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Before you start reporting payroll and super information to the ATO as part of Single Touch Payroll, you need to make sure your payroll information meets ATO requirements, and then connect to the ATO.


Task 1 - Check employee and company information

Task 2 - Connect to the ATO

You'll need

Internet connection (you don't need your company stored online).

All your employees' information

  • Address - including suburb, state and postcode
  • Valid tax file number

Your company information

  • ABN
  • Branch code
  • Phone number
  • Address

Do you only have a WPN?
If your business uses a WPN and doesn't have an ABN, contact the ATO to discuss your options.

List of payroll categories that you need to report to the ATO

  • Check with your advisor if you are unsure about what reportable categories you need to assign.

MYOB account

You'll need an internet connection and to sign in to your MYOB account before you connect to the ATO.

Don't have an MYOB account? Sign in or Register from our website.

Your details, including the business' ABN and (optionally) your registered agent details

Both you and your registered tax or BAS agent will need to go through the connect to ATO steps and:

  • Add yourself as a person who can declare payroll information as correct and true while processing pays.
  • Notify the ATO you're using MYOB for Single Touch Payroll reporting.
  • (Agents only) Add the client in the tax or BAS agent portal.

Get employees connected too!

One optional step to consider is encouraging your employees to set up a myGov account. This is how your employees will access their YTD amounts and end of year summary.

To get started

Check payroll details

Connect to the ATO

What happens after I've set up Single Touch Payroll reporting?

Once you're set up, your payroll information will be automatically sent to the ATO the next time you process payroll.

You'll know you're set up when you see the following message in the Pay Period window (Payroll > Process Payroll).

When you click Record to record a pay run, you'll be prompted to declare and submit the information to the ATO. You'll only be able to do this if you've completed the Connect to the ATO steps.

If you started reporting before 1 July 2018 you'll still need to use the Payment Summary Assistant to produce payment summaries and send the Payment Summary Annual Report to the ATO (via the EMPDUPE file).

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