Attaché – End-of-Year 2012/13 training – June 2013

End-of-Year 2012/13 training – June 2013

This year’s Attache EOY training programme for Accounts and Payroll includes both webinars and seminars in major cities across Australia.

Accounts EOY Processing

• Learn how to manage end-of-financial-year processing

• Process transactions in dual financial years

• See the new tools available for reconciling your accounts throughout the year

• Automate debt collection processes

Payroll EOY Processing

• Reconcile your payroll and produce payment summaries

• Get ready for the 2013/14 payroll year

• Learn about the latest legislative changes

• Prepare for compulsory electronic payments of superannuation starting on 1 July 2014

Seminar bonus session – SuperStream and the New Attaché

The importance of the looming SuperStream changes cannot be overstated. Over the next year almost every Attaché client will need to review how they manage superannuation and cleanse their data so their payments can be managed electronically. Encouraging clients to address this issue early and move to a solution such as ClickSuper will help reduce a potential bottle neck and prevent a lot of unnecessary stress.

We will also discuss the New Attaché to help prepare clients for Attaché BI and start the flight-plan. Entry to this session is free, regardless of whether clients attend the EOY training sessions.

When registering yourself for EOY seminars and webinars, please enter your VIP number.

To find out more about EOY 2012/13 training, visit the website or contact your Attaché Consultant.

Attaché – Preparing for 2012/13 payment summaries

Preparing for 2012/13 payment summaries

Did you know that the ATO allows you to send employee payment summaries electronically? Electronic payment summaries are far more convenient for both you and your staff, and will save you valuable time at year end.

Now is the time to check that you have the correct email address for each of your employees, including those that left your organisation this financial year.
In the Employee Document Delivery Address Manager, choose File | Print to report on the email addresses you’ve set up. Then enter any required changes or additions, and check that the document Type is set to All as this includes payment summaries.

Contact your Attaché consultant or call the Alex Helpline on (02) 9455 1301 for assistance with setting up delivery addresses.

Attaché – Important changes to ClickSuper registration

Important changes to ClickSuper registration

Earlier in the year we wrote to inform you that Payment Adviser (who have become ClickSuper Pty Ltd) would be taking over the provision of the ClickSuper service from Cuscal Ltd towards the end of March. This handover was pushed back a few weeks and is now scheduled for Monday 15 April 2013.

Existing users will notice little or no change in the way the service operates, with files transferred seamlessly through Attaché Alex and payments scheduled on the ClickSuper website as usual. Hopefully, the real change for these users will be in the quality and responsiveness of the support services, which have now been moved to Payment Adviser’s team of superannuation experts.

For new users, however, there is a significant change in the registration and onboarding process. They will no longer register via an Attaché branded web page. Rather they will use the standard ClickSuper registration process and will be asked to enter a special promotion code (ATTAU1) on the page to identify themselves as Attaché Payroll users. At this time they will also complete their Direct Debit details.

As well, ClickSuper will no longer provide users with the unique unlock code required to activate uploads in Attaché Payroll or the data cleansing service. Both services will now be provided by the Attaché ClickSuper Support Team. We will shortly update the Superannuation with Attaché Payroll User Guide, Appendix 4 — Getting started with ClickSuper, to detail the new registration process.

Registration requests made since 26 March 2013

It is our understanding that all registrations that were initiated or completed in the last two weeks will be suspended and will have to be re-done from Monday 15 April. If you are aware of any user who registered or attempted to register in the past two weeks, please advise them to contact ClickSuper directly on 1300 834 535 and clarify their status.

Getting assistance from Attaché

During the transition, the Attaché ClickSuper Support Team will be available to offer support and advice on registration, unlocking Attaché Payroll for ClickSuper and data cleansing. Please contact the team on 02 9455 1391 or email support@attachesoftware.com if you have any questions.

Attaché – News Bulletin

Attaché – News Bulletin

In this bulletin we are pleased to announce the release of Attaché Accounts and Attaché Payroll version 1.09. This release primarily contains legislative changes to Attaché Payroll for the New Zealand 2013/14 financial year and for Fiji.

Legislative changes for New Zealand financial year 2013/14

Attaché Accounts and Attaché Payroll version 1.09, which includes mainly legislative changes for the 2013/14 financial year, is now available to download.

The key compliance changes are:

• New Zealand payroll tax scales for 2013/14, including updated ACC earners levy cut-off; increase in the Student Loan repayment rate; abolition of the Main Income Low tax scale.
• New Disk File Entry format for New Zealand to cover Days Worked, Extra Pay Rate and Child Support Variation Code.
• Change to leave consolidation for New Zealand.

If you use Attaché Payroll to pay New Zealand employees, you should upgrade to version 1.09 after completing end-of-year reconciliation and prior to processing the first pay of the new financial year.

– Read more about the changes to Attaché Payroll related to the new financial year on the Attaché Members website.
– Download Attaché Accounts and Attaché Payroll version 1.09.000 from the Attaché Members website or talk to your Attaché Consultant.

New Zealand end-of-year processing

Your Attaché Consultant is available to help with your end-of-year (EOY) processing. If you attend our EOY training you’ll also receive complimentary EOY Guides and Checklists. For those who cannot attend, these guides are available to purchase – contact us to find out more.

Setting up for the new financial year in New Zealand

The Inland Revenue website includes information and resources for preparing for the new financial year, including a summary page with a link to a handy checklist.

In addition, the EOY NZ 2012/13 page on the Attaché Members website provides details of the legislative changes addressed in Attaché Payroll version 1.09.

Legislative changes for Fiji Payroll

• Fiji payroll tax scales
• Update to Payroll Options for Fiji
• Employer Monthly Schedule (EMS) for Fiji

If you use Attaché Payroll to pay Fiji employees, you should upgrade to version 1.09 as it includes the new Employer Monthly Schedule (EMS) file required by the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority (FRCA) from the beginning of 2013.

This version has gained a Certificate of Accreditation from the FRCA which acknowledges that Attaché Payroll can output the required EMS report and file.

Upgrade to Attaché Payroll version 1.09

– Download Attaché Accounts and Attaché Payroll version 1.09 from the Attaché Members website or talk to your Attaché Consultant.
– Read about all the enhancements in the Attaché Accounts and Attaché Payroll version 1.09 Release Notes available from the Attaché Members website.

New Attaché upgrade now available

Attaché Accounts and Attaché Payroll version 1.08.001 is now available to download from the Attaché Members website.

The key features of this release are:

  • Customer goods returned notes
  • Schedules for recurring invoices
  • Generating supplier purchase orders from customer transactions
  • Restricting Notes view in enquiry
  • Changes to the calculation of HELP and SFSS with Reportable Fringe Benefits for Attaché Payroll (Australia)

Read about all the enhancements in the Attaché Accounts and Attaché Payroll version 1.08 Release Notes available from the Attaché Members website.

Download Attaché Accounts and Attaché Payroll version 1.08.001 from the Attaché Members website or talk to your Attaché Consultant.

New Attaché ClearView now available

Attaché ClearView 2.30 is now available. This version includes faster dashboard load times, a dedicated Manager Dashboard and a simplified installation.

ClearView version 2.30 is compatible with the newly released PowerLink 3.20. If you use PowerLink then you must upgrade to PowerLink 3.20 before upgrading to ClearView 2.30. Please contact your Attaché PowerLink consultant for assistance in completing this upgrade.

Read about all the enhancements in the Attaché ClearView version 2.30 Release Notes available from the Attaché Members website.

Download Attaché ClearView version 2.30 from the Attaché Members website or talk to your Attaché Consultant.

Attache – Changes to AlexConnect

A new version of AlexConnect (version 4.00.73) that is compatible with Attaché Accounts and Attaché Payroll version 1.08 is now available.

With this release, the Document Delivery Address Managers (for customers, suppliers and employees) are now included in the Attaché Accounts and Attaché Payroll software. Previously, these tasks were included in the AlexConnect software. (There has been no change in how the delivery address managers function.)

Attache – Reporting total payments for building and construction services

From 1 July 2012 businesses in the building and construction industry are required to report the total payments they make to each contractor for building and construction services each year. You must provide this information to the ATO via the Taxable payments annual report.

In our 2011/12 end-of-year information we advised that we will make a new report available in Attaché Accounts in 2013 to facilitate this reporting via SBR or Bulk Data Exchange. This will be achieved by modifying existing BAS reporting.

Recently we have received a number of queries from Attaché users asking how they can distinguish invoices which are for services from those which are for materials. We have sought guidance from the ATO and have been advised that this is not required:

“Under the new taxable payments reporting system, a payer is not required to report on payments made for materials only. However, if there is a significant administrative effort involved in extracting payments for materials only, it is acceptable for a business to include these payments in its report”.

To ensure you are recording the correct information, you should make sure that BAS options are correctly configured in your software and that you perform regular (monthly or quarterly) BAS updates. For further information, refer to the Attaché Accounts GST Handbook (PDF) available from the Attaché Members website.

Should you still have concerns with this or any other issues relating to your reporting obligations, please visit the ATO website at www.ato.gov.au/taxablepaymentsreporting or contact the ATO.