Hi all. I need help regarding my employees income tax.

Peter Meagher
Peter Meagher Member Posts: 17
edited July 2020 in Reckon One
Hi all. I need help regarding my employees income tax. I am using Reckon One. I have 11 employees who are all employed on a casual basis. They all claim the tax free threshold. I have just sent out their income statements for 2019/2020 and all of them have not paid enough tax. I checked the numbers with the ATO tax calculator and this clearly shows that not enough tax has been taken out. My staff are all paid fortnightly. Could someone help me to understand how this occurred please! I have a few angry staff at the moment.

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  • Felicity Bleckly_10462754
    Felicity Bleckly_10462754 Member Posts: 43
    edited July 2020
    I don't really know, but check to see if your tax set up is based on fortnightly payments. Also when you do a pay run you can go to the bottom of the screen and check the tax...do it next time and compare it with the ATO schedule to make sure the right amount of tax is being deducted. It's a start point!

  • Peter Meagher
    Peter Meagher Member Posts: 17
    edited July 2020
    Thanks Felicity. I did check and definitely set up for fortnightly payments. I will check on next payrun re comparing with ATO.
  • Kris_Williams
    Kris_Williams Member Posts: 3,243 Reckon Accounts Hosted Expert Reckon Accounts Hosted Expert
    edited July 2020
    What are the details for one employee for one previous pay, gross and tax?
  • Peter Meagher
    Peter Meagher Member Posts: 17
    edited July 2020
    Hi Kris. Here are a few examples Gross: $1413.00. Tax: $101.00 Gross: $719.00. Tax: $0.00 Gross: $1239.00. Tax: $50.00
  • Kris_Williams
    Kris_Williams Member Posts: 3,243 Reckon Accounts Hosted Expert Reckon Accounts Hosted Expert
    edited July 2020
    First and last significantly undertaxed. I just tested this in my file, have you setup the employee - in their details, to be fortnightly pays? Mine is working exactly as per the ato calculator. Fortnightly tax on 1413 should be 162
  • Peter Meagher
    Peter Meagher Member Posts: 17
    edited July 2020
    Thanks. I have never checked the tax and have just trusted the software. It would seem that I have done something wrong when setting up but I just can’t find the problem. All are set up for fortnightly pays. All are claiming tax free threshold and you don’t know where else to look.
  • Kris_Williams
    Kris_Williams Member Posts: 3,243 Reckon Accounts Hosted Expert Reckon Accounts Hosted Expert
    edited July 2020
    I realise that, just trying to help him find out why the problem has occurred
  • Kris_Williams
    Kris_Williams Member Posts: 3,243 Reckon Accounts Hosted Expert Reckon Accounts Hosted Expert
    edited July 2020
    Ok that sure is a mystery. You will have to take Kevin’s advice but I am still happy to help with finding out what is wrong with the setup. Call me if you wish 0415940843
  • Peter Meagher
    Peter Meagher Member Posts: 17
    edited July 2020
    Hi again.
    I think I have just found the problem guys.
    When completing the employee details under the 'Employment' tab ‘Weekly hours’ title there are a series of boxes to complete.
    The last one is titled 'weekly hours' which I have left blank as all my employees are casual and all work a variety of hours. I didn't realise that the purpose of this box is for the software to use the appropriate tax scale (at least I think that's why). I have been over and over the set up videos and all the examples are for full time workers and 38 hours is entered in the weekly hours box. My thought was that is how many hours a full time employee is required to work, hence, the reason for putting in 38 hours.
    Anyway I have a pay run at the end of the week to put this to the test but I am pretty sure that is the fix. So much to learn.
    Thanks for all your input  and if the fix is really the fix we can all leave it alone now but if the fix turns out not to be the fix then I will post again with my worries.
    Thanks again, Pete

  • Kris_Williams
    Kris_Williams Member Posts: 3,243 Reckon Accounts Hosted Expert Reckon Accounts Hosted Expert
    edited July 2020
    I don’t think this is the answer, I only have 1 hour in most of mine because they work odd hours and in some I have none. The appropriate tax scale has to be entered by you in the tax tab of each employee, that is what the amount of tax deducted is based on after you enter the number of hours in the pay run 
  • Peter Meagher
    Peter Meagher Member Posts: 17
    edited July 2020
    Mmmmm. I thought I had it. I say that as I trialled it on our last payrun numbers on one employee and the tax changed and it was in line with the ato calculator. Back to the desk for me.
  • Peter Meagher
    Peter Meagher Member Posts: 17
    edited July 2020
    It’s all very strange. Every time I calculate tax based on 38 hours entered into the weekly hours box I get the correct tax findings.
  • Kris_Williams
    Kris_Williams Member Posts: 3,243 Reckon Accounts Hosted Expert Reckon Accounts Hosted Expert
    edited July 2020
    And what if you put in less hours, is the tax correct? If it is leave the 38 hours per week in the setup as you tried, it won’t hurt and you may be onto something.
  • Peter Meagher
    Peter Meagher Member Posts: 17
    edited July 2020
    I haven’t tried any less hours but will give it a go tomorrow. Hopefully all will be ok. My accountant has had no luck today so maybe this will ease the burden for him. Are you employees hired on a casual basis Kris?
  • Kris_Williams
    Kris_Williams Member Posts: 3,243 Reckon Accounts Hosted Expert Reckon Accounts Hosted Expert
    edited July 2020
    Yes they are, I am happy to look at your file if you wish. Call me if you need to 0415940843
  • Peter Meagher
    Peter Meagher Member Posts: 17
    edited July 2020
    Thanks for the offer Kris. My accountant is going over our file currently. We may even switch to MYOB Essentials as our business has been growing a bit more rapidly than we anticipated. Although I am hesitant about doing that as the migration process could create another headache.
  • Kris_Williams
    Kris_Williams Member Posts: 3,243 Reckon Accounts Hosted Expert Reckon Accounts Hosted Expert
    edited July 2020
    Ok I hope it all works out. I would be keen to hear if you find anything wrong with your setup Personally I would stick with Reckon, but then I’ve been using Reckon / Quickbooks for over 20 years so am a bit biased