Payroll law in NZ is complex and there are a lot of grey areas that cause confusion. Sometimes what seems logical and fair is not right and good employers get into situations that cost them dearly.


So of course everyone understands a good payroll system is essential.

  • But if you choose the wrong system you could yourself in a bit of strife:
  • What if you load payroll software on your laptop and then it crashes or is stolen?
  • What if payroll legislation changes or PAYE is updated – do you need to update the software with a new version? Will your tired old computer still support it?

Is your payroll data secure stored on your local network?

Do you have enough knowledge of payroll law to not get into trouble? Online payroll systems were developed with these concerns in mind. What makes it great is that everything is kept ‘on the cloud’ with a fully-secure, reliable system.
Don’t rely on your office’s computers always working – an online payroll system lets you pay staff anywhere with access to an internet browser. You could be in China paying the staff if you want.

Is it more cost-effective than payroll software?

Using the right online payroll (like SmartPayroll) cuts down the time you spend processing your pay – big time! You have the option of automatic PAYE filing, and automatic payments to staff straight from your elected bank account.Yes it’s true – no more dealing with IRD. Plus you can simply email out the payslips.

You can relax knowing your payroll is always up with legislation and your record keeping (ie leave balances) is correct.

SmartPayroll’s friendly team is always available by phone or email to help you with any part of the process. Their pricing offers great value with no hidden costs. And best of all, you can cancel instantly at any time!

  • What to consider when choosing an online payroll system:
  • Will it suit my business?
  • How much time will it save me?
  • Do I have to set it up myself or will someone do it for me?
  • Is it easy to use? Will I get free training?
  • Will I have free helpdesk support?
  • Can it pay the staff automatically and file my IRD returns without me having to do anything?
  • Is it easy to see reports (i.e. pay slips, termination pay, etc)?
  • Will I have to pay for upgrades if the law changes?
  • Is there an annual license fee?