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When you finalise an employee, you're telling the ATO that your payroll reporting is complete for the payroll year and that the employee can now complete their tax return.

To change an employee's pay after finalising, you need to indicate this to the ATO by undoing the finalisation. Once you've made your changes, and updated the ATO about it, you can finalise again.

Need a refresher on STP finalisation? Check out our free eLearning.


You might do this to:

  • fix a pay from a finalised payroll year

  • prevent an employee completing their tax return while you investigate an issue

  • update pay items or ATO reporting categories.

There are 3 steps to complete - let's get started:


Step 1: Undo the employee's finalisation

Before you can change an employee's pay, you'll need to undo their finalisation. This lets the ATO know your payroll year information isn't complete. It also prevents the employee from pre-filling and completing their tax return.

  1. Go to the Payroll menu and choose Single Touch Payroll reporting.

  2. Click the EOFY finalisation tab.

  3. Choose the applicable Payroll year.
  4. Select the finalised employee. Finalised employees have a tick in the Final indicator column.

  5. Click Remove finalisation and notify the ATO. This button only appears after you've selected a finalised employee.

  6. When prompted to send your payroll information to the ATO, enter your details and click Send.
Step 2: Make the change and update the ATO

There's a lot that you may need to change depending on your scenario, such as pay amounts, pay items, superannuation or leave accruals. We can't cover all scenarios, but here are the basic steps for deleting or reversing an incorrect pay and recording it again.

Whether you can delete or reverse a pay is based on its status in the STP Payroll Reporting Centre. This ensures pays which have been accepted by the ATO can't be deleted. Instead, you'll only have the option to reverse the pay then report that reversal to the ATO. Learn more about STP report statuses.

If the status is...You can only...
Rejected or Not Sentdelete the pay
Sent, Accepted or Accepted with errorsreverse the pay
To delete or reverse the pay
  1. Go to the Payroll menu and click Pay runs.
  2. Click the Date of payment to display the details.
  3. Click the name of the Employee whose pay you want to delete. Based on the status of the pay run in the Payroll Reporting Centre, you'll have the option to either delete or reverse the pay. See above for more details.

  4. If deleting the pay:

    1. Click Delete.

    2. At the confirmation message, click Delete.

  5. If reversing the pay:

    1. Click Reverse pay.

      The details of the pay reversal are shown (a negative pay).
    2. Click Record reversal.
    3. When prompted to send your payroll information to the ATO, enter your details and click Send to submit the reversal to the ATO. The employee's year-to-date payroll amounts are updated accordingly.
To record the updated pay

You now need to record the updated pay (correcting whatever was wrong in the pay you've just deleted or reversed) and report it to the ATO. This lets the ATO know about the updated details.

If you need a refresher for entering pays, see Do a pay run.

Step 3: Re-finalise the employee

When you're done, you need to finalise your employee again. 

  1. Go to the Payroll menu and choose Single Touch Payroll reporting.
  2. Click the EOFY finalisation tab and choose the Payroll year you're finalising.
  3. If you need to report fringe benefits for an employee (what is this?):
    1. Select the option Enable RFBA.

    2. For each applicable employee, enter values for both:

  4. Select each employee you want to finalise, then click Finalise and notify the ATO.
  5. When prompted to send your payroll information to the ATO, enter your details and click Send.

The employee is now finalised again.