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MYOB Business/Essentials payroll reports and STP explained!

Hi Everyone


We tell you which reports to run to reconcile your payroll, but why those reports? Let’s have look behind the scenes:


Reports>>Payroll tab>>Payroll activity – gets its data from the pays processed through Create pay run, filters by pay items

Reports>>Payroll tab>>Payroll register – gets its data from the Employees>>Payroll Details tab>>Pay history, filters by pay items

Single Touch Payroll reporting>>EOFY Finalisation tab>>YTD verification report – gets its data from the Employees>>Payroll Details tab>>Pay history, filters by the ATO reporting categories.


The Activity and Register reports should always be the same. The only reason for a difference is if you have started processing payroll in the software part way through the year and entered opening balances in the employee Pay History.


If they are different, it indicates that a manual change has been made to the employee Pay History. This means that the YTD verification report will never be right as it is getting the wrong amounts from the Pay History. You need to change the Pay History back to what it was, any changes or adjustments need to be made through Create pay run. Once the Pay History has been corrected, send an update event to correct the YTD amounts in STP.


If they are the same, it indicates that the YTD verification report is not filtering the YTD amounts correctly. The first thing to check is the ATO reporting categories and that pay items haven't been exempted from PAYG Withholding in error.


How can you work out which pay items are causing the issues with as little stress as possible? Try running these reports:


Payroll>>Pay item transactions – gives you a breakdown of the YTD amounts for each pay item. Compare this report to the YTD verification report

Payroll activity>>click on the expand arrow for a detailed breakdown of the pay items for each employee.

Single Touch Payroll reporting>>EOFY Finalisation tab>>click on ellipsis (…) button for an employee and select download to print the Summary of payments – compare this report to the Activity Detail report.


If you need further help please don't hesitate to start a new post.

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