Reporting through Single Touch Payroll Instructions
If you are an eligible employer for the JobKeeper system AND lodging your payrolls via Single Touch Payroll then there are steps that you are required to take to notify the ATO of the eligible employees via STP. A JobKeeper start date needs to be recorded for each eligible employee confirming which fortnight the employer has became eligible for JobKeeper payments on their behalf. The first JobKeeper fortnight is 30/3/20 – 12/4/20 hence this is referred to FN01.
Each of the major software companies have released a guide for reporting this information via STP.
Please find links to the major software packages below:
If you are using a third party payroll provider e.g.) ADP, please contact the provider to discuss the steps required to record the JobKeeper start date.
In order to use this method for the April JobKeeper reimbursement the start date needs to be reported via STP before 30/4/20.
Please note: The STP requirements are not applicable to non-employees claiming JobKeeper payments i.e.) sole traders and eligible business participants or entities that are not using STP. These claimants will need to provide a monthly declaration to the ATO via the business or tax agent portal. The first monthly declaration can be completed from 4/5/20. We are able to complete this on behalf of these entities although a cost will apply.
Please also make sure that you have collected a nomination form for each eligible employee and business participant. It is a requirement that these are kept on file for all claimants excluding sole traders. The nomination forms can be found here:
NOTReporting through Single Touch Payroll Instructions
Each month, you must reconfirm the eligibility of your business and your reported eligible employees.
You must also provide information as to your current and projected GST turnover. The ATO have advised that this is not a retest of your eligibility, but rather an indication of how your business is progressing under the JobKeeper Payment scheme.
We can make the business monthly declaration on your behalf or you can do this via the Business Portal (NB. This will require you to set-up a MyGovID).
Each month you must:
Ensure you have paid your eligible employees at least $1,500 per each per fortnight.
Log in to the Business Portal to:
review the number of eligible employees for each JobKeeper fortnight
update your eligible employees if any of your eligible employees change or leave your employment.
provide your current and projected GST turnover
re-confirm your contact and bank details for payment.