Business Confidence due to take another hit
With the ongoing surveys showing business confidence is low there is a hidden bombshell that most New Zealand business
has yet to fully understand which could further undermine confidence. This slow-burning fuse is set to dramatically
increase the administrative costs of small to medium businesses that make up the backbone of the economy and employ the
majority of hard working kiwis.
Little published information has been pushed out about the new Payday filing legislation that comes into effect as of 1
April 2019. This new legislation looks to have major impacts on payroll for every business that employs staff.
As we fast approach the 1 April 2019 deadline for the impending payroll changes set by the Inland Revenue (IRD) it is
becoming more important than ever that you check if your payroll software is going to be ready.
IRD recognises the impending urgency of time forever marching on and has sent an email to every employer in New Zealand
about the impending compliance changes. In their email they have reiterated you need to check your software is compliant
as the old way of doing things is not going to work post 1 April 2019.
Instead of filing your Employer monthly schedule (IR348) every month, you’ll need to file your employment information
every payday in line with your normal payroll cycle. The New Zealand government recently passed a bill that means ALL employers now need to file employment information to the Inland Revenue (IRD) on a payday basis, instead of monthly. If
employers make over $50,000 in PAYE/ESCT deductions a year, they will be required to file online. Payday filing is
currently voluntary and becomes mandatory from April 2019.
“Our discussions with companies shows that many are unaware of the new compliance and whether their existing payroll
software will work come April 2019.” says Chris Cameron, Tandem NZ
“We are one of the few software development houses in the country which have successfully fully integrated with the IRD
new PayDay filing system allowing transfer of Payroll data back and forth.”
Have you checked your Payroll system? Are you going to be able to comply with the new legislation requirements? It is
best you check now and avoid costly issues with the Inland Revenue and possibly your staff later.
What do businesses need to do now?
1. Review their payroll processes and whether they are in line with the new legislation.
2. Plan and schedule when to shift.
3. Ask their software provider if and when they’ll have payday filing compatible software.
4. Opt-in through their myIR account before the month they are due to start payday filing.
Businesses can check out the IRD website
for more information on the changes and what it means for them. Payroll is at the heart of concern for many staff so it
is critical that businesses are aware of the impacts of the new legislation and are ready to avoid any repeat of the
payroll issues we have seen in the recent history within various sectors. It is the number one most critical software
for any business. Payroll, Holidays and Employment is always a complex issue for business but it must be 100% accurate
as it impacts people everyday lives.