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  • Employee commencement services

    We are finalising a range of services giving employers the option to offer online commencement forms to new employees that can be sent to the ATO from myGov.

    Employers can offer online commencement forms if their Single Touch Payroll (STP)-enabled software provides this function, however, this feature of STP is not mandatory. Employers can continue with the process they currently offer, such as providing their employees with paper forms or employee self-service s.

    Online commencement forms will be available from July 2018. Employers will be able to send their employees a link from their STP-enabled payroll software to ATO online services, accessed through myGov. They will be able to complete and submit their Tax file number declaration, Superannuation (super) standard choice, Withholding declaration and Medicare levy variation declaration forms online.

    Ask your software developer or payroll service provider if your software will offer online commencement forms from July 2018.

    • The ATO will pre-fill online commencement forms with data that has already been validated, reducing the amount of information we need employees to complete.
    • Employees will see their active super accounts, and their employer's default fund, under Superannuation. Employees will be able to choose their super fund from the pre-filled list provided.
    • As employees will submit their TFN declaration form directly to the ATO once completed, employers will no longer be required to provide us with the form.

    Over the next 12 months, the ATO will be looking to add additional features. We will provide more information on these services when the design is finalised.

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    Last modified: 27 Mar 2020QC 54550