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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 so that you can prepare for 1 July 2018 when STP commences.

Single Touch Payroll (STP) Reporting

Making Single Touch Payroll simple

12 December 2017


Our promise to you

As Australia’s “#1 payroll solution provider across all size organisations surveyed”*, Sage has been a part of the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) STP Reporting Working Group since its inception. We’re committed to making STP Reporting core to our payroll solutions. Based on current ATO requirements and intentions for STP Reporting, we’re very confident we will meet the ATO’s requirements prior to the commencement date of 1 July 2018.

Sage 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.
Please contact a Sage Consultant if you have questions or need assistance.
December 2017 - February 2018 Perform a STP Reporting readiness review of data, database and companies.
January 2018 Perform updates to Awards (Casual Overtime).
20th February 2018 Get STP ready at our Sage Payroll Customer Conference in Sydney.
23rd February 2018 Sage Payroll Customer Conference Parramatta.
March 2018 System Configuration Review against finalised ATO requirements.
2nd March 2018 Sage Payroll Customer Conference Brisbane.
6th March 2018 Sage Payroll Customer Conference Melbourne.
1st April 2018 Perform a headcount. Review our FAQ section for more details.
May – June 2018 Seek EoY assistance if required.
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 a readiness checklist for you to use as a first step.

Download 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

Payroll News

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.

5th December 2017: Single Touch Payroll Reporting starts 1 July 2018

Single Touch Payroll reporting will start on 1 July 2018. Find out where we're at.

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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* Australian Payroll Association Payroll Benchmarking Report 2017
Sage’s ability to meet the STP Reporting commencement date is subject to whether ATO decides to make any further changes to the operational requirement of the STP Reporting and the legislation being passed in parliament.