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  • What employees need to know

    Once an employer starts reporting to the ATO through Single Touch Payroll (STP), employees will be able to see their year-to-date tax and super information online. This will be available in myGov.

    If employees use a tax agent, their agent will also have access to this information.

    The year-to-date data employees see may not always align with the data in an employer's payroll software – for example, when you report information that needs to be corrected in your next pay event.

    It is not mandatory for employees to have a myGov account. However, if they want to access their information online throughout the year, they will need one.

    It's easy to create a myGovExternal Link account, and there is online helpExternal Link available. Once it's set up, employees can link their myGov account to a range of government services, including the ATO.

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    Changes to payment summaries

    You will not be required to provide your employees with payment summaries for the information you report through STP. Your employees will see information reported through STP in myGov. This information will be called an employment income statement.

    Tax agents will also have access to this information through Online services for agents.

    Employees who do not create a myGov account will need to contact the ATO call centre for a copy of the information reported through STP.

    Payments and amounts withheld that were not reported through STP must be included on a payment summary and in a payment summary annual report.

    myTax pre-fill

    The information you report to us through STP will be pre-filled into myTax for those employees who prepare and lodge their own tax return.

    We'll notify those employees when the STP information they need to do their tax return is ready.

    Until employees receive this notification from the ATO, the data they see in myGov may not align with the data in your payroll software.

    Online forms for employee commencements

    When employees start a new job, they may have the option to complete a pre-filled Tax file number declaration (NAT 3092) and Superannuation (super) standard choice (NAT 13080) form online. Some software providers will not offer this feature.

    Last modified: 27 Mar 2020QC 54550