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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.

Changes to Platinum's "Payroll" module that allow you to start processing the year 2017/18, including:

  • Printed report P11 has been updated for the new tax year.
  • Updated UK PAYE tax rates and bandwidths for 6th April.
  • Updated Scottish PAYE tax rates and bandwidths for 6th April.
  • If you have an always-on Internet connection then any updates to the PAYE tax rates through the year will be downloaded automatically.
  • Updated Class 1 National Insurance Contributions rates.
  • The system now automatically changes an employee's National Insurance category letter when they turn 16, when they turn 21, when they turn 25 (if they are using the apprentice under-25 category letter) and when they reach state retirement age (which is determined automatically from their gender and date of birth).
  • Updated SSP rates.
  • Updated SMP/SAP/SPP/ShPP rates.
  • Updated Collection of Student Loans "Plan 1" and "Plan 2" thresholds.
  • 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 2017/18.
    • Employer Payment Summary (EPS), in "Monthly Procedures/Reports" -> "Internet Filing of Returns", has been updated for the year 2017/18 (to clarify this, the year is included in the option name).
    • If you have not yet submitted your final EPS for 2016/17 then you can still do this by selecting the "2016/17 Final submission for the year" box, or going to "Yearly Procedures/Reports" -> "Internet Filing of Returns".

Coming soon

Automatic Enrolment: Re-enrolment
  • We know that at some point this year some of our employers will have to automatically re-enrol certain staff into their workplace pension who previously opted out. Look out for a further Platinum update shortly that will help you take care of this automatically.
Apprenticeship Levy
  • For those employers likely to have a "pay bill" of around 3 million pounds or more, we will shortly be releasing a further Platinum update that will help you work out your Apprenticeship Levy due as part of your Employer Payment Summary (EPS), in "Monthly Procedures/Reports" -> "Internet Filing of Returns".
Payrolled Expenses and Benefits
  • For those employers who wish to opt in to the new system of deducting tax for certain expenses and benefits in kind through the payroll, we will shortly be releasing a further Platinum update that will help you put these through your payroll as a special kind of payment rate.
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