The Payroll Authors Group of South Africa was established in 1989 with the active support of SARS who coined the term “Payroll Author” for companies that develop, implement and support computerised payroll systems.

The PAGSA focuses on employment-related legislation, and engages with the statutory bodies whose legislation and operational requirements impact on employers and payroll systems.

Over the years, the PAGSA has been actively involved in SITE, the RDP levy, the design and implementation of the computerised tax certificate system, the implementation of the Skills Development levy, the new UIF legislation, and the design of ‘e@syFile for Employers’ to name but a few of the events.

A vitally important part of the PAGSA’s activities is to provide input to help shape future requirements and to make the authorities aware of the perspective and problems that employers and payrolls face. These discussions have resolved many problems at an early stage, and have made it possible for payroll systems to comply with what might otherwise have been impractical requirements.

PAGSA member companies provide payroll systems, services and support to virtually all companies in South Africa who are computerised, and their payroll systems calculate and administer the withholding of employment taxes for thousands of companies, and in turn for literally millions of employees.

The PAGSA is today acknowledged as an essential partner by all statutory bodies to whom employers must pay the various taxes, levies and contributions required by law.