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.

Personnel Planning Employee General Notes Reference

Employees have general notes attached to store additional information. The general notes ID is now accessible from the "Personnel Planning" "Report Generator".

Personnel Planning Variable

  • Employee notes ID
  • See our Knowledge Base for the full details of the above report generator variables(s).

Payment Review In Local Currency

The payments review option can now optionally run in local currency automatically creating currency fluctuation adjustments as required.

Stock Compressed Invoices

When printing stock invoices containing compressed details of workshop jobs it is now possible to print a configurable report to provide extra details for each job listed on the invoice.

As this is an optional feature, the compressed jobs report should be specified in workshop settings.

  • In order to save time there is a preconfigured standard "Unit Workshop" report. This is a system report with the code "CIN". The print record used should, in most cases be the same as that used for invoices if the output generally needs to go to the same device.

Payroll Update - Year-Start 2020/21

Changes to Platinum's "Payroll" module that allow you to start processing the year 2020/21, including:

  • New FPS data items for reporting car benefits.
  • New: Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay (SPBP)
  • New EPS data items for Employment Allowance de minimis state aid declaration.
  • 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" 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 2020/21.
    • Employer Payment Summary (EPS) has been updated for the year 2020/21 (to clarify this, the year is included in the option name).
    • If you have not yet submitted your final EPS for 2019/20 then you can still do this by selecting the "2019/20 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.

Stock Search - Full Descriptions

The description column can now be expanded to show all three lines of stock description.

Payroll Year-End 2019/20

Changes to Platinum's "Payroll" module that allow you to process your end-of-year 2019/20, including:

  • Printed report P60 has been updated for this year's stationary.
  • "Monthly Procedures/Reports" -> "Internet Filing of Returns" is ready to support the final EPS for the 2019/20 year.

  • Look out for the 2020/21 Year-Start update coming soon! This will allow you to move on to start processing the new payroll year, including updates to the system of operating PAYE in real time, aka Real Time Information - or RTI.

Asset Register

Asset register features have been added to the regular postings option of the nominal ledger. It is now possible to depreciate assets by a percentage of either start or current value.

Current functionality remains unaffected so the option to depreciate assets by a fixed amount is unaffected.

Platinum Online - Removing Workshop Job Parts

The Platinum Online "Workshop Technician Activity" option has been enhanced to allow technicians to remove parts from jobs.

Technicians will be allowed to remove parts that they earlier added themselves. They will also be allowed to remove other parts, subject to their Platinum security settings.

For more information see How do I add parts to a workshop job using Platinum Online? on the Knowledge Base.

Long Term Bookings

It is now possible to create "Long Term Bookings"; bookings that last for an extended period of time, with or without a specified end date.

Long term bookings are invoiced periodically throughout their lifetime. It is possible to consolidate all due invoices for a customer onto a single document.

For more information see How do I create a long term booking? on the Knowledge Base.

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