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AccountRight Plus and Premier, Australia only. For New Zealand information, see Integrate MYOB Payroll.


You use the payroll feature to:

How to get started

For an overview of how to get started with the payroll features in AccountRight, watch this video:

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Before you start using the payroll features, you need to do the following tasks:

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You can use the Payroll Easy Setup Assistant to do these tasks. To access the Payroll Easy Setup Assistant, go to the Setup menu, choose Easy Setup Assistant and then click Payroll.

  • Load tax tables PAYG withholding taxes are amounts that are calculated and deducted from employee pays according to the rules established by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). In AccountRight, these calculation rules are stored in a tax table file that you need to load into your company file.
  • Enter general payroll information Enter the current payroll year, number of hours in your normal working week, your Withholding Payer Number (if you have one) and the default superannuation fund for your employees in the General Payroll Information window, accessible from the Setup menu.
  • Review payroll categories The components of an employee’s pay, such as wages, superannuation, entitlements and taxes, are called payroll categories. These are assigned to an employee’s card to calculate their standard pay.
    Review the details of each payroll category to make sure it matches the way you do business.
  • Enter employee details Create a card record for each of your employees and enter details such as their addresses and payroll information. There's no limit to the number of employee cards you can create.
  • Enter pay history and leave balances If you have already paid the employee in the current payroll year, you should enter the amounts you have paid your employees. These amounts will be used on payment summaries and some reports. They are not recorded as transactions in your accounts. You can enter pay history for specific months, quarters or for the year to date. See Enter employee payroll information for help entering your employees' pay history. If the employee has carried-over leave from previous years or has accrued leave this payroll year, see Adjusting leave entitlements.

Optional payroll setup tasks

You may also want to do the following tasks if they're relevant to your business.

Task 
Set up Pay Super

Sign up for Pay Super to make super payments directly from AccountRight, meet your employee super obligations and always stay on top of government changes. It's included with your AccountRight subscription.

Set up Single Touch PayrollIf you had 20 or more employees on 1 April 2018 you need set up and start reporting payroll info to the ATO using Single Touch Payroll. If not, you don’t need to use STP reporting now, it's only optional.
Set up timesheets

Use timesheets to record all the hours worked by hourly employees or to record extra hours worked by employees that are paid based on a standard pay. If you pay employees for time-billing activities, you can also enter activity details on timesheets and use these details to create activity slips.

Set up payroll tax

Calculate your state or territory payroll tax amounts using the payroll information in your AccountRight software.

Customise pay slips

Change the appearance of the default pay slip and paycheque forms. You can set up different pay slip forms for different employees and select the applicable form (using Advanced Filters) when printing or emailing pay slips. Learn more about personalising pay slips.

Import cards

Import employee information from:

  • another company file
  • another accounting system
  • a spreadsheet
  • a text file.
Synchronise employee records with Outlook

Synchronise your employee records with your contact records in Microsoft Outlook.

Group cards

Use identifiers and custom lists to group the cards of employee who have similar attributes.

Check your payroll linked accountsPayroll linked accounts are the default accounts in AccountRight used for payroll features. This includes the accounts used for cash, cheque and electronic payroll payments.
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Can't find the payroll command centre?

If you've upgraded from AccountRight Basics or Standard to AccountRight Plus or Premier (Australia only) and you’ve never used payroll features before, the Payroll command centre won’t appear.

But this is easily fixed: open your file, go to the Help menu and choose Change Product. Select the product you’re licensed to use and the missing command centre will appear when you next open the file (you'll need internet access to confirm the file and save the change).

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Setting up

Personalising pay slips

Paying your employees

Payroll tax reporting

About payroll categories

Add an employee

Processing your payroll

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