02-03-2022

EOFY: Your guide to end of financial year payroll.

The end of financial year (EOFY) is an important time to be on top of all things payroll, especially after the added complexities of 2021 and the impacts of Covid. Here is what you need to know...
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To help you prep for the end of the 2021/22 financial year, we’ve covered off the following things:

  1. Watch out for upcoming changes to legislation
  2. Processing your final pay run
  3. Cashing up annual leave 
  4. Reports you might need
  5. COVID-19 financial support for Kiwi businesses
  6. Updating and reviewing your payroll
  7. EOFY resolution

1. Watch out for upcoming changes to legislation.

 

Minimum wage increase

 

Starting from 1 April 2022, the minimum wage is increasing from $20.00 to $21.20 per hour, starting-out and training minimum wage will also increase from $16.00 to $16.96 per hour.

You need to make sure this is accounted for and ready to go as part of your payroll. If you’re using Smartly, it’s pretty straight-forward to update pay rates, and we’ll prompt you along the way if you forget.

 

What you need to do:

  • Review your payroll, work out which people are on minimum wage or close to it

  • Make sure you update any pay rates impacted by the change. All details about the minimum wage increase are on the Employment New Zealand website

  • When you’re in the Smartly Help Centre, type ‘change my employees pay rate’ into the 'Search here’ section, it will provide step by step instructions on how to update pay rates for your team. Or follow this link here

 

Tax rate changes

 

The tax rates will stay the same from the 2020/21 financial year as below, but there are some other tax rate changes for ACC earners levy and student loans as of 1 April 2022.

NZ tax rates
ACC Earners’ Levy Rate for the 2022/23 financial year
  • The ACC Earners’ levy rate will increase to $1.46 for every $100 of liable earnings

  • The maximum liable earnings threshold will also increase to $136,544

Student loans for the 2022/23 financial year

 

The annual student loan repayment threshold will increase to $21,268. This is the income level above which student loan deductions will be taken. This is broken down by pay period threshold amounts in the following table:

Student loan tax rates

Using Smartly? We will automatically switch to the updated tax and student loan rates. Learn more about tax rates in New Zealand.

 

Sick leave entitlement changes
 

Since 24 July 2021, minimum sick leave entitlements have been increased from five to 10 days. 

Remember that if these changes haven’t already affected your employees, they will roll out gradually. 

  • Employees gaining the extra five days at their entitlement day could fall in the 2022/23 financial year

  • Their entitlement day will either be after 6 months of employment or on their sick leave anniversary (12 months after they were last entitled to sick leave) 

  • The maximum amount of unused sick leave that an employee is entitled to remains at 20 days in any year, under the Act

If you’re a Smartly customer, we’ll sort everything for you in the background. But also check out our Changes to sick leave entitlements blog for more information.

2. Processing your final pay run.

 

It’s simple, your final pay for the 2021/22 financial year is the same process as how you’ve been doing it usually. Just make sure it’s completed on time to have the pay run in the correct financial year. You can also use this final pay run to check your employees’ payslips and pay data is correct as well as ensuring it’s in the right period for your reporting. 

When using Smartly this is all sorted for you and you can pull any reports as and when needed. Easy right?

3. Cashing up annual leave.

 

End of financial year is a common time for staff to cash up annual leave.

Here’s a couple of things to remember:

  • A maximum of one week (of an employee’s four-week entitlement) can be cashed out every 12 months of continuous employment. This can be done all at once, or through multiple requests to cash up until the entire week is cashed up

  • Cashing up annual leave needs to be requested by the employee in writing and agreed by both parties. The employer may say no. Employment NZ has some useful information about cashing up annual leave

EOFY reporting

4. Reports you might need.

 
Year to date earning and allowances report

 

This report is an employee’s data as a certificate of earnings that can be used at the end of the tax year. It’s likely an accountant will be interested, so ask them about the specifics.

To get this report in Smartly, follow these steps:

  1. Log into your Smartly site
  2. Go to Reports
  3. Select ‘Payroll’ in the first drop down menu
  4. Select ‘YTD earnings’ in the second drop down menu
  5. Enter in the pay groups, departments, employees and date range you want the report for
  6. Click ‘Display’ if you just want to view it or ‘Download CSV’ if you want to export the report to excel

 

63-day holiday report

 

This report shows all earned and taken leave, including any adjustments that have been made. The amount shown for annual leave paid in advance is based on the weeks value calculated at the time of the payment. This report is often used as part of the end of financial year reporting. It also allows employers to work out which annual leave is deductible for the financial year.

To get this report in Smartly, follow these steps:

  1. Log into your Smartly site
  2. Go to Reports
  3. Select ‘Leave’ in the first drop down menu
  4. Select ’63 day holiday’ in the second drop down menu
  5. Enter in the pay groups, departments and date range you want the report for
  6. Click ‘Display’ if you just want to view it or ‘Download CSV’ if you want to export the report to excel

For a full breakdown of all the different reports that are available in Smartly, check out our Reporting Guide. Or, if you just want to watch a quick demo see our Reporting video.

5. COVID-19 Financial Support

 

Throughout 2021 COVID-19 support payments were paid out to many Kiwi businesses. If you received a wage subsidy payment you do not get a tax deduction for these COVID-19 subsidies paid from the Government. So, you’ll need to separate this out for the financial year and in any reporting you do. In Smartly you can do this by selecting ‘Payroll’ then ‘Allowances’ and then ‘COVID-19 Leave Payment’ in the reporting section.

 

The COVID-19 wage subsidy schemes have now closed, but for current financial support for businesses, you can check out business.govt.nz.

Covid-19

6. Updating and reviewing your payroll and employees

 

It’s a great time to do a general tidy up, so you get it sorted for the year.

  • Check the pay rates of all of your employees

  • Make sure their tax codes are correct

  • Check employee details

  • Check who has access to make changes

  • Who has the authority to approve your pay runs

  • Check the Employer Superannuation Contribution Tax (ESCT) rate for each employee

 

Employers need to work out the ESCT rate for each employee. ESCT rates depend on the employee’s income. If an employee’s salary or wage changes throughout the year, you won’t need to change the ESCT rate until the end of the tax year. This is something to be aware of, but for Smartly customers it’s all dealt with behind the scenes. Phew!

Need more information?

 

It’s not always a straight forward situation so we suggest contacting Employment NZ on 0800 20 90 20 if you’re unsure about anything to do with your team. IRD are also there to help when it comes to any tax-related queries.

7. EOFY Resolution: Switch to Smartly today

 

Start the new financial year fresh with Smartly’s digital payroll software to take care of the faffing so you can focus on what’s more important – running your business. 

Payroll can be complex, we’re here to help make it simple. Smartly takes care of most of the end of financial year wrap up, but if there’s something you want to talk through our support team are always there to help. We offer free support and training to our customers. End of year payroll is made simple with Smartly.

 

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