With Christmas 2015 almost upon us and many businesses now winding down activities to a slightly more pedestrian pace, it is sometimes easy to overlook the fact that this is the perhaps the busiest time of year for payroll professionals around the country. Right now, in between Christmas parties and last minute shopping, these payroll professionals are also perhaps starting to get ready for things like,
- Early pay runs to make sure that cash is in employee bank accounts before Christmas for the last month of the year
- First weekly pay runs of 2016 so that they may avoid coming into the office over the festive period
- Dealing with seasonal staff pay runs and the more unusual implications of their tax situations
- Bonus payments
- Week 53 (extra pay period) payments
- Getting ready for the changes to 2016 payroll as a result of the budget provisions
- Starting the preparations for PYE submissions to Revenue
- And even perhaps changes to pay rates for some employees for 2016.
So Payroll Professionals, before the madness starts, we would like to take a minute to provide you with some peace of mind about how we at Sage have you in mind over the stressful period of the year.
This year, thanks to your feedback, we have made improvements to commonly used areas of the Micropay products – namely in the usability around the Payments and Deductions screen and also improved signposting in the reporting to make your payroll processing even more straightforward and intuitive.
We have implemented the necessary changes to the product to enable you to complete your PYE process for the 2015 tax year including the new P35 ROS Layout and improved PYE process screens in Micropay. Additionally, you may also kick off your 2016 payroll, and we are currently delivering your update to allow you to do so in a manner that is completely compliant with the measures enacted in Budget 2016 and the Finance Act (including very recent changes to USC Week 53 calculations).
We are also delighted to be able to offer all our Micropay customers a 25% discount on Corporate Membership of the Irish Payroll Association (IPASS). IPASS membership brings your business a range of benefits including the ability to use the IPASS stamp as a certification of your Payroll compliance & expertise, access to the IPASS legislation hotline for any legislation related Payroll queries, discount on the IPASS Book (widely regarded as the Payroll Professional’s bible) and a range of training courses at a members discount that also carry CPD hours.
From Monday 14th we will also be making our multi-award winning support team available via Webchat for all our Quickpay and Micropay customers for the PYE period, providing you with the opportunity to get quick questions answered without having to pick up the phone.
Our online help centre has also been getting a make-over throughout 2015 enabling you to find the information quicker and easier than ever before.
Lastly, and as usual, we have also ensured that we have lots more additional, highly skilled and qualified payroll support technicians available over the festive period and into January to take your calls on 1890 88 20 60. (If calling from outside the Republic of Ireland, +353 1 642 08 00)
Our Christmas period opening hours are below,
|15-19 December 2015||9:00am to 5:30pm|
|22 – 23 December 2015||9:00am to 5:30pm|
|24 December 2015||9:00am to 3:00pm|
|25 & 28 December 2015||Closed|
|29 – 30 December 2015||9:00am to 5:30pm|
|31 December 2015||9:00am to 4:00pm|
|1 January 2016||Closed|
|2 January 2016||9:00am to 5:30pm|
|5 – 9 January 2016||9:00am – 5:30pm|
Our commitment for 2016 is to continue to bring improvements to your Sage payroll solutions throughout the year as well as all the legislative compliance measures you need to ensure your peace of mind.
If you are not currently using a Sage Payroll product for your Payroll, the new tax year presents an ideal opportunity to get up and running without the overhead of bringing across legacy transactional data. We are available to discuss the best payroll solution based on your business needs, provide you with a product demo or trials on either Micropay or Sage One so if you are even tentatively in the market give us a call on 1890 88 20 20 and we can help you to find the right solution for your business for 2016.