On the heels of our July Release 2021.0, we are excited to announce that Sage 50cloud Accounting—US Edition is providing enhanced and expanded features for payroll users. We’re delivering a highly requested enhancement in this release - expanded payroll types for payroll employees. We are also providing integrated Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) information into the Form 941 workflow.
Click on our release video below to learn more about these requested enhancements.
If you haven't loaded the July release yet, see below for a quick recap of more new features, including many focused on remote working and cloud connectivity. Let’s take a closer look at the latest release features.
Expanded Pay Types for Payroll Employees
Currently, a company is limited to configuring 20 Pay Types for Hourly Employees and 20 Pay Types for Salaried Employees. With this release, you can now setup an unlimited number of Pay Types for both hourly and salaried employees. The interface will remain essentially the same, but users will no longer be limited to just the 20 fields each. They can continue to add as many types as desired.
The expansion of Pay Types will also help firms who must accommodate tracking of the COVID-19 Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) compensation as well as potential future programs. We released guidance to use an additional three (3) Pay Type fields to accommodate tracking of this information so it can be traced and included in the employers Form 941 quarterly filings.
Although companies can setup an unlimited number of types, Employees will still be limited to 20 Pay Types per pay period/check. Below is a snapshot of the Maintain Employee screen, Pay Info tab:
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Form 941 Reporting
Another enhancement with this release is the ability to extract the amounts paid for Sick and Family leave allowed under the FFCRA and include it on the quarterly Form 941 filing. An external wizard was developed and released in July that allowed you to extract this information for the 2nd quarter filing in July. At that time, you had to manually add the calculated amounts to the Form 941. With the release of 2021.1, this functionality is integrated directly into the Form 941 workflow.
Below is a visual that shows you the recommended pay level names for the paid sick leave options within the Reports & Forms module (under Payroll Tax forms, Form 941). When you select Form 941, it prompts you if any employees received paid sick leave or family and medical leave as defined in the FFCRA. If you select Yes, you will be asked to select the Pay Level names used for Sick and Family Leave.
The extracted amounts will be placed on lines 5a (i) and 5a (ii) automatically.
What else are we doing with this release?
We’re always listening! You reported issues related to mouse freezing or lagging. This has been fixed.
REMINDER: If you have not upgraded to Release 2021.0, here’s some of the key enhancements you will get when you load Release 2021.1. – to get more information click here.
We have made it easier for you to access accounts data & work remotely, connect your bank, make & accept payments and collaborate with your Accountant or Bookkeeper with our July 2021.0 Release.
The 2021.1 update has been a headache. The update may not be available at this time. They have to release a patch to the update. For example, with the 2021.1 update I couldn't open some companies. Technical support advised to go back to the 2021.0 version. I did that, but now I cannot open the companies that had been opened under 2021.1. I'm currently waiting to get through on the phone to technical support since my issue is too complex to handle over the online chat. Not what I want to be doing with quarterly reports to complete.
did they pull this update 2021.1 ?
Tiffany - send me an email and I'll get you some help to get updated. [email protected]
So when is the 2021.1 being release? We tried to follow the steps to get it early (we have to update the server) and it is showing no updates available. We were hoping to have it installed on the server today to be able to get everything backed up and updated in time to file quarterly reports.
Expanded pay types has been highly requested - great to see this!