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Preferences

The preferences section under settings helps you handle certain functions of Zoho Payroll such as


Employee Portal

From this page, you can manage portal access, payroll admin contact information, and send messages to all your employees who have portal access.


Enable or disable portal access for all employees

Toggle the Enable Portal Access option to enable or disable portal access for all employees at one go. This option will help manage overall access for employees but this does not affect the individual portal access preference you’ve configured in employees’ profiles.


Manage Portal Contact Information

Displaying contact information in the employee self-service portal can be useful for employees to contact someone in case of payroll-related questions or issues.

In Zoho Payroll, you can add multiple contacts. However, only one contact can displayed in the employee self-service portal.

Here’s how you can display the contact information in the Employee Self-Service portal:

  • Click Settings in the top right corner and select Preferences.
  • Click Employee Portal on the Preferences sidebar.
  • Go to Portal Contact Information and click Manage Contacts.
Employee Preferences
  • Click +Add Contact to add a new contact.
  • Enter the name and email of the contact.
  • Click Save.
  • Hover over a contact and click Show in Portal to display the contact in the portal.

You can click the Edit or Delete icon next to the contact to make any changes or delete the contact.

Employee Preferences

Display Banner Message in Portal

It is important to ensure that all employees are informed about important updates and changes regarding payroll within the company. One way to effectively communicate these updates is by displaying banner messages in the employee portal.

Scenario: Zylker is planning to postpone the last date when employees can submit their Proof of Investments and wants to inform all employees about it. The HR department of Zylker creates a banner message in Zoho Payroll that includes information about the new deadline. The banner message is prominently displayed on the portal’s homepage, ensuring that all employees see it when they log in.

To display a banner message:

  • Click Settings in the top right corner and select Preferences.
  • Click Employee Portal on the Preferences sidebar.
  • Enter the message and select the date till when this message must be displayed in the portal.

Send important notifications or announcements to your employees using this space. The message you enter here will be displayed at the top of the Home page in the Employee Self-service Portal. You can also view the sample preview.

Your employees will be able to view the banner message in the portal until the date you’ve selected.

Employee Preferences

FBP & Reimbursement Claim

You can handle FBP and Reimbursement related preferences here.


Flexible Benefit Plan

Flexible Benefit Plan (FBP) is a way in which your employees can structure their own salary. You can manage FBP related preferences here.

  • Click the button to enable Flexible Benefit Plan for your organisation.
  • Check the box when you want your employees to declare their FBP through the portal. You also have to provide the lock date, which is the last day to submit the declaration.
  • You can configure FBP components under Settings > Salary Components.
  • Select if you want to notify employees when FBP Declaration is RELEASED/LOCKED and when FBP lock date is changed.
Pay Schedule

Reimbursement Claim Submission

You can manage reimbursement related preferences here.

  • Select the last day to submit reimbursement claims every month.
  • Select if you want to notify employees when Reimbursement Claim submission is RELEASED/LOCKED and when the last day to submit claims is changed.
Pay Schedule
  • Click Save.

IT Declaration & POI Submission

You can handle investment related preferences in this section.


Income Tax Declaration

You can manage IT Declaration related preferences like releasing IT Declarations, setting a deadline, and configuring email reminders from this page.

  • Click the Release IT Declaration button to enable IT Declaration for your organisation.
  • Select the lock date, which is the last day to submit the declaration.
  • Check the Enable e-mail reminder to employees to submit before lock date option.
  • In the dropdown, depending on the desired frequency of email reminders for your employees, check the options. By default, this configuration is set for 2 reminders; one is to be sent 5 days prior to the lock date and the other 1 day prior the lock date.
  • To customise and send more reminders, click + Add Reminder. You can add up to two additional reminders.
IT Settings
  • In the dialog box that opens, select the number of days ahead of which the email reminder should be sent and edit the contents of the email if needed. You can insert placeholders, images, and links wherever needed.

Insight: Placeholders are certain values that are used to hint the actual data that should be present in the mail. For example, when you use %CompanyName% in an email draft, it means the placeholder (%CompanyName%) needs to be replaced with the actual name of the organisation.

  • Check the Enable this reminder option and click Save.
  • Next, click Save in the IT Declarations settings page.
Edit IT Reminder

To disable a reminder:

  • Go to Settings > Income Tax Declarations.
  • Click the Edit icon next to the reminder.
  • Uncheck the Enable this reminder option to disable the reminder.
Disable IT Reminder

To delete a reminder:

  • Go to Settings > Income Tax Declarations.
  • Click the Edit icon next to the reminder.
  • Click Delete Reminder.
Delete IT Reminder

POI Submission

You can manage POI related preferences like releasing POI, setting a deadline, and configuring email reminders from this page.

  • Click the Release Proof of Investments button to enable POI for your organisation.
  • Select the lock date, which is the last day to submit the investment proofs.
  • Check the Enable e-mail reminder to employees to submit before lock date option.
  • In the dropdown, depending on the desired frequency of email reminders for your employees, check the options. By default, this configuration is set for 2 reminders; one is to be sent 5 days prior to the lock date and the other, 1 day prior to the lock date.
  • To customise and send more reminders, select + Add Reminder. You can add up to two additional reminders.
POI Settings
  • In the dialog box that opens, select the number of days ahead of which the email reminder should be sent and edit the contents of the email if needed. You can insert placeholders, images, and links wherever needed.
  • Check the Enable this reminder option and click Save.
  • In the POI settings page, select the month from which you want to apply the approved investment amount to pay runs.
  • Click Save.
Edit POI Reminder

To disable a reminder:

  • Go to Settings > Proof of Investments.
  • Click the Edit icon next to the reminder.
  • Uncheck the Enable this reminder option to disable the reminder.
Disable POI Reminder

To delete a reminder:

  • Go to Settings > Proof of Investments.
  • Click the Edit icon next to the reminder
  • Click Delete Reminder.
Delete POI Reminder

Employee Custom Fields

Employee custom fields enable you to include additional information about the employee. Any detail that is not mandated in the payroll but you want to collect can be collected using custom fields. For example, details such as Aadhaar number, vehicle registration number, and marital status. These fields will be available under Personal Information > Other Details in the employee’s profile.

In this document you will learn how to:


Create a Custom Field

  • Go to Settings > Preferences > Employee Custom Field.
  • Click the Create New button.
  • Enter the Field Name and select the Data Type from the dropdown menu.
  • Based on the data type, you will have to fill out the necessary information that will help with filling out the details. Given below are the data types available in Zoho Payroll:
Data Type Information Needed
Text Box (Single Line) * Help Text
* Is this PII?
* Default Value
Text Box (Multi-line) Help Text
Email * Help Text
* Is this PII?
* Default Value
URL * Help Text
* Is this PII?
* Default Value
Phone * Help Text
* Is this PII?
* Default Value
Number * Help Text
* Is this PII?
* Default Value
Decimal * Help Text
* Default Value
Amount * Help Text
* Default Value
Percent * Help Text
* Default Value
Date * Help Text
* Is this PII?
* Default Value
Check-box * Help Text
* Default Value (☐ Ticked by default)
Auto generate number * Help Text
* Prefix
* Suffix
* Starting Number
Drop-down * Help Text
* Options
* Default Value
Multi select * Help Text
* Options
* Default Value
Notes * Help
* Content
  • Check the option to make the field mandatory.
  • Check the option to show the field in the Employee Portal.
  • Click Save. Now, the field will be available in every employee’s profile.
New Custom Field

Edit a Custom Field Configuration

To edit the custom field:

  • Go to Settings > Preferences > Employee Custom Field.
  • Click the More icon next to the field name and select Edit.
  • Make the necessary changes and click Save.
Edit Custom Field

Make a Custom Field as Inactive

To temporarily mark a custom field as inactive:

  • Go to Settings > Preferences > Employee Custom Field.
  • Click the More icon next to the field name and select Mark as Inactive.
Disable Custom Field

To enable it again, click the More icon and select Mark as Active.


Delete a Custom Field

You can delete a custom field if there is no employee data associated with that custom field. To delete a custom field:

  • Go to Settings > Preferences > Employee Custom Field.
  • Click the More icon next to the field name and select Delete.
  • In the pop-up that opens, select Yes to confirm.
Delete Custom Field

The custom field will be deleted.


Sender Email Preferences

You can configure the email addresses that are used in the From field of emails sent from Zoho Payroll. However, these emails can sometimes land in your recipient’s spam folder, causing them to go unnoticed. This happens when the email address in the From field of an email belongs to a domain that does not have SPF and DKIM records.

What are SPF and DKIM records?

By adding an SPF (Sender Policy Framework) record to your domain, your recipient’s mail server will be able to verify that Zoho Payroll is sending emails using your email address with your domain’s permission. Without the SPF record, the emails that Zoho Payroll sends on behalf of your domain will mostly end up in your recipient’s spam folder.

DKIM (Domain Keys Identified Mail) is also used for preventing spam and allows the recipient email server to verify whether an email was sent and authorized by the owner of that domain.

DKIM and SPF records are effective in preventing spam when used together. For this reason, Zoho Payroll will consider a domain as authenticated, only if it has both SPF and DKIM records.

In this section:

Domain Classification

Zoho Payroll has classified domains into 3 categories to help you identify the email addresses, which if used in the From field of emails, could cause emails to go to the spam folder.
To find out which category your email addresses belong to, go to Settings > Preferences > Sender Email Preferences.

The 3 categories that you will find in this page are:

1. Unauthenticated Domains

Email addresses that belong to a domain without SPF and DKIM records will be listed here. If any of these email addresses are selected in the From field of an email sent from Zoho Payroll, the email address in the From field will be replaced automatically with message-service@sender.zohopayroll.com, which is Zoho Payroll’s own email address. This is done to prevent the email you send from landing in the Spam folder.

Unauthenticated Domains

It’s important to note that the message-service@sender.zohopayroll.com address will only be used in the From address for emails and not the Reply-To address. i.e, your customers will still be able to see your name in their inbox and when they reply, their email will be delivered to your own email inbox.

To use the email addresses under this category in the From field, you must authenticate their domains.

2. Authenticated Domains

Email addresses that belong to a domain with both SPF and DKIM records will be listed here. These email addresses can be used in the From field of emails sent from Zoho Payroll without having to worry about them ending up as spam.

Authenticated Domains

3. Public Domains

If you use an email address that belongs to a public domain, such as Gmail or Yahoo Mail in the From address of emails sent from Zoho payroll, it will be replaced with message-service@sender.zohopayroll.com. This is because SPF and DKIM records cannot be added for public domains and can only be added for domains that you own.

Public Domains

If you still wish to use emails listed in this category in the From address, you can do so by clicking Change Setting. Next, select Sender’s email address in the pop-up that follows and click Save.

Change Setting

Now, email addresses from public domains will not be replaced with message-service@sender.zohopayroll.com.

Warning: We strongly recommend that you use message-service@sender.zohopayroll.com instead of email addresses from a public domain to prevent your emails from ending up in the Spam folder.


Authenticate Domains

Emails listed under the Unauthenticated Domains section can be authenticated by adding SPF and DKIM records for their domains.

To do this:

  • Go to Settings > Preferences > Sender Email Preferences.
Authenticate Now
  • Click Authenticate Now → next to the domain that you want to authenticate.

Now, copy the SPF record from the pop-up that follows, and add it to your domain name provider’s (e.g. Daddy) DNS settings.

Add Records

Next, copy the Host Name and Value for the DKIM record and add it to the DNS settings of your domain name provider.

Once you’ve added both the SPF and DKIM records, click Validate.

Insight: It will take a while for your newly added records to reflect on the DNS server. If your validation fails, wait for a while and try again. Also, you can continue to use Zoho Payroll while the records are being validated.

A few points to note about adding SPF and DKIM records: 

  • If an SPF record already exists for your domain, i.e, you’ve added an SPF record for a different service in the past, you must remove v=spf1 from the SPF record before adding it to your domain.
  • If you use GoDaddy as your domain name provider, the Host Name for the DKIM record will have to be slightly modified. You will have to remove your domain name alone from the record, before adding it. For example, if the Host Name is 1522406527365._domainkey.patricia.com, you will have to remove your domain name from it and add 1522406527365._domainkey alone.

Now, your domain has been authenticated and it will be listed under the Authenticated Domains category. The emails from this domain can be used in the From address, without having it replaced or worrying about it landing in spam.


Other Actions

You can perform a few other actions from the Sender Email Preferences page.

Mark Primary Contacts

A primary contact is an email address that will be used as the point of contact between your Zoho Payroll’s organisation and Zoho. Updates regarding your Zoho Payroll’s organisation, such as subscription renewals and usage related emails will be sent to this email address.

Also, this email address will be used as default in the From address of emails sent from Zoho Payroll, unless you change it manually while sending an email.  

To mark a contact as primary, hover over an email address and click Mark as Primary Contact.

Mark Primary Contact

Add New Sender Email Addresses

You will be able to add new sender email addresses and select them when you send emails from Zoho Payroll. To do this:

  • Go to Settings > Preferences > Sender Email Preferences.
  • Click Add Sender on the top right.
New Sender
  • Add a Name and Email Address.
Add Sender
  • Click Save.

Now, a verification email will be sent to the email address that you added. Once the email address has been verified, you will be able to use it in the From field of emails sent from Zoho Payroll.

Insight: Adding an email address this way will only enable the email address to be used for sending emails from Zoho Payroll and is not to be confused with adding users to your organisation.


Resend Verification Emails

As mentioned in the previous section, when you add a new sender email address, a verification email will be sent to that email address. However, if the email was not received, you can resend the verification email. Here’s how:

  • Go to Settings > Preferences > Sender Email Preferences.
Resend Email
  • Click Resend Email next to an email address that has not been verified yet.

The verification email will be sent again.


Edit/Delete Email Addresses

You can choose to edit or delete your users’ email addresses from Zoho Payroll by clicking the Pencil or Trash icon, respectively, which can be found on the right side of an email address.

Edit Delete Sender

Once you delete an email address,it will be removed from the organisation and emails will no longer be sent from that address. However, you can add it again, if necessary.


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