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Do I need to update my tax year-end system to Release 5.6a?

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Sage Classic, Sage Premier, Sage 200c VIP and Sage Business Cloud Payroll Professional: This article explains which release your tax year-end system should be on and what would happen if you updated it to Release 5.6a .


You are unsure of whether to update the tax year-end copy system/instance/year-end management system to the new release (5.6a) which was made available in March 2021.


We recommend that your year-end system remain on either Release 5.5a or 5.5b.

These releases are compatible with the Business Requirement Specifications for the SARS EMP501 submission ending February 2021.

While we do not expect any changes to the company reconciliation totals on the new software release, it is recommended that you do not install Release 5.6a in the tax directory.

CAUTION: If you did update the year-end system to Release 5.6a, please access the Basic Company Information screen and tick the field for Period SDL Calculation.

From the Main Menu:

  • Company
  • Basic Company Information screen

Then complete a General Recalculation and check your EMP501 Reconciliation report.

This is to ensure that the SDL for the Skills Payment Holiday remains on zero for the 4 month period.

Alternatively restore the tax year-end full system backup before you updated to Release 5.6a.