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Single Touch Payroll (STP) is a simple way to report your employees’ payroll information to the ATO and keep your business compliant. Learn more about STP on the ATO website.
Setting up doesn't take long and can be done by whoever does the payroll for your business. If a tax or BAS agent looks after your payroll, they'll need to complete the steps below to set up STP on your behalf.
If you pay employees using more than one AccountRight company file, you'll need to set up STP in each file.
What to expect
When you set up STP, here's what'll happen:
- You'll start the process in AccountRight and complete the setup in a web browser version of AccountRight.
- Your business and payroll details will be checked to make sure they meet the ATO's requirements. What details are checked?
- You'll then notify the ATO that you're using MYOB to send your payroll information.
- You can then add other people who process your payroll so they can also send payroll information to the ATO.
OK, let's start by checking your payroll details.
- In your online company file, go to the Payroll command centre and click Payroll Reporting.
- Click Get started. You'll be prompted to set up STP in a web browser. If your company file isn't online, you'll need to put it online to set up STP.
- Click Go to browser.
- If prompted to sign in to your MYOB account:
- Sign in using your MYOB account details (email address and password).
- Go to the Payroll menu > Single Touch Payroll reporting.
- Click Get started to check your payroll details for any issues.
- If no issues are found, you're ready to Notify the ATO you're using MYOB for Single Touch Payroll reporting.
- If any issues are found, click View errors to see the details on the Single Touch Payroll setup errors page.
Fix all the issues listed under Business details, Employee information and ATO reporting categories.
To fix... Do this... Business details
- Click Edit business details.
- Make the required changes.
- Click Save.
Learn more about your Business settings when using your AccountRight file in a browser.
- Click the employee's name.
- Make the required changes.
- Click Save.
Learn more about Updating an employee's details when using your AccountRight file in a browser.
ATO reporting categories
- Click the payroll category/pay item name.
- Choose the applicable ATO reporting category.
- Click Save.
Learn about assigning ATO reporting categories for Single Touch Payroll when using your AccountRight file in a browser.
- To run the check again, either click Refresh on the Single Touch Payroll setup errors page, or repeat the above steps.
When no more issues are found, click Get started.
- You can now continue setting up STP by notifying the ATO for Single Touch Payroll reporting.
Why does my file need to be online?
You'll complete the STP setup process online (via a web browser) which is only possible if your company file is online.
If your company file is offline (saved on your computer or a network server), you'll need to put your company file online to set up STP.
Need more time?
To give you plenty of time to move your file online and set up STP, we've obtained a deferral from the ATO.
This means you have until 1 January 2023 to set up STP and start reporting your payroll information to the ATO.
What payroll details are checked during STP setup?
When you set up STP, the following details are checked to make sure they meet the STP requirements.
|What gets checked|
You can access this information in AccountRight via Payroll > Payroll Reporting > Company Information.
All employees paid in the current and the previous payroll year are included in the payroll check. Employees made inactive or terminated in the current payroll year will also be checked.
Here is the information that's required in your employee cards (accessed via Card File > Cards List > Employee tab > click an employee).
On the Profile tab:
On the Payroll Details tab > Personal Details section:
On the Payroll Details tab > Taxes section:
Wage, deduction, and superannuation payroll categories used in the current and the previous payroll year are included in the check. You can access your payroll categories in AccountRight via Payroll > Payroll Categories.
Each of these must have an ATO reporting category assigned. By default, this is set to To be assigned, so you know what payroll categories still need assigning.
What if an employee doesn't have a Tax file number?
If you don't have an employee's Tax file number (TFN), use the applicable number from these provided by the ATO. If you need more information or you're not sure what to choose, check with the ATO.
|Use this TFN||For this scenario|
|111 111 111|
New payee has not made a TFN Declaration, but 28 days have not passed.
|333 333 333||Payee is under 18 years of age and earnings don't exceed $350 per week, $700 per fortnight, or $1,517 per month.|
|444 444 444||Payee is an Australian Government pensioner payee.|
|000 000 000||Payee chooses 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.|
What is my BMS ID and where do I find it?
Each payroll software is identified using a Business Management Software (BMS) ID. When you set up STP, the ATO are notified of your BMS ID.
If your business has previously reported via STP in the current payroll year using another MYOB or non-MYOB payroll software, when you set up STP in MYOB you must notify the ATO of the BMS ID of your previous software. Otherwise your employees' year-to-date (YTD) payroll information will be reported twice to the ATO, and no-one wants that...
Transferring your BMS ID lets the ATO know you've changed payroll software, and moves your employee's year-to-date payroll amounts under your new BMS ID at the ATO end. If you haven't already, make sure you've entered your employee's pay history for the current payroll year into AccountRight.
To find your previous BMS ID
You or your tax/BAS agent can find your previous BMS ID via the ATO's online services.
- Log into the ATO's online services.
- Go to Employees > STP reporting (agents go to Business > STP reporting).
- Click the dropdown arrow next to one of your STP reports.
- Copy the Business Management software (BMS) ID so you can paste it into the Previous software BMS ID field in MYOB when prompted (see above).