This guide explains how to install and use the Payroll application. Installation details are included below under Software installation and updates.
There are explanatory Pop-ups as well as a usage Overview available on the Help menu.
Before using the software, an Employer will need from HMRC a PAYE reference, a Collection reference, an online username and password.
Important: If being used for an existing company that has already processed payrolls elsewhere this tax year, then catch-up payrolls need to be processed here - see Starting mid-year below.
2 - Initial Setup
Make the Employer name appear in the Company Selector (top left)
If the Employer name is not visible in the Company Selector, click the selector and choose the name from the drop-down list.
If the Employer name is not yet in the drop-down list, add the Employer to the system using the AddNew Employer menu on the top menu-bar.
When the correct Employer name is visible in the Company Selector, edit all the corresponding details on the right side Company tab.
Next, make all the employees appear in the left side employee list. For any that do not appear, add them using the AddNew Employee menu on the top menu-bar.
For each employee, enter all the correct details on the right side Employee tab.
To enable viewing of reports, please ensure that the Document System has been correctly installed (see Contents above).
3 - The payroll cycle - SHORT VERSION
Each payroll run, check that the Employee List on the left has the correct names and settings. Leaving, Left and Suspended should show as (1), (2) and (4) respectively - see LONG VERSION below.
Update the Next payday tab for each employee
Go to the Run payroll tab and select Week or Month
Press Start to initialise
Press Summary and check the summary of the payslips on screen. Keep a copy for records.
Press Payslips and print off the payslips for employees
When all done, press Commit to finalise. An FPS Full Payment Submission is sent to HMRC automatically.
Repeat next pay day.
4 - The payroll cycle - LONG VERSION
Each payroll run, make sure the correct Employer name is showing in the Company Selector, which is the drop-down selector (top left).
Select each employee in turn on the left side employee list, ignoring employees who have left which are shown with (2) after the name, or who are suspended which show as (4).
For each selected employee, make the details on the Next payday tab correct, and change any items that need changing since the last payroll was run. Ensure that the correct setting for
appears for each employee (see General RTI Help below).
For new starter employees, the
should be the week or month number of the first payment, after setting
to W for weekly pay, or M for monthly pay.
Also for new starter employees, the
should be completed on the Employee tab.
If an employee is leaving and this is their last payment, set
on the bottom of the Employee tab to 1, and add the date of leaving to the
line just above. The leaverstatus setting will be changed from 1 to 2 automatically when the current payroll run is completed.
Where an employee has left and no further payment is due to be made, change
on the Employee tab to 2 if it does not have this setting already.
If an employee has not left but is not due to be paid this time (irregular employees), change
to 4 (remembering to change back to 0 when the next payment becomes due).
PAYE Tax Codes must be correctly entered on the Next payday tab and be changed if notified by HMRC. For a new employee with a form P45 that has a leaving date in the current tax year, the tax code on the P45 can be used on the Next payday tab. When entering tax codes, use the
setting must also be correct and set to Y if week one or month one is indicated on the P45 or HMRC notice. For a new employee without a P45, the tax code should be set according to the Starter Declaration made by the employee and recorded on the Employee tab. For Declaration A, the code is the
(see Tax NI tab) and
should be set to N. For Declaration B the code is the
(see Tax NI tab) and
should be set to Y. For Declaration C the code is BR (SBR for Scotland) and the
setting is ignored.
Select the Run payroll tab. The Week and Month indicators will show the next period to be processed, based on the
setting on the NextPayday tab for each employee. If the Run payroll tab is not showing the week or month you expected, then go back and review the periodnumber settings for each employee.
If the wrong week date is showing by the week number on the Run payroll tab, for example a Friday date when you pay on Saturday, change the value of the
setting on the Company tab from Friday to Saturday.
Select Week, Month or both as required on the Run payroll tab. The START button will now be activated
Press Start to initialise the payroll. There is no output at this stage. The Summary button will be activated.
Press Summary to produce a payslip summary on screen. This should be checked before proceeding. If nothing happens here, the document system has not been set up properly so press Cancel and check out Document System (see Contents above).
Press Payslips to view the payslips on screen. They can be printed from the viewer.
Press Cancel at any stage to stop the payroll run. It will start from the beginning when run again.
Before pressing Commit, make sure that all the details shown on the Payslip Summary and the Payslips themselves are correct. Keep a copy of the Payslip Summary for your accounting records. Print the payslips. Press Cancel if anything is amiss.
Press Commit. This will send the RTI submission to HMRC, update the local database to record the payroll and automatically change the periodnumber settings on the Next payday tab to the next week or month for each employee.
After pressing Commit, distribute the payslips to your employees and pay them the amounts shown as Net Pay using your normal payment method.
5 - Starting mid-year after using other software
In order to perform various calculations during the year and to produce year-end reports, this software needs a full record of employee payments for the tax year.
When transferring from another system, payroll runs from week 1 or month1 onwards will need to be processed again here, but with RTI disabled.
To disable RTI submissions to HMRC while processing historical data, change the setting of
to N on the Company tab. No payslips will be produced while RTI is disabled.
IMPORTANT Please note that RTI cannot be disabled once a payroll has been submitted to HMRC by this software. So historical data must be entered BEFORE any live payrolls are processed.
is set to N, each past payroll for the current tax year needs to be cycled through in turn (week 1, week 2, week 3 etc.), updating the Next payday tab for each employee before each week is processed. No payslips are produced during this procedure, but Commit needs to be pressed each week. Any new employees that started after week 1 need to be added to AW-APPS Payroll at the correct week during this process.
After processing past payroll runs, check that AW-APPS corresponds with your previous software by comparing the Reports-Employee-PayRecord and Reports-Employee-DeductionRecord screens with the output from your previous software.
After past data has been fully entered into AW-APPS to match the payrolls processed in previous software, change the
setting back to Y to begin using live RTI submissions for the next payday.
Finally, when making payment of PAYE/NI to HMRC as indicated using this software, anything already paid using other systems will need to be deducted from the first payment shown by AW-Apps.
6 - Processing a payroll on a Test basis
With RTI enabled on the Company tab, pressing Commit on the Run payroll tab causes payroll data to be sent to the live HMRC Real Time Information service. For a test run in live mode, check the Test check-box before starting the payroll run. This will submit to HMRC on a test basis only. HMRC will attempt to validate the data, report any errors, then ignore it. Local employee records will not be updated. Any printed output from test runs should be discarded.
7 - Payments to HMRC
Select TaxPayable on the top menu-bar, followed by the tax month now due for payment.
Confirm the selection made after reading the details presented on screen.
A Tax Payment Summary and Tax Payslip will be produced covering each Company on the system. These can be printed. The payment should be made to HMRC to correspond with these documents.
The system will ask for confirmation that the payment will go ahead, and if so, it will mark the relevant employee records as tax-paid in order to exclude them next time.
Finally, in circumstances where the payment to HMRC is affected by other factors, such as the making of statutory parental leave payments to employees, an Employer Payment Summary EPS must also be submitted. Otherwise HMRC will expect a higher payment to be made for the month than is actually due. The system will advise when an EPS is required. To submit an EPS, make sure the correct company name appears in the Company Selector (top left), then choose from the top menu-bar Actions, RTI-general, EPS. For more on the EPS Employer Payment Summary, see the Support page FAQ.
Please note that this procedure should be followed as soon as the relevant tax-month finishes, before processing payrolls that fall into a later tax month. This is because the application includes all pay records in the next Tax Payable procedure unless they have already been marked 'tax-paid' by a previous Tax Payable procedure. This happens whatever tax month you select from the initial menu choices.
8 - Backing up your data
Frequent backups will allow reversion to a recent period in cases where data files become corrupted or hardware fails. Without backups, such events may require all data to be input again from scratch.
To backup your data, the whole installation folder should be copied to another location. All necessary files are located in the single installation folder.
The default installation folder is c:\AWapps-20xxyy for the 20xx-20yy tax year ending 5th April 20yy. If you installed to a different folder (including on Linux systems), then backup that folder instead.
We recommend that the backup location is not on the same computer used for AW-APPS.
9 - General PAYE and payroll help
Comprehensive guides to PAYE and payroll are available from HMRC at this web page and also at this web page. These resources have links to many related topics and should be used as the first port of call for anyone unfamiliar with payroll, PAYE or the RTI system.
10 - Software installation and updates
Main application Download and run the setup file from the Download page. This will start a Setup Wizard where you can accept the default values (recommended) or change details like the installation folder. Remeber to check Create Shortcut if required.
Document system AW-APPS software produces all reports in PDF format. Your computer needs a PDF reader to be installed which has been associated with PDF files, so that clicking a PDF file when the AW-Apps is not running, causes the file to be opened in the reader. If a report menu item is selected in AW-Apps and nothing happens, then shut the application down and install a PDF reader on your computer.
Installing updates Download the latest version of AW-APPS Payroll and run the setup file as done originally. If the installation folder was changed from the default when first installed, remember to use the same location for the update. Continue as normal. Existing data will be preserved.
Installing on Linux systems Create a new empty directory and download to it the application file for Linux from the Download page. Next, unzip the file (command-line: gunzip filename). The application runs as a self-contained user installation, not system wide. All working files will be created in the installation directory. Make the file executable. To install updates, repeat this process. Reports are created in PDF format. Your system needs to have the Evince document viewer installed. Please check your package manager to see if Evince is already present and if not, you should install it.
11 - Workplace pensions
This is how to set up AW-APPS Payroll to calculate and record pension contributions for a deduction-at-source pension scheme such as that provided by NEST pensions (see www.nestpensions.org.uk) or The People's Pension (see thepeoplespension.co.uk). With these schemes, the employee only contributes the net amount after tax relief. So where the basic contribution is 1%, the employee only has 0.8% deducted from gross pay, and the other 0.2% is claimed from HMRC by the pension scheme provider. Please note that this example does NOT apply to those schemes known as netpay schemes, which would require different settings in AW-APPS Payroll.
Example for tax year 2020-21:
Make sure you are using the latest version of AW-APPS Payroll.
Employee earns £325 per week.
Pension contributions are calculated as a percentage of Qualifying Earnings as defined at tpr.gov.uk being the minimum requirement for workplace pensions. (Check the pension scheme rules to ensure that contributions can be restricted to Qualifying Earnings only.)
Employee percentage 5% (the current minimum).
Employer percentage 3% (the current minimum).
Settings in AW-APPS Payroll are:
Employee tab: AE_enrolled = Y
AE_netpayScheme = N
AE_enable_autocalc = Y
AE_useQE = Y
Next payday tab: AE_percentage = 5
AE_percentage_employer = 3
These settings will produce the following deductions on the Next payday tab:
PENSION_other = 8.20
PENSION_contrib_employer = 6.15
Employee (325-120) x .05 x 0.8 = 8.20
Employer (325-120) x .03 = 6.15
Note: The employee contribution is net of the 20% tax relief as required.
The AE prefix above refers to Automatic Enrollment.
If you are using NEST pensions and are completing a Contribution Schedule on the NEST website, show the qualifying earnings only (325-120 =) 205 in the Earnings box and also check the Auto-calc check-box. The current qualifying earnings deductions are shown on the Tax NI tab as AE_thresh1_wk = £120 AE_thresh1_mn = £520
Some employers choose to base pension contributions on gross earnings without reducing to Qualifying Earnings (AE_useQE = N). Please check your scheme rules. In this case you would enter the gross pay in the Earnings box on the NEST website.
12 - Benefits taxed in payroll
For Benefits taxed in payroll, enter the cash value of the benefit with a suitable description in OtherPay_1 to OtherPay_6, so that it forms part of the GROSS_PAY figure.
This will cause tax and Class 1 NICs to be applied.
If Class 1 NICs are not applicable, enter the same amount in PAY_withTAX_withoutNI. This will cause the amount to be excluded from the Class 1 NI calculation.
If the benefit is subject to Class 1A NIC, this will be calculated and paid as part of the year-end P11D process outside AW-Apps Payroll. The setting Class1A_NI_due on the Next payday tab should not be used for benefits-taxed-in-payroll because it is reserved for amounts paid as termination awards or from sporting testimonials.
Finally, enter the benefit value as BENEFITS_taxedinpayroll on the Next payday tab, so that the amount is removed from the NET_PAY figure.
Please note: any benefit amounts processed through the payroll in this way must be agreed with HMRC before hand, see details provided on www.gov.uk.
Example Settings on the Next payday tab for a taxable car benefit of £290 per pay period, subject to Class 1A NICs not Class 1 NICs, are as follows.
OtherPay_1_text = Taxable car benefit
OtherPay_1 = 290.00
PAY_withTAX_withoutNI = 290.00
BENEFITS_taxedinpayroll = 290.00
13 - Termination awards etc.
For Termination Awards and for Sporting Testimonial payments, enter the amount payable to the employee with a suitable description in OtherPay_1 to OtherPay_6.
Tax and Class 1A NICs are payable by the employer when these payments are made to employees, but only when the amounts exceed a threshold value.
Enter the non-taxable part of the payment on the Next payday tab at PAY_withoutTAXandNI.
Then enter the taxable part of the payment at PAY_withTAX_withoutNI to prevent Class 1 NI being charged.
As Class 1A NICs are due instead of Class 1, enter the corresponding NI amount on the Next payday tab at the item Class1A_NI_due. The amount to be entered should be calculated separately using the guides on www.gov.uk.
Please note that any Class 1A NI due on benefits-in-kind is not to be included here as it is always dealt with separately from AW-APPS Payroll during the normal end-of-year P11D process for benefits-in-kind as required by HMRC.
Once entered, the Class 1A NI amount will be included in the NI figures shown when performing the monthly pay-tax process.
Example Settings on the Next payday tab for a termination award of £35,000, where only the amount above £30,000 is taxable, are as follows.
OtherPay_1_text = Termination award
OtherPay_1 = 35000.00
PAY_withoutTAXandNI = 30000.00
PAY_withTAXwithoutNI = 5000.00
Class1A_NI_due = 690.00
14 - Employment Allowance
To claim Employment Allowance for a reduction in the amount of Employer's National Insurance due:
Check on Gov.uk to see that the employer is eligible to make the claim.
Set Company tabEmployment_Allowance = Y
Submit an EPS Employer Payment Summary to HMRC using Actions > RTI general.
All EPS Employer Payment Summaries in AW-APPS Payroll include the current setting of Employment_Allowance on the Company tab. Without the EPS submission, HMRC will not know that the allowance has been claimed.