The Government has announced that it will undertake further consultation with the business community on simplifying tax and superannuation reporting obligations through Single Touch Payroll. The Government acknowledges that a start date of July 2016 will not be achievable for many businesses.

The Government has therefore asked the Treasury and the ATO to continue to consult with the business community and the software industry on the scope and timing for the Single Touch Payroll initiative and the feasibility of conducting targeted pilots from July 2016.

The Government also recognises the cash-flow implications for business of real time payments, and will therefore only be consulting further on real time reporting and voluntary real time payments as an option.

Under Single Touch Payroll, employers’ accounting software will automatically report payroll information to the ATO when employees are paid.

This will eliminate the need for employers to report employee-related Pay As You Go Withholding (PAYGW) in their activity statements throughout the year and employee payment summaries at the end of the year.

In addition, the Government will streamline Tax File Number declarations and Super Choice forms by providing digital services to simplify the process of bringing on new employees.


Get in touch with Burns Sieber to find out how these changes are progressing and when they are likely to impact on your business.