Single Touch Payroll is Back on the Agenda

Single Touch Payroll Reporting

ICB Summary: The Mid Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) from government recommitted the government and the tax office to making STP real. This has been further supported and explained by Media Release on 22nd December, 2015.

Update: It is compulsory for employers with more than 20 employees from 1st July, 2018 The MYEFO statement did not change any concepts known about how it will work ie

    • report every payrun
    • option to pay every pay run
    • allegedly will simplify Tax File Number Declaration process
    • allegedly will simplify SuperChoice election of fund process
    • allegedly will simplify the end of year payment summary process
    • enhance superannuation compliance as the ATO will know whether super has been paid or notICB continue to support the Single Touch Payroll initiative and look forward to an efficient business process built into all our common payroll software to enable an easy system and easy compliance. The devil in the detail is yet to be developed.Extract From the MYEFO Papers.
  • The Government will simplify the reporting by employers of their Pay As You Go (PAYG) withholding obligations and superannuation contributions by progressively implementing Single Touch Payroll (STP).Under STP, employers will automatically report individual employee payroll information to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) using their business management software. STP will also introduce reporting of superannuation contributions information to the ATO when payments are made to super funds. Employers will have the option to pay their PAYG withholding at the same time they pay their staff.

The government will introduce streamlined processes for individuals commencing employment. Individuals will have the option of completing their Tax File Number Declaration and Superannuation Standard Choice forms using myGov or through their employer’s business management software.

This measure will be phased in as follows:

  • from January 2017, there will be a voluntary pilot of STP. The pilot will focus on, but is not limited to, targeted small and medium enterprises;
  • from July 2017, all businesses may commence STP reporting, with the option to make voluntary payments. In addition, the ATO will commence transitioning employers with 20 or more employees to STP; and
  • from 1 July 2018, employers with 20 or more employees will be required to use STP enabled software for reporting to the ATO.To assist small business that wish to take advantage of the benefits of STP, the government will provide businesses with a turnover of less than $2 million with a $100 non-refundable tax offset for expenditure on Standard Business Reporting (SBR) enabled software. This offset will apply from 1 July 2017, and will be available for software purchases or subscriptions made in the 2017-18 financial year only. This measure is estimated to have a gain to revenue of $267.4 million over the forward estimates period.

The Government will introduce streamlined processes for individuals commencing employment. Individuals will have the option of completing their Tax File Number Declaration and Superannuation Standard Choice forms using myGov or through their employer’s business management software.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this site is for general guidance on matters of interest only. As such, it should not be used as a substitute for consultation with professional accounting, tax, legal or other competent advisers.

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