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Optional payroll setup tasksIn addition to the Payroll Easy Setup Assistant tasks, you
  • 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.
  • Set up Single Touch PayrollFrom 1 July 2019, most employers need to report their payroll information to the ATO after each pay run. It's easy to set up and makes end of year a breeze (no more payment summaries!). See Setting up Single Touch Payroll reporting.

Optional payroll setup tasks

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

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

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You use the payroll feature to:

How to get started

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

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If you want to process employee pays, track amounts you owe to the ATO and print payment summaries, you need to set up the payroll features.

Before you start using the payroll features, you need to:

Load tax tables

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 If you're using the latest version of AccountRight, it will automatically update tax tables for you each year. If you're using an earlier version (prior to AccountRight 2020.1), the 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  [Existing businesses only] If 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 reports not derived from payroll activity (such as register reports)some reports. They are not recorded as transactions in your accounts.
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Setting up payroll part way through the payroll year?

See Setting up for information about entering your employees' carry-over leave balances and pay history.

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.

Set up Pay

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 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.

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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