Before reporting payroll and super information to the ATO, you need to check that your company information and employee details meet ATO requirements. To do this, you can check your details in MYOB Essentials and view a list of errors that need fixing.

You also need to assign ATO reporting category to each pay item you use. This includes earnings, deductions and superannuation pay items. The ATO category indicates the type of payment you're reporting (is it a gross wage amount or an allowance?)

After you've updated your payroll with all the required information, you can connect to the ATO and start reporting using Single Touch Payroll.

Check your payroll details
  1. From the Payroll menu, choose Payroll Reporting.
  2. Click Check payroll details. The Check Payroll Details window appears listing the results.
  3. Fix any errors. See below for more information.

Updating your payroll information

Update your business information
  1. Click Edit business details. The Business details page appears in a new browser tab.
  2. Edit the relevant field.
  3. Click Save.
  4. Close the browser window, then click Check payroll details again.

Update employee payroll information
  1. Click each employee listed to edit their information.
  2. Make sure the following information is complete in the Employee details tab:
    • Last name
    • Address (including Suburb, State and Postcode )
    • Tax file number. See below if you don't know an employee's TFN.
  3. Click Save.
  4. From the Payroll menu, choose Payroll Reporting.
  5. Click Check payroll details again.
  6. Repeat for all employees.

If you don't have your employee's TFN, you can choose one of the following. Check with the ATO if you are unsure what to choose.

  • Waiting on TFN declaration -  for  a new payee has not made a TFN declaration, (28 days have not passed), 111 111 111.

  • Employee is under 18 - for a payee under 18, earning less than $350 per week, $700 per fortnight or $1,517 per month,  333 333 333 . 

  • Employee has no TFN or other reason - if your payee chose not to quote a TFN and has not claimed an exemption from quoting a TFN or does not fit into any of the above categories, 000 000 000.

Assign ATO reporting categories to your pay items

Below is a quick overview of the steps to update your pay items. See ATO reporting categories for Single Touch Payroll for information on the ATO reporting categories.

  1. Click View all pay items. The Pay items page appears in a new browser tab.
  2. Click the ellipses button ( ... ) for the pay item and choose Edit.
  3. From the ATO reporting category list, choose the appropriate category. Learn which categories to assign to your pay items.
  4. Click Save.
  5. Repeat for all pay items.