ABC6 Payroll -- technical specification

A great deal usually changes in the PAYE and NIC calculations each year that much of the payroll has to rewritten and checked. The ABC payroll now is only supplied for one year, and you then need the new payroll for next year (at a discount). There are always changes to the regulations during the year and updates are therefore absolutely essential. We've included the cost of updates in the Payroll price, so there is no charge for updating during the year.

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  • Up to 999 Employees, and these can be a mixture of Weekly and Monthly paid.
  • The current Payslip for each employee is stored, and each Pay Day you only have to enter any changes. Many timesaving features for wages calculation.
  • Global change for altering Tax Codes and pension percentages following the Budget.
  • Allows for Student and PostGrad Loan Repayments, Scottish and Welsh Employee Tax Codes, Holiday Pay, Directors NI system, Retired employees (no NI deduction).
  • Retains previous year data files so you can start the new PAYE year, and then finish off the old year (print reports etc) at your leisure.
  • Full Audit Trail and Pay History can be printed.
  • Supports all current tax-codes (including K Codes). Week 1/Month 1 basis.
    Payment of SSP, SMP, SPP, ShPP, SAP, SPBP, NIC, Pension.
  • Payment by Cash, Cheque. Bank BACS report and CSV file for emailing.
  • Departmental (or Job) Analysis across up to 3 Headings per employee.
  • Printed reports include P45, P60, P30, Payslips, Pay Summary, List of Employees, Cash Analysis, Full Audit Trail, Worksheets, Employee History.
  • ABC TYPING and FILING can be used to design your own Reports, Address Labels, Mail-merge letters, etc (but only if password is known).
  • All reports can be printed on plain paper.
    Payslips can be printed on preprinted forms (can be customised)
  • Password Protected.
  • Optional posting of Payroll summary to ABC Accounts.
  • The Payroll handles RTI, and Employment Allowance, and calculates and stores Pension details. Employees can be marked as Furloughed (Laid Off without pay).

HMRC Approved

ABC6 Payroll has been tested and approved for PAYE and NI calculations and submitting RTI to HMRC electronically.

We do go to great lengths to ensure that ABC always performs correctly with the Goverment Test Data each year.

We keep working to improve our products and this specification is subject to change without notice.

Background story

Payroll was the very first program (well, the first business program) that Chris Hicks wrote, back in 1979 on a Commodore PET with tape drive (Incidentally, we sold this PET on eBay in 2006 for £50, still in working order.)

In the past 40 years the Payroll has been rewritten and modified and then rewritten again, usually several times a year. Various programmers have been involved in this work over the years, and I am sure they all feel enriched by the experience.....

As computers have got faster and more powerful the Government has made the PAYE system bigger and more complicated. A tough programming job was the utility to connect to the Government website and send Payroll End Of Year returns electronically. This took over 3 months work and involved learning XML, HTML, SOAP. A few years later implementing RTI was relatively easy. RTI effectively killed off the old ABC5 Payroll (a DOS program). We offered to upgrade anyone still using it to ABC6 Payroll for free.