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  • Small employers urged to make the switch to Single Touch Payroll

    The ATO is urging small employers who’ve not yet made the switch to Single Touch Payroll (STP) to get in touch if they need help to transition.

    Small employers with 19 employees or fewer are now required to start reporting through STP but ATO Assistant Commissioner Jason Lucchese said there was still time for businesses to start reporting if they haven’t already.

    “If you are a small employer and not sure where to start, there are three possible pathways to take,” Mr Lucchese said.

    “You can:

    • start reporting now through an STP-enabled solution that is right for you
    • consider if you are eligible for a quarterly reporting concession, or
    • apply for a deferral if you need more time.”

    ”It’s really important for small employers to contact us if they have any concerns about their ability to transition to STP.

    “You can also speak with your registered tax or BAS agent if you have one.

    “We want the transition to STP to be simple and manageable for all employers, and no penalties will be applied in the 2019–20 financial year for small employers who make a genuine attempt to transition or for missed or late reports.”

    More than 540,000 employers across the country have successfully transitioned to STP.

    Sydney based small business Incy Interiors said the transition to STP was relatively simple once they were aware of what option was relevant to their business needs.

    “Our accountant contacted me and said that it was time to happen, and we just clicked the button, it was as simple as that.”

    The ATO will continue to work with small employers to understand any barriers they may be facing and provide support to help them transition to STP reporting.

    For more information about STP visit

    Note for journalists

    The ATO has launched a video series about small employers and their transition so that others can hear about how they made the move to STP.

    STP Case Study – Incy InteriorsExternal Link

    STP Case Study – Direct ManagementExternal Link

    STP Case Study – Happy ChiropracticExternal Link

    STP Case Study – La CruzadaExternal Link

    STP Case Study – StrategiumExternal Link

    STP Case Study – Spinn Business SolutionsExternal Link

    The ATO has also developed an online quizExternal Link to assist small employers understand their options and determine what the next step should be.

    Last modified: 19 Nov 2019QC 60668