How STP works
Single Touch Payroll
From 1 July 2019 Small employers with 19 or less employees will need to report through STP.
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STP works by sending tax and super information from your payroll or accounting software to the ATO as you run your payroll.
When you start reporting:
- Your payroll is run and you pay your employees as normal, and provide a payslip
- your pay cycle does not need to change (you can continue to pay your employees weekly, fortnightly or monthly)
- your STP-enabled payroll software will send the ATO a report which includes the information the require, such as salaries and wages, pay as you go (PAYG) withholding and super information
You will be reporting super liability information through STP for the first time. Super funds will also be reporting to the ATO. They let the ATO know when you make the payment to your employees’ particular super fund. This is an important step toward making sure employees are paid their correct entitlements.
Your employees will be able to see their year-to-date tax and super information in ATO online services, which can only be accessed through myGov. Their data is updated every time you report (each pay day for most employers). Without STP reporting, employee data is only reported at the end of the financial year.
If you make mistakes in your STP report, you can correct it in your following report.
At the end of the financial year, you’ll need to finalise your STP data.
You will no longer have to give your employees a payment summary for the information you’ve reported and finalised through STP. Once you finalise your data, your employees or their registered agent will be able to lodge their income tax return using the STP information available in ATO online/
You will no longer need to provide us with a payment summary annual report (PSAR) at the end of the financial year for the payments you report through STP.
With end of financial year approaching a few lodgement and payment dates to consider:
Business or Instalment Activity Lodgement dates
BAS/IAS Monthly Lodgement – September Activity Statement: 21st October 2019 final date for lodgement and payment.
1st Quarter of FY 2020: BAS Lodgement – September Quarter 2019 (including PAYGI) 28th October, 2019 final date for lodgement & payment
Due Date for Super Guarantee contributions
1st Quarter of FY 2020, July to September 2019 – contributions must be in the fund by 28th October 2019.
2n Quarter of FY 2020, October to December 209 – contributions must be in the fund by 28th January 2020.
The super guarantee charge is not a tax deduction if not paid by these dates.
Refer to the ATO for details regarding any SGC charges applicable if not paid by due date.