Single Touch Payroll
The Australian Taxation Office has mandated that business's report their payroll information on a pay period basis.
If you have 20 or more employees you will need to report through Single Touch Payroll from 1 July 2018. The first year will be a transition period and penalties may not apply.
If you have 19 or less employees, you will need to report through Single Touch Payroll from 1 July 2019, subject to legislation being passed in parliament.
The options available for payroll software providers, such a Wilmat, are to lodge payroll data directly with the ATO or lodge payroll data via a third party provider that has been approved by the ATO to receive and lodge the payroll data via a csv file upload.
The mechanism the ATO has adopted for reporting payroll information is incredibly onerous and complicated and would involve several months of development effort and considerable expense. Because of the onerous nature of the ATO lodgment process Wilmat has decided to make use of a third party provider to lodge payroll data. Wilmat has been and continues to work with the ATO to enable the implementation of our approach to Single Touch Payroll.
Wilmat has updated the Payroll by Wilmat software to enable a business to lodge its payroll data on a pay period basis via the third party provider Single Touch Pty Ltd. The following steps summarize what you need to do to be able to lodge your payroll data with the ATO.
Download and install the latest update to Payroll by Wilmat. You can do this from the payroll software by selecting from the payroll menu, Files / Update Payroll
Log onto the Single Touch Pty Ltd website and add your business as an entity.
https://portal.singletouch.com.au/ Select Register an entity from the Single Touch website.
Log into your MyGov portal and authorise Single Touch as your STP provider. Refer https://portal.singletouch.com.au/Support/ATOAuth
Once you have completed the set up of STP you will be able to upload your payroll data to the ATO as follows:
From the Payroll by Wilmat menu, select Export / Single Touch Payroll. This will create a .csv file containing your payroll data for the selected payroll period. Log onto the Single Touch Pty Ltd website and select Upload File. Shortly after your file has been uploaded you will receive email notification from Single Touch Pty Ltd that your file has been lodged with the ATO. You will receive a further acknowledgment once the ATO has successfully processed your file. If the file contains errors you will receive an error report from Single Touch Pty Ltd and/or the ATO.