So great to get some fabulous news about upcoming enhancements to the Human Resources and Payroll modules in Dynamics GP 2013 from Terry Heley at Microsoft. On my list of things to be really excited about....
1. Including the deduction, benefit, and pay code modifier tools directly in the product! This is such a HUGE thing in terms of ease of use and end user satisfaction. So you will be able to change pay codes, deduction codes, and benefit codes using these tools. Very cool.
2. Another one that scores high in my book when it comes to end user satisfaction is the option to turn off the printing of alignments for checks and earnings statements. Yay! We are moving up in the world and past the age of dot matrix printers that needed alignment :)
3. All of the scripts I have saved over the years may not be needed any more, since we will also have the ability to edit pay history for FUTA, SUTA, and Workers Comp. So if pay codes are set up incorrectly, you will be able to fix previous payrolls through the interface itself rather than using scripts, or having to back out and re-enter transactions.
4. Enhancements for payroll extensions, too! We will be able to disable Deduction In Arrears reports from printing! And Payroll Integration to Payables can summarize federal taxes in to a single voucher, to minimize the number of entries in payables (I just had a client last week who was thrown off by the number of vouchers created by federal tax, so this is a timely announcement in my book).
Lots of quality report fixes too, including those in Benefit Self Service in Business Portal (we love those bug fixes!)
Also, just a reminder that a 2012 Year End Update will be provided for Dynamics GP 20.0 customers, as well as Round 1 tax tables for US for 2013. Then that will be the end of mainstream support (no more tax updates or code updates), although extended support will continue through 10/10/2017. As always, contact your Partner or Microsoft if you have specific questions about the product support lifecycle.
Christina Phillips is a Microsoft Certified Trainer and Dynamics GP Certified Professional. She is a supervising consultant with BKD Technologies, providing training, support, and project management services to new and existing Microsoft Dynamics customers. This blog represents her views only, not those of her employer.