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Payment Summary Changes under STP

As we’ve covered a few times over the past year, Single Touch Payroll (STP) is well and truly upon us. For employers with 20 or more employees as at 1 April 2018, STP must be implemented; while employers with 19 or fewer employees at 1 April 2018 can opt in at any time between now and their compulsory start date, which is 1 July 2019. Along with the new reporting obligations, employers must also remember that they are no longer obligated to provide their workers with year-end payment summaries under the new STP rules.

Recap – What is Single Touch Payroll?

Firms with 20 or more employees will be required to implement Single Touch Payroll or STP from 1 July 2018. STP is an Australian Taxation Office (ATO) initiative aimed at streamlining the way employers report their tax and superannuation information to the ATO.

Below is the ATO’s overview of Single Touch Payroll:

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Payment Summaries under STP

As the government looks to streamline reporting processes and ensure employer obligations are met, online services like MyGov are becoming more prevalent. With this in mind, the introduction of STP has brought with it a shift towards online income statements instead of traditional payment summaries. Whilst employers can choose to provide payment summaries for the first year of STP reporting, they are not required to do so.

What should employers do?

A significant consideration to be made at this time is whether or not your employees have access to their MyGov account. As more services move to the digital space, people need to be becoming more familiar with using the online portals and tools available. Accessing payment summaries for the first time is a good way to start this process and embrace the changes, and to ensure that your workers are able to get to the information they need.

How can McKinley Plowman help?

With our experience in taxation legislation, if you have any enquiries or concerns regarding the introduction of STP, we are on hand to help you out. Give us a call on 9301 2200 or go to


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Dominic has over 25 years of experience in working alongside business owners in both Australia and the United Kingdom including a number of years working in commerce. With a high level of expertise in business structuring, business acquisitions/disposals and business planning, coupled with a broad range of experience in dealing with businesses from start-ups through to listed companies, on both an Australian and international basis, Dominic has amassed a wealth of experience in understanding what makes a great business and focusses on partnering with businesses in an action focussed, yet light hearted manner.
Dominic is a member of the Chartered Institute of Accountants of Australia, a Chartered Tax Advisor, a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries and a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.

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