Recent software updates

Recently issued SuperPayroll software updates are published below. More detailed update notices are sent to clients directly and updates are automatically installed for clients whose payrolls are on SuperPayroll's cloud infrastructure. Please email us if you have any questions.

2022

This update is for the latest official interest rate increase for South African payrolls (5.75%, effective 1 June 2022) linked to the repo rate increase (from 4.25% to 4.75%) effective 20 May 2022 as announced by the South African Reserve Bank (SARB). See SARB monetary policy committee statement of 19 May 2022 for more info on the change as announced.

This update only affects South African payrolls with low-interest loan fringe benefit calculations or other calculations linked to the official interest rate.

This update only applies to customers with Malawian payrolls. The update contains an update for changing of the Malawi tax year and updated Malawian tax rates effective 1 April 2022.

The 2021/2022 tax year is curtailed and ends on 31 March 2022 and the 2022/2023 tax year starts ons 1 April 2022 and ends on 31 March 2023. This effectively means that the tax year changes from a July-June cycle to an April-March cycle. See related Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) press release.

The tax rates for the new 2022/2023 tax year are updated as per the rates published on the MRA site.

A tax certificate generation update to resolve SARS E@syfile submission issues experienced by some customers in the final EMP501 submission cycle for the 2022 tax year (deadline 31 May 2022). This update is only applicable to customers with South African payrolls.

Updated Lesotho PAYE tax rates effective 1 April 2022 as published by the Lesotho Revenue Authority. This update is only applicable to customers with Lesotho payrolls. As per LRA published tax tables.

Includes the following updates applicable to South African payrolls:
- Updated official interest rate (5.25%, effective 1 April 2022) linked to the repo rate increase of 25 March 2022 as announced by the Reserve Bank of South Africa. See South African Reserve Bank (SARB) for up-to-date interest rate info.
- COIDA earnings upper limit (R529 624 per year, effective 1 March 2022). Note: no official link available for this change on the Dept of Labour's site at time of update release, but confirmation was received from PAGSA of the change.

Includes various statutory updates applicable to South African payrolls as follows, effective 1 March 2022:
- The ETI formula has been updated to increase the amount of ETI that can be claimed.
- The definition of "Monthly remuneration" for ETI purposes has been amended to exclude fringe benefits. This update includes a change to exclude fringe benefits from "ETI earnings" from 1 March 2022.
- New SARS reporting code (3835) for long service awards
- New prescribed rate per kilometre for travel (R4.18)

Refer to the following related links on the SARS website:
- Employment Tax Incentive page
- Rates per kilometer page
- SARS PAYE page with latest BRS document

Includes the following updates applicable to South African payrolls (See SARS budget tax guide 2022 for details):
- Update to cater for tax rate changes applicable to the 2023 tax year (1 March 2022 to 28 February 2023).
- Tax rebate amount updates
- New local subsistence rates
- New medical scheme tax credit rates

Update to include an employee's NHIF contribution in the insurance relief calculation, i.e. employees will receive an additional tax relief equal to 15% of their NHIF contributions, effective 1 January 2022. This update only applies to Kenyan payrolls. See KRA news release for more details

Includes the following updates applicable to South African payrolls: The repurchase rate changed from 3.75% to 4.00% on 27 January 2022, resulting in a change in the official interest rate from 4.75% to 5.00% effective 1 February 2022. See South African Reserve Bank (SARB) for up-to-date interest rate info.

Includes the following updates applicable to Zambian payrolls: NAPSA (National Pension Scheme Authority) earnings ceiling. The monthly Social Security Ceiling is increased to K24,436.00, effective 1 January 2022. This results in a maximum employee and employer contribution of K1,221.80 or a maximum total contribution of K2,443.60. See NAPSA notice for details.

Includes the following updates applicable to Zimbabwean payrolls: Latest tax rates and credits for Zimbabwe in RTGS, effective 1 January 2022, per ZIMRA published tax tables.

Includes the following updates applicable to Ghanaian payrolls: Latest tax rates for Ghana, effective 1 January 2022, per GRA published PAYE rates.

2021

Update contains the South African public holidays for 1 November 2021, as well as all public holidays for 2022 and 2023 (as per www.gov.za).

Includes RSA 2022 medical aid rates (applicable to South African payrolls using these medical aids and effective 1 January 2022) for Bestmed and Bonitas medical aids and Discovery Vitality (note: Discovery medical aid will only update their medical aid contributions later during the year, expected 1 May 2022.)

Official interest rate update applicable to South African payrolls. The repurchase rate changed from 3.50% to 3.75% on 19 November 2021, resulting in a change in the official interest rate from 4.50% to 4.75% effective 1 December 2021. See SARB site for up-to-date interest rate info.

Tax certificate update applicable to South African payrolls. Update contains the 2021-08 RSA tax certificate logic and a change to the standard Lump sum table and screen. Note that the 2022 Interim Annual Employer Reconciliation period is expected to open 13 September 2021 and close on 31 October 2021. To complete the reconciliation process employers will have to download the latest e@syfile version (7.1.6) which is expected to be released today (see www.sars.gov.za/businesses-and-employers/my-business-and-tax/easyfile/ for more details).

Update contains a temporary change to the ETI calculation (applicable to South African payrolls), effective from 1 August 2021 until 30 November 2021. If any employees on your payroll qualify for the Employment Tax Incentive scheme, or would qualify, but are 30 years or older, you are entitled to claim the increased ETI amount from August 2021.

National Treasury and SARS published a second batch of Tax Amendment Bills to provide tax and ETI relief as additional assistance to businesses affected by the July 2021 civil unrest and those who continue to be negatively affected by COVID-19. The additional ETI relief is identical to the additional ETI relief that was available from 1 April 2020 to 31 July 2020. Once again the ETI calculation for qualifying employees changes and a new category of qualifying employees is added. The new category includes employees who:
- Fulfil all the existing ETI qualifying criteria, but for whom the employer has already claimed ETI 24 times.
- Have not qualified for ETI before and fulfils all qualifying criteria except maximum age, i.e. employees aged between 30 and 65 years.

See sars.gov.za/media/tax-relief-measures for more details.

Includes the following updates applicable to Botswana and Tanzanian payrolls (effective 1 July 2021):
- Botswana: The minimum annual income tax threshold is increased from P36,000 to P48,000 for residents and from P 72,000 to P 84,000 for non-residents.
- Tanzania: The tax percentage for the lowest tax-paying income bracket is reduced from 9% to 8%. This results in a decrease of TSh 30,000 in the fixed amount of tax in all subsequent tax brackets.

An update containing an increase to the UIF contribution limit, effective 1 June 2021, and the new Discovery medical aid rates, effective 1 July 2021.

This document describes the SuperPayroll update process for different types of updates. Please refer to the update notice received with the installation files and follow the instructions in the applicable section of this document to update the SuperPayroll installation.

The update contains the Tax certificate rules for creating 2021 detail as well as the COIDA limit increases.

The update contains the 2022 RSA tax rates

The update contains the 2021 Zambia NAPSA increases

The update contains the 2021 Kenya Tax Rates

The update contains the 2021 Discovery Vitality rates medical aid rates

2020

The update contains the 2021 medical aid rates for the Bestmed and Bonitas and the 2021-02 RSA tax certificate files.

Zambia NHI contribution update for percentage changes: 1% EE + 1% ER on basic pay

Malawi Tax Authority Tax rates update valid from 1 November 2020

RSA tax certificate functionality that will allow you to generate interim tax certificates for the 2020-08 reconciliation period.

Update to end the additional ETI relief that was available until 31 July 2020. For South African run payrolls only. Run this update before August payroll is calculated and closed off.

The repurchase rate changed from 3.75% to 3.50% on 24 July 2020, resulting in a change in the official interest rate from 4.75% to 4.50% effective 1 August 2020. Update applies to all South African customers.

Updates for the 2020/2021 Tanzania Tax authority

Update for Tanzania tax rates for 2020/2021 Tax year – For Tanzania payroll only

Update to change the VET levy percentage to 0% – Only for Namibian payrolls

Update to change the official interest rate, effective 1 June 2020. Affects South African payrolls for employers who grant lower or no interest loans.

Update to change the 2020/2021 Kenyan Tax rates

Update for South African payrolls who want to make TERS payments through payroll.

Update for South African payrolls to change SDL percentage to 0%.

Update for RSA payrolls. Increase to additional ETI relief that is available from 1 April 2020 from R500 to R750. More updates coming – waiting for clarification from Payroll Authors Group.

Update for various changes within SuperPayroll, but the more notable changes are: ETI functionality to calculate additional ETI relief allowed for the period from 1 April to 31 July 2020. April monthly payrolls or the last week in April for weekly payrolls may need to be recalculated for affected employees before submitting the April EMP201.

Update for minor changes to the UIF TERS extract. Any TERS extracts that have already been submitted do not need to be regenerated for South African payrolls.

Update for new Lesotho Tax Rates 2020/2021

Update that adds functionality to create a UIF TERS extract from SuperPayroll

Update for the official RSA interest rate, effective 1 April 2020

Update for various updates, including new RSA leave types (parental, adoption and commissioning parental leave) as well as an update to the 2020-02 RSA tax certificate extract and report.

Update for installing the 2021 RSA tax rates, rebates, medical tax credits, etc. as announced during last week’s budget speech.

Update for the 2020 Ghana tax rates.

Update for the official interest rate, effective 1 February 2020.

Update for the 2020 medical aid rates for the Camaf, Medihelp and Sizwe medical aids.

Update for the increase to the Zambia NAPSA earnings ceiling, effective 1 January 2020.

Update for the increase to the Eswatini ENPF (previously Swaziland SNPF) earnings ceiling, effective 1 January 2020.
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