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What's Single Touch Payroll?

Report your payroll to the ATO each time you do a pay run. Your employees' information in myGov is always up to date, and there's no more payment summaries for you to process.

Once you're set up, you'll send a report to the ATO with each pay, then finalise things at the end of the payroll year.

Single Touch Payroll Phase 2

The ATO has expanded Single Touch Payroll (STP) to include additional information in your payroll reporting through STP Phase 2. The deadline to begin reporting on STP Phase 2 was 1 January 2023. Your MYOB Essentials will be upgraded to the new platform where you’ll be able to transition to STP Phase 2.

We’ve been working with the ATO and have been granted an extension to the 1 January deadline, so you'll have time to move to the new platform and begin STP Phase 2 reporting. You now have until 31 March 2023 to report your first STP Phase 2 pay run.

1. First, let's get you set up

There's two things you need to do before you're ready to send STP reports. First, make sure your employee, company and payroll data is in the right format. Then, let the ATO know that you're ready to go.

Don't worry, we'll guide you through the whole process.

See: Set up Single Touch Payroll reporting >>

2. Report employees' pay to the ATO

Once you've set up Single Touch Payroll, your employees' year-to-date totals will be automatically reported to the ATO.

Tip: Do your first STP pay run before June 30, and you won't need to do payment summaries this year (or ever again).


See: View Single Touch Payroll reports >>

3. End-of-year finalisation

Now you're using Single Touch Payroll, end-of-year is much easier. Instead of payment summaries, you just need to confirm that the data you've already sent is final and correct. You can also enter reportable fringe benefits amounts (RFBA) at this step.

Once you've finalised your Single Touch Payroll information, your employees will be able to pre-fill and lodge their tax returns in myGov.


See: End of year finalisation with Single Touch Payroll reporting >>