2013 release notes
Payback Version 2013.03
Property Tax (LPT)
This version allows the new version P2C ROS file with the property tax field to be imported. The P30 and P45 reports have also changed. More information about LPT in Payback can be found here:
SEPA is a new bank file format for transferring payment information. It is being phased in by the Banks during 2013. Many banks will still be accepting the Standard 18 format (Paypath) for a number of years.
Payback now allows the production of SEPA credit transfers. Users now have the choice of either using Paypath or SEPA.
More information about setting up SEPA can be found here:
Taxable Maternity Benefit
From 1 July 2013, Maternity Benefit will become taxable (but not liable to USC or PRSI). This is being implemented by reducing standard rate cut off and tax credits. Here are instructions for setting up Maternity Benefit:
Online support tickets
Users can now log support tickets online. This ensures that all support requests are tracked and that nothing gets lost in spam. Please ensure that you white list any emails from firstname.lastname@example.org in your email application.
The first address line was missing in the security payslip format.
Company number in P2C file import
The maximum size of the Employer Number in the P2C file import has been increased from 8 to 9.
Support screen crash
This now been fixed
Payback Version 2013.02
Restoring UK paydata files.
Users who have both the Irish and UK versions of Payback on the same machine have had problems where the Irish version is picking up the UK data during the upgrade process. This has now been fixed.
The executable now has a digital certificate so that errors are not displayed when it is downloaded from our website.
Pay period skipped message
First Period has been skipped' error message sometimes appeared when no period was skipped. (It was safe to ignore this)
P35 Upgrade warning.
Warning to upgrade (to 2014 version) appears if the user tries to run the 2013 P35.
ROS P35 File Format
In some cases, the P35 file was rejected because of the medical insurance field formatting
Payback Version 2013.01
We're pleased to announce the release of Payback 2013. This version contains the Revenue rules and reports announced in the recent budget, as well as some great new features to make running your payroll even easier.
You should update to this version as soon as possible. You'll need it to run your 2013 payroll, but you can also continue to run any remaining 2012 payrolls and your 2012 year-end using this version.
The new version can be downloaded from here:
(The Mamut version has been discontinued, so Mamut customers should use the Payback version)
IMPORTANT: Please back up your data before installing this update. (In Payback, click Admin / Backup / Backup and save the file somewhere like your desktop)
Download and run the setup.exe file, and follow the on-screen instructions. This will update your software to v2013.01. If you start Payback and notice your payroll data is not present, then you can restore your data from the back up you made (click Admin / Backup / Restore)
-New PRSI Rates for 2013.
There will be no impact on employees with weekly earnings which do not exceed €352.For employees whose weekly earnings exceed €352, the weekly PRSI-free allowance available to employees who pay PRSI, is being abolished. The weekly PRSI-free allowance of €127 applies to Class A, H and E contributors. The weekly PRSI-free allowance for modified rate contributors (Classes B, C and D) amounting to €26 is also being abolished.
For further information: http://www.welfare.ie/EN/Publications/A ... i2013.aspx
-P35 and P60
These reports have been updated for Illness Benefit, and the new version 9 ROS format.
With the introduction of the new format PPSN with effect from 1 January 2013 DSP will start to allocate new PPSNs containing seven numerics and two addtional alpha characters, the second of which will be A. Payback has been updated to handle these new PPSNs.
-Taxable Statutory Maternity Pay
From 1 July 2013, Maternity Pay will be taxable and should be treated like Illness Benefit. Maternity pay will be taxable, but will be exempt from PRSI & USC. We have included a new feature to make Maternity Pay easier to set up. (See 'New Features' below)
- When 'Last day of month' was selected as the payment frequency, the last day was not always used. This as now been fixed so that the last day is always displayed.
One of our most common support queries is people wondering how payments were calculated. There is now a button in the Payroll screen called 'Calculation' (Click the 'More>>' button at the top of the Payroll screen and you'll see this new button). The Calculation button creates a detailed report that shows exactly how Payback calculated a payment.
- Year To Date now automatically saved in employee screen
Some users were not clicking 'Update Employee' after making changes in the Year to Date screen. We have now changed this screen so that Year to Date changes are automatically saved.
- P30 Breakdown reports
Another common query is about how the P30s are being summed. These two new reports (P30 Breakdown-Monthly and P30 Breakdown-Quarterly) will show exactly how the P30s were calculated.
- USC bands/thresholds warning
There has been some confusion by the use of Revenue terminology for people manually entering USC rates.
P2C files and paper certificates use Cut Off Points. Revenue helpdesk and other internal systems use Bands. Payback now warns the user if bands are entered instead of cut off points.
- Quick Set up facility
Over the last couple of years there has been many changes to how certain payments are handled. To relieve the burden, we've now automated these.
At the top of the employee screen is a new button called 'Quick Setup'. Click this and you can now set up these:
* Cycle to Work Scheme
* Taxsaver Ticket
* Salary Sacrifice
* Illness benefit
* New Taxable Maternity
* PRSA Pensions
The tax treatment will automatically be worked out, with all the correct elements, deductions and boxes ticked.
The Employer USC Benefit in kind is even automatically calculated for PRSAs.
If you prefer to manually set all these up, you still can.