ATO: All businesses to start reporting Single Touch Payroll by July 1

- March 4, 2019 2 MIN READ

It’s time for all small businesses to start getting ready for Single Touch Payroll (STP), with the ATO announcing businesses will need to start reporting through the STP service from July 1, 2019.

ATO Assistant Commissioner John Shepherd said the ATO will be working with employers to support them as they transition to STP.

“Single Touch Payroll is an important change that will deliver benefits for both employers and employees by streamlining payroll processes and providing greater transparency around super entitlements,” Shepherd said.

“Employers with a payroll solution already in place may be able to start reporting now by updating their software to one that is STP-ready. We encourage employers to talk to their software provider about when their product will be available.

Shepherd said the ATO realises the July 1 deadline could be problematic for some small business owners and reassured them that the ATO is committed to providing employers time to consider their options.

“As such, small employers can start reporting any time from 1 July – 30 September. If they start during this period they will be reporting on time. The ATO is providing small employers with this three-month transitional period to work out the best solution for their business. We encourage them to talk to their accountant or tax adviser and ensure they are aware of all their options.

“We will also be generous in granting deferrals to small employers who need more time to start STP reporting, and a number of low-cost options (less than $10 per month) will also become available in the 2018-19 financial year. These options may include simple payroll solutions, portals and online apps.”

As the ATO did for employers with 20 or more employees, the first year of reporting will be a transition year and the ATO will work with small employers to ensure they have the information and help they need to transition smoothly.

“The ATO is focused on educating and supporting tax professionals and employers to make the transition easier, Mr Shepherd said.

The next steps to get ready for STP:

  • Visit for information.
  • If you have payroll software, speak to your provider to find out if your product is ready or when it will be.
  • If you don’t have software, choose a product that offers STP. You can ask your registered tax or BAS agent for advice on choosing a product that suits your business needs.
  • Update your payroll software when it’s
  • Start reporting to the ATO through

Visit for information.

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