5 Reasons to Integrate with Xero

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If you’re an avid Xero user you might be wondering why you’d use a separate payroll product when Xero already has payroll built in.

To help answer this question we’ve put together the top 5 reasons why you might be looking for an alternative to Xero payroll.

  1. Enhanced Employee Portal
    Take advantage of the feature rich self service employee portal which allows employees access to a wide variety of payroll functions in an easy to use online portal. Giving employees access to their data through the online portal, greatly reduces the workload on your payroll administrators as questions about pay slips, leave balances and updates to employee information can all be handled by the employees.

    The employee portal is available to all KeyPay users and provides great features such as:

    • Allow employees to edit and view their basic details, bank accounts and super funds
    • View leave balances
    • Create leave requests
    • Access all past pay slips, documents and payment summaries online

    Xero payroll does provide an employee self service portal, but for the moment it’s mostly read only. You can choose to allow employees to edit and update their details online at any time which eliminates wasteful double handling and reduces the amount of payroll administration that needs to be done.

  2. Payroll Tax
    If you run a larger payroll or payroll across multiple states you’ll know that dealing with payroll tax can be a nightmare.
    Dealing with payroll tax is made easy with built in payroll tax reporting. 
    Not only can earnings be tracked at an employee level, but earnings can also be tracked by location so ensuring that you meet your payroll tax obligations for employees that regularly travel interstate couldn’t be easier.
  3. Employee Management Portal
    When managing payroll for larger organisations, the person that runs the payroll is often not the same person that is responsible for approving leave or timesheets for staff in specific locations or departments.

    The employee management portal will allow you to create your own employee groups so you can allow managers access to the timesheets and leave requests for their departments so they can review and approve them as they are made available by the staff in their groups.

    You can define infinite numbers of employee groups and allow access to any number of managers and employees at no extra cost so you can setup your employee groups in the way that makes the most sense for your business.

  4. Location Based Reporting
    With our core "locations” feature, which allows employees, earnings lines and timesheets can be assigned to which can then be used to report against. Location based reporting gives you a unique view into the finer details of your payroll which can then be used to make informed staffing decisions.
  5. Advanced Payroll Configuration

    With a flexible design, you can configure your business to suit the way you run your payroll. A number of advanced payroll functions are available to help run your payroll just the way you like it:

  • Add unlimited pay categories
  • Add recurring deductions that can be set to expire after a certain date or amount
  • Custom leave categories that can be configured to accrue on a pro-rate basis
  • Pay employees on daily, hourly or annual rates
  • Setup multiple pay schedules on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis

If you’re interested in finding out more about how you can integrate with Xero you can read more on our website, email us at support@yourpayroll.com.au or sign up for a free trial and see it in action for yourself.

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