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Advanced setup > Set up payroll
If you want to process employee pays, track amounts you owe to the ATO and print payment summaries, you need to set up the payroll features.
Load tax tables PAYG withholding taxes are amounts that are calculated and deducted from employee pays according to the rules established by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). In your software, these calculation rules are stored in a tax table file that you need to load into your company file.
You can register to be alerted about updates to your tax tables, as well as compliance updates and new versions of your software. For more information, see Managing software updates.
Enter general payroll information Enter the current payroll year, number of hours in your normal working week, your Withholding Payer Number (if you have one) and the default superannuation fund for your employees.
Review payroll categories The components of an employee’s pay, such as wages, entitlements and taxes, are called payroll categories. These are assigned to an employee’s card to calculate their standard pay.
Enter employee details Create a card record for each of your employees and enter such details as their addresses and payroll information.
Enter pay history [Existing businesses only] If you have already paid the employee in the current payroll year, you should enter the amounts you have paid your employees. These amounts appear on payment summaries and reports not derived from payroll activity (such as register reports). They are not recorded as transactions in your accounts.
You can use the Payroll Easy Setup Assistant to do these tasks. To access the Payroll Easy Setup Assistant, go to the Setup menu, choose Easy Setup Assistant and then click Payroll. For more information on creating payroll categories and entering employee payroll information, see Creating payroll categories and Entering employee payroll information.
In addition to the Payroll Easy Setup Assistant tasks, you may also want to do the following tasks if they are relevant to your business.
Set up timesheets
Use timesheets to record all the hours worked by hourly employees or to record extra hours worked by employees that are paid based on a standard pay. If you pay employees for time-billing activities, you can also enter activity details on timesheets and use these details to create activity slips.
Set up payroll tax
Calculate your state or territory payroll tax amounts using the payroll information in your software.
Change the appearance of the default pay slip and paycheque forms.
Synchronise employees records with Outlook
Synchronise your employees records with your contact records in Microsoft Outlook.
Use identifiers and custom lists to group the cards of employee who have similar attributes.

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