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As of March 2016, Inland Revenue has ruled that certain types of holiday pay must be considered extra pay and taxed at a higher PAYE rate than the regular salary or wages rate.

The PAYE rate deducted depends on when the holiday pay is paid to the employee. In general:

  • the salary or wages rate will be applied to holiday pay that is linked to the work days within the pay period. This is how the majority of holiday pay is paid to an employee.

  • the extra pay rate will be applied to holiday pay that is paid in addition to the regular pay for the pay period. These are payments that wouldn’t normally be paid in that pay period.

This higher extra pay rate will be applied to holiday pay in advance, cashed up annual leave, and termination payments. As you add holiday pay, Ace Payroll will calculate the correct PAYE rate for you.

For more information, read Taxing holiday pay and Taxing lump sum payments on Inland Revenue's website.

Here’s how it would work if you entered holiday pay in advance for an employee:

 

To pay holiday pay in advance

  1. From the front screen, click Calculate Pays, then select the employee you are paying from the drop-down list.

  2. Click Holiday Pay > Leave.

  3. For this example, click Current Employee (but remember, the Termination Payment and Cash Up Holiday Pay options will also attract the extra pay rate).



  4. Click the keyboards to Enter Days Taken and Confirm Daily Rate, and then click Next.



  5. Click Holiday Paid In Advance (the Taking Paid Holidays option will attract the regular salary or wages rate).



  6. Ace Payroll will calculate the extra pay tax rate for you. Click a different rate to override this if you need to.



  7. If you want, you can click report to see how the rate was calculated.
    When you’re done with the report, return to the previous screen and click Next.


  8. Click Confirm to finalise the holiday pay.
    The holiday pay will be entered in the Calculate Pays window. If you need to, you can edit it by clicking the Holiday field.