Institute of Certified Bookkeepers

Acceptable Versions of the PAYG Withholding Payment Summary Annual Report Specification for the 2016–17 Financial Year

Employers are now able to use version 12 of the payment summary annual report (PSAR) reporting specifications to lodge their 2016–17 annual report through the portals. If you are unable to update your software to comply with version 12 of the PSAR reporting specifications, employers may still report for the 2016-17 financial year using versions 9, 10 or 11 software.

However, employers will be required to use ATO printed forms for both their payment summary and annual report if they are:

  • using pre-version 12 software, and
  • have workers who are:
    • working holiday makers (WHM) employed from 1 January 2017, or
    • in receipt of exempt fringe benefits.

Employers will also be required to use ATO forms if earlier versions do not apply to their payee’s circumstances (e.g. payees with non-super annuities and employees with foreign employment or employment termination payments).

The 2016–17 financial year will be the last year that we will accept PSARs using versions 9, 10 and 11. For the 2017–18 financial year, we will only accept PSARs using version 12 (and version 13 when finalised).

  • 9th June, 2017