Single Touch Payroll – it's the simple way forward

Simplicity is key when running a business. Single Touch Payroll (STP) is a government initiative that allows you to streamline the way you report your employees' payroll information – including super – to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

How it works

STP makes reporting your employees' super and tax information to the ATO a much easier process, as it allows you to send your employees' information directly to the ATO each time you run payroll. If you're not sure if your system is compatible, speak to your payroll provider to find out if you're compliant and how to get onboard if you're not.

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More than 20 employees

STP reporting came into effect on 1 July 2018 for employers with 20 or more employees. Speak to your payroll provider to find out what you need to do to update your software and start reporting.

Less than 19 employees

From 1 July 2019, employers with 19 or less employees will be required to use STP reporting. Speak to your payroll provider to find out what you need to do to update your software and start reporting. Alternatively, register with the government's Small Business Superannuation Clearing House to help you make Super Guarantee (SG) contributions.

Less than 4 employees

Micro employers with less than four employees have several alternative options available to them to assist them with their reporting. To find out more, you can speak to your payroll advisor or tax/BAS agent or head to the Australian Taxation Office.

How STP impacts your default fund arrangements

STP won't affect your current default or employer-preferred super fund arrangements. Remember to communicate default super fund arrangements with your new employees when they fill in their Tax File Number Declaration and Choice of Fund forms.

We're here to help you

We want to help you stay compliant! We'll keep you updated on any legislative changes that may impact you as an employer, or you can speak to your BDM who will be happy to answer any questions you might have regarding STP.

Alternatively, head to the Australian Taxation Office website for more details on STP and your requirements as an employer.