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.
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.
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.