Import/Export Employee Opening Balances (Initial Values)

Exporting Opening Balances

To export the employee opening balances, go to Payroll settings > Opening balances.

Next, click on the 'Export' button, located on the top right hand side of the page. The following Import Opening Balances page will be displayed:

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From the data type drop down, you can choose three options:

  1. 'Template with employee data' - this template will list only active/current employees in the payroll system;
  2. 'Template with employee data (including terminated employees)' - this template will list all active and terminated employees in the payroll system;
  3. 'Empty template' - this template does not list any employees; only the relevant opening balance fields.

Once you have selected the appropriate Data type and file format, click 'Download'.

 

What are each of the columns in the Opening Balances template?

This list explains what each column represents. You'll find further clarification of the information provided lances page of one of your employee's records.

The following fields are constant regardless of your payroll setup:

ExternalID - this relates to an employee ID you may be using that comes from another external system. This is captured from the "External Id" field in the employee's Details screen.

Identity number - this is captured from the 'Identity Number' field in the employee's Statutory details screen. The following identification numbers will be accepted: National Registration Identity Card (NRIC), Foreign Identification Number (FIN), Immigration File Reference Number, Work Permit Number, Malaysian Identification Card or Passport Number.

Employee name - this is captured from the employee's 'Preferred name', 'Middle name' and 'Surname' fields in the employee's Details screen.

Total hours - only required if you want to add Total Hours worked in the initial basis period, up to the day before the period start date of the first pay run in this payroll system. (Refer to the Earnings tab of the opening balances page of the employee's record).

Gross earnings - the total of gross earnings paid in the initial basis period, up to the day before the period start date of the first pay run in this payroll system. (This is displayed at the bottom of the 'Earnings' tab on the opening balances page of the employee's record). NB. You can just enter a total gross earnings figure in this column if you wish but if you choose to enter amounts for specific pay categories (see other columns in the spreadsheet labelled PCxxx, explained below), do NOT enter a total here. The system will calculate the total of all of the Pay Category columns in the spreadsheet once imported and so will automatically calculate the total for this column. Note: earning are added with an effective date of 1 January.

Number of months -the number of months the opening balance earnings covers. This value is used to average the earnings to calculate the additional wage cap for CPF.

Withholding tax amount - the total tax deducted from gross earnings paid in the initial financial year, up to the day before the period start date of the first pay run in this payroll system. (This field is displayed on the CPF & Tax tab on the opening balances page of the employee's record). Amounts listed should have already been paid and reported to the relevant government agency.

Clearance tax amount - This field is displayed on the CPF & Tax tab on the opening balances page of the employee's record. It is relevant for foreign employees who are ceasing employment and leaving the country. This clearance will confirm the amount of tax to be deducted from the final pay. Any values provided against taxes are only used for reporting, as amounts listed should have already been paid and reported to the relevant government agency.

CPF employee contribution amount - total employee CPF amount deducted from gross earnings paid in the initial basis period, up to the day before the period start date of the first pay run in this payroll system. (This field is displayed on the CPF & Tax tab on the opening balances page of the employee's record). CPF amounts added will automatically round to the nearest dollar when the values are saved. Any values provided against CPF are included in the CPF contribution cap and used for reporting only. They should have already reported and paid to the CPFB.

CPF Employer contribution amount - total employer CPF amount deducted from gross earnings paid in the initial basis period, up to the day before the period start date of the first pay run in this payroll system. (This field is displayed on the CPF & Tax tab on the opening balances page of the employee's record). CPF amounts added will automatically round to the nearest dollar when the values are saved. Any values provided against CPF are included in the CPF contribution cap and used for reporting only. They should have already reported and paid to the CPFB.

Employer voluntary CPF amount - total employer voluntary CPF amount deducted from gross earnings paid in the initial basis period, up to the day before the period start date of the first pay run in this payroll system. (This field is displayed on the CPF & Tax tab on the opening balances page of the employee's record). CPF amounts added will automatically round to the nearest dollar when the values are saved. Any values provided against CPF are included in the CPF contribution cap and used for reporting only. They should have already reported and paid to the CPFB.

Employer voluntary mediSave amount - total employer voluntary medisave amount deducted from gross earnings paid in the initial basis period, up to the day before the period start date of the first pay run in this payroll system. (This field is displayed on the CPF & Tax tab on the opening balances page of the employee's record). CPF amounts added will automatically round to the nearest dollar when the values are saved. Any values provided against CPF are included in the CPF contribution cap and used for reporting only. They should have already reported and paid to the CPFB.

The following column numbers will vary for each business and depends on the business setup but the category orders are the same for everyone. They are as follows:

Leave Categories: The next group of columns represent all the leave categories set up in your Leave Categories' payroll settings. In the template they are labelled as LC, then a number (which is the system generated ID code for the leave category), then the name of the leave category, eg. "LC262968_Annual Leave". For these fields you will enter the employee's leave balance in the relevant unit type that the leave category has been configured to, for example, if the leave category has been set up with the unit type =  'days' then the balance entered must be in days. If the employee does not have a leave balance or the leave category is not set to accrue then leave the figure as "0". Negative leave balances need to be entered as "-12.657" (for example).

Deduction Categories: The next group of columns represent each of the deduction categories set up in your Deduction Categories' payroll settings. In the template they are labelled as DC, then a number (which is the system generated ID code for the deduction category), then the name of the deduction category, eg. "DC141225_Community Chest".

Employer Liability Categories: The next group of columns represent each of the employer liability categories set up in your Employer Liability Categories' payroll settings. In the template they are labelled as EL, then a number (which is the system generated ID code for the employer liability category), then the name of the employer liability category, eg. "ELC628_WorkCover". For these fields you will enter the employee's liability as a dollar amount. If there are no EL columns in your template, this means that no Employer Liability categories are set up in your business.

Pay Categories: The next group of columns represent each of the pay categories set up in your Pay Categories' payroll settings. In the template they are labelled as PC, then a number (which is the system generated ID code for the pay category), then the name of the pay category, eg. "PC959199_Ordinary Hours". For these fields you will enter the employee's pay category breakdown as a dollar amount. You only need to enter amounts in these columns if you want the employee to see a breakdown of their YTD pay by pay category or if you want to report total wages broken down by pay category. Otherwise, entering an employee's total gross wage in "GrossEarnings" is sufficient.

Detailed information on each of these fields can be found in this article.

 

Importing Opening Balances

To import the employee opening balances, go to Payroll settings > Opening balances.

Next, click the Import button to the right of the page heading. The following Import Opening Balances page will be displayed:

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Select the file that you wish to upload and then click the Upload button. You will then be asked to "Confirm Upload".

Once the file has imported, a status summary will be displayed:

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Matching Criteria

When importing opening balances, employee records are matched according to the following criteria (in order of priority):

  • If there is a NRIC number specified, then we'll use the NRIC number to match the employee
  • If there is an external ID specified, then we'll use the external ID to match the employee
  • Otherwise, we will use the combination of NRIC number AND name to match the employee.

Deleting Data

If you want to use this import file to remove data from the opening balances, in bulk, you'll need to use the value "(clear)" without the quotes in the appropriate field on your import file to remove it from the matching field on the opening balance page of the employee record. 

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