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Single Touch Payroll FAQ

As businesses across Australia prepare themselves to roll-out Single Touch Payroll, there are many questions being asked about roll-out dates, requirements, and providers.

Below, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions regarding Single Touch Payroll for your business to reference.

If you have any other questions about Single Touch Payroll and your business, please feel free to get in touch.

How do I know when I need to be operating Single Touch Payroll?

The cut-off dates for Single Touch Payroll implementation are July 1st, 2018 for substantial employers of over 20 employees, and July 1st, 2019 for those businesses with under 20 staff. You will need to know your headcount by April 1st, 2018.

How do I calculate how many employees I have in my headcount?

We have made a handy list detailing exactly how to count your employees on April 1, 2018. You can read it here.

I don’t know how many employees I have over a year – how do I count them?

You don’t need to know the number of employees your business employs throughout a whole year. The headcount refers to employees employed on the 1st of April, as listed here. If you have more than 20 employees on this date, you will need to continue reporting as a substantial employer, even if your employee count drops.

Does my business still have to submit a Business Activity Statement?

Your business will still need to submit a BAS, but both sections W1 and W2 will be already be automatically completed.

Can I adjust the auto-filled W1 and W2?

You will indeed be able to change these auto-filled sections.

Do I still need to generate payment summaries for employees?

As employees will be able to access the information you submit to the ATO via their MyGov, PAYG summaries should no longer be necessary. However, this is yet to be confirmed by the ATO.

Do I still need to generate an annual payment summary statement?

This shouldn’t be required anymore, but again the ATO needs to confirm this.

If I have only 18 employees, can I get started using STP anyway?

As long as your payroll solution has updated, you can commence using STP guidelines.

I use my own in-house payroll solution – what should I do?

You will need to ensure that your in-house payroll solution is updated to reflect the changes by the cut-off date.

I don’t have an in-house payroll officer, and the changes seem like a lot of administrative work – what should I do?

The ATO has recommended that all businesses employ a payroll solution to keep up with the changes. You can find out more about Single Touch Payroll ready solutions here.

Can my outsourced payroll provider report to the ATO on my business’ behalf?

Yes, your third-party or outsourced payroll provider can report the Single Touch Payroll details to the ATO for you. Just make sure they’re across all the changes and are reporting correctly to ensure that your business doesn’t get penalised.

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