Single Touch Payroll expanded to include smaller employers from 1 July 2019


Single Touch Payroll (STP) builds on the Government’s Digital Transformation Agenda and is designed to make it easier for individuals and business to access government services online.

At the 6th Annual Victorian Tax Forum in October, ATO Assistant Commissioner and STP Program Lead, John Shepherd, presents ‘Single Touch Payroll’ - part of the Forum’s Hot Topics stream.

John’s session will provide an overview of the STP project, talk about what the ATO is seeing in the data they are receiving and discuss how they are tailoring client interactions. John will also touch on how tax professionals are affected and how they can ensure they are aware of STP obligations for themselves and their clients.

John previously presented on this topic in November 2017, at the Institute’s Corporate Masterclass in Sydney. At this presentation John covered what Single Touch Payroll meant for employers with 20 or more employees and what they were required to do to prepare for 1 July 2018. 


That session covered how, over time, clients will be able to interact with the ATO through digital end-to-end services and products that are designed to be streamlined and easy to access, understand and use.

The original paper presented at last year's Corporate Tax Masterclass can be found here.

Single Touch Payroll introduces significant changes to the client experience for employers, tax professionals and employees through digital, event-based reporting and the increased currency and transparency of payroll data.

The Government has now announced it will expand Single Touch Payroll to include smaller employers with 19 or less employees from 1 July 2019, subject to legislation being passed in parliament. John's upcoming session will discuss what these changes mean for employers, including the implications for small and closely held employers, and provide an update on what’s coming up next for STP.

Beyond his current role, John has performed a number of senior roles in his 27 years with the ATO, leading significant change programs and projects seeking to improve the client experience. Playing an active role in the implementation of SuperStream, John also led the delivery of a number of other superannuation reform initiatives, including driving online superannuation account consolidation. John holds a Masters of Taxation and is based in Canberra.

John’s session is one of nine in the Forum’s Hot Topics stream, which runs alongside concurrent sessions in the Forum’s Private and Corporate streams. Other sessions in this stream look at legislative reforms in the property sector, reading tax treaties, cryptocurrencies, the black economy, ATO dispute resolution for private groups, fraud - or evasion, and state taxes.

The 6th Annual Vic Tax Forum takes place 11-12 October 2018, at the Crown Conference Centre, Melbourne. Find out more about John’s session and the rest of the program on our website.

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