Canadian Payroll 2012 Year End Tax Update

Welcome to my annual “hey the tax tables are out” blog post!  Like clockwork – or like death and taxes – yet another certainty is each year end there are tax table updates to apply!  Here are the details for those Canadian Payroll users of Microsoft Dynamics GP!  Special note to you GP2013 users as well…

First – an important note although I doubt this will affect anyone already: Dynamics GP 2013 RTM did not release with the 2013 tax rates!  So in the unlikely event that you are considering upgrading to GP2013 immediately (since it’s launch yesterday!), I would recommend holding off until the first hot fix is released.  The hotfix is expected the week of January 21, 2013.  New clients – same goes for you… the RTM build has the 2012 tax rates and thus any payrolls run in it, will not reflect the new tax rates yet. (more…)

By | 2017-08-13T11:46:29+00:00 December 20th, 2012|Canadian Payroll, Installation, News|0 Comments

It’s a big day!

It’s a big day … and I’m a day late!

Microsoft Dynamics GP2013 has launched!  Yay!


Here is a link to the launch portal on Customersource: click here

There is a ton of information out there already on the Microsoft sites and in the Microsoft Dynamics community so I won’t get into repeating a lot of what’s already been blogged about.  Suffice to say: it’s a big day with the introduction of the first web client, some very cool new features and tons of excitement in the community about this release.  Check it out!

By | 2017-08-13T11:46:29+00:00 December 20th, 2012|General Stuff, News|0 Comments

Dynamics GP Technical Airlift 2012 – Web Client part 1

Tuesday was the unofficial first day of the conference for me with the agenda being one of two things for those who chose to come a day early.  There was a sales presentation for those on the business development side and there was technical training on the web client for the rest of us.

Generally you have to pay for training but due to the importance of this product release and the new content, Microsoft put this training on for free – which was awesome.  They really want to make sure the Partner channel is informed and ready for the web client specifically, and understand the “stack” dependencies to be able to troubleshoot it when it does release. (more…)

By | 2017-08-13T11:46:29+00:00 September 13th, 2012|General Stuff, Installation, News|0 Comments

Cdn Payroll 2012 Mid-Year Tax Update

… Otherwise known as OMG it’s already July????  I talked to two clients today and yesterday about this and both of them forgot too… so apparently I’m not the only one not paying attention to time these days!

Yes, I, too, fell into the trap this year of letting time merrily fly by without realizing I didn’t blog about the Cdn Payroll tax updates for mid year.

So, now to the not-so-new-news!  Yes there is mid-year 2012 tax update as there is every year, and this year the provinces affected are: Ontario and Nova Scotia.

There is only one bug fix in this update which is for Quebec employees, QPIP exceeding the maximum limit based on rounding in certain situations.  I don’t know much about that one, that’s just what’s in the notification email I got when the update was published. (more…)

By | 2017-08-13T11:46:29+00:00 July 4th, 2012|Canadian Payroll, News|0 Comments

Free Stuff for GP!

(updated with more information Sun March 25, 2012)

You read that correctly!  Microsoft has decided to change the way they work with some of their utilities and tools.  Previously there were charges to get access to tools or utilities like Customer Modifier and Customer Combiner (and Vendor, Account, Item etc.).  On the partner side, we had to purchase those outside of the normal ordering processes (they weren’t “modules” like ordering something like Integration Manager was).  They want to streamline that to eliminate some of their Direct Billing policies and that means Dynamics GP customers win! (more…)

By | 2017-08-13T11:46:30+00:00 March 23rd, 2012|General Stuff, News|0 Comments

A new season begins…

Yesterday I went golfing, and it was the first day that really had that “autumn turning to winter” feel about it.  It was about 8 degrees Celcius when I teed off, and yes, I froze my backside off in the process.  But the sun came out and gradually I only needed 3 layers to keep warm. ; )  (Such is life in Canada when you want to golf in October!)

October 1st also is a new season business-wise: the new Microsoft partner requirements officially begin.  For my firm, that means I officially do not meet the requirements to be a reseller anymore.  This isn't new, it hasn't “crept up” or caught me off-guard… no, partners have been well aware of the changes for many months now.

Am I disappointed?  Yes and no.  When I started, I was really proud to be a full Microsoft Dynamics GP reselling partner… I had customers who wanted to work with me, and only me, and they switched VARs to demonstrate their committment to my business as I had to theirs over the years.  Little did I know when I started, how difficult it is to be a small fish in a big pond.  Systems are heavily geared towards larger partners, particularly on the business transaction side of things.  I've grown to realize that doing business with firms where I'm such a blip on the radar is not fun, and it's not easy.  If you don't have a partner service plan or credit terms, it just takes a lot of back and forth to get business transactions done unfortunately.

Overall it's been interesting, from a business perspective, dealing with Microsoft and a few third party ISV vendors.  I don't regret my decision to become a reselling partner in the first place… it's had its share of hassles but I've learned a few things.

Focussing on the future…

I've been living and breathing Microsoft Dynamics GP, Great Plains, eEnterprise, whatever you call it, for over 12 years now and losing my “reseller” partner status is not going to affect that.  I've spent FAR too much time with this product to change careers.  For all of my venting at Microsoft or others in terms of doing business with them, their products are great, they are well positioned in the marketplace, and they have a tremedous team of people behind the product many of whom I've met over the years and I know they really care about making GP better.

I'll still be a “consulting” partner which gives me access to everything I've really needed.  Heck, software was 4.6% of my revenue last year – mostly enhancement revenue at that… hardly worth fighting over.  I'm working with a great small GP reseller who is small enough to be a good partner for my firm to work with on the software side of things and large enough that they don't have to constantly worry about meeting new partner requirements.  That will allow me to give my clients a quality combination of two solid firms with years of experience to support them in both software and services over the years.  I'll give up a little on the software revenue side of things but in the end, the winner will be my clients… and at the end of the day, that's the only thing that matters!

By | 2017-08-13T11:46:31+00:00 October 2nd, 2011|News, Off Topic Articles|0 Comments

Canadian Payroll 2011 mid-year tax update

The mid year tax update is posted for GP10 and coming soon for GP2010.  Changes are only (so far) for Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan.

New this time around: this is only the Canadian changes.  At the end of June there will be a hotfix which will contain US tax changes and other bug fixes.  You only have to install the tax update if you are in the jurisdictions involved – the hot fix in June will be cumulative and will contain the tax updates PLUS the regular bug fixes that normally would be in one service pack.

Here is the download link for GP10.

Here is the download link for GP2010.

Edited: June 9th – added download link for GP2010.

By | 2015-06-03T14:40:36+00:00 June 7th, 2011|Canadian Payroll, News|0 Comments