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MYOB Essentials, Australia onlySingle Touch Payroll (STP) is a simple way to report your employees’ payroll information to the ATO and keep your business compliant. If you’ve subscribed to MYOB Essentials, you can start STP reporting now. There's no additional charges.

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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.


By setting up STP in MYOB Essentials, you'll be set up on STP Phase 1 (see the note above about Phase 2).

Once you're set up, you'll send your employees' salary, tax and super info to the ATO after each pay. This means no more payment summaries at the end of the financial year. Instead, your employees can access their payroll information through the ATO's online service, MyGov.

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Do I need to report via STP? 

If you pay employees, you'll most likely need to report to the ATO via STP. But if you're not sure, check with the ATO.

Setting up STP

MYOB Essentials guides you through the setup process to make sure your payroll details meet the ATO requirements. You'll then set up a connection to the ATO.

For all the details, see Setting up Single Touch Payroll reporting. Once you're set up. find out what happens after you've set up Single Touch Payroll.

Learn more about STP

The ATO website has lots of great info - see Single Touch Payroll.

If your employees want to know more, the ATO website has them covered too - see Single Touch Payroll for employees.

Learn from an expert at a Single Touch Payroll training course, or complete an online e-learning course. Visit MYOB Academy to learn more.


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Setting up Single Touch Payroll reporting

Task 1 - Check payroll details for Single Touch Payroll reporting

Task 2 - Connect to the ATO for Single Touch Payroll reporting

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

Updating Single Touch Payroll details