Best Practice

We strongly recommend waiting until the 1st of July before you start your end of year activities,  and follow the step by step instructions below.

Overview

With the introduction of Single Touch Payroll (STP) the process of completing payroll activities for a tax year has been greatly simplified. Employer's who have reported STP for the tax year simply need to mark the STP information as final per employee, and employee's are responsible for obtaining their own end of year summary referred to as an Income Statement.

This guide provides step by step instruction on ensuring the STP information has been finalised for a tax year, and also provides background information to help employer's and employee's understand the change.

Background

In very basic terms single touch payroll is the submission of employee personal and payroll information every time an employee is paid (reported via the Pay run process). The payroll information submitted is reported as YTD totals which essentially provide a snapshot of the employees pay (almost like a payment summary as at the payment date). 

This is an important concept to understand as it explains why there is no longer a requirement for a payment summary process, you simply need to tell the ATO the data that has been sent is not going to change and is "finalised" for the tax period.


The other notable change is rather than it being the employers obligation to distribute the payment summary information to the employees; the employee must now collect the summary themselves directly from the myGov Portal.

The following table highlights the key differences:

ActionBefore STPWhen STP Reporting
Finalise Pay Runs for the Tax Year(tick)(tick)
Enter Fringe Benefit Tax Information(tick)(tick)
Summarise YTD Pay Information(tick)not required each STP Pay Event Includes this
  • Upload PSAR to ATO Portal
(tick)not required
  • Distribute Payment Summary To Employees
(tick)employee collects from myGov portal

Understanding Finalisation

The final indicator tells the ATO, that for the given employee and tax year there are no further changes to be made and the information that has been reported is correct.

If the final indicator has been set, the information reported becomes available for third party companies such as tax agents to use.  

If this information is incorrect and is subsequently altered this can result in the employee having to submit an adjustment tax return.

Note: If the final indicator has been set during the tax year for example for a terminated employee the data only becomes available to 3rd Party companies on the 1st of July.

For an employee they will see the following labels displayed against the income statement when they log into the ATO service in the myGov portal.

Final Indicator Not SetFinal Indicator Set

Income statement has a status of 'Year to date' or 'Not tax ready' means the statement may be incomplete and must be checked before it is used. Your employer has until 31 July to finalise the information.

'Tax ready' means this statement is complete and will be prefilled in your tax return.

Income Statement

The employee's payment summary for the tax period is now referred to as the Income Statement. The Income Statement is essentially the data submitted in the most recent pay event that included the employee. In the example below you can see that the Income Statement displayed was reported on the 17/6/2019


 Click here to view an example Income Statement

For a step by step guide of how an employee can access their Income Statement click here.

Step by Step Guide

The actual process of finalising is to send an update event for all employees with the final indicator checked for each. Before doing this you need to complete the following:

  • check pay runs in the tax year are complete and reconciled
  • enter FBT information, this detail is included in the pay event but is not captured as part of pay run activities through the year.

1. Complete Pay Runs and Reconcile

Make sure you complete all pay activity in the tax year; a pay run is considered within the tax year if its payment date is on or before the 30th of June. Use our standard payroll reports to reconcile pay, tax, superannuation in the same way you would have prior to STP.

2. Enter Fringe Benefit Tax Information

To add employee FBT information for the tax period, you will need to add Employee FBT Summary, or Employee FBT records, for instruction please see review How to add Employee FBT guide here. If you do not have any fringe benefit Tax (FBT) to report, then you can skip straight to the next step.

If an employee only has FBT Summary in the tax year they will still appear on the update event for selection as long as the reportable amount exceeds the FBT threshold.

3. Prepare and Submit Update Event (Final)

  • Initiate the update process from the navigation Payroll Administration > Single Touch Payroll > Send Update Pay Event (and select a branch if you have multiple).

  • Select the correct tax period this will default based on the current date. If the current date is 1st of July or later you will need to select the tax period from the drop down as shown in the screenshot below. The page will refresh and the transaction date will update to the 30/6/2019.


  • Review any validation warnings and correct (note: the Finalise All For Tax Period button will appear greyed out if there are validation errors). For help on validation errors please review the understanding data validation (STP) guide.

In this example Ralph London has validation warnings and the finalise button is greyed out (tip: rollover the warning icon for details)

  • Once there are no validation warnings, you are ready to finalise and declare.

Click the Finalise tax button, and click OK to confirm. This will ensure all employees are included in the update and the Finalise Tax Year check boxes are checked.

  • Click the Acceptance checkbox after reading the declaration,  and click send now, this will initiate the background process generating the Pay Event Data and submit to the ATO.
  • Finally monitor your email to ensure you receive a full success notification, this confirms the ATO has received the update, and processed successfully, confirmation will also be visible on the Pay Event Record. This completes your end of year finalisation responsibilities.
Confirmation EmailPayEvent Record Success

Subject: STP Pay Event PayEvent PAYEVNT0110: Complete Full Success

The following STP Pay Event is now complete and no further action is necessary.

  • Pay Event: PAYEVNT0110
  • Submission Type: Update
  • Organisation: Infinet Cloud Solutions Pty Ltd
  • Period End Date: 30/6/2019
  • Number of Records: 40

If you have multiple branches you must repeat the finalise step for each of them.


Gotcha: Submitting before End Of Year

The update event is sent as at the current date (for example if you start the update event on the 23rd June the transaction date is set as the 23rd of June, and only pay runs on or before that date will be included in the collated data). If the current date is after the tax period, you must select the prior tax period which will default the transaction date to the last day of the tax period (30th of June).

Best Practice: Wait until 1st of July. 

For more information on the recent changes to the STP Reporting page  additional tab details click here 





How to Correct / Adjust A Previously Finalised Pay Event

If after submitting a final indicator update for an employee you identify a mistake, or believe there is additional information to be sent you must immediately send an update event clearing the final indicator, before correcting the issue. This is to ensure the incorrect data is not used for tax pre-fill.

  • Initiate the update process from the navigation Payroll Administration > Single Touch Payroll > Send Update Pay Event (and select a branch if you have multiple).
  • Select the employee(s) to clear by checking the update checkbox next to them, and uncheck the Finalise Tax Year
  • Click the Send Now button to send the update to the ATO.




Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Where can I reconcile the information that has been sent with the ATO ? 
A. The ATO Business Portal only displays high level information regarding pay events, unfortunately there is no breakdown of employee information.

Q. I set the final indicator for all my employees in my last Submit event from my last payrun, do I need to send an update?
A. Technically speaking you don't, however as the submit only includes employees that are on the pay run to make sure no one has been missed its worth checking the update.

Q. One or more of my previous Pay Events are incomplete or have been rejected what should I do ?
A. STP reporting always submits YTD values, therefore if a prior submit or update event is incomplete it will not cause an issue with reporting for a subsequent submission as long as that submission has a later transaction date.

Q. I am not reporting STP yet what should I do ?
A. If you are not reporting STP for the 2018 - 2019 Tax Year you need to generate and distribute Payment Summaries please see the PAYG Payment Summary Processing Guide.  Note: You must report STP from July 1st 2019 unless you have an exemption agreed with the ATO. Click here for guide on configuring Single Touch Payroll (STP)

Q. I am not sure whether all my employees have had their final indicator set what should I do?
A. If you are in any doubt you can run the finalise update again, simply follow the instructions again.

Q. In a previous release there was a final indicator next to the tax period, I can't see it do I still need to check it?
A. Early versions of our finalisation process did show a checkbox however we simplified the process by introducing the button.

Q. My last Pay Run of the tax year is paid on the 1st of July will this be included in the report?
A. Pay data is collated based on the payment date if the payment date is outside of the tax period it will be reported in the following tax period.