Business Advice

ATO says still time for small businesses to switch to STP

- November 22, 2019 2 MIN READ

The ATO is urging small business employers who’ve not yet made the switch to Single Touch Payroll (STP) to get in touch if they need help to transition.

Small employers with 19 employees or fewer are now required to start reporting through STP but ATO Assistant Commissioner Jason Lucchese said there was still time for businesses to start reporting if they haven’t already.

“If you are a small employer and not sure where to start, there are three possible pathways to take,” Mr Lucchese said.

“You can:

  • start reporting now through an STP-enabled solution that is right for you
  • consider if you are eligible for a quarterly reporting concession, or
  • apply for a deferral if you need more time.”

“It’s really important for small employers to contact us if they have any concerns about their ability to transition to STP”

“You can also speak with your registered tax or BAS agent if you have one”.

“We want the transition to STP to be simple and manageable for all employers, and no penalties will be applied in the 2019-20 financial year for small employers who make a genuine attempt to transition or for missed or late reports.”

The ATO reports more than 540,000 employers across the country have successfully transitioned to STP.

Small employer, Michael Bloom, Director & Principal Chiropractor at Happy Chiropractic in Malvern said the transition to STP was relatively simple once they were aware of what option was relevant to their business needs.

“I started to report through Single Touch Payroll at the beginning of this financial year. My advice to other employers who haven’t taken the next step toward STP would be not to fear the unknown, it’s easy and once you get it set up it’s literally just one extra click as you’re doing your payroll.”

The ATO will continue to work with small employers to understand any barriers they may be facing and provide support to help them transition to STP reporting.

For more information about STP visit

The ATO has also developed an online quiz to assist small employers understand their options and determine what the next step should be.


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