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  • End-of-year finalisation through STP

    You need to make a finalisation declaration by 14 July each year.

    If you have 19 or fewer employees, you had until 31 July 2020 to make the finalisation declaration. If you have not finalised, you should do this now to ensure your employees can access their information to complete their income tax return.

    Employers with closely held payees

    If you have 20 or more employees, you should be reporting closely held payees each pay day along with arms-length employees. The finalisation due date for closely held payees is 30 September 2020.

    For small employers (19 or fewer employees) who only have closely held payees, the due date for end-of-year STP finalisation for the financial year ended 30 June 2020, will be the payee's income tax return due date.

    Where an entity is not wholly closely held (has a mixture of both closely held payees and arms-length employees), the due date for end-of-year STP finalisation for closely held payees is 30 September 2020. All other employees (arm’s length) were due 14 July 2020 if the employing entity is a substantial employer (20 or more employees) and 31 July if the entity is a small employer.

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    Making a finalisation declaration

    Before making your finalisation declaration, make sure your STP information is correct.

    If you can't make a finalisation declaration by the due date, you will need to apply for a deferral.

    You can finalise your data earlier if it’s ready. The sooner you finalise your employees’ information, the sooner they will be able to lodge their tax returns.

    This finalisation process is explained in detail in the STP employer reporting guidelines, including amendments for current and previous financial years.

    Next step:

    When you have reported and finalised your employees' information through STP, you are exempt from:

    • providing payment summaries to your employees
    • lodging a payment summary annual report.

    For payments to your employees that were not reported through STP, you still need to:

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    Making an amendment

    If you identify that you need to make an amendment after you have submitted a finalisation declaration you'll need to submit these as soon as possible. You can make the amendments to finalised STP data in your STP solution

    We recommend you tell your employees when you make an adjustment that will be reflected in their income statement. If they have already lodged their tax return they may need to lodge an amendment.

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    What to tell your employees

    You will need to tell your employees:

    • you are no longer required to provide them with a payment summary for the information you’ve reported and finalised through STP
    • they can access their year-to-date and end-of-year income statement online through myGov or talk to their registered tax agent
    • 'income statement' is the new term for their payment summary
    • to wait until their income statement is 'Tax ready' before lodging their tax return
    • to check their personal details and if necessary update with both you and the ATO (incorrect personal details may prevent them from seeing their STP information)
    • The way you get your payment summary is changing and Employee factsheet (PDF, 227KB)This link will download a file are available to help them understand the changes
    • if they don't have a myGov account they can easily create one – see Setting up your myGov account.

    What your employees will see

    STP allows your employees to view their payment information at any time in our online services through myGov.

    On 1 July, they will see the status of this information change from 'year-to-date' to 'not tax ready'. It will stay like that until you submit your finalisation declaration.

    When you have made the finalisation declaration, your employees will see the status of their payment information change to 'tax ready'.

    Some employees like to lodge their tax returns early in July and may choose to do so before you have finalised their STP information. We will make it clear to them that their income statement is not 'tax ready'. If they choose to use the un-finalised information, they will need to acknowledge that:

    • you may finalise their income statement with different amounts
    • they may need to amend their tax return and pay additional tax.

    Employees with more than one employer

    If your employees have more than one employer, remind them that not all employers have started STP reporting yet.

    They will still receive a payment summary from employers who are not yet reporting through STP.

    Employees without a myGov account

    If your employee doesn’t have a myGov account, it’s easy for them to create one. See Using ATO online services – individuals and sole traders for information on how set up a myGov account and link it to the ATO.

    They can also talk to their tax agent who will have access to their income statement information.

    If they can’t create a myGov account and don't have a tax agent, they can phone us on 13 28 61.

    Employees who can’t see their income statement in myGov

    If we have been unable to match your STP data to your employee, they may not see their income statement. This may happen where the tax file number (TFN) you’ve reported doesn’t match our records.

    If your employee can’t see their income statement, they will need to phone us on 13 28 61.

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    Watch:

    This video is a webinar about end-of-financial-year processing through Single Touch Payroll. It was delivered for large employers in February 2019 and some information may be out of date. You should rely on our website content for the most up-to-date information.

    Media: End of year processing through Single Touch Payroll
    https://tv.ato.gov.au/ato-tv/media?v=bd1bdiunpzwdizExternal Link (Duration: 40:03)

    Last modified: 11 Aug 2020QC 58561