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Attaché Payroll (Australia)

Changes to Tax Impost options for 2019/20 HELP and SFSS tax tables

In Payroll Options, the Tax Impost options used for tax tables for the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) and Student Financial Supplement Scheme (SFSS) have been updated to allow for additional bands in the upcoming 2019/20 Australian tax tables. Previously, nine bands were available; this has been increased to 30.

Note: Payroll tax scales for 2019/20 (available mid-June) are compatible only with Attaché 19.

Updated Tax File Number Declaration

Attaché 19.1 includes an updated tax file number (TFN) declaration file (version 4.0) and self-printing tax file number (TFN) declaration (version 4.0). The
new specification includes an employee email address field, and the previous questions on Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) and Student Financial Supplement Scheme (SFSS) have now been combined into one question. These new forms come into effect from 1 July 2019.

ETP Payment Date in Termination Pays is now display only

The ETP Payment Date in Termination Pays is now generated automatically and cannot be edited. If a timesheet includes a termination pay then the ETP Payment Date is pre-filled with the details entered in the Date Paid field in Check Pays. This change has been introduced to reduce clerical errors.

Previous BMS ID field in Payroll Options for Single Touch Payroll

A new field called Previous BMS ID has been added to the Tax Details tab in Payroll Options. If you have moved to Attaché mid-year from another software provider and you were previously sending Single Touch Payroll submissions to the ATO under that previous provider, before processing your first pay in Attaché you should enter the BMS ID of your previous provider in this field. This will zero out all year-to-date figures reported under the previous BMS ID, thus avoiding double-reporting of employee year-to-date earnings. 

Finalised flag in Employee Maintenance

For Australian payroll, a new flag has been added to the Tax tab in Employee Maintenance. The Employee Finalised flag is applied automatically if an employee has been reported via Single Touch Payroll as tax ready and the batch has been ATO Confirmed. If you're using Single Touch Payroll, you’ll need to finalise your employees as part of your end-of-year processing, when terminating an employee at any time during the year or if a company has been liquidated.

To finalise a terminated employee:

  1. Process the employee's final pay in Attaché as usual. See Terminating an employee in Australia
  2. Log in to Attaché Online and select your organisation. 
  3. Choose Single Touch Payroll from the left-hand menu.
  4. Select the most recent Ready to Submit batch.
  5. Click the Terminated Employees link.




  6. In the Finalisation screen, select the terminated employee(s) that you want to finalise and then click the Add (or Add All) button. 



  7. The employees to be finalised are listed at the bottom of the screen. 
  8. Click the Finalise button to close the screen.
  9. The number of employees being finalised is displayed and those employees are highlighted in grey. 




  10. Click the Sign and submit button.
  11. In the Employer screen, select your ABN, type your name in the Declaration field and select the declaration check box.

  12. Click Submit to ATO

Attaché Payroll (New Zealand)

Use Hours Per Day check box in Employee Maintenance, Standard Pays and Groups

For New Zealand Payroll, a new Use Hours Per Day check box has been added to Employee Maintenance, Employee Standard Pays and Employee Groups for leave liability calculations. When selected, the employee hours per day value will be the divisor used to calculate the Ordinary Weekly Earnings and Average Weekly Pay for that employee. When the check box is cleared (which is the default), the leave calculation will work the same as previously (that is, the employee hours per day value will not be factored in). This option can provide a simpler and more accurate calculation of the value of leave for employees who do not work regular hours.

Single sign on for Payday Filing

In Attaché Payroll for New Zealand, when opening Payday Filing you are now taken directly to the Inland Revenue website without being prompted to first log in to Attaché Online.

Attaché Payroll tax scales

The latest tax scales for Papua New Guinea (released in January 2019) are included in Attaché 19.1.

The latest tax scales for New Zealand (released in March 2019) are included in Attaché 19.1.

General Ledger

Ability to search matched transactions in Bank Reconciliation

In Bank Reconciliation in Attaché General Ledger, you can now search matched transactions. You can search by amount, by the transaction date and transaction details on the bank statement and by the General Ledger transaction date and details. This makes it easier for you to find and undo incorrectly matched transactions. Previously, you could only search unreconciled general ledger transactions and unreconciled statement transactions.

Attaché Asset Management

Ability to add attachments to an asset

The new Attachments tab in the Asset Masterfile allows you to attach a document or file related to the asset. You can include a searchable description of the attachment so you can easily identify the attachment to view or delete it. You can access the Attachments tab in both Asset Maintenance and Asset Enquiry.