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  • Do you need to report through Single Touch Payroll?

    This information will help you determine if you need to report through Single Touch Payroll from 1 July 2018.

    You may wish to speak to your tax professional if you are unsure.

    Question 1: Do you have 20 or more employees on 1 April 2018?

    Response

    Action required

    Yes

    You will be required to report through Single Touch Payroll from 1 July 2018.

     

    Go to Question 2.

    No

    Single Touch Payroll is mandatory for employers with 20 or more employees from 1 July 2018.

     

    Employers with 19 or less employees will be required to report through Single Touch Payroll from 1 July 2019, subject to the passage of legislation.

    Unsure

    You will need to do a headcount of the employees you have on your payroll on 1 April 2018.

     

    Employers with 20 or more employees on that date will need to report through Single Touch Payroll from 1 July 2018.

     

    Go to: How to count your employees

    Question 2: How do you currently report payments made to employees and pay as you go (PAYG) withholding amounts to the ATO?

    Response

    Action required

    I use a payroll solution

    Is your software Single Touch Payroll-enabled?

     

    • If yes, you are ready for Single Touch Payroll reporting.
    • Unsure? Check which payroll software and service providers offer Single Touch Payroll-enabled products on the ABSIA product catalogueExternal Link.
    • If no, you may need to update your payroll software. Your provider can let you know when your payroll solution is ready for Single Touch Payroll.
    • Or, you may decide to use a third party, such as a payroll provider, to support you to meet your reporting obligations.

     

    I use an accountant, bookkeeper or third party to report on my behalf

    Talk to your accountant, bookkeeper or third party to make sure they will be reporting through Single Touch Payroll on your behalf.

    I report manually (for example, on paper)

    If you report manually, you are not yet ready for Single Touch Payroll.

     

    From 1 July 2018, you need to report payments such as salaries and wages, PAYG withholding and super information through a payroll solution that is Single Touch Payroll-enabled.

     

    Or, you can ask your accountant, bookkeeper or a payroll provider to support you to meet these reporting obligations.

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      Last modified: 17 Oct 2017QC 50662