Sage Pastel Payroll PAYE Tables Update + Sage Pastel Tax Guide

Dear E2e followers,

Download your Sage Pastel Payroll 2016 PAYE Tables from this blog, or, we’ll arrange the upgrade for you!

End 2 End Business Solutions has been in the Sage Pastel software support and sales field for well over 10 years. When we have the opportunity, we share the latest Payroll and Accounting updates with our clients via our blogs so that as a subscriber you get notified before anyone else!

Employers are required to deduct PAYE from the earnings of people who work for them. These tax tables change every year and need to be updated on your Sage Payroll software in order for your software to generate the correct amounts. Be the first to have the 2016 PAYE Tables applied to your Sage Payroll software.

Simply contact and we will gladly assist you with your Sage Payroll upgrade:

Alternatively download the upgrade yourself, HERE.

What’s more is the budget speech has come and gone and it’s time to make sure you are up to date with all the latest tax requirements.

Download your free Sage Pastel Tax guide HERE.

If you have any questions regarding this or require Sage Payroll support, you can contact us on 0214479565 or comment below.



New Minimum Wage for Contract Cleaning Industry South Africa

Effective from January 2015 there is a new minimum wage released by the Labour department for the contract cleaning industry.

South Africa’s contract cleaning employees’ wages and conditions of employment have been adjusted following an announcement by Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant.

In terms of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, the minimum wages an employer shall pay a worker in the contract cleaning sector is R16.98 per hour. That is up from R15.66 last year. This applies to Area A which is the Metropolitan Councils: City of Cape Town, Ekurhuleni, City of Johannesburg, City of Tshwane and Nelson Mandela; and also in Local Councils: Emfuleni, Merafong, Mogale City, Metsimaholo, Randfontein, Stellenbosch, Westonaria.New Contract Cleaning Minimum Wage Released By Labour Department

In Area B – the rates applicable are those as prescribed by the Kwa-Zulu Natal Contract Cleaning Bargaining Council.

And in the Area C – which includes the rest of South Africa the minimum rate per hour will be R15.47, up from R14.19 last year.

In the case where the transport cost is more than the daily cost to an employee, an employer who requires the employee to perform night work must subsidise such employee for the transport expenses.

The new minimum wage will be binding with effect from 6 January 2015 up until 30 November 2015.

Meanwhile, the new minimum wage for 2016 and 2017 will be determined using the previous year’s minimum rate + CPI + 1.5%. The CPI utilised should be the CPI as made available by Statistic South Africa six weeks prior to the expiry date of the minimum wages.

This information was issued by the Acting Ministerial Liaison Officer, Mokgadi Pela

Contact us:

We will gladly consult with you to apply these new rates to your current Payroll.

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The Most Important 2015 Event On Your Payroll Calendar

Annual Payroll Tax Seminar The stage is set for the much anticipated 2015 Budget changes. As always the Annual Payroll Tax Seminar promises to be interesting and informative.

The final changes to the legislation that are effective from March 2015 will be discussed in detail in the seminar, along with the 2015 Budget proposals and a glimpse into what the future holds for payroll matters.

Some topics that will be included:

– Retirement Reforms – where are we now and where are we going?
– PAYE law changes – residential accommodation, company cars, restraint of trade, Income Protection schemes.
– Labour Law changes – overview of the Employment Equity changes
– PAYE Administration – tax certificates and related issues.
– Employment Tax Incentive – calculation changes and refunds.
– The 2015 Budget proposals – this should be interesting….
– AA88 Penalty Notices – changes that employers must comply with.
– Future prospects

Book your seat now and let payroll expert Rob Cooper explain the legislation in layman’s terms to ensure you are ready for the new tax year.

Registrations: 08h30 – 09h00
Seminar: 09h00 – 12h30

Investment per delegate:
Price: R2, 217 Incl. VAT

Dates, venues & areas

  • 02 March Sage Conferencing, Woodmead
  • 03 March Silverstar Casino, Muldersdrift
  • 04 March Emperors Palace, East Rand
  • 05 March Sage Conferencing, Woodmead
  • 06 March Centurion Lake Hotel, Centurion
  • 09 March Gateway Hotel, Durban
  • 10 March Hemingsway Casino Hotel, E.L
  • 11 March N.M. Metropolitan University, P.E
  • 12 March Sanlam Head Office, Cape Town
  • 13 March Crystal Towers Hotel, Cape Town
  • 16 March CSIR, Pretoria
  • 17 March Silverstar Casino, Muldersdrift
  • 18 March Emperors Palace, East Rand
  • 19 March Quest Conference Estate, Vanderbijlpark
  • 20 March Windmill Casino, Bloemfontein
  • 23 March Sage Conferencing, Woodmead
  • 26 March Meropa Casino, Polokwane
  • 27 March Emnotweni Sun Hotel, Nelspruit
  • 30 March Gateway Hotel, Durban
  • 31 March Sanlam Head Office, Cape Town
  • 01 April Sage Conferencing, Woodmead

Booking Details
To book please send an email containing the Name(s) or the Delegate(s) attending, The Date Attending as well as the Company name, Serial Number and Telephone Number to

Payment: Deposit/ Transfer

Simply email to book and we’ll do the rest!



Terms and Conditions: Seats are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Attendee substitutions must be made at least 2 working day prior to the seminar commencement date. Cancellations – strictly NO cancellations accepted. Signing of this form, faxed or emailed, will be regarded as a confirmed booking. Note that irrespective of attendance, full fees will be payable Reschedules are only accepted upon written notification at least 2 working days prior to the seminar commencement date failing which a R150 fee will be levied. Sage Pastel Seminars reserves the right to cancel any seminar should there be an insufficient number of delegates booked for that event.

SARS Personal Income Tax Return Deadlines Approaching

Have you submitted your Personal Tax returns or received confirmation from the Auditors that your Provisional Tax return or Personal Tax ITR12 – IRP5 has been submitted successfully?

Had to Pay in this Year??

How much did YOU get back?

Do you Travel for Business?

Did YOU Keep a Travel Log Book?

Keep an eye on our Blog as I will be giving you pivotal advice that I find is not being addressed sufficiently and Individuals are bearing the brunt.

Is your Income Structured Correct in terms of SARS Acts?

E-mail me if you are not 100% certain:

For now, Take note of the pertinent deadlines for personal tax submissions.

Provisional Tax and Payments                                    – 29 August 2014

Personal Tax Season (Manual Submissions)        – 26 September 2014

Personal Tax Season (Efiling Submissions)            – 21 November 2014

Be On Time!!

Be On Time!!

SARS Tax Year End 2014 Deadline

The time is fast approaching to reconcile your Payroll for 2014! In order to comply with the latest SARS updates, I’m writing this to remind you to get your Payroll audited and submitted timeously.

Failure to do so WILL result in follow-up e-mails, phone calls from SARS and the possible declining of a Tax Clearance Certificate.

If you need your Payroll done professionally, including ETI, format changes, SARS source code income and deduction changes or if you just need help gathering those missing income tax numbers, send me a mail, I’ll be happy to help!

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Take Your Payroll to the CLOUD

With the world becoming more and more comfortable processing online, what’s stopping you from taking your Payroll online too?

SAGE has launched an easy to use online Payroll option which caters to the basic employer with a small or start up businesses. Payroll CLOUD is SARS compliant and there are no qualifications needed, just an internet connection.

Move away from Spreadsheets and move towards this simple solution that backs up your Payroll information daily as a CLOUD product.

Here are some of the pros and cons:


  • No installation hassles, no upgrades
  • User Friendly
  • Easy to Understand
  • No qualifications needed
  • Pay your staff anywhere, anytime


  • Single user access only
  • Not council driven
  • Speed issues are dependent on line speeds

As you can see, there are more reasons why you should take to the cloud.


Contact us and we can help you take your Payroll requirements to the CLOUD.

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2015 Payroll Medical Aid Increase

One of the areas of Tax and Sage Pastel Payroll administration which Sage Pastel Payroll clients tend to neglect is that of Medical Aid Contribution inconsistencies.

As many of us already know, Medical Aid Contributions for most open Medical Aid Schemes increase in January of each year.

As this affects the income of the employees and expenses for the employer, there can be dire effects if this is not updated on the Sage Pastel Payroll administration system.

Some of the negative effects of not updating your Sage Pastel Payroll system include:

  • Incorrect PAYE, UIF and SDL
    • EMP201 Correctives
    • Penalties and Interest
    • SARS Payment Allocation issues (You know what we’re talking about)
  • Non Balancing Sage Pastel Payroll Journal to Expenses.
  • Reporting Reconciliation issues
  • Under taxation of employees
  • Incorrect IRP5’s
  • Corrective Retrospective Transactions and entries for Year to Date contribution adjustments.

For those who like trend analysis and comparisons, here is the average medical aid contribution increases for 2015:

Medical Aid SchemeIncrease Percentage
Genesis Medical Scheme6.4%
Momentum Health7.2%
Spectramed Medical Scheme7.53%
Compcare Wellness Medical Scheme7.7%
Bestmed Medical Scheme8.7%
Discovery Health Medical Scheme8.9%
Fedhealth Medical Scheme8.9%
Sizwe Medical Fund8.9%
Hosmed Medical Aid Scheme 9.1%
Medshield Medical Scheme9.4%
Liberty Medical Scheme9.5%
Bonitas Medical Fund10.6%


Let this be a friendly yet urgent reminder to update your relevant medical aid contributions in your Sage Pastel Partner Payroll account.

Remember, if you need assistance, please contact Francois for immediate support.

Payroll SARS – Debit Pull – Good News?!

A Hot topic among practitioners and with clients is that of the discontinuation of the Debit Pull functionality on SARS efiling.

Mixed emotions, reviews and comments have been flying around finance departments of every company in South Africa.

Basically our old trusted “Pay Now!” option, when diligently submitting each of the statutory declarations and returns have been suspended with little notice last month and now, re-activated for a limited period.

Numerous companies that have been using alternative methods of releasing payments are having issues with allocation of payments made on returns submitted apart from the Debit Pull functionality.

I strongly suggest you make use of this grace period. Finalise pending additional payments and, if cash flow allows, submit and pay your due VAT and EMP returns before re suspension of the Debit Pull function.

Some more words from our Revenue Service:

SARS has received representations from various tax practitioner organisations requesting an extension on the date for the discontinuing the debit pull option as a means of paying SARS.

We can now announce that an extension of a month has been granted and that debit pull transactions will be discontinued at the end of October 2013.

As of the end of October 2013 Debit Pull transactions will be discontinued for ABSA, FNB, Investec, Nedbank and Standard Bank. Taxpayers are advised to set-up a Credit Push payment option or use one of our alternative methods of payment.

Why is SARS discontinuing the use of a Debit Pull transaction on eFiling?

With debit pull a taxpayer or their approved representative may authorise SARS to collect the money owed directly from their bank on their behalf, which means that SARS is initiating the collection directly from their bank. SARS does so by instructing the bank to collect the amount from the taxpayer’s bank account. There are several problems associated with this:

  • There are risks associated with this product in that payment is not guaranteed and can be reversed at the request of the client and can also be rejected due to insufficient funds
  • SARS is unable to validate that the person authorising SARS to initiate the debit pull is mandated to do so which can result in payments being withdrawn from incorrect accounts. SARS could be placed at risk as a result of such unauthorised actions.

Very importantly it is in the interest of the client to not allow unauthorised withdrawals from their accounts.

It should be noted that the debit pull option is still available for certain payments until the end of October 2013, on condition that the approved representative agrees to the declaration which appears on the screen.

Payroll – SARS Goes Mobile

It’s finally here, as most of you have probably discovered the SA Tax calculator on your mobile phone and even more so most of your employees have also found this wonderful app. Probably have come to you questioning “their PAYE being too high this month “according to SARS””.

In our “Generation I-connected” as everyone now is in the process if not already been published on the web, connected, blogged, Posted, Tagged, Poked, tweeted, done online farming, met someone online, chatted or even just now discovered e-mail…

All this has been made possible by a complete revolution in our country’s information technologies and internet access infrastructure. Most individuals who has not got daily access to Desktop computers, laptops, notebook, netbooks, Tablets, Ipads etc, has now got internet access and multimedia capability on even their mobile phones.

Needless to say it was only a matter of time and development from one of our, if not the biggest compliance demanding establishments to join this E@sy access, mobile age.

SARS has now also migrated their award winning efiling service onto the mobile services with the launch of their SARS efiling apps for majority of mobile and smartphones available today.

We have had some great reviews from our clients and their employees who have already used this app or the mobile site to review their personal Income tax profiles, change or update their personal details, submit ITR12’s, view ITA34 and naturally  view the Tax Calculator for the recently personal income tax filing season for Non-provisional income tax payers.

We would like to get some feedback from you out there if you have any comments on these apps or simply read some more on this great new innovation from SARS in their campaign to “Get you Good at Tax”. Download and try it.

Next time your employees are waiting in long queues outside your door asking for their IRP5’s, you can now not only say:

  • You can register online for efiling and view your IRP5 there.

You can also inform them:

  • Download the SARS efiling app and you can view, change details, file, submit, make payments etc etc etc within minutes. If they are on facebook or twitter, they CAN efile!!!

I have downloaded some of the How to, mobile site and install guides for you at the bottom of this article.

Also see excerpt from the SARS website on these apps:

eFile via your phone or tablet
Submitting your individual Income Tax Return (ITR12) on your cell phone via our mobisite and App is now an option for people on the go. With the eFiling App, taxpayers will be able to file their individual Income Tax Returns quickly and easily on their iPhone, iPad, android phone and tablets.Functions available on the eFiling mobisite and App:

  • Registration for eFiling
  • Password reset
  • Submit your individual Income Tax Return (ITR12)
  • View your notice of assessment (ITA34)
  • View your Income Tax Statement of Account (ITSA)
  • View your tax calculator
  • Request for Correction (RFC).

To access the mobisite via your phone, type in or download the app from the App store for iPhones and iPads or from the Google store for Android devices:

FAQ – SARS eFiling App and Mobisite – External FAQs

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How to eFiling Mobile Site – External_Guide

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Kind Cyber Regards


Sage Pastel Payroll – Can you afford a 10% Penalty on your Gross PAYE?

If you are an employer using Sage Pastel Payroll you may experience a tendency to wait until the very end to submit the EMP501 SARS declarations. This is then exacerbated by a delay in obtaining employee’s income tax numbers to enter into Sage Pastel Payroll, especially for those who no longer work for the company.

In contradiction to popular opinion, you CAN and SHOULD submit your EMP501 declarations before the SARS Bi-Annual Submission Deadline which is the 31st of October. Preferably not on the 31st where a monumental influx of submissions often occur.

If you are not been able to enter all of your employee income tax numbers into Sage Pastel Payroll, do not be caught out and charged an additional 10% penalty on your gross PAYE total, which could total in excess of R100 000, simply SUBMIT.

This does not mean that you are off the proverbial hook and will not be charged SARS Administrative Penalties but in the very least you will avoid the immediate 10% penalty on your gross PAYE to date.

If you have not done your monthly EMP201’s, Bi-Annual and Full year End EMP501 and IRP5’s as we at End 2 End Business Solutions have for 98% of our clients, simply contact Francois for immediate support.