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Getting STP approved software as a small business owner

Medium to large businesses have had to use Single Touch Payroll (STP) since July 2018.
As of the 1 July 2019, all Australian micro and small businesses (1-20 employees) must be using an STP approved software to do their payroll.
For those who don’t know what STP reporting is, every time you run payroll, you now need to send through all of your data to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).
You do this by using a STP compliant software to run your payroll. All the necessary information will be sent to the ATO through the program.  Learn more about STP reporting and why it was introduced in our overview. 
In this post, we’re going to cover what small business owners need to know about STP and how you can avoid being caught out.

Employers must use STP approved software 

All employers in Australia must be using cloud payroll software that is STP compliant.  There isn’t really a way around this.
If you’re currently using an online payroll software, check to see if it’s STP approved.
If you’re not currently using one, there are a number of different payroll programs for all business sizes and business types.  Consider our small business factors when choosing a payroll provider.


Single Touch Payroll (STP) makes running a business easier

With all of your information sent to the ATO in real-time, you don’t need to do the following things anymore:
  • You don’t need to provide end-of-financial-year (EOFY) payment summaries to employees. Your employee will be able to find their year-to-date tax and super information via the ATO’s online services.  This is where they’ll get their information to lodge their income tax return.  Employee pay data comes from your STP reports and updates with every report made through STP software like Payroller.  However, you’ll still need to let the ATO know when you’ve completed STP reporting for the year.  Learn how to finalise your STP data at the end of the financial year in Payroller with our simple user guide.
  • You don’t need a payment summary annual report.  Annual payment summaries are reported and calculated through STP software.
 We suggest talking to your accountant or bookkeeper further if you need additional information on this.

Learn more about single touch payroll (STP)