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

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After you've set up Single Touch Payroll (STP), you'll report each pay to the ATO. Also, at the end of the payroll year you'll finalise your payroll information with the ATO.

Reporting each pay to the ATO

You won't notice anything new while entering your pays, but after you record a pay you'll now be prompted to send the payroll information to the ATO.

This is easily done – if prompted, sign in to your MYOB account, enter your details and click Send.

Prompt to send payroll information to the ATO

When you do this, your employees' latest year to date (YTD) pay amounts are sent to the ATO.

You can check the status of your submissions by going to the Payroll command centre > Payroll Reporting > Payroll Reporting Centre. If a payment is rejected, find out out to fix it.

End of year finalisation

At the end of the payroll year, you'll finalise your STP reporting. It's a simple process that lets the ATO know you're finished reporting payroll information to them for the year.

Finalising also changes the status of your employees' income statements in myGov to Tax ready. This means they'll be able to pre-fill and lodge their tax returns.

Typically, most businesses will need to finalise their STP information by July 14, but you should clarify the due dates with the ATO.

For all the details, see End of year finalisation with Single Touch Payroll reporting.


How do I know if I'm set up for STP?


You'll know you're set up when you see the following message in the Pay Period window (Payroll Process Payroll).

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When you click Record to record a pay run, you'll be prompted to declare and submit the information to the ATO (see the example pic at the top of this page). You'll only be able to do this if you've completed the STP setup.

What if I make a mistake in a pay run?


Mistakes happen and in AccountRight they're easy to fix. Depending on what needs fixing, you might be able to adjust the employee's next pay or undo the pay and record it again.

With STP, your employees' year to date (YTD) figures are sent to the ATO after each pay run. So if changing an employee's pay affects their YTD figures, the updated figures will be sent to the ATO the next time you do a pay run.

If a pay has been accepted by the ATO and you need to undo it, you'll need to reverse the pay and report the reversal to the ATO.

For all the details on fixing pays, see Changing a recorded pay.

If the pay you need to change is in a payroll year that's been finalised with the ATO, see Changing a pay after finalising with Single Touch Payroll.

How do I add another declarer for STP?


Each person who processes payroll in your company file must add themselves as a declarer before they can send payroll information to the ATO. 

If someone else in your business needs to be set up to report payroll for STP, see Add a declarer for Single Touch Payroll reporting.

How can I tell if I'm on STP Phase 2?


Single Touch Payroll (STP) Phase 2 is an expansion of the ATO's payroll reporting system, and it started on 1 January 2022.

You'll see whether you're reporting on STP Phase 1 or Phase 2 in the STP reporting centre (Payroll command centre > Payroll Reporting Payroll Reporting Centre > STP reports tab). If you don't see this label, you're on STP Phase 1. How do I move to STP Phase 2?

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