2018 Employer Annual Reconciliation Filing Season

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:

  • Pre-validation updates:

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.

Team SimplePay

Updates in SimplePay for the 2018/2019 Tax Year

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.

Subsistence Allowance

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.

Travel Allowances

  • 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

August 2017 Employer Interim Reconciliation Filing Season

The August 2017 Employer Interim Reconciliation filing season is now open and you have until 31 October 2017 to submit your Employer Reconciliation Declarations (EMP501s) for the period from 1 March 2017 to 31 August 2017, in respect of the Monthly Employer Declarations (EMP201s) submitted, payments made, Employee Income Tax Certificates [IRP5s / IT3(a)s] and ETI, if applicable.

You can refer to the SARS website for news about this.

Remember that we have a help page about the bi-annual filing process, as well as a guide – to take you through it step by step.

Please pay particular attention to the checklist in the guide, which will help you eliminate unnecessary validation errors when trying to upload files to [email protected]

An updated version of [email protected] is already available, and it is very important that you use the latest version: 6.8.1. Please remember to make a backup of your current information on your computer before installing a new version of [email protected]

We are happy to inform you that we have already made all the necessary updates to the system that were required because of the changes SARS made for this filing season. You will now, once again, be able to generate an export file of your tax certificates on the Submissions tab and upload this file onto [email protected]

One notable change introduced by SARS is the increased reporting requirements for ETI, which include new and amended ETI source codes. Another consequence of the requirement for increased reporting on ETI is a slight change in the way tax take-on balances are captured – and some action might be required on your side.

When you do the pre-validation on our system (as described in the guide linked to above), you might get some IRP5 code errors – especially if you started using SimplePay after 1 March 2017 and if you already had employees who had qualified for ETI when you entered take-on balances.

Many of these IRP5 code errors should be resolved when you enter the additional ETI take-on information that SARS now requires. This should be done individually for all employees mentioned in the IRP5 code errors as follows:

  1. Go to the employee’s profile.
  2. Click on Take-On Balances under Actions on the right.
  3. Click on Edit Balances.
  4. Enter the monthly ETI Wage and ETI Hours information for the same months for which you had previously entered ETI Claimed and Remuneration information.
    • More information about ETI Wage is available here. Please note the distinction between remuneration and wage.
    • More information about ETI Hours is available here.
  5. Re-do the pre-validation and check that the IRP5 code errors related to ETI take-on information have been resolved.

As always, please feel free to contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions or need assistance in resolving the IRP5 code errors.

The SimplePay Team

2017 Employer Annual Reconciliation Filing Season

SARS has announced the dates of the 2017 Employer Annual Reconciliation filing season. This year it will run from 18 April to 31 May 2017.

Please note that this is slightly different from other years, where the filing season started on 1 April.

You will have until 31 May 2017 to submit your Annual Reconciliation Declarations (EMP501s) for the period 1 March 2016 to 28 February 2017, in respect of the Monthly Employer Declarations (EMP201s) submitted, payments made, Employee Income Tax Certificates [IRP5s / IT3(a)s] and ETI, if applicable.

An updated version of [email protected] should be available from 18 April 2017, so it is not advisable to attempt to do your filing before then. Please remember to backup your current information on your computer before installing a new version of [email protected]

Remember that we have a help page about this bi-annual filing process, as well as a guide – to take you through it step by step.

Please pay particular attention to the checklist in the guide, which will help you eliminate unnecessary validation errors when trying to upload files to [email protected]

You can also refer to the SARS website for news about this.

As always, please feel free to contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions.

The SimplePay Team

Updates in SimplePay for the 2017/2018 Tax Year

As we’ve entered a 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 2017, your payroll will automatically meet all the requirements for the 2017/2018 period, as announced in the 2017 Budget Speech on 22 February 2017. If you are still processing payroll for the 2016/2017 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:

As expected, the tax tables have changed with inflation. The major change is the introduction of an additional, 45% tax bracket, for taxpayers earning R1 500 001 and above.

  • 2017/2018 Tax Rates:
Taxable Income (R) Rate of Tax (R)
0 – 189 880 18% of taxable income
189 881 – 296 540 34 178 + 26% of taxable income above 189 880
296 541 – 410 460 61 910 + 31% of taxable income above 296 540
410 461 – 555 600 97 225 + 36% of taxable income above 410 460
555 601 – 708 310 149 475 + 39% of taxable income above 555 600
708 311 – 1 500 000 209 032 + 41% of taxable income above 708 310
1 500 001 and above 533 625 + 45% of taxable income above 1 500 000

The tax threshold has also increased from R75 000 to R75 750 because the primary rebate has increased from R13 500 to R13 635.

The medical aid tax credit has increased as follows:

  • The tax credit for the main member and first dependant has increased from R286.00 to R303.00 per month.
  • For every additional dependant, the tax credit has increased from R192.00 to R204.00 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 R115.00 to R122.00.
  • The allowance for meals and incidental costs within South Africa has changed from R372.00 to R397.00.

**It is important to note that the subsistence allowance is only a guideline provided by SARS and is not legislated.

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

2016 Retirement Reform

The 1st of March 2016 brought with it a number of significant changes that will affect employees with pension, provident and retirement annuity funds.  This legislation introduces a uniform tax treatment for all three of the above-mentioned funds (total taxable income deduction limited to 27.5% of income, with an annual cap of R350 000).

It also assigns retirement investments to two different categories: Defined Benefit (DB) schemes and Defined Contribution (DC) schemes. This distinction is important as it impacts the value of the fringe benefit arising from employer contributions:

  • Defined Contribution: the full value of the employer contribution
  • Defined Benefit: determined by means of a formula which uses a Category Factor

Employers should therefore contact their fund administrators in order to determine the nature of the fund. As a rule, all Retirement Annuity Funds will fall under the DC category with most Provident Funds doing the same. Pension funds could fall under either DC or DB. We would recommend that all employers with employees contributing to Pension or Provident Funds get in contact with the fund itself to ensure that the calculations are performed correctly. If it is a DB fund, and the fund has not issued a Contribution Certificate, employers should request this as a matter of urgency. This certificate contains pertinent information about the fund, including the Category Factor mentioned above. If applicable, the Category Factor should be entered into SimplePay when adding or updating a Pension or Provident fund item.

Our hard working code wizards have already made sure that SimplePay is fully up-to date with these new changes, and all you will need to do as a Payroll Administrator, is to input the appropriate category factor in the case of Defined Benefit funds.

As always, feel free to get in touch with our super helpful support team if you have any questions or concerns.

Updates in SimplePay for the 2016/2017 Tax Year

We are pleased to announce that SimplePay clients are once again some of the first to be informed of the relevant changes for the new tax year.   As from 01 March 2016, your payroll will automatically meet all the requirements for the 2016/2017 period, as announced in the 2016 Budget Speech on 24 February 2016.

Here are some of the most important changes that you will see in your payroll for the coming year:

2016/2017 Tax Rates:

Taxable Income (R) Rate of Tax (R)
0 – 188 000 18% of taxable income
188 001 – 293 600 33 840 + 26% of taxable income above 188 000
293 601 – 406 400 61 296 + 31% of taxable income above 293 600
406 401 – 550 100 96 264 + 36% of taxable income above 406 400
550 101 – 701 300 147 996 + 39% of taxable income above 550 100
701 301 and above 206 964 + 41% of taxable income above 701 300

The primary rebate has increased from R13 257 to R13 500.

The tax threshold has also increased from R73 650 to R75 000

The medical aid tax credit has increased as follows:

  • The tax credit for the main member plus first dependent has increased from R270.00 to R286.00 per month.
  • For every additional dependent, the tax credit has increased from R181.00 to R192.00 per month.

The ‘tax free’ portion for subsistence allowance** has increased as follows:

  • The allowance for incidental costs within South Africa has changed from R109.00 to R115.00.
  • The allowance for meals and incidental costs within South Africa has changed from R353.00 to R372.00.

**It is important to note that the subsistence allowance is only a guideline provided by SARS and is not legislated.

If you have any questions relating to the above changes, you are welcome to contact SimplePay support to assist you with these queries.

The SimplePay Team

SARS PAYE Reconcilliation 2015-08

Dust off your EMP501s, it’s that time of year once again.  The employer filing season opened officially on 1 September, with the deadline on 30 October 2015.  You will be reconciling figures for the period 1 March 2015 to 31 August 2015.  Please view our online help on this subject to ensure that everything goes smoothly.

It’s worth noting this time around that both version 6.6.2 and version 6.6.3 of SARS [email protected] can be used to submit your reconciliation statement (EMP501). If you’re using version 6.6.2 you’ll see a popup message asking you if you would like to update to version 6.6.3. Clicking ‘Yes’ will update [email protected] to the latest version, requiring a full back-up and restoring of data, while clicking ‘no’ will allow you to continue using the older version.

As always, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

UIF Reform Postponed

In February, the Finance Minister announced a proposed reform that would see the UIF earnings cap reduced to R1000. This essentially means that no matter how much anyone earns, UIF deductions would only be calculated from a maximum amount of R1000.

In other words only 1% of R1000 would be deducted from an individual’s salary – R10! Added to that, should anyone earn below R1000 then only 1% of that pay would be reserved. Whereas currently for a person earning R5000, the UIF deducted would be R50. It is clear to see that this proposed plan would be favourable  to every employee and employer. Employers are also required to put up an equivalent UIF amount for each worker, thereby making the overall contribution 2%.

The minister faced opposition and a result this reform has now been postponed to provide time for further public consultation.

A new effective date has not been specified but it is unlikely to be any sooner than a year’s time.

As always, please contact us if you have any questions.

Kind regards

SimplePay
https://www.simplepay.co.za

Updates in SimplePay for the 2015/2016 Tax Year

We are pleased to announce that SimplePay clients are once again some of the first to be informed of the relevant changes for the new tax year.   As from 01 March 2015, your payroll will automatically meet all the requirements for the 2015/2016 period, as announced in the 2015 Budget Speech on 25 February 2015.

Here are some of the most important changes that you will see in your payroll for the coming year:

As expected, that tax tables have changed with inflation, with tax rates increasing by 1 percentage point for individuals earning R181 901 and above.

  • 2015/2016 Tax Rates:
Taxable Income (R) Rate of Tax (R)
0 – 181 900 18% of taxable income
181 901 – 284 100 32 742 + 26% of taxable income above 181 900
284 101 – 393 200 59 314 + 31% of taxable income above 284 100
393 201 – 550 100 93 135 + 36% of taxable income above 393 200
550 101 – 701 300 149 619 + 39% of taxable income above 550 100
701 301 and above 208 587 + 41% of taxable income above 701 300

The primary rebate has increased from R12 726 to R13 257.

The tax threshold has also increased from R70 700 to R73 650

The medical aid tax credit has increased as follows:

  • The tax credit for the main member plus first dependent has increased from R257.00 to R270.00 per month.
  • For every additional dependent, the tax credit has increased from R172.00 to R181.00 per month.

The ‘tax free’ portion for subsistence allowance** has increased as follows:

  • The allowance for incidental costs within South Africa has changed from R103.00 to R109.00.
  • The allowance for meals and incidental costs within South Africa has changed from R335.00 to R353.00.

**It is important to note that the subsistence allowance is only a guideline provided by SARS and is not legislated.

If you have any questions relating to the above changes, you are welcome to contact SimplePay support to assist you with these queries.

The SimplePay Team