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  • Streamlined reporting with Single Touch Payroll

    Single Touch Payroll is a reporting change for employers.

    It means employers will report payments such as salaries and wages, pay as you go (PAYG) withholding and super information to us directly from their payroll solution at the same time they pay their employees.

    Employers may need to update their payroll solution to report through Single Touch Payroll.

    For employers with 20 or more employees, Single Touch Payroll reporting starts from 1 July 2018.

    The Australian Government has announced it will expand Single Touch Payroll to include employers with 19 or less employees from 1 July 2019. This will be subject to legislation being passed in parliament.

    What’s happening right now

    We will continue to provide information to help you understand what you need to do to get ready for Single Touch Payroll.

    Right now we’re working closely with payroll software and service providers to help them get ready to offer Single Touch Payroll reporting for their employer clients.

    Some providers have told us they’re waiting for final versions of ATO technical documents before they can build updates to their products. We’re currently finalising these, and will publish them on the Software Developers website as soon as possible.

    We know some providers will not have their products ready by 1 July 2018. They will need to use our guidelines to provide evidence so we can consider deferrals for their employer clients.

    We will publish separate deferral guidelines for employers shortly.


    This short video provides an overview of Single Touch Payroll.


    A transcriptExternal Link is also available.

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      Last modified: 17 Oct 2017QC 50662