Many Australian businesses have been receiving updates from the ATO lately about the roll-out of Single Touch Payroll. We've also had lots of questions from customers asking if Saasu will support STP (the short answer is yes, we will handle most payroll situations in our STP reporting). To help answer some of the most common questions, like how it will impact you and how Saasu will be handling STP, we put together this article to help clarify some things.
Single Touch Payroll changes the way employers will report their salary and wages, pay as you go (PAYG) withholding and superannuation information. Employers will now be required to report PAYG and super after each payroll has been processed, rather than reporting monthly or quarterly as it was previously.
The mandatory start date will depend on how many employees you have:
The ATO is recommending that you need to do a “headcount” on April 1, 2018, to determine if you have 20 or more employees that qualify based on the criteria specified by the ATO. You can find more information from the ATO on getting ready for Single Touch Payroll here.
We have already started work on Single Touch Payroll reporting within Saasu. We don’t have a fixed date on when it will be ready to use, but we will definitely be completed before July 1, 2018. We'll make sure you know when the STP reporting functionality gets rolled out. STP will be included in your file automatically, without you needing to update, and without additional upgrade costs.
We are building a solution which will allow employers to select the pays to include in a pay event for reporting to the ATO.
The Saasu STP reporting will be supporting most withholding amounts that are currently reported as part of individual non business payment summaries.
Unfortunately we will not be supporting the following withheld amounts* via STP:
* Please refer to the ATO website for more details on each of these withholding categories.
Nothing will change in how you do your regular payroll processing. The main change is after a pay run has been approved or a payroll entry has been created in Saasu, you can choose to report it to the ATO via STP from Saasu. The pays to include in the report and when these pays are reported to the ATO, is entirely your (the employer's) responsibility. In a small number of cases, some pay items may require updating before you start reporting via STP. More details on which pay items may need changing will be available in the coming weeks.
Yes – if you want to use Single Touch Payroll and it's reporting options, even though it's not mandatory for less than 20 employees yet, then you should be able to do so.
If you use Single Touch Payroll reporting, you may not need to submit a payment summary report and provide payment summaries to your employees. The ATO should be able to provide more information about your specific requirements regarding payment summaries.
Unfortunately no. At the moment Single Touch Payroll is only a reporting solution and doesn't handle payments. You will still need to make PAYG and superannuation payments separately.
The ATO website has lots of helpful information. You can also contact the Saasu Customer Experience Team via firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about how this affects your particular Saasu payroll setup.
You can expect more updates from us closer to 1st July. As always you can drop us an email before then if you have any questions.