Australian SMEs remain non-compliant with SuperStream requirements

08 Jun 2016

08 Jun 2016

With less than one month until the deadline for SuperStream compliance, one-third of Australian small businesses (SMEs) are still running a risk of potentially not complying with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) regulations.  

The SuperStream is legislation is aimed at improving the efficiency of the superannuation system. Under SuperStream, employers must make super contributions on behalf of their employees by submitting payments and reporting electronically in a consistent and simplified manner.

Whilst all employers are required by law to comply with this legislation by the 1st if July this year, MYOB’s latest Business Monitor research of more than 1000 Australian SMEs found that one quarter were unaware of the deadline, 17 percent of operators had not yet complied and 13 percent were unsure.

This figure was the highest amongst construction and trade businesses with an overwhelming 31 percent of SMEs in this industry not having complied with the ATO’s SuperStream requirements.

When asked why operators had not yet met the SuperStream obligations, more than a quarter (27%) of SMEs found the process confusing, and a further 23 percent felt they did not have enough information.

“SuperStream is the law for SMEs from 1 July, and it’s concerning to see so many at risk of non-compliance with the deadline just a few weeks away. Employers need to be taking action now to ensure they get their implementation right by 30 June,” says James Scollay, MYOB General Manager of SME Solutions.

“The great thing about SuperStream is that it really simplifies workflows so, when customers move to the latest version of any MYOB payroll product they will have the tools to be fully complaint and, in many cases, will also be able to spend less time dealing with employee data issues and fund queries and reduce the cost of processing contributions and payments.

Businesses that are looking for more information on this should talk to their Accountant or Bookkeeper as they will be able to inform operators what’s required to be compliant and help them make any necessary changes to their systems and processes” says Mr. Scollay.

Businesses need to be ATO SuperStream compliant by 30 June 2016. For more information about meeting these requirements, click here.


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