Small employers urged to make the switch to STP

The ATO is urging small employers who’ve not yet made the switch to Single Touch Payroll (STP) to get in touch if they need help to transition.

Small employers with 19 employees or fewer are now required to start reporting through STP but ATO Assistant Commissioner Jason Lucchese said there is still time for businesses to start reporting if they haven’t already.

“If you are a small employer and not sure where to start, there are three possible pathways to take,” Lucchese said.

Small employers can do the following:

  • start reporting now through an STP-enabled solution that is right for them;
  • consider if you are eligible for a quarterly reporting concession; or,
  • apply for a deferral if they need more time.

“It’s really important for small employers to contact us if they have any concerns about their ability to transition to STP. You can also speak with your registered tax or BAS agent if you have one,” Lucchese said.

The ATO wants the transition to STP to be simple and manageable for all employers. It also announced that no penalties will be applied in the 2019-20 financial year for small employers who will make a genuine attempt to transition or for missed or late reports.

More than 540,000 employers across the country have successfully transitioned to Single Touch Payroll thus far.

The ATO will continue to work with small employers to understand any barriers they may be facing and provide support to help them transition to STP reporting.

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