VSPS 2012
User manual (2012)
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Terms and conditions ......................................................................................................... 1
2. Overview
Introduction ............................................................................................................................... 2
System requirements ................................................................................................................ 3
Installing the VSPS program ..................................................................................................... 4
Uninstalling the program ........................................................................................................... 5
Starting the program .................................................................................................................. 5
3. First use of VSPS for a business ....................................................................................... 6
4. “Open” (selection of a payroll database) ........................................................................... 7
5. “Save” ................................................................................................................................... 8
6. “Company” (business information).................................................................................... 9
7. “Employees” (employee records)..................................................................................... 17
8. “Previous” (to enter previous payroll results before the first use of VSPS) ................ 24
9. “Config. (cheque printing configuration)” ....................................................................... 26
10. “Time Sh.” (time sheet).................................................................................................... 28
11. “Pay” ................................................................................................................................. 32
12. “G. ledger” (general ledger) ............................................................................................ 41
13. Reports: ........................................................................................................................... 44
Previous pays with corrections allowed.................................................................................... 45
Detailed or summary payroll results for a given period of time................................................ 46
List of all pays with possibility to erase cancelled pays ............................................................ 49
Source deductions and employer contributions to Federal....................................................... 50
Source deductions and employer contributions to Quebec ...................................................... 52
T4 ............................................................................................................................................. 53
Relevés 1 ................................................................................................................................. 56
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13. Reports (con’t):
Detailed vacation to pay to an employee.................................................................................. 60
Vacation to pay at a certain date for selected employees ........................................................ 62
Record of employment (ROE) .................................................................................................. 65
List of employees ..................................................................................................................... 73
Hour and cost report for a selected project .............................................................................. 75
14. “Database” menu
Change password .................................................................................................................... 77
Create a new database for next year (carry forward) ............................................................... 78
Compress database ................................................................................................................. 79
Repair database ....................................................................................................................... 79
Erase all data related to an employee ...................................................................................... 80
Replace an employee number by the one he had in the previous year.................................... 80
Delete the current pay table in the database and create a new one ........................................ 81
15. What to do when:
You hire a new employee......................................................................................................... 82
You want to modify the salary or the vacation rate for an employee ........................................ 82
You have to pay an amount for a statutory holiday .................................................................. 83
You have to pay an amount for annual vacation ...................................................................... 83
You must correct a pay ............................................................................................................ 87
You forgot an employee in a previous pay period .................................................................... 88
An employee quit definitively .................................................................................................... 89
You want to make a backup copy............................................................................................. 89
16. Quebec construction worker (CCQ rules)...................................................................... 90
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1. Terms and conditions
As displayed when you install the VSPS software, it is important to read the following terms and
conditions (“COPYRIGHT” and “DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTY”) because the installation will indicate
your acceptance of the following terms and conditions.
COPYRIGHT
Contrary to most softwares, you are allowed to install VSPS on as many computers as you wish.
However, the user has the right to process payrolls only for businesses that he bought an annual
license for. It is strictly prohibited to copy or reproduce, in whole or in part, this software or the
documentation, without a written approval of DL Soft Inc.
Copyright (c) 2003-2012 DL Soft Inc.
All rights reserved.
Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTY
Even though many efforts have been made during the preparation of the VSPS software to ensure its
accuracy and compatibility, this program is provided “as is” without any warranty of any kind.
Therefore, DL Soft Inc. does not give any explicit or implicit guarantee and disclaims any
responsibility for damage due to the use of the VSPS software. Moreover, the present manual is
subject to change without notice.
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2. Overview
Figure 2.01: Main window of the VSPS program
INTRODUCTION
Dear customer, we thank you for your purchase of the VSPS program and hopes that you will
appreciate it.
Briefly, the major VSPS features are:
♦ Unique presentation of the data resembling a payroll book to offer a very simple look and
detailed results.
♦ Exceptional flexibility (substitutions allowed for most of the calculated fields, possibility to modify
and even erase a pay, possibility to reprint cheques, reverse a batch of payroll journal entries,
etc).
♦ Time sheets with option to attribute hours to projects (i.e.; research and development, training,
activities, customers, etc).
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♦ Journal entries with possible exportation to many accounting programs (Accpac, Simply
Accounting, Acomba, QuickBooks, etc).
♦ Very useful reports
• Previous pay report with corrections allowed.
• Detailed or summary payroll results for a given period of time upon different criteria.
• Source deductions and employer contributions per period (monthly, quarterly, etc).
• Detailed report for vacation to pay.
• Record of employment (ROE) when an employee quits definitely.
• T4 and Relevé 1 slips.
• Hour and cost report for a given project and selected employees.
♦ A user friendly approach
Even if VSPS is very easy to use, we strongly recommend that you take the time to read this
manual to explore all power and options that this software provides to get your money’s
worth.
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
- IBM PC or compatible, Pentium 2 processor or higher;
- At least 512 MB (megabytes) of memory (RAM);
- Windows XP or Vista or Windows 7;
- 50 MB of free hard disk space;
- Video display with at least 800 x 600 resolution;
- Internet connection (to download the VSPS program and the upgrades).
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INSTALLING THE VSPS PROGRAM
(1) First, you must download the software from the web site (www.vsps123.com). To do so, select
“VSPS (complete software)” in the “Download” menu. Then, select the 2012 year and click
“Install-VSPS2012.exe”.
(2) Click on "Run".
(3) If the message "The publisher could not be verified. Are you sure you want to run this software?"
is displayed, click on "Run".
(4) If the message "An unidentified program wants access to your computer" is displayed, click on
"Allow".
(5) Follow the instructions and answer the questions.
(6) At the end, if the message "This program might not have installed correctly" is displayed,
click on "This program installed correctly".
(7) Once the installation is complete, you must copy in the VSPS installation folder (by
default, C:\VSPS 2012) the file NAMES-12.TXT that you received by email after your
purchase of the VSPS 2012 license. This file is a control file containing the coded name of
businesses for which you bought the VSPS 2012 license. Without this file, it is impossible
to open or create a payroll database. This is why when you start the program, you can
only open a file for an authorized business, meaning a business name that we added in
your NAMES-12.TXT file.
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If you used VSPS in 2011 for a business, you do not have to re-enter all information on this
business, the employees, balance of vacation to pay, etc. This procedure is done
automatically. To do so, first, you must download the last upgrade for VSPS 2011. After the
upgrade installation, you can create the 2012 database from the database menu of VSPS 2011.
Be sure to save the 2012 database (file with the name of the business and followed by 12.DL7) in
the VSPS 2012 installation directory (by default, C:\VSPS 2012). It is very important to note
that the program transfers, to the new database, information for all employees except the
ones indicated as terminated in the employee files (“Employees“ icon in the main window
of the program). Caution: If an employee no longer works for the business but may come
back to work eventually, you must select “No“ in the box “Terminated“. Finally, please note
that the new database creation does not affect the 2011 database.
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If you are not familiar with the VSPS program, we strongly recommend that you read the
section ”First use of VSPS for a business”.
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UNINSTALLING THE PROGRAM
(1) Click on “start”, “All Programs” and “Uninstall VSPS 2012”.
(2) Follow the instructions and answer the questions.
STARTING THE PROGRAM
(1) On your desk, double-click on the VSPS icon.
You can also click on “start”, “All Programs” and “VSPS 2012”.
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3. First use of VSPS for a business
As mentioned in the “COPYRIGHT” section, you are allowed to install VSPS on as many computers
as you wish. However, when you buy the VSPS 2012 software, you can only process payrolls
for businesses that you purchased the VSPS 2012 license for.
The control of the authorized businesses is done by the coded file NAMES-12.TXT. This file is sent to
you by email. You must copy the NAMES-12.TXT file in the VSPS 2012 installation directory (by
default, C:\VSPS 2012).
When you start the program, you can only open a file for an authorized business, meaning for which
the name is coded in the NAMES-12.TXT file. Each user has a unique NAMES-12.TXT file. Note that
this file can contain several authorized business names.
Concerning the payroll database, this file is saved with a “.DL7“ extension. This database is created
by VSPS and the name is composed of the business name followed by “12.DL7“. For example, if the
business name is “My company Inc.“, the file name will be “My company Inc.12.DL7“.
The payroll databases are always in the VSPS installation directory (by default, C:\VSPS 2012).
However, if you wish to make a backup, we strongly recommend that you copy the complete VSPS
2012 folder since it also includes other important information in the subdirectories. You should
always make external backup on a CD, DVD or other device. The best thing is to preserve this
backup in a different location in case of fire, theft, etc.
From the first use of this software for a business, once you have copied the NAMES-12.TXT file in the
VSPS 2012 directory, you can then create the new payroll database. To do so, in the main VSPS
window, you must select “Open“. In the file selection screen, you simply have to click on the business
name and then click on the “Create new file“ button.
In order to process payrolls, the next steps are:
♦ Enter the business information (chapter 6)
♦ Fill out the employee records (chapter 7)
♦ Enter previous payroll results before the first use of VSPS if applicable (chapter 8)
♦ Set up the cheque and pay stub print configuration (chapter 9)
♦ If you wish to export payroll journal entries, enter all needed general ledger accounts (chapter 12)
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4. “Open” (selection of a payroll database)
Figure 4.01:
Screen for the payroll database selection
To open a certain business payroll database, you must click on “Open “ and select the business
name in the scrolling list of the “Business selection“. Then, in the “File“ box, click on the database file
for this business (the one with the “.DL7“extension) and click on the “Continue“ button.
If the desired business name is not in the “Business selection“ list or if the database is not displayed
in the “File“ box, please read the previous chapter (“First use of VSPS for a business“).
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5. “Save”
Figure 5.01: Screen to save a payroll database in another folder
It is important to note that with the VSPS software, all data is saved automatically in the
database. Each modification is saved immediately. Therefore, you do not have to select the
present function to save your data.
In fact, this function is used to save a backup copy of the payroll database (file with the extension
.DL7) in a different folder from the current directory. To save a copy of the payroll database, first, you
must click on the “Save “ icon of the main window. Once in the selection screen, you must choose the
folder and click on the “Save“ button.
Finally, remember that it is very important to regularly make a backup copy of the VSPS 2012
complete folder since it also includes other important information in the subdirectories. You
should always make external backup on a CD, DVD or other device. The best thing is to
preserve this backup in a different location in case of fire, theft, etc.
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6. “Company” (business information)
This window is used to enter different information about the business. Note that a field with a blue
background is an obligatory field. It is still recommended to fill out all applicable fields. For example, if
you wish to print the business address on your pay cheques, this information must be entered in this
window.
Figure 6.01:
The “Basic info“ tab of the business information window
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Figure 6.02:
The “Pay“ tab of the business information window
As we can see in figure 6.02, the program allows 2 different pay frequencies. For example, a
business could pay some employees on a weekly basis and others on a bi-weekly basis.
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In the “Departments“ tab, you are allowed to name up to 10 departments (i.e.; direct labour, sales
department, office, etc).
We have to mention that in the employee window, the department number is obligatory because this
information is needed for some reports. This is why, by default, when you create a new employee file,
the department number is #1 but you can always change this number.
Figure 6.03:
The “Departments“ tab of the business information window
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The “Groups“ tab is used to define groups, classes or employee associations (unions, professional
associations, etc). This allows you to generate pay reports for a selected group.
Note that there is no limit for the number of groups that you can create.
Figure 6.04:
The “Groups“ tab of the business information window
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With the VSPS program, the most popular deductions (union dues, group-insurance, RPP, RRSP,
etc) are already predefined. In other words, in the pay window, there is already a column for each of
these deductions.
However, in the “Other income and deduct.“ tab, VSPS permits you to define up to 10 other
deductions. It is recommended to enter a brief description (in the example, Child support) in order to
provide more precision in the pay window and in the reports. If you do not enter a description, the
deduction will be named “Other deduction X“, X representing a number from 1 to 10.
Even if, most of the time, these deductions are non-deductible for income tax matters, if needed, you
can select a box in the right hand side to indicate that this deduction is tax deductible (Federal or
Provincial).
Figure 6.05:
The “Other income and deduct.“ tab of the business information window
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The “Projects“ tab is used when you want to compile, in the time sheets, hours and costs related to
certain activities.
For example, this is useful for any business that is claiming Scientific Research and Experimental
Development (SR&ED) since tax authorities require you to maintain a detailed record of hours worked
for each eligible activity.
Therefore, the “Projects“ tab permits you to create projects. You can create as many projects as you
wish. In the time sheets, you can then select one or several projects to distribute hours worked.
Remember that in the time sheets, when you want to divide hours between different projects, it
becomes possible to generate a report for hours and costs related to a project for a given period of
time for selected employees.
Figure 6.06:
The “Projects“ tab of the business information window
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The “CSST“ tab is used by Quebec employers to enter the rate for the CSST insurance premiums. If
this rate changes during the year, you have to enter the new rate and the effective date. Note that
since 2011, employers are required to pay the CSST insurance premiums periodically to Revenu
Quebec with the source deductions and employer contributions to Quebec.
Figure 6.07:
The “CSST“ tab of the business information window
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The “Other info“ tab is used to enter the information needed when an employer wants to pay his
employees by direct deposit instead of printing cheques. You can obtain this information by
contacting your bank.
In this window, you can also enter 5 lines of notes.
Figure 6.08:
The “Other info“ tab of the business information window
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7. “Employees” (employee files)
This window is used to fill out employee records. There are different tabs in this screen. Each blue
box represents an obligatory field.
When you have to create a new record for a new employee and you do not have his social insurance
number (S.I.N.), the program offers you to generate a temporary number in order to be able to
continue the record creation. Of course, when you get the real S.I.N. from this employee, you have to
return to his record and change this number.
To create a new employee record, you must click on the “New employee“ button. Note that, in these
circumstances, it is the VSPS program that generates the employee number because this number is
used for identification and must be unique.
To move from one employee record to another, you can use the arrows at the bottom of the screen.
You can also use the search box to find an employee by his name or by his number. This is faster
when there are several employees.
Figure 7.01: “Basic“ tab of the employee record
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Figure 7.02:
“Incomes“ tab of the employee record
With VSPS, an employee can be remunerated on an hourly rate and/or fixed salary.
The program even allows you to pay an employee with two different hourly rates. For example, in the
restaurant business, a person could have an hourly rate for hours worked as waitress and another
rate for hours worked in the kitchen.
The second hourly rate must be entered in the addendum of the employee record. To display this
window, you have to click on the “Modify“ button.
In the field “Pay type“, there is a choice to indicate that the employee will be paid mainly by
commissions. If this is the case, do not forget to fill out the required information in the “Fed. income
tax.“ tab (estimated total income and expenses for the year in form TD1X).
It is important to note that when the hourly rate or the fixed salary changes, for example, when
a pay raise happens, you must not enter this modification directly in the employee record
window because in this screen, the amount is the one effective at the beginning of the year.
Instead, you must enter this in the Addendum window by clicking on the “Modify“ button (see
figure 7.03).
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With the program, you can register up to 3 salary changes during the year. However, if an employee
has more than 3 salary changes in a year, you can always use the second hourly rate if the employee
is paid on only one hourly rate.
When you register a change for the hourly rate or the fixed salary, you must indicate the effective
date of this modification. It is important to note that, with VSPS, you have to enter the cheque date.
For example, if an employee receives a pay raise effective June 1st, you must enter the cheque date
of the pay period that includes June 1st. In other words, a salary change is always effective from the
beginning of a pay period. To help you determine the cheque date to enter, the “Pay dates“ button
allows you to view the details for every pay period (beginning of the pay period, end of the pay period
and cheque date).
If the salary change does not occur at the beginning of a pay period, you can proceed in different
manners. Let us take the following example. During a pay period, an employee worked 16 hours at
$10.00 per hour and 24 hours at a new hourly rate of $11.00. To calculate his pay, the simplest way
is to enter an amount of $24.00 in the “Other income 1“ column of the pay window (only the amount of
the raise) and register the new hourly rate effective from the cheque date of the next pay period.
Another way is to use an average hourly rate of $10.60. Finally, you could also proceed with Rate 1
and Rate 2 of the time sheet.
Figure 7.03: Addendum for the employee record
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Concerning the vacation rate, because this rate can change during the year, a box is reserved for any
vacation rate modification. It is important to note that you must not enter the new rate in “Rate
1“ field because this field is used for the vacation rate effective at the beginning of the year. As
indicated in the screen, you must enter the new vacation rate in “Rate 2“ box and enter the cheque
date of the pay period that includes this change.
Moreover, the “Benefits“ tab of the employee record permits you to register other periodic income that
is not paid in money but must be included in the taxable income. These amounts are considered in
the income tax calculation and other source deduction (i.e.; CPP).
Figure 7.04:
“Benefits“ tab of the employee record
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In the “Deduct.“ tab of the employee record, first, you have to indicate if the employee is exempt from
Canadian employment insurance (EI), Canadian or Quebec pension plan (CPP/QPP) or Quebec
parental insurance plan (QPIP).
This window also permits you to register periodic deductions for an employee. As mentioned in
chapter 6, with VSPS, the most popular deductions (union dues, group-insurance, RPP, RRSP, etc)
are already predefined but VSPS also allows you to use up to 10 other deductions. To access the
window for these other deductions, you have to click on the “Other deductions“ button.
Figure 7.05:
“Deduct.“ tab of the employee record
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It is important to notice that one of the interesting features of VSPS is the power offered for deduction
calculation.
As shown in the following figure, for any type of deduction, you can define the calculation on several
bases. For example, a deduction could be a fixed amount per pay plus an amount per hour plus a
percentage of the total income. In fact, it is possible to use up to 8 bases to calculate a deduction.
You can even register a minimum and a maximum amount per pay period.
Figure 7.06:
Window used to define the calculation method of a deduction
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In the employee record, the “Fed. Income tax“ and “Prov. income tax“ tabs are used to enter
necessary data for tax calculation based on different forms filled out by the employees (i.e.; TD1, TP1015.3, etc) to establish their income tax calculation. Note that when an employee does not give you
any form, the income tax deduction is calculated only on the basic exemption.
Figure 7.06:
“Fed. income tax.“ tab of the employee record
When you select the “Miscellaneous“ tab, a window is displayed to register different information. If an
employee is paid by direct deposit instead of by cheque, this window allows you to enter the
information needed. Note that, in this screen, you can modify, for the current employee, the IE
employer contribution rate (normally 1.4 times the employee contribution) if this employee is covered
by a private insurance.
Finally, the “Export basic info“ permits you to create an Access database containing the name,
address, phone number and other employee information . This file is always saved in the VSPS 2012
folder (by default, C:\VSPS 2012) and has an “.MDB“ extension.
The main purpose of this file is to allow you to print labels with programs like Microsoft Word, Label
Pro, etc. This database can also serve to send letters to your employees.
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8. “Previous”
Figure 8.01:
“Previous“ function window
Firstly, this function enables you to enter the vacation pay balance for each employee at the
beginning of the year (which is equal to the vacation pay owed at the end of the previous year).
However, if you used VSPS the year before and executed the “Create a new database for next year“
function, these amounts will already be displayed in this window. Remember that VSPS only carries
forward information of employees who were not stated as « terminated » in the employee
records.
Secondly, since the beginning of the year, if you used another payroll system (manual or a software),
this window permits you to enter previous cumulative payroll results (before the first use of VSPS). In
this case, two options are possible.
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First option (the one recommended)
The best way is to enter every pay of the year that you have done before the use of VSPS because
you will have all the needed data to generate the reports. Even if this sounds like an arduous task,
with VSPS, it could actually be accomplished relatively fast. You do not have to use the time sheet.
As a matter of fact, you can enter directly the total hours in the pay window.
It remains very important to verify the hourly rate and to obtain the same net salary amounts.
Remember that in the pay window, if a calculated amount (i.e.; the federal income tax) is different
from the amount really withheld before, you can enter this amount. In these circumstances, a red star
is displayed beside the overwritten field.
With this option, the vacation pay balance to enter in the “Previous“ window is the one at the
beginning of the year.
Second option
When you have several employees and there are many pay periods before the use of VSPS, you can
choose to enter only the cumulative payroll results (from the beginning of the year until the last pay
day registered in the previous payroll system). Of course, proceeding this way will not enable you to
generate detailed reports for this interval of time.
Concerning the vacation pay balance to enter in this window, with this option, the amounts must be
those at the conversion date (at the end of the use of the previous payroll system).
Whatever the option you decide to use, remember that you must even enter information for
employees that worked during the year but no longer work for the enterprise because this
way, you will be able to generate year-end reports (T4, etc) for all employees.
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9. “Config.” (cheque printing configuration)
Figure 9.01:
Window for cheque printing configuration
The present module allows you to adjust the pay cheque printing. Your cheque must be ink jet or
laser format (8.5 x 11 sheet).
As we can see in the above figure, you have to indicate the cheque model.
For example, if the model is “Cheque-stub-stub“, this means that the first part of the sheet is the
cheque followed by 2 detachable stubs. Some boxes are there to indicate the number of empty lines
between different sections of the cheque.
It may be possible that some information is already printed on the cheque (business name, address,
dollar sign or the mention “Pay to“). If this is the case, you simply have to select “No“ to indicate that
you do not print this information.
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Also, there is an option to print or not, on the stubs, the notes from the pay window. For example, the
note entered in the pay window can be useful to send an explanation or message to your employees.
The best way to adjust the cheque printing is to insert a blank page in your printer and to click on the
“Print test“ button. After that, you can put this sheet in front of a cheque, align the two documents and
look at them in front of a light to see if you need to move some fields or not.
To modify the position of an element to print on the cheque, you must drag this field with your
mouse. If a field disappears, you simply have to click on the “Refresh“ button.
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10. “Time sh.” (Time sheets)
Figure 10.01:
First part of the time sheets
This function is used to fill out a time sheet, i.e.; the detailed hours worked in a pay period for an
employee.
In this window, as soon as you select the pay period, the program generates all the dates for this pay
period. The next step is to choose the employee.
Note that from the pay window, you can always access directly an employee’s time sheet by
positioning the cursor on any hour field for this employee and by pressing F3 or by double-clicking on
this cell.
In the time sheet, to enter beginning and ending hours worked, VSPS allows 2 different formats, hour
and minutes (i.e.; 14:30) or hour and fraction (i.e.; 14.50).
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There is a column to register hour adjustments. In the next column, you can enter an explanation for
each of these adjustments (i.e.; time taken for lunch). An adjustment must be entered in a fraction of
an hour (i.e.; .5 to subtract 30 minutes).
In figure 10.01, notice that the “Erase line“ button, at the bottom left hand side, enables you to erase
all data on the positioned line. This can be useful when you did not enter the data on the right line.
To accelerate the data entry, the program allows you to copy and paste certain information that has a
tendency to repeat itself. To do so, first, you must position the cursor on the line to copy from and
select “Copy“. Then, you have to position the cursor on the first line where you wish to copy the
information to and select “Paste“. In the small screen displayed, you must indicate the number of
consecutive lines you want to paste the information. By default, this will paste the starting time, the
finish time, adjustment of hours and the adjustment note. However, it is possible to exclude any of
these elements.
Figure 10.02:
Screen to copy and paste recurring data on other lines of the time sheet
In the time sheet, as you enter your data, the program calculates the hours worked. By default, the
hours are considered like regular hours at rate #1 (1st hourly rate). However, you can always allocate
some of these hours in other columns.
For example, on a certain day, an employee could have worked 9 payable hours. At first, the program
would display 9 hours in the “Regular hours at rate #1“ column but it would be possible to modify this
field by entering 8 hours. A red star beside this box would be displayed to indicate an overwritten cell.
In these circumstances, the program would display 1 hour in the “T1/2 hours at rate # 1“ column but,
once again, you could modify this by affecting another column (for example, the one for double time
rate).
As mentioned before, it is also possible to register hours in columns for Rate #2 in the case of an
employee remunerated on 2 hourly rates.
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Figure 10.03:
Other part of the time sheet window
Furthermore, the “Hour distribution per project“ tab allows you to allocate hours worked between
different activities (Scientific Research and Experimental Development, training, hours related to a
certain customer, etc). As mentioned before, all the projects must be created in the business
information screen (“Company“ icon of the main VSPS window). Remember that you can create as
many projects as you wish.
In the time sheet, for a pay period, you can select up to 5 different projects to allocate hours. The
Project 1 (“Miscellaneous“) is always present because it represents the default project.
This is why, in this section, there are 6 zones to enter hours. To be able to enter hours in a zone other
than the one for Project 1, first, you must select the project in the scrolling list. Then, you have to
reduce hours for Project 1 for this day.
For example, if the employee worked 8 hours on a given day, by clicking on the “Hour distribution per
project“ tab, 8 hours are automatically displayed in Project 1 because it is the default project
(“Miscellaneous“). If you wish to attribute 3 hours to Project 2, you must first enter a maximum of 5
hours in Project 1 zone, otherwise the program will refuse to allocate time to Project 2.
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In this screen, there is also a function to transfer all Project 1 hours (the default project) in another
project. This speeds up the distribution of hours if the employee did most of his hours for a specific
project.
When you quit this tab, if a line does not balance, the difference is attributed to Project 1
(“Miscellaneous “).
Note that when you have attributed hours to different projects, it becomes possible to generate a
report to establish hours and costs for a selected project during an interval of time. It is also possible
to choose employees to consider for the report. For more information on this report, please refer to
“Hour and cost report for a selected project” in chapter 13 (“Reports“).
Figure 10.04:
Hours distribution per project in the time sheet
Finally, when you quit the time sheet, if the distribution of hours does not balance, the program warns
you of this problem.
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11. “Pay”
Figure 11.01: First part of the pay window
When you open this window, you must first select the pay period by clicking on the scroll bar and then
click on the “Confirm“ button that is only visible when a pay period changes. The program displays the
beginning date, the end date and the cheque date of the chosen pay period. Note that you are
allowed to change the cheque date.
If you filled out a time sheet for an employee for this pay period, the hours are already displayed in
the pay window. To modify this time sheet, you can position the cursor in an hour column on the
employee’s line and double-click on the cell or press F3.
As we mentioned before, you are not obligated to fill out the time sheets. In fact, you can enter
directly the total hours in the pay window. In these circumstances, because this represents an
overwritten entry, a red star appears beside the hours amount. To restore the hour calculation based
on the time sheet (like for any overwritten calculation), you must position the cursor on this cell and
press “Delete“ on your key board.
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Figure 11.02: Other part of the pay window
As soon as you enter the hours, VSPS calculates the basic salary (fixed salary and/or hours
multiplied by the hourly rate), other incomes and all the source deductions (EI, income tax, etc). Note
that in the case of an employee paid by fixed salary, you must enter the number of hours worked in
order to have the incomes and deductions calculated, otherwise the fields will remain blank.
As mentioned before, you can modify a calculated field, except in a column with a yellow background.
Remember that to restore an overwritten entry, you simply have to position the cursor on the cell and
press “Delete “on your keyboard.
Concerning vacation, when you want to enter this kind of payment, you have to double-click
on the cell in the vacation column or press F3. This will display the data entry screen for the
vacation payment. To know how to proceed in this screen, please refer to chapter 15 in
section « You have to pay an amount for annual vacation ».
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In the case of a final payment of vacation when an employee is terminated, prior to processing
his final pay, it is very important to go in the employee’s record to select “Employment
termination“ for the type of vacation pay. This way, after this pay, there will be no vacation
balance for this employee. In Quebec, remember that the employer must calculate a vacation
amount on each amount paid, including vacation pay, except in the case of a vacation pay
given when the employee is terminated.
From the pay window, you can always access the employee’s record by positioning the cursor on this
employee’s line and clicking on the “Employee“ button.
By default, in the pay window, all the columns are displayed. However, it is preferable to hide all the
columns that you do not use in order to reduce the number of fields to scroll and accelerate moving
through the window. To hide unnecessary columns, you must click on the “Config.“ button. In the next
screen displayed, simply unselect the columns that you do not want to appear in the pay window. A
selected box means that this column will be displayed.
However, if you try to unselect a column that is already used in your pay calculation, this action will be
denied (the field will be displayed in light grey). For example, this will happen in the case of a Quebec
employer who is trying to hide the QPP (Quebec pension plan) column.
When loading the pay window, the configuration screen is displayed over the pay window. This is to
advise the user of the possibilities. If you want to stop showing the pay window configuration screen
when loading the pay window, simply select this choice at the bottom left hand side of the screen.
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Figure 11.03: Pay window configuration screen
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Figure 11.04:
Other part of the pay window
In the pay window, once the data entry is done, if you are paying your employees by cheque, you
must fill out the cheque number column. You can enter these numbers directly or you can use the
“#123“ button. In this last case, you simply have to enter the first cheque number and the program
automatically enters the following numbers.
If the employees are paid by cheques, even manual cheques, the next step is to click on the
“Cheques“ button to display the cheques and pay stubs print screen. In this screen, you can
select employees (one by one or per department). The “Print detailed stubs“ button allows you to give
to each of the employees a more detailed pay stub because there is no space constraint (as opposed
to a pay stub on a cheque). By clicking on the “Export detailed stubs“, you can create a detailed pay
stub in text format for each of the employees. Then, you can send this by email.
Do not forget to provide the pay stubs to your employees. A pay stub contains the current and the
cumulative payroll results.
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It is very important to remember that if you want to reprint a pay cheque for a previous pay
period, you must not proceed in the pay window but rather from the report function using the
“Previous pays with corrections allowed“ report. For more details, please refer to chapter 13.
If you have forgotten an employee in a pay prior to the current pay period, this kind of
correction can not be done in the “Previous pays with corrections allowed” report. In this
case, please refer to chapter 15 in section “You forgot an employee in a previous pay period”.
If some employees are paid by direct deposit instead of by cheque, once the pay is completed, you
simply have to click on the “Direct $“ button. In this screen, once again, if you wish, you can always
select the employees (the default is all the employees). Note that in the list, only employees paid by
direct deposit are listed.
After the selection is done, you must click on the “Create file“ button. The program always saves this
file in the subdirectory DirectDeposit\Your business name_DD in the VSPS folder (by default,
C:\VSPS 2012). The name of this file is composed with the pay period, the pay frequency and a
sequential number (for example, Pay period 15 Freq. 26 #001.txt).
In case of error, you can always redo the file creation. In these circumstances, the sequential number
is incremented (for example, Pay period 15 Freq. 26 #002.txt). In other words, the most recent file is
the one with the highest number at the end.
VSPS follows Standard 005 of the Canadian Payments Association, which is the required norm for
the exchange of financial data on AFT files (containing 1464 characters per line).
To know how to send this kind of file to your financial institution, you must contact your bank branch.
As required by law, even if an employee is paid by direct deposit, you have to give him his pay
stub in order to let him know the payroll details (number of hours, current incomes and
deductions, cumulative results, etc).
In the direct deposit screen, to print the pay stubs, simply click on the “Print stubs“ button. In this
screen, you can select employees (one by one or per department).
In the direct deposit window, it is also possible to save each of the pay stubs in a text file. This option
is interesting for employers who prefer to send pay stubs by email. When you select “Export stubs“,
the program creates a text file for each of the employees paid by direct deposit. Note that this pay
stub format is different from the format on a cheque. In fact, the pay stub is more detailed because
there is no space constraint (as opposed to a pay stub on a cheque).
The pay stub files are always saved in the subdirectory DirectDeposit\Your business name_DD\
Stubs-Pay xx (xx representing the number of the pay period) in the VSPS folder (by default, C:\VSPS
2012). As you can see, the program creates a subdirectory for each of the pay periods. As for the
files, the name is composed with the employee’s name and the pay period (i.e.; John Something Pay1.txt).
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Figure 11.05:
Screen to create the direct deposit file
Once you have paid your employees, either by cheque or by direct deposit, it is strongly
recommended printing the pay reports (Summary, Detailed earnings, etc) and stapling them to the
pay stubs. To do so, click on the “Print“ button and select the desired report.
After, do not forget to click on the “Post“ button to save the payroll data for this pay period in
the database.
It is essential to always remember that the pay window is like a worksheet. If you change the
pay period for a previous pay period, the hours will be updated based on the time sheets.
However, all overwritten entries will stay in the pay window. In fact, to consult or modify a
previous pay, you must not proceed in the pay window but rather use the « Previous pay with
corrections allowed » report. For more details, please refer to chapter 13.
Note that you can post the payroll data as many times as you wish. So, if you make a modification,
just do not forget to click on the “Post“ button to save the changes you made.
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Furthermore, the “DR-CR“ button is there to generate and display the payroll journal entries. Figure
11.06 illustrates an example. In the journal entries window the “Export“ button enables you to create a
file that can be imported into many different accounting programs such as Accpac, Acomba, Fortune
1000, MYOB, QuickBooks, Simply Accounting, etc.
Of course, in order to be able to create this file, you must have indicated, in the “G. ledger“ module,
your accounting software and all the needed account numbers for the payroll processing. For more
details, please refer to chapter 12.
At the beginning of each journal entry, in the “Exp“ column, the mention “Yes“ indicates that this
journal entry will be included in the export file. If, for whatever reason, you wish to exclude a journal
entry, you have to double-click on the check box to display “No“.
The program always saves the journal entries export file in the subdirectory Export\Business name
_XP of the VSPS folder (by default, C:\VSPS 2012). The name of this file is composed of the pay
period, the pay frequency, the mention “Export“ and a sequential number (for example, Pay period 15
Freq. 52 Export #001.TXT).
If needed, you can click the “Export“ button as many times as you want. Each time, the sequential
number at the end of the file name is incremented (for example, Pay period 15 Freq. 52 Export
#002.TXT when you click for the second time in the same pay period).
As soon as the file is created, journal entries can be imported in the general ledger of your accounting
software. You must refer to your accounting program user manual or call their support service.
Usually, the file importation remains quite simple to perform.
Because it is normal to make errors, VSPS even allows you to reverse the journal entries. Therefore,
if you ever import GL entries of this type into your accounting software and some of them contain
errors, the best way to correct the situation is often to reverse all of them. Then, you can make the
necessary corrections and create a new export file.
To reverse a batch of journal entries, you must click on the “Select. Exported GL entries “ and select
the export file. This file is easy to identify because its name makes reference to the pay period and
the pay frequency. When the journal entries are displayed, you simply have to click the “Reverse GL
entries“ button to make all debit amounts become credit amounts and vice-versa. After that, you just
have to select “Export“ again and import this new batch of journal entries into your accounting
software to void the previous posting. This new export file is easy to recognize (for example,
REVERSAL Pay period 1 Freq. 26 Export #001.TXT).
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Figure 11.06:
Payroll journal entries window
Finally, the last thing to do when you process a pay is to erase all data by clicking the “Erase“
button. This is important because this erases all overwritten cells, cheque numbers and notes
entered in the pay window. When you will select the next pay period, the pay window will be
blank except for the hours entered in the time sheets for this pay period.
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12. “G. ledger” (General ledger)
This module is very interesting if you use a software for your accounting. As mentioned before, VSPS
allows you to create files of journal entries that can be imported into several accounting programs.
Of course, in order to be able to make journal entries for a pay period or for employer contributions,
the software needs to know which general ledger (GL) accounts to use.
Once you have indicated the accounting software you are using, you must enter the GL account
numbers for every department you created. Remember that, in the “Company” window, VSPS
enables you to register up to 10 departments. Consequently, you can affect different GL account
numbers depending on the departments (for example, direct labour, sales department, office, etc).
Figure 12.01: First screen of the ”G. ledger” module
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Of course, most of the time, many account numbers remain the same from one department to
another. For this reason, VSPS enables you to copy account numbers used in a department to
another department. To do so, you must click on the “Copy to another department” button. For
example, you could copy the GL account numbers that you entered for department 1 and then paste
them for department 2. Then, for department 2, you simply have to change the account numbers that
differ from the ones used for department 1. This way to proceed is not only faster but reduces the risk
of errors.
When you select a department, the program displays a data entry screen to enter all basic (default)
GL account numbers. Most of them are obligatory account numbers in order to be able to generate
payroll journal entries. You must remember that if you do not enter a specific GL account number for
an element, the program will use the default GL account number. For example, if no specific GL
account number is entered for the federal income tax, VSPS will then affect the GL account number
for “Federal source deductions and employer contributions to pay”. The following figure illustrates the
basic GL account numbers used when you do not enter any specific GL account number.
Figure 12.02:
”Basic accounts” tab of the ”G. ledger” module
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As we can see in the next illustration, for certain elements, two account numbers are required, one for
the expense and one for the liability (debt).
Figure 12.03:
”Employer contrib.” tab of the ”G. ledger” module
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13. “Reports”
In the report selection screen, it is important to remark that for some reports, there is a “Criteria” tab
that allows you to choose the selected employees, the interval of time, etc.
Figure 13.01:
Report selection window
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“Previous pays with corrections allowed”
This report is used to review every previous pay that you have posted in the database. When loading,
the screen always displays the pay period # 1. To select the desired pay period, you have to click on
the arrow pointing down until the desired pay period is displayed and click on the “Confirm” button.
This report can be useful in many circumstances. For example, if you forget to create a file of journal
entries to import into your accounting program, the present function gives you the chance to create
this file. You simply have to click on the ”DR-CR” to display the journal entries for this pay period.
Then, all you need to do is to click on the ”Export” button.
It is also possible to reprint all the pay reports for a chosen period (summary report, detailed earnings,
etc) by clicking on the ”Print” button.
Figure 13.02:
“Previous pays with corrections allowed” report
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In this report, you can even modify data for a selected pay period. To do so, in the ”Select.” column,
you must select each employee you want to make a correction for and click on the ”Edit” button.
Then, the pay window is displayed and only contains information about the chosen employees. You
can make the necessary corrections and even print new cheques. Once all corrections are made, do
not forget to click on the ”Report” button to save your changes in the payroll database.
After you posted your corrected payroll data, it is important to quit the pay window and to return in the
“Previous pays with corrections allowed” report to reprint the corrected pay reports. Moreover, if
needed, you can create a new file of journal entries. If you also have to correct payroll journal entries
in your accounting software for this pay period, you could reverse these payroll journal entries. To
know how to proceed, please refer to chapter 11.
Finally, if you have forgotten an employee in a pay prior to the current pay period, this kind of
correction can not be done in the “Previous pays with corrections allowed” report. In this case, please
refer to chapter 15 in section “You forgot an employee in a previous pay period”.
“Detailed or summary payroll results for a given period of time”
When you choose this report, you must select the criteria in the next screen.
Figure 13.03: Example of criteria for this report
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As we can see in figure 13.03 on the previous page, for this report, many options are offered. By
default, the report covers all the year to date but you can also choose a month or an interval of time.
Note that, for this report, the interval of time can even start in the previous year. For example, if a
company has a March 31st year end, you could obtain the payroll results for the fiscal year ending in
2012 by entering April 1st 2011 as the beginning date for the interval of time and March 31st 2012 as
for the end date.
Figure 13.04: Example of the “Detailed or summary payroll results for a given period of time“ report
It is important to remember that, by default, concerning the dates to enter for an interval of time, the
VSPS program proceeds upon cheque dates. In fact, to help users, at the bottom of the screen, the
”Pay dates” button enables you to consult, for each of the pay periods, the beginning date, the end
date and the cheque date.
However, you can always select the ”Based on end of pay period dates” option. For example, in these
circumstances, if you choose ”For a month” and select the month of March, the program generates
the report by including payroll results of each pay period ending in March, even if the cheque date is
in the next month (April). This possibility is useful when you have to fill out certain reports like the
employee contributions to pay to a parity committee for a given month because for these kinds of
reports, you have to proceed on the end pay period date instead of cheque dates.
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In the ”Criteria” selection window, since the program offers many different options, it becomes easy to
obtain payroll results on different criteria. For example, in the case of a manufacturing business, if you
wish to compile payroll results for direct labour costs, you can select only employees to be included in
the report. In these circumstances, if you have separated your employees per different department
numbers (in the employee records), you could make the report selection by departments, which is a
lot faster.
You could also use the ”Per group” option. As mentioned before, in the ”Company” window, there is a
tab to create as many groups as you want (for example, union, parity committee, professional
associations, etc). Then, in the employee’s record, if you wish, you simply have to indicate in what
group an employee must be included. This allows you to generate reports for a selected group.
If you are a new user of the VSPS software, it remains important to experiment with different selection
criteria to have an idea of all the possibilities this report offers.
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“List of all pays with possibility to erase cancelled pays”
This report lists all the pays that you have posted in the payroll database. However, the main purpose
of this function is to allow you to delete pays that you have posted before.
In fact, if for any reason, you wish to delete a pay in the database, you simply have to select this pay
in the list by clicking the box in the ”Select.” column. Once the selection is done, you must click on the
”Erase” button. Of course, the program will ask you to confirm this command.
Since this action is irreversible, it is essential to take the time to verify the selection before
this deletion.
Figure 13.05:
“List of all pays with possibility to erase cancelled pays“ report
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“Source deductions and employer contributions to Federal”
As an employer, you have to remit the CPP contributions, the EI premiums, and income tax deducted
from your employees' income, along with your share of CPP contributions and EI premiums. This
report displays the detailed amounts to pay to the federal government as source deductions and
employer contributions for each of the remittance periods. Remember that the remittance frequency
(monthly, quarterly, etc) must be indicated in the business information window (”Company” icon of the
VSPS main window).
The present report gives you all the necessary data to fill out your remittance form, including the
gross payroll amount for the remitting period and the number of employees in the last pay period. For
every remittance period, there are also columns to enter the amount really paid, the date of payment
and the cheque number. There is even a column that calculates the difference between the amount to
pay and the amount really paid.
Even if all amounts are already calculated, you are allowed to change an amount. A red star is
displayed beside a modified field to indicate that this amount was overwritten. To restore a calculated
amount, you only have to position the cursor on this cell and press ”Delete” on your keyboard.
Figure 13.06:
“Source deductions and employer contributions to Federal” report
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The “DR-CR“ button allows you to generate the federal employer contributions journal entries for a
selected remittance period. Once the journal entries screen is displayed, the “Export“ button is used
to create a file that can be imported into many different accounting programs such as Accpac,
Acomba, Fortune 1000, MYOB, QuickBooks, Simply Accounting, etc. For more details, please refer to
chapter 11 because the process is similar to the one for payroll journal entries.
As for the payroll journal entries, the program always saves the journal entries export file in the
subdirectory Export\Business name _XP of the VSPS folder (by default, C:\VSPS 2012). The name of
this file is easy to recognize (for example, Payroll expenses Fed. period 15 Freq. 12 Export
#001.TXT).
Furthermore, the “Criteria“ tab is used when the employer rate for Canadian employment insurance
(EI), in the case of certain employees, is not the normal rate. Let us recall that for 2012, normally, the
employer has to pay an amount representing 1.4 times the employee contributions.
Nevertheless, when some employees are covered by a private insurance, Canada Revenue Agency
can reduce the employer EI contribution for these employees. In these circumstances, the employer
has 2 business numbers (BN) from the Canada Revenue Agency and must produce 2 remittance
forms for each of the remittance periods. The “Criteria“ tab enables you to select employees
depending on which remittance form you are filling out. To facilitate the selection, you can proceed by
department selection if you have previously classified your employees per department (based on the
related business number) in the employee records.
Finally, it is important to remember that if the EI employer contribution for an employee is different
from the normal rate (1.4 times the employee’s contribution), you must enter this rate in the
“Miscellaneous“ tab of the employee record (“Employees“ icon of the VSPS main Window).
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“Source deductions and employer contributions to Quebec”
This function applies only to Quebec employers. Since this report is similar to the one described in
the previous section, for more information, please refer to this section.
Figure 13.07:
“Source deductions and employer contributions to Quebec” report
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“T4”
Figure 13.08: T4 slip
This function allows you to issue T4 slips. It is very important to install the last VSPS upgrade in
order to be sure to use the last authorized T4 version for this year. This upgrade is usually
available at the beginning of January (for example, January 2013 for 2012 T4 slips).
To move through the T4 slips, you can click on the scrollbar at the bottom left hand side. You can
also use the search box.
It is even possible to change a calculated amount (except if the field is greyed out implying the field is
disabled). In this case, a red star beside the box would be displayed to indicate an overwritten cell. To
restore the calculated amount to an overwritten field, simply select this field and press F8.
At the bottom of the slip, you can enter codes and notes.
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When you select the “Print“ button, the print screen is displayed. As we can see in the following
figure, in this screen, first, you must indicate if you wish to print the T4 slips or the T4 Summary.
For the T4 slips printing, if necessary, you can select employees. You must also choose the type of
print, one or two names per page. Note that for the T4 slips to give to the employees, you have
to select "1 employee per sheet (2 copies)” because each employee must receive 2 copies of the
T4 slip (one to attach to his income tax form and one to keep for his records). In other words, you
have to give every employee, a sheet representing two T4 copies and the instructions sheet for the
T4 boxes (printed automatically by VSPS).
As for the copy to send to the Canada Revenue Agency with the T4 Summary, you must
always print 2 different names per page. With this selection, as required, the program also prints
the business number (BN) on each T4 slip.
The T4 slips produced by VSPS are authorized by Canada Revenue Agency. You simply have
to print them on white paper. However, be sure to use the last VSPS upgrade (usually
available in the month of January following the year end). When you are printing the T4 slips,
the number beginning by “RC-“ must be followed by the last 2 digits of the year (i.e.; “RC-12…“ for 2012).
Figure 13.09: Print screen for T4 and T4 Summary
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When you select the “Summary“ tab, the program displays the worksheet intended to help you fill out
the T4 Summary form. You can print this worksheet but as opposed to the T4 slips, this is not an
official form that you can send to Canada Revenue Agency.
Indeed, you must fill out the T4 Summary form manually or use the dynamic pdf form (i.e.;
t4sum-fill-12b.pdf for the year 2012) available from the Canada Revenue Agency web site or
from www.vsps123.com in the « F.A.Q. » section. It is recommended to print this worksheet and
keep it for your records with a photocopy of the T4 Summary form.
Finally, if the business has more than 50 employees, a button will be displayed to create a file
of the T4 slips in XML format. This file must be sent to Canada Revenue Agency. Remember
that paper copies are not accepted if you have more than 50 employees. In this case, please
contact us.
Figure 13.10:
Worksheet used to fill out the T4 Summary
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“Relevés 1”
Figure 13.11: “Relevé 1“ slip
This function allows you to issue “Relevé 1“ slips to employees who are Quebec residents. It is very
important to install the last VSPS upgrade in order to be sure to use the right Relevé 1 version.
This upgrade is usually available at the beginning of January (for example, January 2013 for
2012 Relevé 1 slips).
As for the T4, to move through the slips, you can click on the scrollbar at the bottom left hand side.
You can also use the search box.
It is even possible to change a calculated amount (except if the field is greyed out implying the field is
disabled). In this case, a red star beside the box would be displayed to indicate an overwritten cell. To
restore the calculated amount to an overwritten field, simply select this field and press F8.
In the middle of the slip, you can also enter notes.
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When you select the “Print“ button, the print screen is displayed. As we can see in the following
figure, in this screen, first, you must indicate if you wish to print the Relevé 1 slips or the Relevé 1
Summary. For the Relevé 1 slips printing, if necessary, you can select employees.
The Relevé 1 slips produced by VSPS are authorized by Revenu Québec. You simply have to
print them on white paper. However, be sure to use the last VSPS upgrade (usually available in
the month of January following the year end). When you are printing the Relevé 1 slips, the
number beginning by “FS“ must be followed by the last 2 digits of the year (i.e.; “FS12…“ for
2012).
Note that if you have more than 50 employees, a button will be displayed to create a file of the
Relevé 1 slips in XML format. This file must be sent to Revenu Quebec. Remember that paper
copies are not accepted if you have more than 50 employees. In this case, please contact us.
Figure 13.12:
Print screen for “Relevé 1“ slips and Summary
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In the VSPS Relevé 1 window, when you select the “Summary“ tab, the program displays the
worksheet intended to help you fill out the Relevé 1 Summary form. You can print this worksheet but
as opposed to the Relevé 1 slips, this is not an official form that you can send to Revenu Quebec.
Indeed, you must fill out the Relevé 1 Summary form manually or use the dynamic pdf form
(i.e.; rlz-1.s(2012-10)d8.pdf for the year 2012) available from the Revenu Quebec web site or
from www.vsps123.com in the « F.A.Q. » section. It is recommended to print this worksheet and
keep it for your records with a photocopy of the Relevé 1 Summary form.
Figure 13.13:
First part of the worksheet used to fill out the “Relevé 1“ Summary
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Figure 13.14:
Second part of the worksheet used to fill out the “Relevé 1“ Summary
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“Detailed vacation to pay to an employee”
For this report, first, you must select the employee by clicking on the scrollbar at the bottom left hand
side or by using the search box. Once the selection is done, you have to click on the “Continue“
button. Then the program displays, for each of the pay periods, details related to the vacation
calculation (vacation rate effective at the pay period, remuneration for vacation calculation, balance at
the beginning, vacation amount earned in the period, balance at the end, etc).
Figure 13.15: Employee selection screen for the vacation report
Figure 13.16: First part of the “Detailed vacation to pay to an employee“ report
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Figure 13.17:
Second part of the “Detailed vacation to pay to an employee“ report
As shown in the figure above, notice that in this report, if necessary, in the “Adjustment“ column, you
can even enter a positive or negative amount to affect the balance.
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“Vacation to pay at a certain date for selected employees”
This report displays the detailed vacation amount to pay to selected employees at a certain date. By
default, all employees are included and the report date is the end of the calendar year.
However, as shown in the following figure, if you click on the “Criteria“ tab, it becomes possible for
you to select employees and enter the date you wish to use to calculate vacation amounts to pay.
Figure 13.18:
Criteria for the “Vacation to pay at a certain date for selected employees” report
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Figure 13.19:
First part of the “Vacation to pay at a certain date for selected employees” report
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Figure 13.20:
Second part of the “Vacation to pay at a certain date for selected employees” report
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“Record of employment (ROE)”
This function aims to help you fill out the Record of Employment (ROE) form when an interruption of
earnings occurs (the employee quits his job, is laid off or terminated, etc). It remains very important to
refer to the law to correctly fill out this form. You can consult the government web site
(servicecanada.gc.ca), in the “All Canadians“ section, click on “Employment Insurance (EI) “, click
on “Employment Insurance Information for Employers“ and click on “How to complete the ROE form“.
The ROE form must be filled out manually or electronically. However, VSPS enables you to print
worksheet to help you fill out this form.
When you must fill out a ROE form, first, you have to go in the employee records (“Employees“ icon
of the VSPS main window) to enter the first day of work (even if this is several years ago). However, If
a ROE form was ever issued for this employee, you must enter the first day worked after the last ROE
form was filled out. In the employee record, you must also enter the last day of work.
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Figure 13.21: Selection for the “Record of employment (ROE)” report
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If you used the VSPS software in the previous year, you must enter the directory where you installed
VSPS last year (for example, C:\VSPS 2008). Let us recall that this information has to be registered
in the business information window (“Company“ icon of the VSPS main window).
When you choose the “Record of employment (ROE)” report, you must select the employee by typing
the name in the search box. As soon as you begin to type, the program starts displaying employee
names and certain information (S.I.N., first day of work since the last ROE, etc).
When you have selected the employee, you must click on the “Worksheet“ tab. Then, for each of the
pay periods to be included in the ROE report (if weekly, 53 last weeks, if by bi-weekly, 27 last pay
periods, etc), the program displays the hourly rate, the hours worked, etc.
Note that, as required by the government, these pays are listed beginning by the most recent pay.
Figure 13.22
First part of the ROE worksheet
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Figure 13.23:
Second part of the ROE worksheet
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Figure 13.24:
Third part of the ROE worksheet
As we can see from the previous figure, in this worksheet, there are also columns for the insurable
hours for EI and the EI insurable earnings. Note that you are allowed to modify amounts in these
columns.
For example, if for a given pay period, an employee received an amount registered in the “Other
income 1“ (statutory holiday, etc) column and that you forgot to add the equivalent in term of hours in
the “Insurable hours for EI“ column, you can modify these hours in the ROE worksheet. This kind of
change is only effective in the ROE worksheet. They do not affect the payroll database.
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Moreover, for an employee paid by an hourly rate, the last two columns of the ROE worksheet are
useful to help detect possible errors. In fact, in the “Earnings before benefits / $ per hour“ column, the
program calculates the total earnings divided by the hourly rate, which is normally equivalent to the
Insurable hours for EI. The last column displays the difference between this result and the Insurable
hours for EI.
Nevertheless, if a difference appears in the last column, this does not necessarily mean that
there is an error. For example, if an employee worked overtime hours at a higher rate than the
regular rate, it is normal to obtain a difference in the last column. In other words, this column is to
attract your attention to a particular situation that deserves to be verified in order to avoid errors.
Figure 13.25:
Last part of the ROE worksheet
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Once the verification is done in the ROE worksheet (primarily for the insurable hours for EI and the EI
insurable earnings), it is recommended to print this worksheet and to keep it for your records with a
copy of the ROE.
The next step is to click on the “Results for the ROE“ tab. The program displays a report very similar
the ROE form which makes it easy to fill out the official form.
Figure 13.26:
Results for the ROE form
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“List of employees”
This function allows you to print a summary or detailed list of information for selected employees
(name, address, telephone number, etc).
In the “Criteria“ tab, by default, all the employees are selected for the report but you can also choose.
Figure 13.27:
Selection screen for the list of employees
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When you click on the “Continue“ button, the print screen is displayed.
As we can see in the following figure, you can even export this information in a file (Excel, Word, etc).
Figure 13.28:
Print screen for the list of employees
The “Export employees basic information into an Access database“ button enables you to create an
Access database containing, for each of the selected employees, the name, address and other
information (telephone number, date of birth, etc). This file is always saved in the VSPS folder (by
default, C:\VSPS 2012). The file name is “Employees of “ followed by the business name and the file
extension “.MDB“.
The main purpose of this file is to allow you to print labels with programs such as Microsoft Word,
Label Pro, etc. This database can also be useful in other situations, like when you want to send a
letter to your employees.
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“Hour and cost report for a selected project”
In the time sheets, if you have attributed hours to specific activities (i.e.; research and development,
training, etc), this report calculates hours and project costs for a given interval of time. You can apply
criteria for this report such as the selected employees, the type of results, the interval of time, etc.
Figure 13.29:
First part of the “Hour and cost report for a selected project”
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Figure 13.30:
Last part of the “Hour and cost report for a selected project”
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14. “Database” menu
“Change password”
The use of a password is optional. However, since pay information is confidential, it is recommended
to request a password to access the database.
The present function enables you to register or edit a password. If you wish, you can use a distinct
password for each of the businesses that you process payrolls.
Note that if you ever forget your password, you must contact us. We can retrieve your password for
you.
Finally, because a password protection is never foolproof, you should always restrict access to your
payroll database.
Figure 14.01:
Screen to register or edit a password
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“Create a new database for next year (carry forward)”
This function not only creates a new payroll database but also transfers all required payroll
information for the next year (employee records, cheque print configuration, vacation balance for
each employee, GL account numbers, etc).
It is important to note that the program transfers information for all employees except the ones
indicated as terminated in the employee files (“Employees“ icon in the main window of the program).
If an employee no longer works for the business but may come back to work eventually, you must
select “No“ in the box “Terminated“.
This function is authorized only at the end of December. Of course, it is important to select this
procedure after you have posted the last pay of the year (“Post“ button of the pay window).
Another important issue is to be sure to use the last VSPS version (the one available at the
end of December. In fact, it is only at the end of the year that we know for sure what will be the
necessary database structure for the next year. Remember that all VSPS upgrades during the year
are free. It is highly recommended to visit our web site (www.vsps123.com) regularly to be
sure to use the most recent version.
The new database creation does not affect the current database because it is a distinct file. You can
do this operation as many times as you wish (i.e.; if you made changes in the payroll database of the
current year) because the program will ask you every time if you want to replace the file.
By default, the new file is saved in the VSPS 2012 folder but you can use any other directory you
want.
The name of the database is always composed of the business name followed by “13.DL7“. For
example, if the business name is “My company Inc.“, the database name for 2013 will be “My
company Inc.13.DL7“.
When you will purchase your new 2013 license, we will send you a new control file (NAMES-13.TXT).
This file will contain the coded name of every authorized business for VSPS 2013.
Then, you will have to install VSPS 2013 and copy the file NAMES-13.TXT in the VSPS 2013
folder (by default, C:\VSPS 2013). Finally, you will need to copy the new database(s) in the
same folder.
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“Compress database”
Over time, as you use it, the payroll database gets bigger which is normal because you constantly
add information. Moreover, any database becomes fragmented over time. The present function
rearranges how the database file is stored on disk. When complete, the compacted database has
reclaimed wasted space and is usually smaller than the original. By compacting the database, optimal
performance of the database application is ensured, and page corruptions due to hardware problems,
power failures or surges, and so on are resolved.
For security purposes, this function is usually authorized only if you just started the VSPS program.
For this reason, if you made certain operations and then try to compress the database, the following
message could be displayed:
Figure 14.02:
Error message when the program denied the “Compress database“ function
As indicated, in these circumstances, you must quit the VSPS program, restart VSPS and select the
“Compress database“ function again. If the program still denies compacting the database, this means
that you must shut down your computer and restart it. Then, it will be possible to compress the
database. Note that the payroll database can not be compressed by other software (Winzip, etc)
because the database is encrypted.
“Repair database”
Even if this is rather rare, sometimes, database problems can occur for various reasons (power
failures, surges, etc). The present function allows you to try repairing the database. A message is
displayed whether or not this operation was successful. Note that when a database is repaired, it is
also compressed.
Figure 14.03:
Message displayed after a successful database repair
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“Erase all data related to an employee”
Sometimes, an employer has created a new record in the employee records but this person changed
his mind and never came to work for the company. The present function is used to delete all
information related to a person in the payroll database.
For security purposes, if the payroll database contains at least one pay for this person, the VSPS
program denies this operation to avoid possible errors. Nevertheless, if for a certain reason, you wish
to erase all data concerning an employee even if you registered payroll data for this employee (i.e.; if
you registered this employee in the wrong company), you can still do it. To proceed, you have to
select, in the report selection, “List of all pays with possibility to erase cancelled pays“ and erase
every pay for this employee. Then, it will become possible to use the present function to erase all
information related to this employee.
“Replace an employee number by the one he had in the previous year”
This function is used in a very specific situation. Let us recall that when you select the “Create a new
database for next year (carry forward)” function, the program transfers information for all employees
except the ones indicated as terminated in the employee records (“Employees“ icon in the main
window of the program).
When a former employee, terminated in the year before, comes back to work but, in the previous
year, you have indicated, in the employee record, that he was terminated, the payroll database of the
current year does not contain any information for this employee. For this reason, you must recreate
an employee record for this person. Since the employee numbers are attributed by the program, this
former employee will receive a different employee number (higher than the previous one because the
program increments the number each time a new employee record is created).
For some VSPS reports, it is very important that an employee preserves the same employee number
from one year to the other. For example, with the ROE report, the program often needs to consider
payroll results of the previous year. Note that when searching payroll results for an employee, VSPS
always proceeds with the employee number. In other words, if the employee number differs from the
one used in the previous year, the program will be unable to consider the payroll results of the
previous year for this employee.
To remedy this situation, the present function allows you to replace the employee number by the one
he had in the year before.
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“Delete the current pay table in the database and create a new one”
This function must be used only if you call the technical support and an agent is
recommending you to erase the pay table.
The present function erases the pay table in the database and creates a new one. In these
circumstances, most of the times, all the data entered for the current pay period in the pay window
are lost. However, other sections of the database are not affected by this operation (all the pays you
posted in the database, employee records, etc).
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15. What to do when:
You hire a new employee
A new employee record must be created. To do so, in the VSPS main window, click on the
“Employees“ icon. Once in this screen, you have to click on the “New employee“ button and enter the
information related to this employee.
In the employee record window, you will notice that there are many tabs (“Basic“, “Incomes“,
“Benefits“, “Deduct.“, etc), each being a distinct section of the employee record.
It is always recommended to take the time to revise all information entered, in particular, the name,
the date of birth, the Social Insurance Number (SIN) and the vacation rate.
For more details on the employee records, please refer to chapter 7.
You want to modify the salary or the vacation rate for an employee
In the employee records, you must select the “Incomes“ tab. In this screen, among other things, there
is the effective remuneration at the beginning of the year. When the fixed salary or the hourly rate
changes, you must not modify these amounts in this screen. You must rather click on the
“Modify“ button to access the employee’s record addendum to enter the new amount to be
paid.
In this addendum, when you change the fixed salary or the hourly rate, you have to indicate the
effective date this modification takes effect. lt is important to note that, with the VSPS program, you
must enter the cheque date. For example, if an employee receives a pay raise effective June 1st,
you must enter the cheque date of the pay period that includes June 1st. In other words, a salary
change is always effective from the beginning of a pay period. To help you determine the cheque
date to enter, the “Pay dates“ button allows you to view the details for every pay period (beginning of
the pay period, end of the pay period and cheque date).
If the salary change does not occur at the beginning of a pay period, you can proceed in different
manners. Let us take the following example. During a pay period, an employee worked 16 hours at
$10.00 per hour and 24 hours at a new hourly rate of $11.00. To calculate his pay, the simplest way
is to enter an amount of $24.00 in the “Other income 1“ column of the pay window (only the amount of
the raise) and register the new hourly rate effective from the cheque date of the next pay period.
Another way is to use an average hourly rate of $10.60. Finally, you could also proceed with Rate 1
and Rate 2 of the time sheet.
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Concerning the vacation rate, because this rate can change during the year, a box is reserved for any
vacation rate modification. It is important to note that you must not enter the new rate in “Rate
1“ field because this field is used for the vacation rate effective at the beginning of the year. As
indicated in the screen, you must enter the new vacation rate in “Rate 2“ box and enter the cheque
date of the pay period that includes this change.
You have to pay an amount for a statutory holiday
In Canada, workers are entitled to an indemnity or a compensatory leave for each of the statutory
holidays (New Year’s day, Christmas Day, etc). For example, in Quebec, according to the
« Commission des normes du travail » (www.cnt.gouv.qc.ca) , usually, the compensation to pay to
an employee is 1/20 of the wages earned during the four complete weeks of pay preceding the week
of the holiday, excluding overtime. However, it is essential to consult the laws in effect in your
province to be sure to calculate properly the amounts to pay.
With the VSPS program, when you want to pay an amount for a statutory holiday to an employee, you
can proceed in different ways.
If the employee is remunerated on an hourly rate and you are using the VSPS time sheet, you can
enter the hours paid for this statutory holiday in the “Adjustment (hours)“ column and write a note in
the following column to describe the holiday.
However, some employers prefer that this kind of payment be displayed distinctly in the pay report.
To do so, they calculate the gross amount to pay for the statutory holiday and enter this amount in the
“Other income 1“ column of the pay window. Then, it is preferable to explain the calculation in the
“Notes“ column of the pay window (i.e.; “8 hours paid for Christmas Day“). With this method, it is
important to not forget to modify the “Insurable hours for E.I.“ to include the hours related to the
statutory holiday. In these circumstances, a red star appears indicating that this is an overwritten cell.
You have to pay an amount for annual vacation
Normally, an employee is entitled to a vacation each year. For example, in Quebec, the entitlement to
a vacation is acquired during a period of 12 consecutive months. Known as the “reference year”, this
period extends from May 1st to April 30th. The length of vacation and the indemnity are established
based on the employee’s period of uninterrupted service. Prior to the start of his vacation, the
employee must receive his annual vacation indemnity. This amount must be equal to 4% (or 6% if the
employee has 5 years or more of uninterrupted service) of the gross annual wages earned by the
employee during the reference year. In other provinces, an employer can choose the common
anniversary date for vacation (similar to the “reference year” in Quebec).
Obviously, to be sure to properly calculate the indemnity and the duration of vacation, you should
consult the applicable laws in your province. For example, in Quebec, you can visit the
« Commission des normes du travail » web site (www.cnt.gouv.qc.ca).
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With the VSPS software, to establish the amounts of annual vacation to pay, first, you have to click on
the “Reports“ icon. In the report selection, choose “Vacation to pay at a certain date for selected
employees “ and click on the “Criteria“ tab.
As we can see in the following figure, in this screen, once you have selected the employees, you
must click on “From… to…“ and enter the cheque date of the pay period that includes the end date of
the reference year.
Remember that in order to help you to find the cheque date to enter, the ”Pay dates” button enables
you to consult, for each of the pay periods, the beginning date, the end date and the cheque date.
Figure 15.01:
Criteria for the “Vacation to pay at a certain date for selected employees” report
As you click the “Continue“ button, the program displays the annual vacation to pay for each
employee.
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Sometimes, an employee asks the employer how his annual vacation indemnity was calculated. With
VSPS, it is easy to answer this kind of question. In the report selection, you have to choose “Detailed
vacation to pay to an employee“. For more information, please refer to chapter 13.
In the pay window, when you have to register an amount as an annual vacation indemnity, it
remains very important to enter this amount in the “Vacation“ column to ensure that the
program subtracts this amount from the vacation balance of this employee.
Besides, when you pay a vacation amount, especially if this amount is paid at the same time as the
regular remuneration, the income tax deduction is often much higher than normal. As explained in the
following figure, to reduce the fiscal impact, in these circumstances, VSPS offers an option to
establish the income tax amount based on the fact that this remuneration is received for more than
one pay period. In fact, as soon as you begin entering an amount in the “Vacation“ column, the
following screen is displayed.
Figure 16.01:
Data entry screen to register a vacation amount
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If you select the method based on the average remuneration, the “Results“ tab will allow you to see
some information on the income tax calculation. Also, the difference between the two income tax
calculation methods will be shown.
Figure 16.02:
The “Results“ tab when paying vacation and using the average remuneration method for income tax calculation
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You must correct a pay
If you wish to make a correction in the current pay period, you simply have to click on the “Pay“ icon
and enter the desired changes. Do not forget to click on the “Post“ button to save your
modifications in the payroll database. Remember that you can post your data as many times as
you want. Each time, all data is updated (replaced) for this pay period.
When you make a correction, you are allowed to issue new pay cheques and reprint the pay reports
(summary report, detailed earnings, etc). If necessary, you can create a new payroll journal entries
file. Furthermore, if you already imported journal entries for this pay period in your accounting system,
you have to reverse these journal entries. If you are not familiar with the procedure, please consult
chapter 11.
If you need to correct a previous pay, the procedure is somewhat different. First, in the main VSPS
window, you must click on the “Reports“ icon. Then, you have to select “Previous pays with
corrections allowed” and click the ”Continue” button. Entering in this report, the program always
displays the first pay period. To advance to the desired period, you must click on the pay period
scrollbar and click the “Confirm“ button.
The next step is to click on the ”Select.” box for each employee you wish to make a pay correction.
Then you have to click the ”Edit” button. As you do, the program displays the pay window. However,
in this screen, only the selected employees appear. You can then make the modifications and even
print new cheques. Remember that, once the modifications are done, you must click on the
”Post” button to save your new changes in the payroll database.
Following your modifications, it is important to quit the pay window to return to the “Previous pays with
corrections allowed” report. After selecting the pay period, you can reprint the pay reports (summary
report, detailed earnings, etc) and create a new payroll journal entries file. As explained above, if you
have imported journal entries for this pay period in your accounting system, you must reverse these
journal entries. To know how to proceed, please refer to chapter 11.
Finally, if you have forgotten an employee in a pay prior to the current pay period, this kind of
correction can not be done in the “Previous pays with corrections allowed” report. In this case, please
read the next section “You forgot an employee in a previous pay period”.
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You forgot an employee in a previous pay period
Note that VSPS does not save any payroll data when the net salary amount is equal to zero. If you
have forgotten an employee in a previous pay period, you can not use the “Previous pays with
corrections allowed“ report because for this pay period, no pay was posted for this employee.
In these circumstances, instead, you must click on the “Pay“ icon. Normally, the current pay is
displayed. If you had not done it yet, you should click on the “Post“ button to save the current payroll
data in the database.
Thereafter, it is very important to click on the “Erase“ button in order to have a blank
worksheet. If you are using the time sheets, hours may be displayed in this screen. If so, for each of
the employees, except for the one you forgot to pay, you should enter 0 over any number of hours (a
red star will be displayed beside the overwritten field). In fact, the net salary of any other employee
must be equal to zero.
Then, in the top of the screen, you must select the desired pay period by clicking on the scroll bar.
Once positioned on this pay period, you must click on the “Confirm“ button that is only visible when a
pay period changes.
Although all employees are displayed in the pay window, you must only process the payroll of
the employee that you have forgotten before.
Once this is done, you have to click on the “Post“ button to save your data in the payroll
database. Since you have already posted the other employees data for this pay period, a message
will be displayed for every employee that has a salary for this pay period. In this message, you will be
asked if you wish to erase the data you posted before. For each of them, you must answer « NO »
(meaning that you do not want to erase any payroll data for this employee).
Finally, it is important to quit the pay window to return to the “Previous pays with corrections allowed”
report. After selecting the pay period, you can reprint the pay reports (summary report, detailed
earnings, etc) and if needed, create a new payroll journal entries file. As explained before, if you have
imported journal entries for this pay period in your accounting system, you must reverse these journal
entries. To know how to proceed, please refer to chapter 11.
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An employee quits definitively
When an employee is terminated and you have to prepare his last pay, usually, this includes the
outstanding vacation pay. Before selecting the pay window, you must go in the employee record
and choose “Employment termination“ for the type of vacation pay. Thereby, the program will
enter automatically the vacation balance in the “Vacation“ column of the pay window.
With the VSPS program, when a Quebec employee is terminated, if the employer forgets to go in the
employee’s record to select “Employment termination“ for the type of vacation pay and enters directly
the amount in the “Vacation“ column of the pay window, the program will assume that this amount is
for annual vacation. In these circumstances, even after the last pay cheque to this employee, there
will be an outstanding amount for vacation. Let us recall that in Quebec, the employer must calculate
a vacation amount on each amount paid, including vacation pay, except in the case of a vacation pay
given when the employee is terminated.
Fortunately, even if this kind of error is made and the terminated employee already received his final
payment, VSPS allows you to void the vacation balance. To do so, you have to select the “Detailed
vacation to pay to an employee“ report and enter the balance but as a negative amount, on the last
line (the last pay period) of the report, in the “Adjustment“ column. For more information on this
report, please refer to chapter 13.
Furthermore, when an employee is terminated and all the payroll process is done for this pay period,
if you wish, in the employee’s record, you can select “Yes“ for the “Terminated“ box. Thereby, this
employee will not be displayed anymore in the pay window. However, before selecting “Yes“ in the
“Terminated“ box of the employee’s record, you have to be sure that you really finished all
steps of the payroll process (posting data in the database, printing cheques or making the file
for the direct deposit, printing reports and if applicable, creating the payroll journal entries file
to import in your accounting program).
Finally, concerning the production of the Record of Employment (ROE), please refer to chapter 13.
You want to make a backup copy
As mentioned before, a payroll database is a file with a “.DL7“ extension. This database is created by
VSPS and the name is composed of the business name followed by “12.DL7“. For example, if the
business name is “My company Inc.“, the file name will be “My company Inc.12.DL7“.
The payroll databases are always in the VSPS installation directory (by default, C:\VSPS 2012).
Because this folder also contains other information in the subdirectories, we strongly recommend
that you copy the complete VSPS 2012 folder.
You should always make external backup on a CD, DVD or other device. The best thing is to
preserve this backup in a different location in case of fire, theft, etc.
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16. Quebec construction worker (CCQ rules)
In the employee’s profile, in the “Miscell.” tab, you must check the box to indicate that this
employee works in the field of construction in Quebec (when CCQ rules apply). This has the effect of
displaying additional columns in the pay window.
Two of these columns are used for vacation pay. Note that for an employee working in the field of
construction in Quebec, the CCQ (Commission de la construction du Québec) requires the employer
to add to the income, at each pay period, 13% for vacation (13% x number of hours subject to CCQ
rules x hourly rate). In reality, it is 6% for annual vacation, 5.5% for statutory public holiday and 1.5%
for sick leave.
However, this vacation amount is not paid directly to the employee. The employer must instead pay
this amount to the CCQ that pays, twice a year, an allowance to all Quebec construction workers.
Since the employee does not receive this amount with his pay, the software displays another column
for the vacation CCQ deduction. By default, this amount is the same as the one in the vacation CCQ
income.
Moreover, for a Quebec construction worker, in the pay window, by default, the program assumes
that the hours entered are all worked hours in the field of construction in Quebec. However, in the last
columns of the pay window, the user can modify the number in the “Hours subject to CCQ” column
and the amount in the “Gross income for vacation CCQ calculation” column. This affects the CCQ
vacation calculation and also other incomes and deductions related to CCQ rules.
In other words, if a construction worker, in a pay period, has worked hours subject to CCQ
and hours not subject to CCQ, do not forget to modify the “Hours subject to CCQ” column in
order to calculate the proper incomes and deductions.
Because VSPS allows you to enter 2 different hourly rates for an employee, in these circumstances,
the program always assumes that the first hourly rate is the one used for the hours subject to CCQ
rules. So if ever an employee with 2 different hourly rates has hours that are not all subject to CCQ
rules, you must allocate “rate 1” hours (those subject to CCQ) and “rate 2” hours (hours not subject to
CCQ).
Normally, a Quebec construction worker also receives a compensation amount for safety equipment.
This amount is not taxable and is based on the number of hours subject to CCQ. In the employee’s
profile, in the “Incomes” tab, you must enter, in “Other income 1” or “Other income 2”, the amount per
hour and select “$ per hour, not taxable”. As noted below, it is possible to rename ” Other income 1”
and ” Other income 2”.
In addition, there is usually an amount taxable as benefits in Quebec only. In the employee’s profile,
you have to click on the “Benefits” tab and enter the amount per hour in the “Other taxable benefits
for PROVINCIAL only” box.
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Another feature for a Quebec construction worker is that there is also a deduction called “Levy” (for
example, .75% of the gross income excluding taxable benefits). Remember that, in the main window
of VSPS, by clicking the “Company” icon, you are allowed to rename “Other income 1”, “Other
income 2” and each of the 10 other deductions. For example, you could replace “Other income 2” by
“Levy” which will be a much more accurate description in the pay window. So, in the employee’s
profile, you just have to indicate how this amount should be calculated.
Moreover, there is usually a deduction for union contributions and also other deductions. In all cases,
VSPS allows you to indicate how to calculate each of these deductions.
As for the monthly report to produce to the CCQ, for now, VSPS does not produce this report.
However, the program can generate reports in which you can obtain all data related to the selected
employees for a month. For more information, please refer to «Detailed or summary payroll results
for a given period of time» in chapter 13. It is important to note that when choosing this report, in
the criteria tab, you must select the option ”Based on end of pay period dates” (instead of
”Based on cheque dates”).
Then, based on the employees monthly data, you have to manually calculate the monthly employer’s
contributions. Finally, it only remains that you fill out the monthly report on the CCQ web site
(www.ccq.org).
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