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Access Attaché 21.1 desktop release 

13 December 2021

Access Attaché version 21.1 includes significant changes to Attaché Payroll for compliance with the Australia Tax Office’s Single Touch Payroll Phase 2 (STP2) reporting. In addition, this release includes updates to cashing out public holiday leave for New Zealand Payroll and the Employer Monthly Schedule (TPOS) for Fiji. In Attaché Accounts, version 21 includes enhancements to cost centre reporting. 

If you use Attaché Payroll for Single Touch Payroll reporting in Australia, there are several tasks to carry out after you upgrade. These are described in the STP2 Implementation Checklist (see Attaché Payroll (Australia): Single Touch Payroll Phase 2 (STP2) resources).



Attaché Payroll (Australia)

Ability to report child support deductions via STP

Access Attaché version 21 includes a number of enhancements to facilitate the reporting of child support deductions under Single Touch Payroll Phase 2 (STP2) in line with new ATO requirements. Although reporting these amounts via is STP is not mandatory, doing so means you no longer need to provide separate reports to the Child Support Register each month. See Services Australia Single Touch Payroll on the Services Australia website.

New tax certificate codes for Child Support deductions

In Payroll Deductions, new Tax Certificate Codes have been added for Child Support Deduction and Child Support Garnishee. These let you set up new deductions, or change your existing ones, so that these amounts are reported in your STP lodgements.

Protected Earnings per Day field in Deduction Maintenance

In Deduction Maintenance, the new Protected Earnings per Day field allows you to set the statutory protected earnings amount for employees who are required to make child support deductions. This is then used to calculate the minimum guaranteed income the employee is entitled to before child support deductions take effect. Previously you had to manually calculate the deduction to ensure it did not exceed the protected earnings amount.

The 2021 rate for Protected Earnings per Day is $54.73. Note that this is updated on 1 January each year. See Protected Earnings Amount when deducting child support) on the Services Australia website.

Updated tax certificate codes for allowances (STP reporting)

In Allowance Maintenance (Setups | Payroll | Allowances | Maintain), a number of new Tax Certificate Codes have been added to facilitate the reporting of allowances via Single Touch Payroll. You can set up new allowances, or change your existing allowances for these payments, so that they use the correct ATO code and are correctly reported in your STP lodgements.

The new Tax Certificate Codes are:

  • Lump Sum W (return to work payments)
  • Piece Rate
  • Bonus / commission
  • Overtime Bonus
  • Director Fees

New Income Type for Ancillary and Defence Leave (jury duty) (STP reporting)

Income Type Maintenance (Setups | Payroll | Income Types | Income Type Maintain) now includes a new Income Category for Ancillary and Defence Leave (which includes jury duty)This lets you process employee pays with the correct income type for this leave and report the leave correctly in your STP lodgements.

Changes to Working Holiday Maker (STP reporting)

Access Attaché version 21 includes a number of enhancements to facilitate the correct setup and reporting of Working Holiday Maker employees under Single Touch Payroll Phase 2 (STP2).

  • In Employee Maintenance, the Tax Cert Categoryof Working Holiday Maker has been enhanced to ensure the correct selections. When setting up a WHM employee, when you select Tax Certificate Category = Working Holiday Maker:
    • the employee's Tax Scaleis automatically set to WHM.
    • you cannotselect Study and training support loans in the Tax Impost area.
  • In Employee Maintenance, a new Home Country field has been added on the Tax tab for you to record the home country for WHM employees. The field provides a drop-down selection of all countries, excluding Australia and Australian territories.

After you upgrade: If you have existing WHM employees, when you open the relevant employee masterfile for the first time after upgrading, you will be prompted to complete the Home Country field when you select Accept (F9) to save.

Changes to Voluntary Agreement (STP reporting)

Access Attaché version 21 includes a number of enhancements to facilitate the correct setup and reporting of Voluntary Agreement employees under Single Touch Payroll Phase 2 (STP2) and removes unnecessary configuration when you onboard new Voluntary Agreement employees.

  • In Employee Maintenance, the Tax Cert Category of Voluntary Agreementhas been changed so that you can no longer select a tax scale
  • In addition, if an employee has a Tax Cert Category of Voluntary Agreement, you cannot select Study and training support loans in the Tax Impost area.

After you upgrade: If you have existing Voluntary Agreement employees who have Study and training support loans selected, when you open the relevant employee masterfile for the first time after upgrading, this field will be automatically unticked and you will need to Accept (F9) the change.

Restrictions on selecting Study and Training Support Loans (STP Reporting)

In Access Attaché version 21, the employee masterfile has been enhanced to help ensure correct selections for reporting Study and Training Support Loans (STSL) via STP2. In Employee Maintenance, the Study and training support loans check box on the Tax tab can now only be selected if the employee also has Tax Scale = Tax-free threshold claimed. As per ATO requirements, employees on Working Holiday Maker, Voluntary Agreement or No Tax File Number (both resident and non-resident) should not have an STSL.

After you upgrade: If you have existing employees on any of these tax scales who also have Study and training support loans selected, when you open the relevant employee masterfile for the first time after upgrading, the Study and training support loans field will be automatically unticked and you will need to Accept (F9) the change.

Mandatory employee email address (STP reporting)

In the employee masterfile, the Attaché Online Email Address field on the Online Services tab is now mandatory to ensure the email address in included in your STP lodgements in compliance with ATO requirements for STP reporting. Previously this field was optional.

Financial Year field in time sheets for Lump Sum Payment E (STP reporting)

Time Sheet Entry for Lump Sum Payment E backpay allowance has been enhanced to include a new Financial Year field as required for STP2 reporting. When entering a Lump Sum E payment, enter the year to which the payment relates. This will then be included in your STP lodgements.

New Reason for Termination field in termination pays (STP reporting)

Time Sheet Entry for a termination pay now includes a Reason for Termination field. When entering a termination pay, select the appropriate reason for the termination, such as Genuine Redundancy, Dismissal, and so on. This allows the reason for the termination to be reported to Services Australia via Single Touch Payroll. In most cases this removes the need for you to provide an employee with a separation certificate.


Attaché Payroll (New Zealand)

Ability to select Leave Cash Out on Public Holiday income

In Income Type Maintenance (Setups | Payroll | Income Types | Income Type Maintain), Income Types have been enhanced to allow the Income Category of Public Holiday to have the Leave Cash Out tick box selected. This allows the Alternative Holiday rate to be calculated correctly when cashing out Alternative Holiday leave.


Attaché Payroll (Fiji)

Enhancements to the Employer Monthly Schedule (TPOS reporting)

The Fiji Payroll Employer Monthly Schedule ((Payroll | Period End | Tax Certificates (Fiji) | Employer Monthly Schedule) has been enhanced. The report is now exported in the manual format and includes:

  • Income tax totals
  • Social Responsibility Tax (SRT) and Environment and Climate Adaptation Levy (ECAL) column totals

These changes allow you to correctly load the report into the the Taxpayer Online Services (TPOS) portal.


Attaché Accounts – General Ledger

Enhancements to Cost Centre reports

In General Ledger | Reports | Financials, the Cost Centre Actual vs Budget, Profit & Loss Statement and 12-Month Profit & Loss reports have been enhanced to include two new filters.

  • Filter by cost centre, which allows you to select an individual cost centre
  • Zero transactions, which allows you to include or exclude cost centres that have zero transactions

In addition, the reports now have a Consolidate check box that lets you generates a single consolidated report (based on the filters you have selected)

These enhancements mean you no longer need to export the report to other applications to filter the reports.


Website links

Launching the Access Customer Success Portal

Access Attaché version 21 includes a link to the Access Customer Success Portal on the Help and Tools menus and the About screen. Use the portal to find problem-solving articles, register for event and lodge cases with the Support team. If you don't have a portal login, you can read more about the portal and register.


Related Attaché Online deployment

Attaché Online for Single Touch Payroll has been enhanced in conjunction with Access Attaché version 21 desktop release.

These changes include updates to the information shown in batch exports and a new STP Settings area where you turn on paid parental leave and child support reporting via STP and map allowances from the Payroll desktop. For more details, see the Access Attaché Release Log and the STP2 Implementation Checklist.


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How to upgrade 

Access Attaché version 21.1 is a required upgrade for Single Touch Payroll reporting in Australia. 

Typically, this upgrade is included as part of your Single Touch Payroll Phase 2 Consulting and Upgrade Services.

For other customers, your consultant can organise an upgrade for you or provide the software if you choose to carry out your own upgrade. In this case we recommend the upgrade be performed by a system administrator who is experienced with Attaché installations. 

If you use Cloud Hosted Services, your upgrade is done for you as part of your CHS plan. 


Compatibility with Attaché  PRO

Attaché version 19.2 (or later, including Attaché 21.1) is compatible only with Attaché PRO version 3.2.5.3. If you are using an older version of Attaché PRO, you need to upgrade when you upgrade to Attaché 20.2 for the start of the new financial year.