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Single Touch Payroll (STP) - Applying for a deferred date - due to needed software upgrade

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For the information of users with payroll software, where extra time is needed for development of an STP capability:

 

Here's a copy of a recent discussion on the MYOB Community Forum (under AccountRight \ Staffing & Payroll):

 

MYOB User:  We use custom software using  ODBC and I have spoken to a consultant that confirms were able to be granted the deferral until 31 May 2019. What is the procedure for this? Do I need to contact the ATO and apply for it or how does it work?

 

My answer: 

All employers are required to count their staff at 1 April 2018 (including part-timers and casuals).

Those with 20 or more employees will have to move to STP from 1 July 2018 and the rest, from 1 July 2019.

Those who cannot move by these dates can apply for a deferral (e.g. up to 31 May 2019)  - or their developer can do this on their behalf.(See the Note for Customers below).

 

You will need to contact your software developer  - who will need to check the guidelines in the Single Touch Payroll -Deferral Evidence Package , - where there's a link to the ATO's information pack with information for developers appying for a deferral date for their STP implementation, plus information for their customers for those applying and a link to the Deferral application submission form

 

[Friom the info pack] The submission will need to include:

- A product roadmap, including the products that will be updated to enable Single Touch Payroll reporting for your customers, and when they will be updated. It should also detail the products that will be retired, when they will be retired and any affected customers. Include the steps you have taken, given your circumstances, to develop Single Touch Payroll-enabled products that will be ready for use from 1 July 2018.

 - A customer readiness strategy and roadmap. Include your engagement approach, activities and timeframes in assisting customers to adopt Single Touch Payroll reporting. 

 

(Note: If a customer will still not be ready to start by the deferred date, and still needs more time then,

the customer will have to apply to the ATO for a separate deferral)

 

Note for customers:

The ATO will give your developer a Deferral Reference Number (DRN) provided by the ATO.

Your developer will give it to you. Then, if you need to contact the ATO about not being ready yet, to move to STP, you can quote your DRN.  I expect your software developer will also develop a way for them to send it to the ATO on your behalf.

(for  more info, see the note in the information pack, about Commissioner's Initiated Deferrals for developers).

 

 >> I recommend that you contact a local accounting software advisor - Attache, MYOB, QuickBooks or Xero - to help you plan your move to STP, as you use an OBDC add-in which may affect your payroll upgrade. Go to each company's Support page - where you will find a link to their list of accredited advisors.

 

So if you need an STP deferral, act NOW !

 

Kym Yeoward CPA

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Hi @KYeoward,

 

Thanks for getting in touch - we've received some additional information from our STP area regarding your query!

 

If employers need more information on a deferred Single Touch Payroll commencement date they can visit Single Touch Payroll deferrals for more information on how to apply.

 

Thanks, JodieH.

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Hi @KYeoward,

 

Thanks for getting in touch - we've received some additional information from our STP area regarding your query!

 

If employers need more information on a deferred Single Touch Payroll commencement date they can visit Single Touch Payroll deferrals for more information on how to apply.

 

Thanks, JodieH.

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