Institute of Certified Bookkeepers

From 1 July 2018 an increasing number of employers will begin reporting payroll to the ATO through Single Touch Payroll.

We expect that there will be a period of confusion as some employees will hear about and know about Single Touch Payroll. Some may even be accessing myGov and seeing their payroll information on the ATO Online system. However some employees will not have access to that same payroll information because STP may not have been implemented by their employer yet.


 

Employer Information Sheets for Employees:       #1 We have NOT started STP yet          &          #2 We have started STP


ATO Webpage information for Employees

ATO Information for Employees - when the Employer HAS started STP     PDF copy

ATO Detail What STP means for Employees     PDF Copy

ATO Information on STP and Payment Summaries   PDF copy

Timing

Approximately 4000 employers with approx 300,000 employees had entered STP soon after 1 July 2018.

Some software is becoming available on or shortly after 1 July 2018, and therefore employers will be invited into their new system as their software turns on the system.

Substantial employers (more than 19 employees) are supposed to be in by 1 July 2018, however their software has probably been granted a deferral – therefore most will be in sometime over the next 12 months.

Other employers are most likely to be required to report through STP in the 2019/20 year.

Explaining to Employees

To prevent the unnecessary questions (and possible accusations) we believe it is wise for employers to provide introductory information to employees at the different stages of implementation.

1.  Before the employer has commenced STP

2.  Once you have commenced using STP

3.  At the end of the year

Things You Might Like to Add

Before starting STP, subject to the employers' thoughts, they may like to add an intended date of starting STP reporting to the attached information.

We also believe that for all employers that are reporting through STP, and who do not intend to provide an end of year Payment Summary (30 June 2019), that they consider providing a direct communication to the employee about the change to this system.

References

ATO Provided information

ATO STP information for employees (PDF)

ATO information on STP & Payment Summaries   PDF Copy

Accessing your income statement or payment summary online

This pages shows how employees can access their payment summary or income statement online in myGov when their employer uses Single Touch Payroll (STP).
https://www.ato.gov.au/Business/Single-Touch-Payroll/Single-Touch-Payroll-for-employees/Accessing-your-income-statement-or-payment-summary-online/
Published: 2/07/2018


Setting up your myGov account

Employees can set up a myGov account and link to the ATO to access their tax and super information, including their payment summaries or income statements.
https://www.ato.gov.au/Business/Single-Touch-Payroll/Single-Touch-Payroll-for-employees/Setting-up-your-myGov-account/
Published: 2/07/2018


What Single Touch Payroll means for employees

Here are some of the changes for employees if their employer reports to the ATO through Single Touch Payroll. You will see your year-to-date tax and super information in myGov as well as your payment summaries or income statements.
https://www.ato.gov.au/Business/Single-Touch-Payroll/Single-Touch-Payroll-for-employees/What-Single-Touch-Payroll-means-for-employees/
Published: 2/07/2018

  • Updated: 23rd July, 2018
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