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  • Single Touch Payroll begins 1 July 2018

    From 1 July this year employers with 20 or more employees will gradually start reporting to us from their payroll software each time they pay their employees. This reporting change, called Single Touch Payroll (STP), means employers will report payroll information to us in real-time.

    Employers will be reporting their employees’ salaries and wages, pay as you go (PAYG) withholding and superannuation information. This can be done from their existing payroll or accounting software if it is updated to offer STP reporting.

    Who needs to be ready?

    From 1 July 2018

    • If you have 20 or more employees you will need to start reporting to us through STP-enabled payroll software.
    • If you have less than 20 employees you don’t have to do anything yet. However, you can choose to report through STP if you use payroll software that is STP-enabled.

    From 1 July 2019

    The government plans to extend STP to all employers (those with 19 or fewer) from this date. This is not yet law. There will be alternate reporting options that are low cost and easy to use. These are currently being developed and will be available later this year.

    What to do to get ready

    • Ask your payroll software provider if your software will be updated for STP, and what you need to do.
    • Ask your software provider if the software version you are using has a later start date from us (a deferral).
    • If your software has a deferral and you will not be ready by that date, ask us for your own employer deferral.
    • If your software will be ready by 1 July, but you need more time, ask us for an employer deferral.

    You can also ask a third party, such as a payroll service provider or tax professional to report on your behalf through a STP-enabled payroll solution.

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      Last modified: 13 Jun 2018QC 55972