Canadian Payroll 2016 Year End Update

Yes, it’s that time of year again!

Here’s an early present from Microsoft: the Canadian Payroll tax updates released a little earlier than normal this year. Yay!

As of writing this (Dec 15th), GP 2016’s download isn’t online yet but the link to the page is correct. Microsoft anticipates it being ready by Dec 16th sometime.

Update Dec 16th: had wrong blog link on Terry’s blog. Also a bit more about GP2016 and GP2015.
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CanPay ROE Issue with postal code

If you are a client using Dynamics GP Canadian Payroll, and use GP’s ROE functionality, this may be of use to you.

If you didn’t need the mid-year 2016 tax update, and only installed the year end 2015 tax update, there were a number of fixes in the ROE (Record of Employment) functions in a January hotfix that you may not have noticed or installed.

A client of mine showed me one issue and I’ve verified with Microsoft that is it one of the fixes in the January hotfix. The specific issue is when creating an ROE, the postal code isn’t being populated in the right box on the ROE window, and it’s a required field.
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How YTD CPP & EI factor into Tax calcs

This is about something completely boring but perhaps useful to someone who is verifying Dynamics GP Canadian Payroll vs the Canada Revenue Agency’s payroll deductions online calculator.

I’ve always said, I know how the Canadian Payroll module works, but I am not a Payroll expert. I’m an accountant, not a payroll or HR person; there is a wealth of knowledge someone certified in payroll matters knows that I’ll never know!
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Update on Account Number error in Canadian Payroll

A couple of years ago around this time of year, I got a call from a client of mine with a strange error in Canadian Payroll.  At the time, I ran into other significant issues in trying to help with said error, and at the time, I blogged/ranted about it here.

Fast forward to last month, when I received an email from another customer who was asking me “did you ever find out what the issue was with that error? We are having the same problem now!”.  We exchanged emails and I researched what notes I had taken at the time, and in the end, she confirmed for me that what worked for my client also worked for her.

So, this post is just an update on the issue and at least one resolution, in case it helps someone else out there. Some of this is a repeat of the rant blog, without the rant!

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Canadian Payroll & US Payroll in the same environment

I was asked this question from someone a few days ago and I have a little bit of information about this.  At some point I will expand on this article but for now, it’s a short one!

This article is simply about using Cdn Payroll and US Payroll together, as in “can you use them together”?

The short version is the supported method is not to have both in the same environment, i.e. same SQL instance.  There is a KB article that spells out all of the “how to”, and describes two installs, two instances, one US English, one Canadian.  That KB article is here.

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Canadian Payroll – Transmission Header Incorrect Length error

This is a repeat of an article I wrote in November 2011 with updated information.

Issue #2 in that blog was regarding permissions during the Generate Cheques routine and the message “There is an error in the Transmission Header – Incorrect Length”.

At that time, the fix seemed pretty obvious and it worked during testing on Windows 7 machines.  I wrote about it, forgot about it, and moved on.  Months later I learned the client doesn’t use Windows 7 on the machines that they use payroll for (those machines happen to be older Windows XP machines) so the error never came up again and I had completely forgotten about it.
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Some Canadian Payroll & Project Accounting gotchas!

Recently, a client of mine experienced a couple of weird things when we started to configure another Dynamics GP company for them with Canadian Payroll and Project Accounting in action.  One of them is definitely something to look out for if you use the Canadian Payroll import processes; the second is more of a head-scratcher type of error where you don’t know what the real problem is.

I call these things “gotchas” – I’m not sure that translates into all languages but generally means to me at least, something that “GOT” me, that I wasn’t expecting or didn’t think to look out for.
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