When processing payroll, I record the payroll, and don't submit the STP report straight away, so I can check that job numbers have been allocated to all transactions by running a consolidated jobs P&L and comparing it to the whole company P&L.
I used to then be able to go to payroll reporting centre, and send the report with a few clicks once I'd confirmed everything was okay, or deleted and reprocessed any wrong entries.
Now that we've transitioned to STP phase 2:
I click on Payroll Reporting Centre
which opens my browser
where I then have to click on Next
before I can type my password
and click on Sign in
then I have to choose the company file
then click on Payroll
then click on Single touch payroll reporting
then click on the relevant transaction
which takes me to yet another screen where the send to ato button is waaaaaay down the bottom so I have to scroll down the page
before I am finally able to send to ATO.
Was this user-tested before it was implemented? Was it only tested by people who use the browser version and not the desktop software. so they were already logged in? Or did MYOB simply ignore any feedback they were given?
Although I've been doing it for years, I can't remember exactly how few clicks this used to be - I'm thinking maybe 3 or 4 - but this new process ^^^ is absolutely ridiculous and will drive me insane every week. It still beats having to reverse pays just to change a job allocation. [I still think there has to be a better way to reverse pays while keeping an audit trail - particularly when the $ amounts aren't changing, but hey, that's a whole other issue.]
I don't even really mind having to log in to the browser, but you could at least take me straight to where I need to go, like lodging the BAS online.
MYOB currently has only TWO main features I use regularly that Xero does not have. If Xero gets their act together and introduces them before MYOB manages to bring AccountRight back to being the solid, reliable, user-friendly program it used to be, then I'll be making the switch. The race is on. I'd rather stick with MYOB but some days it seems every time I turn around I find another reason NOT to use it. For now, the time saved using these features still outweighs the benefits of changing, despite this current rant.
"Bring back easy access to the single touch payroll reporting centre!!!!!!! Please?"