Single Touch Payroll – ATO discussion paper

The ATO has issued a discussion paper on the proposed introduction of single touch payroll for employers from 1 July 2016. Under Single Touch Payroll, employers will be required to electronically report payroll and superannuation information to the Tax Office when employees are paid using Standard Business Reporting-enabled software.

In addition, Single Touch Payroll will streamline tax file number (TFN) declarations and Super Choice forms by providing a digital channel to simplify the process of bringing on new employees. Single Touch Payroll will be available from July 2016.

To meet their obligations employers would be required to use appropriate payroll software. The discussion paper seeks views on transitional issues, suggestions on how to minimise compliance costs and the potential for employers to remit employee Pay As You Go Withholding and the Superannuation Guarantee Charge contributions at the same time employees are paid.

In a nutshell, you won’t have to fill in the wages section on your BAS but you may have to send the tax withheld from wages to the ATO every week when you do the wages instead of every quarter when you do your BAS.