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Insight, news and updates from Alliott NZ Chartered Accountants, Auckland New Zealand. The views expressed here are the views of the author and should be discussed in further detail should an article be relevant to your individual circumstances.

While every effort has been made to provide valuable, useful information in this publication, this firm and any related suppliers or associated companies accept no responsibility or any form of liability from reliance upon or use of its contents.  Any suggestions should be considered carefully within your own particular circumstances, as they are intended as general information only.

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Pre-Christmas payroll preparation

Posted by Vanessa Williams on December 2nd, 2021.      0 comments

xero-platinum-partner-badge-RGB-608As Certified Xero Platinum Partners, we take a look at common NZ payroll questions at this time of year and how to deal with them.

COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Criteria

Posted by Greg Millar on August 20th, 2021.      0 comments

Graphic for a website page- CoronavirusThe criteria for Wage Subsidy eligibility is now available.


COVID-19 Wage Subsidy and Resurgence Support

Posted by Greg Millar on August 18th, 2021.      0 comments

Graphic for a website page- CoronavirusFurther details are now available on the Wage Subsidy and Resurgence Support.


NZ minimum wage increase

Posted by Greg Millar on March 22nd, 2021.      0 comments

employees-352The minimum wage is increasing on 1 April 2021. Are you ready?


NZ payday filing

Posted by Greg Millar on February 9th, 2021.      0 comments

xero payroll-221From 1 April, the Inland Revenue will require all employers to use the new payday filing format (version 2).

Resurgence Wage Subsidy Scheme

Posted by Vanessa Williams on August 19th, 2020.      0 comments

Graphic for a website page- CoronavirusNew Zealand employers who have had, or expect to have, a revenue drop of at least 40% because of COVID-19, for a 14 day period between 12 August to 10 September, compared to a similar period last year can get it.  Other eligibility criteria is similar to the previous wage subsidies.

NZ Wage Subsidy Q&A

Posted by Vanessa Williams on March 26th, 2020.      0 comments

Graphic for a website page- CoronavirusWe answer common questions about the NZ Wage Subsidy for employers.

SmartPayroll email fraud

Posted by Greg Millar on May 20th, 2019.      0 comments

scam-701-357SmartPayroll has been advised by banks they work with that there is a new email fraud scheme circulating that involves payroll. We make you aware of what to look out for.

Upcoming changes to NZ payroll

Posted by Vanessa Williams on April 2nd, 2019.      0 comments

xero-platinum-partner-badge-RGB-608Xero provides tools and education to make your compliance and updates a breeze, leaving you with more time to focus on doing the things you want to do.

Fair Pay Agreements

Posted by Vanessa Williams on February 13th, 2019.      0 comments

calculator ledger-516The work that former National Party leader, Prime Minister and Minister of Labour, Jim Bolger, was doing on fair workplaces is in and Bolger is urging calmness.
Topics: Payroll, staffing

Payday filing from 1 April

Posted by Greg Millar on February 6th, 2019.      0 comments

NZD calculator-857It's time to shift to payday filing. Remember, by law all employers must switch to payday filing by 1 April 2019.


Payday filing

Posted by Greg Millar on December 12th, 2018.      0 comments

xero payroll-221Remember, the law has changed so all employers must switch to payday filing by 1 April 2019.

NZ minimum wage increase

Posted by Greg Millar on July 11th, 2018.      0 comments

employees-352The adult minimum wage rate (for employees aged 16 years and over) recently increased by 75 cents to $16.50 per hour before tax.
Topics: employees , Payroll

Xero NZ payroll update

Posted by Vanessa Williams on December 20th, 2017.      0 comments

xero-gold-partner-logo-hires-RGB-382Xero has been working to solve paying GST registered contractors from within Xero Payroll ie the need to create a manual journal every pay run in order to balance GST lines.  
Topics: Payroll , Xero

Introducing Xero projects

Posted by Xero on September 25th, 2017.      0 comments

xero-gold-partner-logo-hires-RGB-382Whether you’re a small business, or an accountant working with one, it’s important to know which jobs deliver the best return on investment, and which ones need to be reined in.

Cue projects in Xero: a simple way to capture, track and report on the time and money spent on each job so you can proactively invoice, make informed decisions and manage your business more efficiently.

Xero improvements to employee leave in NZ payroll

Posted by Vanessa Williams on October 6th, 2016.      0 comments

xero-certified-advisor-logo-hires-RGB(copy)Xero is bringing some exciting changes to New Zealand payroll to make it easier for you to process leave.

NZ’s first fully integrated Payroll and HR software for business

Posted by Greg Millar on March 15th, 2016.      0 comments

stress-745As a business owner, are you struggling to keep up with all the intricate changes to NZ employment and human resources (HR) laws?

Are you concerned about the increasing fines and penalties for business for not paying employees correctly? Or not having the correct documents and getting it wrong? How would you feel being taken to court by your employees or, worse still, the government?  

Do your own payroll using Xero

Posted by Alliott NZ Chartered Accountants Auckland on November 19th, 2015.      0 comments

xero-certified-advisor-logo-hires-RGB(copy)Xero's payroll system launched in March 2015 does not only eliminate the manual errors and tremendously labour intensive data entry and processing, but also flawlessly transfers the payroll information into your Xero accounts. This saves a great deal of processing time every pay period.

We take a look at the features to see how Xero payroll can make life simpler for your business.

How’s your business cash flow leading into Christmas?

Posted by Anthony McIlroy on October 23rd, 2015.      0 comments

nz money 100s 50s generic n2-451The age old saying, “Cash is King” certainly holds true throughout Christmas! Not only do you want to have enough money to enjoy the summer break, you also need enough to cover GST, payroll taxes, provisional tax and staff holiday leave.

Payroll Announcement from Xero, should I consider changing my Payroll provider

Posted by Anthony McIlroy on February 27th, 2015.      0 comments

Earlier this week Xero announced that they will be releasing a Payroll offering to the NZ market as well as going live with a similar offering in the UK. You can read more about that here.

The Australians and American’s already have a Payroll offering from Xero, so this is welcome news that it’s finally reached the home of Xero – the land of the long white cloud.

New Zealand already has an established add-on offering of Payroll providers. The one that we use regularly use with clients at Alliott NZ is Smart Payroll.

So what's the difference?