted into KiwiSaver it is possible for an employee to apply for a Contributions Holiday. This document covers how this is administered and how this is handled in Ace Payroll.

Wednesday 9th May more
IRD Payroll News Issue 96 May 2007

Tuesday 8th May more
Myths are rife about KiwiSaver, the government's universal workplace super savings scheme to be introduced on 1 July.

Monday 7th May more
A man fired after calling in sick and then going fishing has won $5000 plus six weeks' pay for unjustified dismissal.

Friday 4th May more
Looking for help with Ace Payroll? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions where we answer well over one hundred questions about Ace Payroll with simple explanations and screenshots to demonstrate the answers.

Thursday 3rd May more
Earnings Certificates provide your employees with a record of their earnings, tax payments and deductions for the financial year selected.

Wednesday 2nd May more
The Government has decided to extend daylight saving another three weeks, to a 27-week period.

Tuesday 1st May more
KiwiSaver is coming up and I'm pretty sure some of the new staff I hire are going to want to opt out. How do I go about doing this in Ace Payroll?

April 2007

Monday 30th April more
I have deductions set up for many of my staff. Some of these deductions are linked to a bank account, but some (such as "Repayment of Advance") are not. How can I see which deductions have been direct credited?

Friday 27th April more
With the KiwiSaver changes, a new KiwiSaver section has been added to the Employee Records in Ace Payroll. This document covers what is done from this part of the program and also links to the relevant legislation.

Thursday 26th April more
Employers can employ new staff on trial periods, as long as they specify in writing that the employee is on a trial period - now also referred to as a "probationary arrangement".

Wednesday 25th April more
Today is Anzac day - this document covers how to pay for Anzac day in Ace Payroll for both people that work the day and those that do not.

Tuesday 24th April more
The Budget seems set to include tax breaks for workers - but only if they put the cash toward saving for their retirement.

Monday 23rd April more
How does KiwiSaver work? This document summarises the KiwiSaver scheme from an employer perspective, as well as linking to the relevant legislation and further KiwiSaver tutorials.

Friday 20th April more
Under the Holidays Act 2003 it is important to identify actual dates taken for all leave types. How do I go about doing this in Ace Payroll?

Thursday 19th April more
The IRD have recently changed the layout of the screens you will see when using IR-File so we have updated our IR-File Made Simple document to reflect these changes to the procedure.

Wednesday 18th April more
I want to start emailing payslips to my staff - how do I get started setting this up?

Tuesday 17th April more
Looking for a better way to do your payroll? Download a demo version today and see why so many companies are making the switch to the cheaper, easier and better supported payroll system.

Monday 16th April more
Potential Kiwisavers expecting to chip 4% or 8% of their salary into KiwiSaver will be surprised to find their take-home pay reduced by about 5%-10%, investment experts say.

Friday 13th April more
Confused by parental leave? To assist, we have published the Act, written a tutorial, and assembled FAQ's by the Employment Relations Service.

Thursday 12th April more
Looking for help with Ace Payroll? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions where we answer well over one hundred questions about Ace Payroll with simple explanations and screenshots to demonstrate the answers.

Wednesday 11th April more
IRD Payroll News Issue 95 April 2007

Tuesday 10th April more
This document explains the 3 to 4 weeks changeover and explains how figures are recalculated back to the employee's last anniversary date, as well as answering common questions about the changeover. The changeover occurs in Ace Payroll when your period ending date is on or after 1 April 2007.

Sunday 8th April more
Ace Payroll wishes all clients a happy and safe Easter. This document covers how to handle paying for the Easter public holidays in Ace Payroll.

Saturday 7th April more
I am confused about Easter trading hours. Is Sunday a public holiday for payroll purposes, and if not, what options do my staff and I have?

Thursday 5th April more
This document covers the questions we have been asked over the last 12 months about the 3 to 4 weeks holiday changeover. Our helpdesk has been experiencing high demand due to confusion about these changes, so we strongly recommend reading and understanding the documentation relating to this change.

Wednesday 4th April more
I have accidentally filed a pay for an employee and it is showing on my reports. How do I delete it?

Tuesday 3rd April more
How to search for an employee on the Ace Payroll employee index.

Sunday 1st April more
For any clients that might have missed it, this document explains the 3 to 4 weeks changeover and explains how figures are recalculated back to the employee's last anniversary date, as well as answering common questions about the changeover. The changeover occurs in Ace Payroll when your period ending date is on or after 1 April 2007.

March 2007

Friday 30th March more
From 1st April 2007 the adult rate is $11.25 an hour and the youth rate $9.00. Adult rates apply to all workers 18 years and over. Amounts are gross before tax.

Thursday 29th March more
After six years as commissioner of Inland Revenue, David Butler leaves the tax department in far better shape than he found it.

Wednesday 28th March more
This tutorial explains the calculation methods used for paying holiday pay under the Holidays Act 2003, then shows how Ace Payroll automatically handles these calculations.

Tuesday 27th March more
I employ about 30 staff and all of them have internet access. I monitor their internet use. My IT person has told me that in the weeks before Xmas internet use by my staff heavily increased. I'm concerned they were spending work time surfing the internet to do their Xmas shopping. What can I do to prevent this sort of thing happening?

Monday 26th March more
What different types of payslips are available for the Ace Payroll system? How do I go about ordering them?

Friday 23rd March more
The User Definable Employee Data Field allows you to set up and name a field, then use it to record whatever item of employee information you want.

Thursday 22nd March more
Easter is rapidly approaching - this document clarifies which days of Easter are public holidays for payroll purposes, as well as explaining how to pay for Easter in Ace Payroll.

Wednesday 21st March more
Looking for help with Ace Payroll? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions where we answer well over one hundred questions about Ace Payroll with simple explanations and screenshots to demonstrate the answers.

Tuesday 20th March more
Ace Payroll releases an upgrade CD each year, and we are often asked when is the best time to install the upgrade.

Monday 19th March more
An old employee has come back to work for me again. How do I resume them in Ace Payroll?

Friday 16th March more
Is there a facility in Ace Payroll where I can check when public holidays fall, in this, and future years?

Thursday 15th March more
Turn your clocks back one hour on Sunday 18th March. If staff are employed during the transition, our Daylight Saving and the Time Act 1974 section clarifies the situation.

Wednesday 14th March more
Employers and employees needed to consider some important decisions now to ensure they are prepared for when KiwiSaver takes flight.

Tuesday 13th March more
Inland Revenue has welcomed the six-month jail sentence imposed on the owner of the Dinsdale Dairy, prosecuted for hiding details of the Dairy's true turnover.

Monday 12th March more
Ir-File Made Simple - this document covers the monthly procedure for sending the IRD your IR348 electronically, from the creation in Ace Payroll to importing it at the IRD website.

Friday 9th March more
The Official Cash Rate (OCR) will increase by 25 basis points to 7.50 percent.

Thursday 8th March more
The IRD have asked me to include all of my staff on the monthly schedule, even the ones who are not being paid this month. Is this possible in Ace Payroll?

Wednesday 7th March more
Looking for help with Ace Payroll? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions where we answer well over one hundred questions about Ace Payroll with simple explanations and screenshots to demonstrate the answers.

Tuesday 6th March more
IRD Payroll News Issue 94 March 2007

Monday 5th March more
I have printed the monthly IR348 for all the clients we do wages for. One client had no wages paid during January. Normally the report prints out with $0.00 along the bottom where the totals show, but today it is blank. How do I get it to show that there was a zero balance for gross and PAYE?

Friday 2nd March more
When I go to calculate my regular payroll it shows last weeks pay date. What is wrong?

Thursday 1st March more
I use Norton Internet Security and am trying to email my payslips. Are there settings I need to change in Norton for this to happen?

February 2007

Wednesday 28th February more
I want to start emailing payslips to my staff - how do I get started setting this up?

Tuesday 27th February more
The interest rate on student loans for the 2007-08 tax year has been set at 6.8%, down from 6.9%, Revenue Minister Peter Dunne announced today.

Monday 26th February more
What are the different ways to access employee details from anywhere in Ace Payroll?

Friday 23rd February more
In this article we look at the calculation of Relevant Daily Pay for an employee that works irregular hours. We examine both the legislation as well as what you need to do to handle this requirement in Ace Payroll.

Thursday 22nd February more
Revenue Minister Peter Dunne is hinting at sweeteners to get more people saving, including a tax-cut tradeoff, as support builds to make the planned KiwiSaver compulsory.

Wednesday 21st February more
How can I show year to date totals on payslips in Ace Payroll?

Tuesday 20th February more
A Wellington office manager says the Government's Working for Families scheme is discouraging her from working.

Monday 19th February more
In this tutorial we look at annual compulsory closedowns. That is, where a business traditionally closes down for a number of weeks each year, usually over Christmas.

Friday 16th February more
The Ace Payroll Site Index is an alphabetical listing of items on our website - it makes searching for the items you wish to learn about quick and easy.

Thursday 15th February more
Use-of-money interest rates for unpaid and overpaid tax will rise from 8 March 2007, the government recently announced. The rate for unpaid tax will rise to 14.24%, while the rate for overpaid tax will rise to 6.66%.

Wednesday 14th February more
Ace Payroll extend their kindest regards to all clients, suppliers and staff on Valentine's Day. Thank you for being in our lives.

Tuesday 13th February more
At the start of each financial year Ace Payroll receives a number of calls from clients unsure whether the tax is correctly calculated by the program. Here is a simple checklist.

Monday 12th February more
A child support variation code is used if you regularly deduct child support from an employee's wages, but the amount deducted in a certain pay period is different from the usual deduction.

Friday 9th February more
I am the only person who has the password for Ace Payroll. How would my company gain access if something happened to me?

Thursday 8th February more
Confused by parental leave? To assist, we have published the Act, written a tutorial, and assembled FAQ's by the Employment Relations Service.

Wednesday 7th February more
One of the biggest and most attractive tax breaks of recent years has never been announced by the Howard Government and probably never even went through Cabinet.

Tuesday 6th February more
Today is Waitangi Day, we hope you all have a pleasant day. This document shows you how to pay for Waitangi Day in Ace Payroll.

Monday 5th February more
I have printed the monthly IR348 for all the clients we do wages for. One client had no wages paid during January. Normally the report prints out with $0.00 along the bottom where the totals show, but today it is blank. How do I get it to show that there was a zero balance for gross and PAYE?

Friday 2nd February more
IRD Payroll News February 2007 edition

Thursday 1st February more
I have a casual employee who has recently become a permanent employee. How do I change their holiday pay from 6% each pay?

January 2007

Wednesday 31st January more
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Monday 29th January more
My employee wants to pay back more than the minimum student loan so has asked me to increase the amount I deduct each week. How is this done in Ace Payroll?

Friday 26th January more
What different types of payslips are available for the Ace Payroll system? How do I go about ordering them?

Thursday 25th January more
One of my staff wants to have their wages paid straight to their credit card. How do I set this up in Ace Payroll?

Wednesday 24th January more
How do I show employee IRD numbers on the payslip?

Tuesday 23rd January more
I employ about 30 staff and all of them have internet access. I monitor their internet use. My IT person has told me that in the weeks before Xmas internet use by my staff heavily increased. I'm concerned they were spending work time surfing the internet

Friday 19th January more
Is there a place in Ace Payroll where I can record hours in lieu that have nothing to do with a public holiday? For example, if an employee works three hours on a Saturday and I wish to hold these in lieu?

Thursday 18th January more
KiwiSaver starts on 1 July 2007. The employer obligations introduced by KiwiSaver will be handled within Ace Payroll, but if you want general information about how the scheme as a whole works, the IRD have a KiwiSaver For Employers section on their website.

Wednesday 17th January more
Looking for help with Ace Payroll? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions where we answer well over one hundred questions about Ace Payroll with simple explanations and screenshots to demonstrate the answers.

Tuesday 16th January more
I have discovered an error with a previous monthly return that I sent to the IRD using ir-file. How do I correct this error with the IRD?

Monday 15th January more
Under what circumstances are we to exclude school students, contractors and companies from the IR348?

Friday 12th January more
Is it possible to handle multiple frequencies in Ace Payroll, for example some people being paid weekly and others being paid fortnightly?

Thursday 11th January more
New Holiday Act requirements could drive consumer prices up as small businesses look for ways to recoup the expense of another week of holiday for workers.

Wednesday 10th January more
The Wages Protection Act governs the way in which wages are paid, the making of deductions, and recovery of over payments.

Tuesday 9th January more
I am trying to email my payslips but I get error messages and the payslips don't send. Our emails go through a server, and we use Microsoft Exchange Server.

Monday 8th January more
The IRD have asked me to include all of my staff on the monthly schedule, even the ones who are not being paid this month. Is this possible in Ace Payroll?

Friday 5th January more
The reality of 2007 is starting to set in for many of us now heading back to the office.

Thursday 4th January more
This document shows how to record the New Year stat days for an employee who does work on a public holiday and needs to be paid correctly for it.

Wednesday 3rd January more
I have deductions set up for many of my staff. Some of these deductions are linked to a bank account, but some (such as "Repayment of Advance") are not. How can I see which deductions have been direct credited?

Tuesday 2nd January more
People who need a doctor are facing unprecedented waiting times and large bills because of the number of GPs opting to shut their surgeries for the entire holiday season.

Monday 1st January more
Happy New Year from Ace Payroll. Our help desk continues to operate throughout the holiday period 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday, public holidays excepted.

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