2017 release notes
Payback Version 2017.10
CSV File format
Revenue have added a new field to the P2C tax credits import file. We requested that they postpone this non-critical change until 1 Jan 2018. As a result, if you attempt to import a P2C file into any version of Payback prior to 2017.10, then you will get a run time error:
String value [ID_PPSN] too long.
Version 2017.10 fixes this problem
As of late December there were still problems with this file:
- 9 blank spaces if no PPS number present
- PPS numbers with quotes
- PPS numbers without quotes
- literal null if no PPS number present
Revenue have stated that they will fix these issues. Version 2017.10 should still work, regardless of these problems.
Payback Version 2017.09
This version fixes the problem with gmail blocking payslip emails.
The mailserver we were using had a shared IP address which gmail blacklisted. We are now using an Amazon Web Service dedicated IP address. This has the following features to ensure emails are successfully delivered:
- SPF and DKIM Signing (Our domain, payback.ie has been verified by Amazon)
- Fully control email sending reputation.
- Use a known, unchanging IP addresses for whitelisting or security purposes.
You will not be able to specify a sender address for the payslip emails. This is because the emails have to be verified as coming from our domain - payback.ie. If you attempt to send an email with a different sender address, then the recipient email servers will reject the message as it will be deemed to have been spoofed (a common spammer trick)
All payslip emails now have the sender address of 'firstname.lastname@example.org' You can specify a BCC address so you know your emails have been sent and you have a copy of them.
Payback Version 2017.07
Some customers were reporting a ROS error for fortnightly and four-weekly P45s. This release fixes that problem.
Payback Version 2017.06
Payback Self Service is now available
Online Timesheets and Online Payslips are now available. Full instructions can be found here:
Payback Version 2017.05
P2C Include year to date
The only change to this version is saving the status of the P2C 'include year to date' check box. You may have to tick this the first time you use it as the default value of unticked will be copied across from the previous version. It should then remain ticked (or whatever default value you've selected) each time you import a P2C.
Payback Version 2017.04
Options saved on upgrade
Admin>Options>Preferences are no longer lost when upgrading.
Crash on restore
When restoring a password protected database using the restore/back up screen, sometimes Payback will restore twice and then crash. This has been fixed.
Over 520 companies crash
If over 520 live companies are set up, sometimes a crash can happen in the company screen. This has been fixed
Problem fixed where: Set a BIK up in the employee screen. Save the BIK element in the Payroll screen. Then process the payment. Rewind the payment. The BIK details will have been lost in the employee screen.
ROS P35 LPT
Previous employment figure for LPT included in ROS P35.
Payback Version 2017.03
The ROS test environment has not been updated to accept either Supplementary P35s or P45s with Fortnightly payment frequency. Revenue say it will be updated in the new year.
The only change for this release is to allow 2016 Supplementary P35s to be uploaded to live ROS. This is not a critical update.
Payback Version 2017.02
Payment Frequency, PRSI Exemption and USC Exemption added to ROS P45 and Printed P45
Payback Version 2017.01
There were no PAYE changes for 2017 in the Budget. All PAYE rates stay the same.
There were no PRSI changes for 2017 in the Budget. All PRSI rates stay the same.
New USC Rates can be found here: http://www.revenue.ie/en/tax/usc/
|2011 - 2014||Rate||2015||Rate||2016||Rate||2017||Rate|
|On the first €10,036||2%||On the first €12,012||1.5%||On the first €12,012||1%||On the first €12,012||0.5%|
|On the next €5,980||4%||On the next €5,564||3.5%||On the next €6,656||3%||On the next €6,760||2.5%|
|On the balance||7%||On the next €52,468||7%||On the next €51,376||5.5%||On the next €51,272||5%|
|On the balance||8%||On the balance||8%||On the balance||8%|
|2011 & 2012||2013 & 2014||2015||2016||2017|
|Individual aged 70 years or over.||Individuals aged 70 years or over whose aggregate income for the year is €60,000 or less.||Individuals aged 70 years or over whose aggregate income for the year is €60,000 or less.||Individuals aged 70 years or over whose aggregate income for the year is €60,000 or less.||Individuals aged 70 years or over whose aggregate income for the year is €60,000 or less.|
|Individuals who hold a full medical card (regardless of age).||Individuals (aged under 70) who hold a full medical card whose aggregate income for the year is €60,000 or less.||Individuals (aged under 70) who hold a full medical card whose aggregate income for the year is €60,000 or less.||Individuals (aged under 70) who hold a full medical card whose aggregate income for the year is €60,000 or less.||Individuals (aged under 70) who hold a full medical card whose aggregate income for the year is €60,000 or less.|
|2% - on the first €10,036||2% - on the first €10,036||1.5% - on the first €12,012||1% - on the first €12,012||0.5% - on the first €12,012|
|The 4% rate applies to all income over €10,036||The 4% rate applies to all income over €10,036||The 3.5% rate applies to all income over €12,012||The 3% rate applies to all income over €12,012||The 2.5% rate applies to all income over €12,012|
Archive old employees
For the 2015 version we introduced Company archiving. Now there is an Employee Archive facility. If you do not want old employees appearing in the Employee screen, these can now be archived. Note that this does not effect reports, the Payroll screen or any other feature of Payback. Archiving an employee just stops the employee from appearing in the Employee screen employee list. More information can be found here:
P2C File Import
The 'Update Year to Date Figures' is now set to the default value of ticked.
New option available to receive new version update warnings for every release of Payback, not just critical versions. To see this setting, click Admin>Options>Preferences. There is a new drop down called 'Software Update Notification (on start up). The two choices are:
- Critical Updates only (recommended)
- All Updates
'Critical updates only' is the default setting. You will only be informed of updates if they are critical - ie. if the update effects figures or if there is some statutory change. This avoids you having to do unnecessary updates. Alternatively, you can now opt to also receive all updates, no matter how trivial.