ATO STP for small business

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ATO STP for small business

I have just been reading the ATO STP site and this is what it says about STP solutions for small businesses:

Employers with 19 or less employees

Legislation to extend Single Touch Payroll to include employers with 19 or less employees is currently before parliament.

For now, you can choose to report through STP. Talk to your software provider to find out what you need to do to update your software and start reporting.

We won't force employers with 19 or less employees to purchase payroll software if they don’t currently use it. Different STP reporting options will be available by 1 July 2019 to help smaller employers.

Micro employers (1–4 employees)

We have asked software developers to build low-cost STP solutions at or below $10 per month for micro employers – including simple payroll software, mobile phone apps and portals.

We have received over 20 expressions of interest (EOI) from software developers and will publish a register of the successful EOIs we have received by 30 November 2018.

Micro employers will also have a number of alternate options that are not available to employers with 20 or more employees – such as initially allowing your registered tax or BAS agent to report quarterly, rather than each time you run your payroll.

Exemptions to STP reporting will also be available if you have no internet or an unreliable connection.

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Re: ATO STP for small business

Just adding a link to the ATO site for some who would like to check the source: Single Touch Payroll


Thanks for posting this @Elizabeth_Adamson. I would have missed the change to their site otherwise.

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Re: ATO STP for small business

@Elizabeth_Adamson @Haydes


In my view, same day reporting for small/micro businesses is a imposition for little reward.


Businesses with annual PAYG -W greater than $25,000 must report PAYG - W monthly ie 8 IAS and 4 BAS a year.


I understand there are some 700,000 employers with less than 20 staff.

It would be interesting to know how many report PAYG - W monthly.


One could suggest that PAYG - W, Super and STP should all be reported at the same time within 21 days of the end of the month for monthly PAYG - W remitters.



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