There are a couple of ways you can create a new pay run:
- Click on the 'New Pay Run' button located to the right of your payroll dashboard:
- Click on the 'Pay Runs' icon (on the left navigation bar) and then click on the 'New Pay Run' button to the right of the screen:
- Click on Reports > Single Touch Payroll (under the ATO Reporting heading)
A pop-up box will appear that includes the following details:
- Pay Schedule: This dropdown will list all the pay schedules you have set up. Select the applicable pay schedule for the pay run you wish to create. Note: Automated pay runs cannot be created manually and, as such, you will notice they do not appear in the pay schedule drop down. You will need to pause the pay schedule's automation if you want to create a pay run manually. Instructions on how to do this can be found within 'Pausing the Automation of a Pay Schedule' in this article.
- Pay Period Ending: If you are creating a pay run for this pay schedule for the first time, you will need to enter the pay period end date applicable to the pay run. Future pay runs created for the same pay schedule will then automatically add the pay period end date based on the first date added and the frequency of the pay run. You are only able to enter a pay period END date but once you enter the end date you will see the pay period START date populate so you will be able to view the actual 'pay period' before the pay run is created. You cannot edit/change the start date of a pay run.
- Date pay run will be paid: If this is your first pay run for this pay schedule, you will need to enter the paid date applicable to the pay run. Future pay runs created for the same pay schedule will then automatically add the paid date based on the first date added and the frequency of the pay run. NOTE - the paid date of a pay run is what the system will use to determine the month the figures from the pay run will be included in for reporting purposes, including STP reporting as per ATO guidelines (not the pay period end date).
- Manually add employees to pay run: You can select this option if you do not want all employees (that are normally included in the pay schedule) to appear and would prefer to manually add employees to the pay run (by using the Add Employees option from Pay Run Actions). When creating the pay run with this option selected, no employees will appear in the pay run at all. This option is useful if you are creating an ad-hoc pay run to process pay adjustments, bonuses, etc for a specific group of employees. Please note that selecting this option will remove the Import Timesheets options.
- Create pay run with empty pays: If you select this option, all employees with this paid schedule as their default will appear in the pay run but they will all have $0 earnings. That is, any employee default earnings, standard work hours or pay run inclusions will not appear in the pay run. This option is useful when processing an ad-hoc pay run for adjustments, bonuses, etc and want to start with a blank canvas. Please note that selecting this option will remove the Import Timesheets options.
- Import Timesheets: If timesheets are enabled in your business and there are timesheets to be processed, you will be provided with additional options for importing timesheets into the pay run:
- Timesheets for this pay period: This will include all approved timesheets applicable for the pay period selected above.
- All unpaid timesheets up to dd/mm/yyyy: This will include all approved timesheets applicable for the pay period selected above as well as any other approved/unprocessed timesheets relating to previous pay periods.
- Don't import timesheets: Select this option if you are processing a pay run and do not want to import any approved timesheets:
Once all pay run settings have been selected, click on 'Create'. A progress dialog box will appear whilst the pay run data is being calculated:
Once complete, the pay run screen will appear and you can commence processing your pays. Click here to access further articles on pay run related topics.
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