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How do I align my pay periods to a fortnightly tax period?

In task five of the set up process, select the ‘Fortnightly’ payment frequency to align your pay periods with the fortnightly tax period.

We’ll provide recommended settings for this pay period and automatically align it to the tax period. You can edit the recommended settings by clicking ‘Edit group’ to select any settings of your choice. If you’re happy with the automatic settings click ‘Save group’.

If you want to customise your set-up you can do so by selecting ‘Customise set-up’ and then click ‘Add a pay period’.

Select ‘Fortnightly’ from the drop down list next to How often do you pay your workers?

As the 2021/22 tax year began on a Tuesday, select ‘Tuesday – Monday’.

You’ll also need to confirm when the current pay period starts by selecting one of the options from the drop down menu.

Two options will be displayed, based on the current date. The dates are formatted in the drop-down menu as ‘Tuesday [06] [04]’. This means Tuesday 6 April.

The following table shows you all the fortnightly tax periods throughout the year that end on a Monday. Only one of these dates will appear on screen. Select a date that matches a date in this list.

 

19 April 3 May  17 May
31 May  14 June  28 June
12 July 26 July  9 August
23 August  6 September 20 September
4 October 18 October  1 November
15 November 29 November 13 December
27 December 10 January  24 January
7 February 21 February 7 March
21 March  4 April  

 

The last step is to choose a deadline for contributions. This is also known as your payment due date and is the date we’ll expect the contributions to have cleared in our bank account. The deadline will automatically default to ‘9 days after’ the pay period ends but you can change this to suit your organisation. You can select up to a maximum of 22 days after the pay period ends.

By law your contributions need to have cleared in our account by the 22nd day of the month following the month you deducted contributions from your workers’ wages. That is unless you are holding on to contributions for them during their opt-out period. For more information on holding on to a worker’s contributions, please see How can I hold on to contributions during a worker’s opt-out period?

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