Electronic Program Updates

As a user of our software you are probably entitled to update it to the latest version at any time, the only proviso being that the software is covered by current software maintenance. To have current maintenance, the software should be within it’s original cover period from sale (usually a year), under maintenance contract or under a rental agreement.

  • We are continually refining and developing our software. Updates can be done on as much as a daily basis. We don't 'hold back' software for specific release dates - our software is released as and when it has been written and tested.

Click here for instructions on how to install your program update.

  • Keep up to date with the latest software changes with our news.

Extend Nominal Ledger Transactions Capacity

We have upgraded the capacity of the nominal ledger transactions database to support the needs of some of our growing customers.

Platinum Online - Media Categories

The Media Manager options in Platinum Online now allow attached media and signatures to be categorised. The available categories are set up within Platinum and can be used to designate attached files for particular purposes.

12.5% Temporary Reduced Rate of VAT for Hospitality, Holiday Accommodation and Attractions

We have increased the number of system VAT codes in order to support the introduction of the 12.5% temporary reduced rate for hospitality, holiday accomodation and attractions businesses. For more information see How do I edit VAT rates? for how to add a new VAT rate to your system. We suggest you retain the 4 rates already in place and use the additional rates, added as part of the above update, to allow you to introduce the 12.5% VAT rate.

Unit Purchase Order Processing

Users of the Unit Sales module who also have Platinum Order Processing can now take advantage of a new menu option, "Unit Purchase Order Processing". This utilises the existing power of Platinum Purchase Order Processing to allow you to create and process Purchase Orders with your suppliers for Units needed for stock, or to fulfil Unit Sales Orders.

SMS Messages

DotDigital, the third party provider responsible for sending SMS messages issued from your Platinum system, have made some changes to their service. As a result we have been required to make some background changes to the Platinum Software. To ensure no interruption to your SMS system please download and run this Platinum update.

Media Categories

It is now possible to categorise media attached to property records.

Changes to MTD VAT return

Updates to the Making Tax Digital (MTD) VAT return to comply with changes brought about by Brexit and Postponed VAT Accounting.

  • Boxes 1 to 9 have been renamed in line with the changes implemented by HMRC following Brexit.
  • Platinum will no longer include in Box 2 the VAT on acquisitions of goods from EC members, unless your Company Country in Platinum settings is set to XI Northern Ireland.
  • The addition of a field to allow you to enter an adjustment to the VAT return to account for your Postponed VAT Accounting (PVA) Estimated or Actual VAT amount.
  • Boxes 1, 3 and 4 will include the adjustment for PVA VAT.
  • The addition of nett value columns to boxes 6 to 9 to allow you to view and calculate your estimated PVA VAT from Box 7.
  • HMRC have retired the option to file an XML return. This option has therefore been disabled within Platinum. Only systems authorised for Making Tax Digital will be able to submit a return.
  • See Preparing for Brexit with Platinum for more details.

Default Attribute For Foreign Customers

It is now possible to have a default attribute that is automatically set on foreign customers that are outside any customs trading blocks.

EORI Number and Incoterms

It is now possible to store an EORI number in "Customer Properties" and "Supplier Properties".

It is now possible to store an incoterm in "Customer Properties".

It is possible to print incoterms and EORI numbers on "Stock Control", "Order Processing", "Unit Sales" and "Unit Workshop" documents.

Stock Control, Order Processing & Unit Workshop Document Tokens

~248
  • Incoterm.
~249
  • EORI Number.

Unit Sales Document Tokens

~237
  • Finance Company Incoterm.
~238
  • Client Incoterm.
~239
  • Client EORI Number.
~249
  • Finance Company EORI Number.

It is also possible to import and report on incoterms and EORI numbers.

Import Variable

AD71
  • EORI Number
AD72
  • Incoterm
  • See our Knowledge Base for the full details of the above data import variables(s).

Report Generator Variable

A071
  • EORI Number
A072
  • Incoterm Code
A073
  • Incoterm Description
  • See our Knowledge Base for the full details of the above report generator variables(s).

Payroll Year-Start 2021/22

Changes to Platinum's "Payroll" module that allow you to start processing the year 2021/22, including:

  • New: Student Loans Plan Type 4 (Scottish Student Loans).
  • Printed report P11 has been updated for the new tax year.
  • Updated England and Northern Ireland PAYE tax rates and bandwidths for 6th April.
  • Updated Scotland PAYE tax rates and bandwidths for 6th April.
  • Updated Wales PAYE tax rates and bandwidths for 6th April.
  • Updated Class 1 National Insurance Contributions rates.
  • Updated SSP rates.
  • Updated SMP/SAP/SPP/ShPP/SPBP rates.
  • Updated Collection of Student Loans "Plan 1", "Plan 2" (plus new "Plan 4") and "Postgraduate Loans" thresholds and rates.
  • Operating PAYE in real time, aka Real Time Information - or RTI:

    • Full Payment Submission (FPS), which happens automatically when you close off a period, has been updated for the year 2021/22.
    • Employer Payment Summary (EPS) has been updated for the year 2021/22 (to clarify this, the year is included in the option name).
    • If you have not yet submitted your final EPS for 2020/21 then you can still do this by selecting the "2020/21 Final submission for the year" box, or going to "End of Year Payroll Routines" -> "Employer Payment Summary".
  • See Payroll End of Year for more information, including details of changes you must make yourself that are not handled automatically, including:

    • Altering employee tax codes.
    • Taking employees off week 1/month 1 tax.
  • For employers who have chosen to opt in to the system of deducting tax for certain expenses and benefits in kind through the payroll, you must record details of company car and fuel benefits in the payroll to be included in your Full Payment Submissions (FPS). See How do I Record Benefits in Kind? for more information.

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