After several requests for integration with other systems, we are happy to announce that we have built a SimplePay API!
If you’re a non-technical person, just think of an API as a way for other systems to talk to our system. For example, an HR system that wants to sync employee info to payroll, or a time and attendance system that wants to automatically send hours worked through, can do this via an API. If you’ve ever wished SimplePay could integrate with another HR or time and attendance system in this way, get in touch with them and tell them about our API.
If you are a developer and have been interested in SimplePay integrating with your system, take a look at our Developers page.
Our API allows you to:
- Obtain information about the company and all employees, pay points and pay frequencies within the company.
- Create, update and delete employees.
- Access payslips for employees.
- Create or view calculations on a payslip.
- Access monthly reports, such as a Transaction History Report.
- Record leave and obtain leave balances.
We hope that you are excited about the launch of our API. We’re just getting started, so be sure to let us know what functionality you’d like to see in the API in future.
The 2018 Employer Annual Reconciliation filing season is now open. SimplePay automatically generates the IRP5s / IT3(a)s and EMP501 needed for year-end filing with SARS and these are now available for the 2018 filing season.
You will have until 31 May 2018 to submit your Annual Reconciliation Declaration (EMP501) for 1 March 2017 – 28 February 2018 to SARS. This can be done via eFiling or the [email protected] application. You may need to update your [email protected] application to the latest version, 6.8.3. This can be done here. Please remember to back up your current information on your computer before installing a new version of [email protected]
For more information about the bi-annual filing process, refer to this help page. We also have a useful guide to take you through it step by step. The guide contains an important checklist which will help you eliminate unnecessary validation errors when trying to upload files to [email protected]
In preparation for this filing season, we have done some system updates to further simplify the process for you:
We have added additional pre-validation measures to identify data errors are before filing with SARS.
- Consolidated IRP5s / IT3(a)s
After liaising with SARS, we have updated the way we generate tax certificates for employees who are terminated – any information on once-off payslips created after their termination date are added to the tax certificate generated for their service period if the once-off payslip date falls in the same tax year.
As always, please feel free to contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions.
As of the 2018/2019 tax year, the treatment of travel allowances where employees are reimbursed per kilometre travelled for business has changed.
Previously, the travel allowance was not taxable on the payslip, irrespective of the amount per kilometre reimbursed. However, the travel allowance may have been taxed on assessment.
From 1 March 2018, if an employee is reimbursed at a rate above the prescribed rate, the portion above the prescribed rate is taxable on the payslip. The prescribed rate for the 2019 tax year is R3.61 per kilometre.
There are no changes to the way that you capture the reimbursement on a payslip on SimplePay. We aim to keep you compliant with SARS and therefore SimplePay has been updated to take these rules into account. The system will automatically split the travel allowance into the taxable and non-taxable portion, based on your inputs.
Please note that due to this change, the reporting codes for reimbursive travel allowances used on the IRP5 have also been updated by SARS.
For more information on this, refer to the following help page.
At SimplePay we strive to create value for you by meeting your payroll needs in a simple and easy manner. With that in mind, we are thrilled to announce the launch of a new feature to make the tax year-end even easier for you – employees can now view their tax certificates via the self-service function.
This means that you can release IRP5s/IT3(a)s to your employees at the end of the tax year at the click of a button. Employees will be informed via email that their tax certificates are available on their employee self-service. You can also attach a PDF of their tax certificate in this email. Please note: you can only release final year-end IRP5s/IT3(a)s to employees i.e. interim IRP5s/IT3(a)s for the first 6 months of the tax year cannot be released to employees.
Please see the following help page for more information on the steps to enable and use this function.
With effect from 1 March 2018 and in accordance with the Taxation Laws Amendment Act of 2017, the following employee categories must no longer be excluded from contributing to UIF:
- Learners employed in terms of section 18(2) of the Skills Development Act
- Employees who intend to repatriate (return to their country of origin) at the end of their working period in South Africa.
This means that both (1) Learners and (2) Employees who intend to repatriate, must contribute to the Fund from 1 March 2018.
NB: The aforementioned categories of employees must contribute to the Fund, but will not be entitled to claim a benefit until the Unemployment Insurance Amendment Act changes become effective.
As we enter the new tax year on 1 March, we’d like to remind you that there is no need to do a manual year end as in other payroll systems – simply continue processing payslips into the new tax year.
When you need to do your filing, the correct period will automatically be used and the relevant documents will be generated. For more information, please see our help site.
In addition, our system has already been updated in order to ensure that you are always compliant. We are pleased to inform you that as from 1 March 2018, your payroll will automatically meet all the requirements for the 2018/2019 period, as announced in the 2018 Budget Speech on 21 February 2018. If you are still processing payroll for the 2017/2018 tax year, the old tax tables will still be used, as you’d expect.
Here are some of the most important changes that you will see in your payroll for the coming year:
2018/2019 Tax Rates
As expected, the tax rates and rebates for individuals changed to accommodate inflation.
|Taxable Income (R)
||Rate of Tax (R)
|0 – 195 850
||18% of taxable income
|195 851 – 305 850
||35 253 + 26% of taxable income above 195 850
|305 851 – 423 300
||63 853 + 31% of taxable income above 305 850
|423 301 – 555 600
||100 263 + 36% of taxable income above 423 300
|555 601 – 708 310
||147 891 + 39% of taxable income above 555 600
|708 311 – 1 500 000
||207 448 + 41% of taxable income above 708 310
|1 500 001 and above
||532 041 + 45% of taxable income above 1 500 000
The tax threshold has also increased from R75 750 to R78 150 because the primary rebate has increased from R13 635 to R14 067.
Medical Aid Tax Credit
The medical aid tax credit has increased as follows:
- The tax credit for the main member and first dependant has increased from R303.00 to R310.00 per month.
- For every additional dependant, the tax credit has increased from R204.00 to R209.00 per month.
The ‘tax free’ portion for the subsistence allowance** has increased as follows:
- The allowance for incidental costs within South Africa has changed from R122.00 to R128.00.
- The allowance for meals and incidental costs within South Africa has changed from R397.00 to R416.00.
**It is important to note that the subsistence allowance is only a guideline provided by SARS and is not legislated.
- The rate per kilometer for reimbursive travel allowances has increased to 361 cents.
- The rates per kilometre which may be used in determining the allowable deduction for business travel against an allowance or advance where actual costs are not claimed, are outlined in the following SARS table:
If you have any questions relating to the above changes, you are welcome to email us at [email protected] to assist you with these queries.
The SimplePay Team
We have officially launched our new user interface design!
We hope that you like our new look, which is designed to make it easier and quicker for you to find what you are looking for. The new user interface has a fresh and modern look and feel, with more user-friendly navigation. Of course, we haven’t lost sight of your needs and all the usual features and functions that you have come to expect with SimplePay are still there.
Take a moment to explore the new user interface design. You will discover:
- The tabs that were previously at the top of the screen have been moved to a menu on the left-hand side.
- No more overlooking the actions on the right of the screen, as these now appear on the top of the screen when clicking on a menu item.
Shortened and more relevant terminology:
- Submissions is now called Filing, and Payment Runs has been changed to Pay Runs.
- Payment Frequencies has also been shortened to Pay Frequencies.
- The top-right hand corner of the screen has 2 new icons: the Help icon and the Profile icon.
- The Help icon has the following options:
- Help for this page: see help pages specifically for the screen you are on (if available),
- General Help: navigate to our help site, where you can browse various topics.
- Support: Contact the Support team or grant them view-only access from this screen.
- The Profile icon has the following options:
- Companies: This allows you to add, delete and switch between companies.
- Billing: This shows you all your billing information.
- User Profile: You can change your password here, or switch between roles if you have more than one role.
- Manage Users: This allows you to add, deactivate and manage the users in SimplePay for your company, including changing their permission settings or role.
- Logout: Keep your information secure by logging out of SimplePay when you’re done.
Improved payroll screen:
- The payroll screen is divided into 3 columns, making it easier to do payroll.
- Adding a regular item is now done by clicking on Add next to Regular Inputs.
- Clicking on Add next to Payslip Inputs lets you add a once-off item to this payslip only.
- To view a previous payslip, add a payslip or change payslip dates, click on the date dropdown field next to Payslip in the last column.
- The new user interface also has improved mobile responsiveness. This will be developed further in the upcoming weeks.
- Mobile responsiveness means that SimplePay is more compatible with mobile phones and tablets, allowing you to process payslips on the move.
- Employees can more easily use their phones to access their payslips and make leave requests, without needing to download any apps.
We hope that you are excited about the new user interface. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Please also let us know what you think of our new look – all comments and feedback are welcome. We would also love to hear suggestions for new information or topics for our help site or blog.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
You asked and we delivered! We have expanded the self-service functionality so that employees can add documents when they request leave. Now employees can attach doctor’s certificates, birth and death certificates, or any other supporting documents to leave requests with ease.
To find out how to add documents as an employee, read more on this help page.
Leave approvers can view these documents without needing the employee to hand them to each person directly.
To find out how to view documents as a leave approver, read more about it on this help page.
Just another way that SimplePay is working to make payroll simpler for you!
The SimplePay Team
We’ve listened to your suggestions and are thrilled to launch our long-awaited Accounting Splits feature.
Now you can create groups of employees (known as Accounting Splits) based on your expense-tracking needs, and split payroll items according to how you wish to account for the various expenses associated with each specific group e.g. Directors. The Accounting Splits feature gives you more insight into your payroll expenses, promising to save you time and increase your efficiency.
The impact of the Accounting Split can be seen in the Accounting Info report, which shows the effect of the split across the various expense and liability amounts for the payment run – useful for reporting purposes.
In the past, our accounting reports only reflected a single total per payroll item making it difficult to identify expenses for specific employee groups e.g. Directors.
This new functionality also lets you map the payroll items for a particular Accounting Split, according to your company’s structure and needs, before posting the information directly to your journal in your accounting system.
If I’m a Xero user, how do Accounting Splits differ from tracking categories?
- Tracking categories let you see how different areas of your business are performing and can be used to keep track of cost codes – our accounting report will reflect payroll items lumped under one figure, but Xero will allow you to split accounts by tracking category.
- In contrast, Accounting Splits will split figures on our accounting report as per the groups you created. When posting to Xero, you will be given the option to post to different accounts, based on the group.
More information about setting up Accounting Splits can be found on our help site.
If you have any questions, you are welcome to email us at [email protected] to assist you.
The SimplePay Team
We are very happy to inform you that we have re-designed the way that leave take-on balances are captured. The new and improved take-on screen will provide you with greater flexibility and is also more informative. Additionally, you will now have the option to add leave take-on balances in bulk.
Please note: the information in this blog post does, unfortunately, not apply to clients who are still on Version 1 of our leave system; however, we’re working very hard on migrating everyone to the latest version as soon as possible.
In cases where you previously used another payroll system before you started using SimplePay, you can add leave take-on balances for your employees.
Alternatively, you might want to enter leave balances as at a particular date. The redesigned leave take-on screen allows you to do this too because you are able to choose the date for the end of the take-on period.
The system will automatically calculate the leave accrued from the start of the leave cycle to the end of the take-on period and will also take into consideration leave days taken and leave adjustments recorded on the system. It will even allow you to enter the number of leave days that were captured off-system.
Additionally, the system will automatically calculate a closing balance – as at the end of the take-on period – based on information in the other fields. However, if the leave policy allows for leave to be carried forward, you will be able to override the automatically calculated closing balance and enter the desired balance.
More information about leave take-on balances and the handy new take-on fields that we’ve added can be found on our help site.
Another great improvement is that it is now possible to add leave take-on balances for your employees in bulk – thereby eliminating the need to repeat the same steps over and over for all your employees. More information about how to do these bulk inputs can be found here.
If you have any questions, you are welcome to email us at [email protected] to assist you.
The SimplePay Team