Importing from last year (existing users)

If you used Thesaurus Payroll Manager last year, you will be prompted to import your files from the previous year when you use the software for the first time. To import both your company and employee details at the same time from the previous year: Click 'Import from last year's payroll' or alternatively go to File > Import files from 2021 Select last year's location of your payroll software in the left-hand box.

If you are unsure where last year's software was installed, within last year's program simply go to Help on the menu toolbar, followed by About Thesaurus Payroll. Here you will find your program location displayed on the screen: After browsing the location of last year's software, all employer files at the selected location will be listed in the centre box. Simply select an employer from the listing and click the arrow button to bring them across, into the new tax year.

If the software detects that there were employees who received no pay in the previous tax year but remained on your payroll, you will be asked if you would like to import these into the new tax year. Select Yes or No according to your requirements. Your company and employee details from the previous year have now been imported and a confirmation message will appear on the screen to confirm this. If any benefit in kind has been brought forward from the previous year, a confirmation message will bring this to your attention.

It will also be brought to your attention that, under PAYE Modernisation, all employees imported will be placed on the emergency tax until a Revenue Payroll Notification is retrieved for them. If you have more than one company to import, simply select the next employer from the central box and repeat the process. Once you have imported the companies you need, simply go to File then Open Company to access your employer files.

Please note, if a user attempts to import a company that has already been imported, a warning prompt will appear to inform the user of this. Importing a company again will overwrite any payroll processed for that company and will reset the payroll files back to the start of the year. If the user does not wish to do this, they must select 'No' to cancel the process. If you use the standard version of Thesaurus Payroll Manager and the software is installed in the default directory, you will be offered an automated import. Select 'OK' to proceed with the automated import.

Video Tutorials

Order using your Bright ID

Creating a new Bright ID

Using an existing Bright ID

Getting Started


Importing from last year (existing users)

Installing your ROS digital certificate (agents)

Installing your ROS digital certificate (employers)

Setting up employees using an RPN (new users)

Your Pay Period Process

Step 1: Retrieving your employee RPNs

Step 2: Processing your payroll

Step 3: Finalising your pay period

Step 4: Submitting your pay data to Revenue

Step 5: Distributing your payslips and paying your employees

Step 6: Paying your Employees

Paying employees directly with Modulr

Additional Processes

Backing up your payroll data

Corporate gift card orders with Thesaurus

Processing a leaver

Processing a starter

Surf Accounts API Integration

Thesaurus Connect

How to invite employees to use self-service

How to Register


PAYE Modernisation in Thesaurus Payroll Manager

Employee Smartphone App Demo

Promotional Videos

Connect for Employers

Connect for Bureaus

Connect for Employees

Employee Smartphone App

Bright Contracts

PAYE Modernisation with Thesaurus


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PAYE Modernisation in BrightPay