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Thursday 31st December more
With New Year falling on a Friday and Saturday this year, how do I handle the Saturday? Are my staff that work Monday to Friday entitled to be paid for this day?

Wednesday 30th December more
Is there a way I can record the hours my staff work each day, and report this on their payslip?

Tuesday 29th December more
A Tauranga man who continually fell asleep on the job has been awarded $4000 for unjustified dismissal.

Monday 28th December more
The IHC is seeking a lifeline from the Government as it grapples with the implications of an Employment Court case which could bankrupt it by forcing it to pay $80 million in backpay and an extra $20 million a year in wages.

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

Thursday 24th December more
This tutorial shows you how to pay for Xmas public holidays when an employee works on one of these public holidays.

Wednesday 23rd December more
Paying a Christmas bonus this year? This document shows you how to do this easily in Ace Payroll.

Tuesday 22nd December more
With Christmas falling on a Friday and Saturday this year, how do I handle Boxing Day being on Saturday? Are my staff that work Monday to Friday entitled to be paid for this day?

Monday 21st December more
Workers will be allowed to swap one week of their holidays for cash from next year. The government will also legislate to standardise the rate at which leave is calculated. There will be a single rate of pay for all leave types.

Friday 18th December more
Want to see what days the public holidays fall on this year, or check public holiday dates for future years? This document shows you how.

Thursday 17th December more
The income threshold at which New Zealand-based borrowers must begin repaying their student loans will remain at $19,084 for the 2010-11 tax year, Revenue Minister Peter Dunne announced today.

Wednesday 16th December more
This tutorial shows you how to pay for the Xmas public holidays when an employee does not work on the public holiday but needs to be paid for it.

Tuesday 15th December more
I want to be able to record the hours my staff work each day, and report this on the payslip. How do I do this with Ace Payroll?

Monday 14th December more
This document shows you how to itemise the actual dates taken off by employees over the Christmas period.

Friday 11th December more
ACC levies for workers, employers, and motorists are going up next year, ACC Minister Nick Smith announced today.

Thursday 10th December more
This document shows you how to tax a lump sum - such as multiple weeks worth of holiday pay that is paid at once - to ensure you do not over tax your staff this Christmas season.

Wednesday 9th December more
This tutorial shows you how to pay for Xmas public holidays when an employee works on one of these public holidays.

Tuesday 8th December more
Paying a Christmas bonus this year? This document shows you how to do this easily in Ace Payroll.

Monday 7th December 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.

Friday 4th December more
This tutorial from the Employment Relations Service covers the process to follow when a redundancy situation exists in your organisation.

Thursday 3rd December more
The Wages Protection Act governs the way in which wages are paid, the making of deductions, and recovery of over payments.

Wednesday 2nd December more
Need to move Ace Payroll to a new computer? This tutorial shows you the procedure for easily moving Ace Payroll and your data to your new computer.

Tuesday 1st December more
Employee wanting to take a Kiwisaver contributions holiday? This PDF version of the KS6 form they need to fill in opens in a new browser window.

November 2009

Monday 30th November more
I am thinking I may have to restructure my business, possibly laying off some employees. What is the best practice when it comes to doing this?

Friday 27th November more
From 1 July 2008, employees who have caring responsibilities have the statutory "right to request" flexible working arrangements. This guide from the Employment Relations Service sets out how this legislation works in practical terms.

Thursday 26th November more
This tutorial covers KiwiSaver contribution holidays including when they can be taken, what the process is and how this is handled in Ace Payroll.

Wednesday 25th 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?

Tuesday 24th November more
Employers should brace for an avalanche of staff turnover next year that could see them lose half their workforce, according to new surveys.

Monday 23rd November more
I am thinking of swapping my company from paying wages on a weekly basis to paying on a fortnightly basis. How would I make this change in Ace Payroll?

Friday 20th November more
With Christmas falling on a Friday and Saturday this year, how do I handle Boxing Day being on Saturday? Are my staff that work Monday to Friday entitled to be paid for this day?

Thursday 19th November more
One of my staff is about to go on Paid Parental Leave. What are my obligations as an employer when it comes to this?

Wednesday 18th November 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 17th November more
Want to automatically have your data backed up offsite every pay period? Our internet backup routine takes care of your data security, making sure an offsite backup is always available.

Monday 16th November more
The Employment Relations Service allows you to build an Employment Agreement Online. All logical clauses are included and the builder guides you through the process.

Friday 13th November more
Under what circumstances are we to exclude school students, contractors and companies from the IR348?

Thursday 12th November more
One in five jobs has seen a drop in pay this year with new employees often hired on lower rates than the staff they replaced, latest figures show.

Wednesday 11th November more
Some of my staff want to contribute more than 2% into KiwiSaver. Can they do this and what is the procedure?

Tuesday 10th November more
Not using Emailed Payslips yet? Learn how to set up the routine, decide which staff are to receive payslips by email, and start saving time, money and paper today.

Monday 9th November more
Moving onto IR-File or considering it? This document shows you how to create the file in Ace Payroll and how to navigate the IRD website to import the file.

Friday 6th November more
Not getting enough help with your current payroll system? This page demonstrates how Ace Payroll provides help on every screen as well as a comprehensive F1 Help Manual. We also link to the latest version of our Getting Started guide.

Thursday 5th November more
A woman who was sacked from her job at a Mt Taranaki restaurant after the owner took a personal dislike to her is to receive more than $13,000 for unjustified dismissal.

Wednesday 4th November more
The IR881 Paid Parental Leave Transfer form is filled in by the employee and given to the employer to complete when they want to transfer some of their paid parental leave to their partner. This PDF document opens in a new browser window.

Tuesday 3rd November more
Using the As Per Act holiday pay method, I have an employee who has been employed for more than a year, receives four weeks holidays a year, and is terminating their employment. How does Ace Payroll calculate their final holiday pay?

Monday 2nd November more
What different types of payslips are available for the Ace Payroll system? How do I go about ordering them?

October 2009

Friday 30th October more
Want to see what days the public holidays fall on this year, or check public holiday dates for future years? This document shows you how.

Thursday 29th October 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 28th October more
Tired of sending in your PAYE return manually? This document shows you how to set up for the IRD's IR-File system in both Ace Payroll and at the IRD website.

Tuesday 27th October more
We are thinking of upgrading our computers to Windows 7. Is Ace Payroll compatible with Windows 7 and, while I know it isn't really your place to say, is Windows 7 any good?

Monday 26th October more
Today is Labour Day 2009. This tutorial shows you how to pay for the Labour Day public holiday in Ace Payroll.

Friday 23rd October more
Hundreds of people descended on events in Auckland and Wellington this morning to mark the world's first launch of Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system.

Thursday 22nd October more
When I go to calculate my regular payroll it shows last weeks pay date. What is wrong?

Wednesday 21st October more
Work stoppages and strikes in the first half of the year cost an estimated $300,000 in lost wages and salaries.

Monday 19th October more
How can I set the Provincial Anniversary Date on a company wide basis so that Ace Payroll knows this is a public holiday for my staff?

Friday 16th October 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?

Thursday 15th October more
This tutorial shows you how to handle an Annual Compulsory Closedown in Ace Payroll. The most common time for a compulsory closedown is at Christmas time.

Wednesday 14th October more
This tutorial covers One Off Payments, giving examples of when the routine may be useful as well as a step by step guide in how to do a One Off Payment.

Tuesday 13th October more
Some of the new staff I hire are wanting to opt out of KiwiSaver. How do I go about doing this in Ace Payroll?

Monday 12th October more
I am thinking of buying a Mac computer and want to use Ace Payroll on my Mac. Is this possible and, if so, how do I go about it?

Friday 9th October more
This FAQ explains how to overwrite a PAYE or student loan deduction in Ace Payroll.

Thursday 8th October more
Paying a bonus, commission, back pay, redundancy or retiring payment? This document shows you how to do this easily in Ace Payroll.

Wednesday 7th October more
IRD Business Tax Update Issue 2 October 2009.

Tuesday 6th October more
This document shows you how to itemise the actual dates taken off by employees when they take leave. This then allows reports to be run which show what days have been taken.

Monday 5th October more
I have decided to make my employer contribution to KiwiSaver higher than 2%, but I understand there are ESCT implications if I do this. How is this handled in Ace Payroll?

Friday 2nd October more
I want to contribute more than the minimum 2% to any employee who joins KiwiSaver. How do I do this in Ace Payroll?

Thursday 1st October 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.

September 2009

Wednesday 30th September more
Written initially for prospective clients, this explanation of the different routines in Ace Payroll designed to provide data security should be of interest to current users who wish to be prepared should disaster ever strike!

Tuesday 29th September more
We are thinking of installing Ace Payroll on a Linux desktop, or hosting it on our Linux server. Is this possible?

Monday 28th September more
Daylight savings begun on Sunday 27th September with clocks moving one hour forward. If staff are employed during the transition, our Daylight Saving and the Time Act 1975 clarifies the situation.

Friday 25th September more
How to search for an employee on the Ace Payroll employee index.

Thursday 24th September more
Look around you at work today that annoying habit of your workmate could be the tell tale signs of a psychopath in your midst.

Wednesday 23rd 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?

Tuesday 22nd September more
Want to automatically have your data backed up offsite every pay period? Our internet backup routine takes care of your data security, making sure an offsite backup is always available.

Monday 21st September more
An executive who swore about her boss in an email to friends and clients was wrongly suspended, the Employment Relations Authority has found.

Friday 18th September more
Moving onto IR-File or considering it? This document shows you how to create the file in Ace Payroll and how to navigate the IRD website to import the file.

Thursday 17th September more
An old employee has come back to work for me again. How do I resume them in Ace Payroll?

Wednesday 16th September more
A fact sheet covering Bereavement Leave under the Holidays Act 2003, from the Employment Relations Service website.

Tuesday 15th 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.

Monday 14th September more
Need help with Ace Payroll? This page documents how to use the F1 Help Manual that is shipped with every copy of Ace Payroll and shows the ways it can be used to find what you are looking for.

Friday 11th September 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 10th September more
With Christmas falling on a Friday and Saturday this year, how do I handle Boxing Day being on Saturday? Are my staff that work Monday to Friday entitled to be paid for this day?

Wednesday 9th September more
Most employers appear to find aspects of the Holidays Act unworkable and are not complying with all of it, a survey found.

Tuesday 8th September 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.

Monday 7th 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?

Friday 4th September more
What are the different ways to access employee details from anywhere in Ace Payroll?

Thursday 3rd September more
Issue 1 of the IRD Business Tax Update, which replaces their former publication Payroll News.

Wednesday 2nd September more
Staff wanting to switch to the new ME or ME SL tax codes? This PDF copy of the IR330 tax code declaration form they will need to fill in opens in a new browser window.

Tuesday 1st September 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.

August 2009

Monday 31st August more
Sending emails around the office is second nature to most, but employment lawyers warn companies could end up in dangerous territory without an email etiquette policy.

Friday 28th August more
In our latest version, we increased the default number of pay rate types from a maximum of six to a maximum of twenty. This makes recording hours worked each day easier and improves reporting capability. Click here for the full version history and download instructions.

Thursday 27th August more
The Human Rights Commission have produced an A to Z guide covering what questions should and shouldn't be asked during the pre-employment process. This PDF document opens in a new browser window.

Wednesday 26th August more
Ace Payroll is sometimes asked what the difference is between a casual and a part time employee.

Tuesday 25th August more
Not getting enough help with your current payroll system? This page demonstrates how Ace Payroll provides help on every screen as well as a comprehensive F1 Help Manual. We also link to the latest version of our Getting Started guide.

Monday 24th August more
The minimum wage is $12.50 per hour from 1st April 2009. The training and new entrant minimum wage for workers aged 16 and 17 increased to $10.00 per hour.

Friday 21st August more
Want to learn more about KiwiSaver? Our KiwiSaver Overview page links to all of the info we have on KiwiSaver, including entitlements, opt in and opt out rules and KiwiSaver reversals.

Thursday 20th August more
A private member's bill that would require employers to pay compensation to redundant employees would cost jobs and destroy businesses, an employment services provider has warned.

Wednesday 19th August more
As the Government seeks to reduce regulation it has released its first Statement on Regulation - a set of regulations.

Tuesday 18th August more
How do I show employee IRD numbers on the payslip?

Monday 17th August 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.

Friday 14th August 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 13th August more
One of the more difficult issues facing an employer who tries to manage a poorly performing employee is that frequently, the employee will take sick leave, claiming they are suffering from stress.

Wednesday 12th August more
The IR880 Paid Parental Leave Application form is filled in by the employee and given to the employer to complete when paid parental leave is applied for. This PDF document opens in a new browser window.

Tuesday 11th August more
Is it possible to handle multiple frequencies in Ace Payroll, for example some people being paid weekly and others being paid fortnightly?

Monday 10th August more
This tutorial covers KiwiSaver contribution holidays including when they can be taken, what the process is and how this is handled in Ace Payroll.

Friday 7th August more
IRD Payroll News Issue 120 August 2009.

Thursday 6th August more
I made KiwiSaver contributions for an individual which I now need to reverse because they have opted out. How can I do this in Ace Payroll?

Wednesday 5th August more
Need a copy of the KiwiSaver Employer Guide? This PDF version of the guide opens in a new browser window.

Tuesday 4th August more
A recent Employers and Manufacturers Association review of the 521 cases which went before the Employment Relations Authority last year showed that 67 per cent fell in favour of the employee.

Monday 3rd August 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.

July 2009

Friday 31st July more
The Official Cash Rate (OCR) will remain unchanged at 2.50 percent.

Thursday 30th July more
Earnings Certificates provide your employees with a record of their earnings, tax payments and deductions for the financial year selected.

Wednesday 29th 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 28th July more
The Auckland Chamber of Commerce is launching a campaign today to help what it calls a new class of unemployed people.

Monday 27th 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.

Friday 24th July more
What different types of payslips are available for the Ace Payroll system? How do I go about ordering them?

Thursday 23rd July more
Work stoppages fell to a six-year low in the March quarter, with Statistics New Zealand (SNZ) recording just two complete strikes ending in the period.

Wednesday 22nd July more
Moving onto IR-File or considering it? This document shows you how to create the file in Ace Payroll and how to navigate the IRD website to import the file.

Tuesday 21st July more
I have accidentally filed a pay for an employee and it is showing on my reports. How do I delete it?

Monday 20th July more
Employee wanting to take a Kiwisaver contributions holiday? This PDF version of the KS6 form they need to fill in opens in a new browser window.

Friday 17th July more
Need to move Ace Payroll to a new computer? This tutorial shows you the procedure for easily moving Ace Payroll and your data to your new computer.

Thursday 16th July more
I have a casual employee who has recently become a permanent employee. How do I change their holiday pay from 8% each pay?

Wednesday 15th July 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 14th July more
A woman who lost $3000 in wages while serving on the jury at the 13-week Bain murder retrial says jurors urgently need income protection.

Monday 13th July more
Not using Emailed Payslips yet? Learn how to set up the routine, decide which staff are to receive payslips by email, and start saving time, money and paper today.

Friday 10th July more
A "system error" on the Inland Revenue Department's (IRD) website has given some breathing space to people rushing to file their tax returns online for the 2008 financial year.

Thursday 9th July more
Under what circumstances are we to exclude school students, contractors and companies from the IR348?

Wednesday 8th July more
IRD Payroll News Issue 119 July 2009.

Tuesday 7th July more
The Wages Protection Act governs the way in which wages are paid, the making of deductions, and recovery of over payments.

Monday 6th July more
State sector workers cannot expect pay increases in the future unless they are matched by productivity gains, Finance Minister Bill English said today.

Friday 3rd July more
This tutorial covers One Off Payments, giving examples of when the routine may be useful as well as a step by step guide in how to do a One Off Payment.

Thursday 2nd July more
Paying a bonus, commission, back pay, redundancy or retiring payment? This document shows you how to do this easily in Ace Payroll.

Wednesday 1st July more
From 1 July 2008, employees who have caring responsibilities have the statutory "right to request" flexible working arrangements. This guide from the Employment Relations Service sets out how this legislation works in practical terms.

June 2009

Tuesday 30th June more
Use-of-money interest rates for unpaid and overpaid tax will fall from 28 June 2009. The rate for unpaid tax will drop to 8.91%, while the rate for overpaid tax will fall to 1.82%.

Monday 29th June 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.

Friday 26th June more
Tax debt is growing at a rate that is outpacing Inland Revenue's capacity to deal with it, Auditor-General Kevin Brady says in a report released today.

Thursday 25th June more
The Government is inviting the public's view on proposed changes that will dramatically simplify the way student loan repayments are managed, Revenue Minister Peter Dunne announced today.

Wednesday 24th June more
Need help with Ace Payroll? This page documents how to use the F1 Help Manual that is shipped with every copy of Ace Payroll and shows the ways it can be used to find what you are looking for.

Tuesday 23rd June more
Staff wanting to switch to the new ME or ME SL tax codes? This PDF copy of the IR330 tax code declaration form they will need to fill in opens in a new browser window.

Monday 22nd June more
A dispute between the Meat Union and the Wairoa Affco plant is a step closer to resolution following an Employment Court decision.

Friday 19th June more
I am thinking of swapping my company from paying wages on a weekly basis to paying on a fortnightly basis. How would I make this change in Ace Payroll?

Thursday 18th June more
Some quarantined Christchurch seafood-processing plant staff will not be paid. However, a union leader has called on Sea Products in Woolston to keep paying quarantined workers who are not entitled to sick pay.

Wednesday 17th June more
Inland Revenue is making use of a draconian part of the law to collect unpaid tax.

Tuesday 16th June more
With the outbreak of swine flu there is a possibility of me having to do the payroll from home for a while. How easy is it for me to move my payroll to the home computer?

Monday 15th June more
Some of my staff want to contribute more than 2% into KiwiSaver. Can they do this and what is the procedure?

Friday 12th June more
Inland Revenue is taking the unprecedented step of revealing its latest battle plan as part of a bold move aimed at boosting tax compliance and curtailing the black economy.

Thursday 11th June more
Personal grievance awards broke new records across New Zealand last year - with Wellington being the best city to make a claim.

Wednesday 10th June more
IRD Payroll News issue 118 June 2009

Tuesday 9th June more
The IR881 Paid Parental Leave Transfer form is filled in by the employee and given to the employer to complete when they want to transfer some of their paid parental leave to their partner. This PDF document opens in a new browser window.

Monday 8th June more
A pregnant woman who took parental leave only to suffer a miscarriage has been awarded $16,000 after being told her job was no longer available.

Friday 5th June more
Want to see what days the public holidays fall on this year, or check public holiday dates for future years? This document shows you how.

Thursday 4th June more
A working group has been appointed to review the Holidays Act, Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson has announced today.

Wednesday 3rd June more
Not getting enough help with your current payroll system? This page demonstrates how Ace Payroll provides help on every screen as well as a comprehensive F1 Help Manual. We also link to the latest version of our Getting Started guide.

Tuesday 2nd June more
Regarding my staff who join KiwiSaver, do I need to load their nominated scheme provider into the Ace Payroll system?

Monday 1st June more
Today is the Queen's Birthday public holiday. This document shows you how to pay for this public holiday in Ace Payroll.

May 2009

Friday 29th May more
The KiwiSaver mortgage diversion facility is to be closed to new applicants from 1 June 2009, Revenue Minister Peter Dunne announced today.

Thursday 28th May more
Want to learn more about KiwiSaver? Our KiwiSaver Overview page links to all of the info we have on KiwiSaver, including entitlements, opt in and opt out rules and KiwiSaver reversals.

Wednesday 27th May more
Tired of sending in your PAYE return manually? This document shows you how to set up for the IRD's IR-File system in both Ace Payroll and at the IRD website.

Tuesday 26th May 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?

Monday 25th May 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 22nd May more
Most of us would find it unusual for a co-worker to arrive at work armed with a firearm. In the United States, however, such an event may be more commonplace.

Thursday 21st 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?

Wednesday 20th May more
Moving onto IR-File or considering it? This document shows you how to create the file in Ace Payroll and how to navigate the IRD website to import the file.

Tuesday 19th May more
When I go to calculate my regular payroll it shows last weeks pay date. What is wrong?

Monday 18th May more
The minimum wage is $12.50 per hour from 1st April 2009. The training and new entrant minimum wage for workers aged 16 and 17 increased to $10.00 per hour.

Friday 15th 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 14th May 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 13th May more
IRD Payroll News Issue 117 May 2009.

Tuesday 12th May more
How can I set the Provincial Anniversary Date on a company wide basis so that Ace Payroll knows this is a public holiday for my staff?

Monday 11th May more
This tutorial covers KiwiSaver contribution holidays including when they can be taken, what the process is and how this is handled in Ace Payroll.

Friday 8th May 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 7th May more
I want to contribute more than the minimum 2% to any employee who joins KiwiSaver. How do I do this in Ace Payroll?

Wednesday 6th May more
This tutorial shows you how to handle an Annual Compulsory Closedown in Ace Payroll. The most common time for a compulsory closedown is at Christmas time.

Tuesday 5th May more
An old employee has come back to work for me again. How do I resume them in Ace Payroll?

Friday 1st May more
This FAQ explains how to overwrite a PAYE or student loan deduction in Ace Payroll.

April 2009

Thursday 30th April more
What different types of payslips are available for the Ace Payroll system? How do I go about ordering them?

Wednesday 29th April more
Earnings Certificates provide your employees with a record of their earnings, tax payments and deductions for the financial year selected.

Tuesday 28th April more
This document shows you how to itemise the actual dates taken off by employees when they take leave. This then allows reports to be run which show what days have been taken.

Monday 27th April more
Written initially for prospective clients, this explanation of the different routines in Ace Payroll designed to provide data security should be of interest to current users who wish to be prepared should disaster ever strike!

Saturday 25th April more
Today is Anzac Day. This document shows you how to pay for the Anzac Day public holiday in Ace Payroll.

Friday 24th April more
How to search for an employee on the Ace Payroll employee index.

Thursday 23rd April 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?

Wednesday 22nd April more
Not using Emailed Payslips yet? Learn how to set up the routine, decide which staff are to receive payslips by email, and start saving time, money and paper today.

Tuesday 21st April more
Staff wanting to switch to the new ME or ME SL tax codes? This PDF copy of the IR330 tax code declaration form they will need to fill in opens in a new browser window.

Monday 20th April more
In our latest version, 3.33C, we have significantly improved the ESCT routines, which are used when the employer contributes more than 2% to KiwiSaver, as well as the reporting related to ESCT. For more information about downloading upgrades, click here.

Friday 17th April more
IRD Payroll News Issue 116 April 2009.

Thursday 16th April more
A fact sheet covering Bereavement Leave under the Holidays Act 2003, from the Employment Relations Service website.

Wednesday 15th April 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 14th April more
This tutorial covers One Off Payments, giving examples of when the routine may be useful as well as a step by step guide in how to do a One Off Payment.

Monday 13th April more
Today is Easter Monday. This tutorial shows you how to pay for the Easter public holidays in Ace Payroll.

Friday 10th April more
Another year has gone by without resolution of the Easter trading issue.

Thursday 9th April more
Using the As Per Act holiday pay method, I have an employee who has been employed for more than a year, receives four weeks holidays a year, and is terminating their employment. How does Ace Payroll calculate their final holiday pay?

Wednesday 8th April 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 7th April more
The IRD have updated the KS4 KiwiSaver Employer Guide to include the 1 April 2009 changes. This PDF copy of the form opens in a new browser window.

Monday 6th April more
The IRD have updated the KS2 KiwiSaver Employee Info Pack to include the 1 April 2009 changes. This PDF copy of the form opens in a new browser window.

Saturday 4th April more
Turn your clocks back one hour on Sunday 5th April. If staff are employed during the transition, our Daylight Saving and the Time Act 1974 section clarifies the situation.

Friday 3rd April more
The IRD have updated the KS2 KiwiSaver Employee Deductions form to include the 1 April 2009 changes. This PDF copy of the form opens in a new browser window.

Thursday 2nd April more
Confused as to why some people get a tax cut on 1 April, and some get a tax increase? This article does a good job at explaining the different factors - and income bands - involved in determining what happens to tax from 1 April 2009.

Wednesday 1st April more
About 1.4 million New Zealanders will get extra cash from today when the tax cuts come into effect - a package the Prime Minister says is "focused fairly and squarely on middle New Zealanders".

March 2009

Tuesday 31st March 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 30th March more
Remember that the minimum wage will increase to $12.50 per hour from 1st April 2009. The training and new entrant minimum wage for workers aged 16 and 17 increases to $10.00 per hour.

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

Thursday 26th March more
Moving onto IR-File or considering it? This document shows you how to create the file in Ace Payroll and how to navigate the IRD website to import the file.

Wednesday 25th March more
Need help with Ace Payroll? This page documents how to use the F1 Help Manual that is shipped with every copy of Ace Payroll and shows the ways it can be used to find what you are looking for.

Tuesday 24th March more
Employees will be able to trade their fourth week of annual holidays for cash by next year, Prime Minister John Key said today.

Monday 23rd March more
Staff wanting to switch to the new ME or ME SL tax codes? This PDF copy of the IR330 tax code declaration form they will need to fill in opens in a new browser window.

Friday 20th March more
Looking to make your payroll day easier and more accurate? Current payroll company not answering the phone? Download the latest Ace Payroll demo version and see why all your friends are telling you to switch to us.

Thursday 19th March more
Not getting enough help with your current payroll system? This page demonstrates how Ace Payroll provides help on every screen as well as a comprehensive F1 Help Manual. We also link to the latest version of our Getting Started guide.

Wednesday 18th 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?

Tuesday 17th March more
IRD Payroll News issue 115 March 2009. In this issue we tell you about PAYE tables from 1 April 2009, employees using special tax codes and secondary codes, KiwiSaver update, electronic payments, payments to us on behalf of employees, filing online etc.

Monday 16th March 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 13th March more
Some of the new staff I hire are wanting to opt out of KiwiSaver. How do I go about doing this in Ace Payroll?

Thursday 12th March more
The Government has announced that the minimum wage will increase to $12.50 per hour from 1st April 2009. The training and new entrant minimum wage for workers aged 16 and 17 increases to $10.00 per hour.

Wednesday 11th March more
Need to move Ace Payroll to a new computer? This tutorial shows you the procedure for easily moving Ace Payroll and your data to your new computer.

Tuesday 10th March more
Want to know about the 1st April 2009 changes? This page documents the changes to KiwiSaver and also links to our newsletter which summarises the KiwiSaver and other changes.

Monday 9th March more
Revenue Minister Peter Dunne has recommended the proposed introduction of an annual square-up process for calculating the KiwiSaver employer tax credit not proceed so employers don't face unnecessary compliance costs.

Friday 6th March more
How do I show employee IRD numbers on the payslip?

Thursday 5th March more
Is it possible to handle multiple frequencies in Ace Payroll, for example some people being paid weekly and others being paid fortnightly?

Wednesday 4th March more
I made KiwiSaver contributions for an individual which I now need to reverse because they have opted out. How can I do this in Ace Payroll?

Tuesday 3rd March more
I have accidentally filed a pay for an employee and it is showing on my reports. How do I delete it?

Monday 2nd 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.

February 2009

Friday 27th February more
As the impacts of the international finance crisis are increasingly being felt in New Zealand, Inland Revenue expects that more people will not pay their tax.

Thursday 26th February more
Ace Payroll is sometimes asked what the difference is between a casual and a part time employee.

Wednesday 25th February more
The IR880 Paid Parental Leave Application form is filled in by the employee and given to the employer to complete when paid parental leave is applied for. This PDF document opens in a new browser window.

Tuesday 24th February more
The interest rate on student loans for the 2009-10 tax year was set at 6.8% by Order in Council today, up slightly from last year's rate of 6.7%.

Monday 23rd February more
Ace Payroll releases an upgrade CD each year, and we are often asked when is the best time to install the upgrade.

Friday 20th 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 19th February more
One in three employers say their staff have been attacked or assaulted in the past year, a study has found.

Wednesday 18th February 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.

Tuesday 17th February more
Tired of sending in your PAYE return manually? This document shows you how to set up for the IRD's IR-File system in both Ace Payroll and at the IRD website.

Monday 16th February 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?

Friday 13th February more
What different types of payslips are available for the Ace Payroll system? How do I go about ordering them?

Thursday 12th February more
I have a casual employee who has recently become a permanent employee. How do I change their holiday pay from 8% each pay?

Wednesday 11th February more
The Government has announced that the minimum wage will increase to $12.50 per hour from 1st April 2009. The training and new entrant minimum wage for workers aged 16 and 17 increases to $10.00 per hour.

Tuesday 10th February more
This tutorial covers KiwiSaver contribution holidays including when they can be taken, what the process is and how this is handled in Ace Payroll.

Monday 9th February more
This tutorial covers One Off Payments, giving examples of when the routine may be useful as well as a step by step guide in how to do a One Off Payment.

Friday 6th February more
Waitangi Day falls on Friday 6th February. This document shows you how to pay your staff for the Waitangi Day public holiday in Ace Payroll.

Thursday 5th February more
Telling the boss to "stick his job up his arse" is not always the same as a resignation, the Employment Relations Authority says.

Wednesday 4th February 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 3rd February more
IRD Payroll News Issue 114 February 2009.

Monday 2nd February more
The Human Rights Commission have produced an A to Z guide covering what questions should and shouldn't be asked during the pre-employment process. This PDF document opens in a new browser window.

January 2009

Friday 30th January 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.

Thursday 29th January more
I am thinking of buying a Mac computer and want to use Ace Payroll on my Mac. Is this possible and, if so, how do I go about it?

Wednesday 28th January more
Earnings Certificates provide your employees with a record of their earnings, tax payments and deductions for the financial year selected.

Tuesday 27th January more
Not using Emailed Payslips yet? Learn how to set up the routine, decide which staff are to receive payslips by email, and start saving time, money and paper today.

Monday 26th January more
I am thinking of swapping my company from paying wages on a weekly basis to paying on a fortnightly basis. How would I make this change in Ace Payroll?

Friday 23rd January more
Under what circumstances are we to exclude school students, contractors and companies from the IR348?

Thursday 22nd January 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.

Wednesday 21st January more
Moving onto IR-File or considering it? This document shows you how to create the file in Ace Payroll and how to navigate the IRD website to import the file.

Tuesday 20th January more
The IR881 Paid Parental Leave Transfer form is filled in by the employee and given to the employer to complete when they want to transfer some of their paid parental leave to their partner. This PDF document opens in a new browser window.

Monday 19th January more
Using the As Per Act holiday pay method, I have an employee who has been employed for more than a year, receives four weeks holidays a year, and is terminating their employment. How does Ace Payroll calculate their final holiday pay?

Friday 16th January more
Need help with Ace Payroll? This page documents how to use the F1 Help Manual that is shipped with every copy of Ace Payroll and shows the ways it can be used to find what you are looking for.

Thursday 15th 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?

Wednesday 14th January more
Not getting enough help with your current payroll system? This page demonstrates how Ace Payroll provides help on every screen as well as a comprehensive F1 Help Manual. We also link to the latest version of our Getting Started guide.

Tuesday 13th January more
The exodus of New Zealanders to Australia is putting the spotlight on the differences in saving for retirement in the two countries, says business consultancy Mercer.

Monday 12th January 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?

Friday 9th January 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 January more
An old employee has come back to work for me again. How do I resume them in Ace Payroll?

Wednesday 7th January more
When I go to calculate my regular payroll it shows last weeks pay date. What is wrong?

Tuesday 6th January more
From 1 July 2008, employees who have caring responsibilities have the statutory "right to request" flexible working arrangements. This guide from the Employment Relations Service sets out how this legislation works in practical terms.

Monday 5th January more
This tutorial shows you how to pay for the New Year 1st and 2nd public holidays when an employee works on one of these public holidays and needs to receive time and a half with an alternative holiday.

Thursday 1st January more
Happy New Year from the team at Ace Payroll. Our help desk continues to operate throughout the holiday period 8.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday, public holidays excepted. We hope you all have a happy and prosperous 2009.

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