We’re getting ready to bring New Zealand Payroll in Xero to life! Soon we’ll be offering a seamless online payroll and accounting experience for our New Zealand customers.
Changing payroll software is a big decision, so we want to share details on what you should expect. This will make it easier than ever for you to process your payroll, stay compliant, pay your employees and report to the Inland Revenue.
Integrated accounting and payroll
With New Zealand Payroll in Xero, information from payroll seamlessly flows into your accounts – eliminating manual data entry and processing. In short, it’s designed to help make running your business easy.
We’ve built beautiful, smart payroll that’s easy to implement and can be used from anywhere. We’ve designed the experiences for businesses with less than twenty employees. If you work with your accountant or bookkeeper they can be invited in to manage payroll for you. Or you can invite someone in to manage payroll without seeing the rest of the business financials.
New Zealand Payroll in Xero features
New Zealand payroll supports Small & Large employers for Inland Revenue reporting & filing obligations. You can also:
- Save time and increase productivity when payroll and accounting software work as one. You’ll decrease the amount of time spent on data entry. Payroll journals are automatically created on the general ledger when posting the payroll.
- Relax with the peace of mind that Xero automatically looks after tax calculations for you. Built-in Tax, ACC, Student Loan, Payroll Giving & ESCT calculations. Updates to New Zealand payroll regulations and tax rate changes are handled automatically so you don’t have to worry about staying compliant.
- Manage KiwiSaver details including employee eligibility, employee & employer contribution rates, opting out and contributions holidays.
- Electronically report your payroll information with the Inland Revenue. Your reports are created, pre-populated for downloading and upload to the Inland Revenue with ir-File including KiwiSaver, Additional & Voluntary Student Loans and Child Support.
- Create unlimited and flexible earnings, deductions, including Payroll Giving, and reimbursement types to meet the needs of any business. No limits on the number of pay calendars you can create so you can easily have multiple pay frequencies to suit your business needs.
- Manage Statutory Deductions for Child Support, Court Fines, MSD Repayments and Inland Revenue Arrears.
- Download your bank’s payment file for ease of upload into online banking to pay your employees. Email your employees their payslips to give them instant access to their pay details.
- Easily and accurately accrue and record employee holidays and leave accruals including managing leave entitlements for individual employees. Manage statutory leave types including Holiday Pay (8%) and unpaid parental leave types.
- Invite employees to access pay history, payslips, view leave requests and request new leave via the employee app without seeing the business or payroll financials. Available online via the web on release along with iOS and Android phones shortly afterwards.
- Collaborate with your accountant or bookkeeper on payroll. Allow them to manage payroll on your behalf by giving them the Payroll Administrator user role.
This is just the beginning. You’ll see constant enhancements, improvements and features being made available as we get your feedback and strive to make it smarter and more powerful. If you’re using the current ‘Pay Run’ feature you’ll be able to continue using this if you wish. Any new businesses will not have this option available to them from Wednesday 4 March.
And if Payroll in Xero does not meet the needs of your business we recommend selecting one of our payroll partners from the Add-on Marketplace.
Pricing, rollout and key dates
We’ll be making New Zealand Payroll in Xero available on Wednesday 4 March. This includes setting up your business and employees with required payroll details.
This means you’ll be able to use New Zealand Payroll in Xero to process payroll and pay employees from 1 April – in time for the new financial year.
With New Zealand Payroll being released we’re removing our existing Premium plan from 31 March and introducing new Premium plans, based on the number of employees you pay each month. If you’re on the Standard plan you’ll get one employee included free of charge.
The new monthly prices (below) represent one monthly cost, which covers both accounting and payroll.
If you don’t have any employees and you’re currently on the Premium plan you will continue to pay $65 a month for the next 12 months.
However, If you start to use Payroll from 1 April to pay employees, you’ll be moved to a Premium plan that suits the number of employees you pay.
You’ll see more information over the next few weeks as we get closer to making this available including full education material and webinars to help you get started.
There’s not long to wait.