AccountRight Plus and Premier, Australia only
There are different types of superannuation your employees might be entitled to, including
- Superannuation guarantee
- Salary sacrificed superannuation
- Additional super payments
Depending on the type of superannuation, the amount will be paid in addition to their pay (an employer expense), or deducted from their pay (a deduction). Either way, you track the amounts that are calculated using superannuation payroll categories.
You'll need to pass on the super amounts that are calculated and deducted to your employees' chosen superannuation funds.
Go to the Payroll command centre and click Payroll Categories. The Payroll Category List window appears.
- If the superannuation category you want to set up already exists, open the category. Otherwise, click New and give the category a name.
Make the required selections in the window.
Linked Expense Account is the account to which you charge employer expense superannuation payroll categories. The Default Employer Expense Account you specified when setting up payroll appears as the default.
We recommend you create an expense account called Superannuation Expense and select it as the linked expense account.
(Only applicable for Employer Additional, Productivity Superannuation, Redundancy Superannuation or Superannuation Guarantee category types.)
Linked Payable Account is the liability account to which the superannuation amounts accrue. The Default Tax/Deductions Payable Account you specified when setting up payroll appears as the default.
We recommend you create a liability account called Superannuation Liability and select it as the linked payable account.
Select the appropriate contribution type from the list. Note that:
- The Salary Sacrifice (deduction) contribution type is deducted from an employee’s gross pay, that is, before PAYG withholding tax is calculated. It reduces the employee’s gross taxable income.
- The Employee Additional (deduction) and Spouse (deduction) contribution types are deducted from the employee’s net pay, that is, after PAYG withholding tax is calculated.
- The Employer Additional (expense), Productivity (expense), Redundancy (expense) and Superannuation Guarantee (expense) contribution types are paid in addition to the employee’s gross pay.
D If you want the superannuation amount accrued to appear on employees’ pay advice, select the Print on Pay Advice option. E
Calculation Basis can be:
- User-Entered Amount per Pay Period allows you to enter an amount at the time the pay is processed each pay period. Choose this option if the amount varies regularly or if you want to use the amount you have entered in an employee’s standard pay details.
- Equals x Percent of allows you to enter a percentage of a payroll category (such as wage, deduction or superannuation) or a percentage of all wage categories (by choosing Gross Wages or Federal Wages ). The superannuation will be calculated until the limit is reached.
- Equals x Dollars per allows you to enter a specified amount per pay period, per hour, per month or per year until the specified limit is reached.
In the Exclusions field type the amount by which the eligible wage is reduced before the superannuation is calculated.
For example, an employee with a gross wage of $1000 per month and an exclusion of $100 will have the superannuation calculated only on $900.
Superannuation limits can be used to place a ceiling on the superannuation calculation.
For example, for an Employee Additional superannuation deduction of $30 per pay period and a limit of 2% of gross wages, a pay with gross wages of $1000 yields superannuation of only $20 (i.e. 2%).
Limit can be one of the following three choices:
- No Limit signifies no limit to the superannuation calculated for this category.
- Equals x Percent of results in the maximum superannuation calculated being a percentage of wage, deduction or superannuation payroll categories. For example, an Employer Additional superannuation contribution might be $20 per pay period, but this should not exceed a maximum of 20% of the employee’s base salary.
- Equals x Dollars per results in the maximum superannuation calculated being a fixed amount per pay period, per hour, per month or per year. For example, a Salary Sacrifice superannuation might be 5% of the employee’s gross wages up to $1000 per year.
If this superannuation calculation is only payable if wages exceed a specified amount per month (such as for superannuation guarantee contributions), enter this amount in the Threshold field.
For example, if the threshold is $450 per month, then superannuation is not payable until the employee’s gross wage exceeds $450 per month.
When determining whether the gross wages on a pay exceeds the threshold per month, other pays issued that month are included.
- Click Employee. The Linked Employees window appears.
- Select the employees whose pay will include this category, then click OK.
- Click Exempt. The Exemptions window appears for the payroll category you are creating.
- Select the taxes and deductions that do not apply to the new category.
- Click OK and click OK again to return to the Payroll Category List window.
The ATO requires that some superannuation contributions that exceed the superannuation guarantee amount (for example, salary sacrifice and some salary packaged amounts), be reported on payment summaries. These reportable contributions (RESC) need be set up as separate superannuation payroll categories, so that they are easily reported when preparing payment summaries and the electronic EMPDUPE file you send to the ATO.
When you prepare payment summaries, you need to select the superannuation payroll categories that are reportable (this does not include superannuation guarantee categories).
For detailed information about Reportable Employer Super Contributions, contact the ATO or your accountant.
The great news is that the new AccountRight (2014.3 and later) is fully compliant with SuperStream with the introduction of Pay Superannuation, making it easier than ever for you to meet your superannuation obligations.
You might like to check out our list of super funds you can currently pay using Pay Superannuation. Note that self-managed super funds aren't available yet, but we're working on it.
If the Superannuation Guarantee category doesn't appear to be calculating correctly on an employee's pay, it could be due to:
- exclusions and threshold amounts entered in the superannuation payroll category setup (see below).
- manual changes to the employee’s superannuation or gross wages amounts in the Pay History section of the employee’s card.
Check the superannuation category's setup
In the Superannuation tab of the Payroll Category List window, select a category that has been assigned the Superannuation Guarantee (expense) contribution type.
- Click Edit. The Superannuation Information window appears.
- Check the amount entered in the Exclusions field.
The exclusions amount is the amount by which the eligible wage is reduced before the superannuation is calculated. For example, an employee with a gross wage of $1000 per month and an exclusion of $100 will have the superannuation calculated only on the amount of $900. Change the exclusions amount if the incorrect amount has been entered.
- Check the amount entered in the Threshold field at the bottom of the window.
The threshold amount determines whether superannuation should be calculated for a particular pay. For example, if the threshold is $450.00 and the employee is paid $400.00 gross per week. For the first pay of the month no superannuation will be calculated because the employee has earned less than the minimum threshold for the month. For the second pay of the month superannuation is calculated because the employee is paid $400, which brings the total gross amount paid for that month to $800 (that is, $350 more than the threshold). Superannuation is calculated on $800. Change the threshold amount if the incorrect amount has been entered.
- Click OK.
If the amount earned by an employee for the month is currently less than $450, no superannuation will be calculated. This is because in the Superannuation Information window for the Superannuation Guarantee contribution category, the wage threshold before superannuation is calculated is set to $450. When the employee receives their next pay and their gross earning are above $450, superannuation will be calculated on the total gross amount of wages/salary earned for the month. The superannuation amount will "catch up" because total gross wages/salary for the month are now greater than $450.
Either make the adjustment on the employee’s next pay for the month, or record a pay for $0 that only includes the superannuation adjustment. (If you only need to do this for one employee, select the Process individual employee option in the Pay Period step of the Process Payroll assistant.)
In the example below, we want to adjust (reduce) the super for the month by $50. Notice that all hours and amounts on the pay are zero, except for the superannuation category's Amount column.
A few more tips:
- Enter SuperADJ in the Cheque No. field, so you can identify it as an adjustment.
- Select Cash as the payment method
- Ensure the Payment Date falls in the month you need to adjust.
- Enter a description of the adjustment in the Memo field.
- Set the Pay Slip Delivery Status to Already Printed or Sent, so that it doesn’t appear in email and print lists.
- When recording the $0 pay, you'll see a message that you're about to void a cheque. That’s OK in this case.