What is Single Touch Payroll?

The Australian Government has introduced a new system called Single Touch Payroll for employers to report salary or wages, PAYG and Super information to the ATO.

You will report payments such as salaries and wages, pay as you go (PAYG) withholding and super information to the ATO when you pay your employees. If you do not have a payroll solution that is Single Touch Payroll ready, choose one that offers Single Touch Payroll reporting (such as Smart Payroll).

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How does it work?

  • When you complete your payroll process, your employee’s PAYG withholding and super guarantee information will be sent to the ATO at the same time, saving the time and hassle of having to submit the exact same information for both pay and reporting.
  • When you pay your employees’ super guarantee contributions to the funds, the exact same details will be sent to the ATO for your super reporting requirements.
  • The entire pay and reporting process will be completed within your payroll software solution, saving you the hassle of working across multiple platforms.


How do I get ready?

Talk to your software provider, ask them when and how your product will be updated to offer Single Touch Payroll reporting.

If you are unsure or don’t have a payroll solution you can contact our Payroll Angels to find out how to switch your payroll to Smart Payroll.

Single Touch Payroll reporting starts on July 1, 2018, so now is the time to make sure you are prepared.


When do I need to be ready?

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2018 Count Your Employees

2018 Mandatory for over 20 or more employees

2019 Mandatory for under 20 employees

On April 1 2018 you must conduct a headcount of all employees.

You will need to include Full time employees, part time employees, casual employees who are on your payroll on April 1 2018 and worked at any time during March), employees based overseas, any employee absent or on leave and seasonal employees.

Do not include any employees who ceased work before April 1, casual employees who did not work in March, independent contractors, staff provided by a third party labour hire organisation, company directors, office holders or religious practitioners..

If you have more than 20 employees on that date you will need to make sure your software is ready to begin reporting correctly by July 1 2018.

For employers with 20 or more employees Single Touch Payroll reporting is mandatory from July 1 2019.


What if I have less than 20 employees?

Single Touch Payroll reporting won’t be mandatory until July 1 2019. But it’s not too early to get ready, if you don’t have a Payroll Solution that is Single Touch Payroll ready speak to one of our Payroll Angels to find out how we can help..


Why Smart Payroll for Single Touch Payroll?

SmartPayroll is leading the way in the switch to Single Touch Payroll and these benefits are available to you now with our software.

Our local, industry leading customer support team are able to answer any of your questions and help your business make the switch.

Simply call 1800 50 30 10 to speak to a Payroll Angel today.