PAY-PACK 8.2

This version of Lewis PAY-PACK was sent to customers from September to December 2007.

Employment Termination Payments (ETPs)

These are lump sums paid on termination for various reasons such as: From 1 July 2007 these are called Employment Termination Payments.  Previously they were called Eligible Termination Payments, so the same acronym ETP is used.  In most cases the treatment and taxation is the same.  However the tax increases sharply for payments over $140,000, but there are some exceptions for payments subject to agreements before the legislation was introduced.  These exceptions are extremely rare, but it is necessary that the ATO knows for every ETP whether it is one of transitional cases, hence the need for some new questions.
PAY-PACK 8.2 caters for the new ETPs.  The ETP Lump Sum screen in a Termination Pay asks questions needed by the ATO.  The ETP Payment Summary prints out these questions and answers.
PAY-PACK now has a screen devoted to various numbers used for calculation of tax on lump sums and other aspects.  Some of these amounts and rates change every year, others only change occasionally.  PAY-PACK starts with the values for the year ending 30 June 2008.

Amended Payment Summaries

Suppose you have printed the Payment Summaries, and distributed them to the payees.  One of the payees queries the Payment Summary, and you realize something has gone wrong.  It could be a pay run was entered twice, or maybe salary sacrifice was set up wrongly, or any other number of causes.  After making the correction to the payee(s) concerned:

The file for ATO

For the data on the EMPDUPE file that you send to the ATO there is a different format for the year commencing 1 July 2007.  This is because of the changes to ETPs plus the Amended Payment Summaries.
The ATO’s numbering system has this version as 8.0, whereas the previous version up to 30 June 2007 was their version 7.4.  It is just a coincidence that these numbers are similar to PAY-PACK’s version numbers.
PAY-PACK version 8.20 onwards produces a file with ATO format 8.0 for the year ending 30 June 2008 onwards.  If you use PAY-PACK version 8.20 to produce the file for the year ending 30 June 2007 or earlier, PAY-PACK will write it with ATO format 7.4.  Please note that PAY-PACK version 8.1 series produces the file with ATO format 7.4, and we understand that the ATO will not accept this for years ending 30 June 2008 and later.

Other Changes

The Monthly Report for Super Funds lists all contributions for that fund for the month.  With PAY-PACK version 8.2 it also shows the sex of the employee and the employee’s Tax File Number.  This extra information is included when you print or display the report, and also when you write-to-file.
You can choose to change the wording on print-outs from Sick Leave to Personal Leave.
Importa-Pay  can now import all types of leave.  Since version 8.0 we have been able to import sick and unpaid leave.  RDO hours are imported as hourly rates with grouping R.  You can now import Holiday Leave, Other Leave, Long Service Leave or Extra Leave (if the latter is set up).

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