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Single Touch Payroll (STP) Reporting is designed to streamline business reporting obligations, enabling employers to report payments directly from your Sage payroll solution at the same time you pay employees. Here, we have created a set of resources to make STP simple for you.

Single Touch Payroll (STP) Reporting

Making Single Touch Payroll simple

10 July 2018


Our promise to you

Sage are proud to announce that we have successfully completed the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) STP Certification process for our payroll solutions. This verified the compliance of our Sage MicrOpay and WageEasy hosted and on-premise software, Sage Outsourcing and Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate Payroll, with the ATO’s Single Touch Payroll Reporting requirements. These requirements come in effect on 1 July 2018 for organisations of more than 19 employees.

To ensure you are ready for STP reporting, take this self-assessment:

Assess your STP readiness now

Sage - Single Touch Payroll Certified

What is Single Touch Payroll?

Streamlined and automated business reporting.

STP Reporting is designed to streamline business reporting obligations, enabling employers to report payments such as salaries and wages, pay-as-you-go (PAYG) withholding and superannuation information directly from your Sage payroll solution at the same time you pay employees. This means the ATO will have real-time access to Australian payroll data linking PAYG to Business Activity Statements (BAS) and Superannuation Ordinary Times Earnings Calculations.

Simplified reporting, and time savings.

STP Reporting changes the way you report to the ATO, but there are some key benefits that make it worthwhile.

Streamlined and automated reporting for pay-as-you-go (PAYG) withholding. You’ll be able to remit PAYG with each payroll event.

Reduce your admin by prefilling of W1 and W2 on the Business Activity Statement (BAS)

End of year will become smoother as you’ll no longer have to process payment summaries, part-year payment summaries or submit end of year reporting to the ATO.

Key dates and activities

Sage is committed to helping you every step of the way to ensure you make a smooth transition.

Book your EoY / STP Transition Support Service or Consultation

December 2017 - February 2018 Contact your Sage Consultant to perform a STP Reporting readiness review of data, database and companies.
20th February 2018 Get STP ready at our Sage Payroll Customer Conference in Sydney. SOLD OUT.
23rd February 2018 Sage Payroll Customer Conference Parramatta. SOLD OUT.
March 2018 System Configuration Review against finalised ATO requirements.
2nd March 2018 Sage Payroll Customer Conference Brisbane. SOLD OUT
6th March 2018 Sage Payroll Customer Conference Melbourne. SOLD OUT
1st April 2018 Perform a headcount. Review our FAQ section for more details.
30th April 2018 ATO certifies Sage MicrOpay and Sage WageEasy as STP-compliant
May – June 2018 Learn more about and book your EoY / STP Transition Support Services
1st July 2018 STP Reporting becomes mandatory for employers with more than 19 employees.
July 2018 Perform updates to Awards.
July - August 2018 Consider support for initial STP Reporting pay runs.
1st July 2019 STP Reporting becomes mandatory for companies with fewer than 20 employees.

STP enablement resources

We know you want as much information as you can get on STP, so we’ve pulled together some resources for your review.
STP Reporting Readiness Checklist

Based on our involvement with the ATO STP Reporting Working Group, we have developed readiness checklists for you to use as a first step.

Sage MicrOpay and WageEasy Checklist

Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate Checklist

Outsourcing Checklist

STP Reporting FAQ

Our support and services teams receive regular questions from customers. We’ve pulled all of these into a FAQ.

View FAQ

Your security is important to us.

We understand how important the security of your data is, which is why we have completed a comprehensive review and implemented extensive measures to ensure your data is secure with Sage and our partner SuperChoice. The ATO has reviewed SuperChoice and granted ATO “Operational Framework” approval. As SuperChoice manages a “high volumes of taxpayer or superannuation records”, SuperChoice must meet the highest level of ATO Operational Framework requirements:

  • All data passed between Sage and SuperChoice (API integration or Portal upload) is encrypted in transit in accordance to HTTPs TSL 1.2.
  • All data stored by SuperChoice is stored encrypted at rest within Australia.
  • SuperChoice has monitoring at network, application and transaction level.
  • All data passed between SuperChoice and the ATO is encrypted in transit in accordance to HTTPs TSL 1.2 and in secured in accordance with the ATO ebMS 3 standards

To find out more about the ATO Operational Framework, visit the ATO site for developers.

ATO's Operational Framework Overview

Single Touch Payroll News

9th July 2018: Sage Makes Single Touch Payroll Easy for All its Customers

"Sage took all the mystery out of the new ATO reporting requirements and provided us with lots of information prior to set up.”

18th June 2018: ATO flags changes to payment summary under STP

The ATO has begun writing to employers who were early adopters of single touch payroll on potential changes with employees’ payment summaries, with bookkeepers advised to check in on clients ahead of finalising STP data.

1st July 2018: Sage Payroll Outsourcing Service and STP

The Sage Payroll Outsourcing Service begins STP reporting for all relevant customers.

20th June 2018: Bosses get 12-month amnesty on unpaid super

Employers refusing to pay as much as $17 billion in superannuation entitlement look like being given a 12-month amnesty to make good their debts before penalties are levied.

18th June 2018: ATO certifies Sage Construction and Real Estate

Sage has successfully completed the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) STP Certification process, which verified the compliance of our Sage Construction and Real Estate software with the ATO’s impending Single Touch Payroll Reporting requirements.

18th June 2018: Sage releases final version of STP-compliant version of Sage MicrOpay

Today, STP-compliant versions of Sage MicrOpay On-premise were released.

18th June 2018: Sage releases final version of STP-compliant version of Sage WageEasy

Today, STP-compliant versions of Sage WageEasy On-premise were released.

15th June 2018: Sage releases final version of STP-compliant version of Payroll Online solutions.

Today, STP-compliant versions of Sage MicrOpay and WageEasy Payroll Online were released.

11th June 2018: ABSIA adds Sage payroll solutions to their STP-compliant Product Register

11th June 2018: ATO adds Sage payroll solutions to their SBR Product Register

11th June 2018: ATO adds Sage payroll solutions to their STP-compliant Product Register

1st June 2018: Sage releases STP-ready version of Sage ESS

Today, STP-ready version of Sage ESS and New Starters functionality was released.

24th May 2018: June payroll software release update

Sage are proud to announce our desktop Payroll solutions MicrOpay and WageEasy are STP certified by the ATO. There will be another release in mid-June to further update pay events from STP ATO requirements, EOY changes and tax scale updates. Please keep a close watch of this release, as you will be required to be on the latest payroll software to be STP compliant.

17th May 2018: Important: Tax Agent Registration Requirements

There has been a recent announcement on Tax Agent Registration Requirements that may impact your business. For businesses that are providing a payroll processing service on behalf of another business and receiving a fee for the service may be required to be a registered agent. For details on whether your business is required to complete this registration please visit the website.

30th April 2018: ATO certifies Sage MicrOpay and Sage WageEasy as STP-compliant

Sage has successfully completed the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) STP Certification process, which verified the compliance of our Sage MicrOpay and Sage WageEasy software with the ATO’s impending Single Touch Payroll Reporting requirements.

3rd April 2018: O’Dwyer takes action on unpaid super

The Turnbull Government has introduced legislation to improve enforcement and collection of superannuation guarantee (SG) payments by employers to Parliament…

28th March 2018: Simplifying Single Touch Payroll

Accountants will play a pivotal role in the changeover to the single touch payroll system which takes effect in Australia from 1 July this year.

21st March 2018: Sage releases EOFY and STP Readiness Outsourcing Check list

The EOFY and STP Readiness Checklist is now available to our Outsourcing payroll customers, to help them be ready for May.

15th March 2018: Sage releases STP-ready version of MicrOpay

Today, STP-ready versions of Sage MicrOpay On-premise and Sage MicrOpay Payroll Online were released.

14th March 2018: Sage releases STP-ready versions of WageEasy

Today, STP-ready versions of Sage WageEasy On-premise and Sage WageEasy Payroll Online were released.

12th March 2018: Sage launches Single Touch Payroll Reporting Transition Support Services for its customers

Sage customers can choose between 1-on-1 Consulting support, classroom training and Online Webinar Support for their transition to STP Reporting.

8th March 2018: Small businesses warned to start Single Touch Payroll setup next month, ahead of July introduction

ATO assistant commissioner John Shepherd warned businesses this week that if they have 20 or more staff, they must be ready to lodge employee’s pay and superannuation information through the new payroll systems from July 1 — no excuses.

6th March 2018: Aus Govt urging payroll providers to prepare for new legislation

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will write to employers in March 2018 advising them to take action to prepare for Single Touch Payroll (STP) – the next step in streamlining payroll reporting.

20th February 2018: Sage kicks off its 4 city Sage Payroll Customer Conference tour

Sage payroll customers will learn about the changes impacting them, from the ATO, PwC, Employee Matters and Danny King Legal on Single Touch Payroll, FBT, Super Guarantee, Notifiable Data Breaches Scheme, GDPR and Accessorial Liability.

29th January 2018: Firms struggling with Single Touch Payroll

Businesses are struggling to cope with an uphill compliance battle as they come to grips with Single Touch Payroll, and according to one bookkeeper, larger firms are struggling with this the most.

25th January 2018: Jail time for employers who deny staff super

The purpose of the Treasury Laws Amendment (Taxation and Superannuation Guarantee Integrity Measures) Bill 2018 is protect workers’ superannuation entitlements and “modernise” the enforcement of the superannuation guarantee.

24th January 2018: Treasury releases draft legislation for SG measures

The government has released a draft bill for its proposed superannuation guarantee measures which include extending single touch payroll to all employers and facilitating more regular reporting by super funds.

15th January 2018: IPA Pre-budget Submission 2018/19

The Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) has issued its pre-Budget 2018/19 submission to Government with key recommendations, including on the topic of STP Reporting.

18th December 2017: MYEFO reveals Single Touch Payroll is coming for all small businesses.

From July 1, 2019, all businesses, no matter how many staff they have, will be expected to use Single Touch Payroll, according to the ATO.

14th December 2017: Sage STP Reporting Support page goes live.

While still waiting on the final ATO specification for STP Reporting, Sage releases a support resource for its payroll customers.

11th December 2017: 4 Yearly Review of Modern Awards

From July 1, 2019, all businesses, no matter how many staff they have, will be expected to use Single Touch Payroll, according to the ATO.

17th November 2017: Sage on ATO Panel at STP Employer Engagement Forum

Listen to the latest about Single Touch Payroll as well as questions put to the ATO and payroll industry experts.

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