This article will guide you through completing your end of year processing for STP (ie processing a Finalisation Event) using the update event functionality.
Please be aware that there is also an STP EOFY Wizard available that provides a more streamlined process of undertaking your end of year obligations. The wizard also includes additional functionality not provided in an update event, such as:
- The ability to bulk import RFB amounts for employees
- Sending notification emails from the platform once the finalisation event has been successfully lodged
- Accessing the amended finalisation event wizard if further finalisation events are required.
Instructions on utilising the EOFY wizard can be found here.
Note: Employees will NOT be able to access their Income Statements from their employee portal or WorkZone. They will only be available via the employee's myGov account or by contacting the ATO.
How to create a Finalisation Event using an Update Event
It is important to note that you cannot lodge a finalisation event if you have not successfully reported any pay events during the financial year. This will result in a failed lodgement. So before proceeding with a finalisation event, ensure you at least lodge your last pay run for the financial year. Once that has been successfully lodged, you can commence the process as per the instructions below.
- Select Employees from the left hand menu
- Select the Reports tab and then select Single Touch Payroll
- Select Create Update Event
- Select the relevant Financial Year and Pay Schedule, then select Create
Note: If employees have been paid using multiple pay schedules throughout the financial year, you do not need to complete a finalisation event for each pay schedule for that employee. Rather, you only need to complete the finalisation event for the default pay schedule the employee is assigned to. (e.g. an employee is assigned to a fortnightly pay schedule but also have also however been paid in an 'Adhoc' pay schedule throughout the year). As the employee's default pay schedule is fortnightly, all the employee's YTD earnings will be reported in the fortnightly finalisation event.
You will then be taken to the update event screen where a list of employees and their YTD payroll data is displayed. The employees that will appear in this event are employees from that select Pay Schedule that have been paid in the financial year who have not previously been marked as Is final in an earlier event. If you want to add an employee who has previously been marked as Is final, Select Actions and then Add Employee.
What steps should I now take before I lodge the finalisation event?
There are a few actions to perform before proceeding with the lodgement:
- Confirm Payroll Data: To access an excel version of the data shown in this event, select Actions and then Excel. You will then be able to reconcile this report with other payroll reports (such as the Detailed Activity Report) to ensure the figures match.
- Resolve Validation Errors: If you notice a Warnings tab there are issues with the lodgement that must be rectified before proceeding with lodgement: Learn how to trouble validation warnings for STP. Once all warnings have been fixed, you can refresh the data by selecting Actions and then Refresh Data.
- Enter Reportable Fringe Benefits Amounts: This is only required if you have employees with reportable FBT amounts that need to be entered. You can enter the amount manually for each employee by selecting the Pencil icon, enter the grossed up amount and then select the Green tick icon.
- You may need to seek advice on which FBT deductions are reportable. Further information on FBT can be found here. Lastly, you will notice that the above screenshots include 2 RFBA columns - one for Entertainment and another for Other. The number of columns that appear here for your business will depend on your FBT settings as configured in the ATO Settings screen.
- Mark employees as 'is final': This is an essential step to indicate to the ATO that the employees have no further payments to be made for the financial year. This will also update the employee's Income Statement to 'Tax ready' so they can then lodge their tax return. To mark employees as Is final, Select Actions and then Mark all as final.
- Request Client Authority: If you are lodging as a Tax/BAS agent you must obtain approval from your client to lodge the event prior to actually lodging the finalisation event. If your ATO Settings are set to lodging as the Employer or lodging as an Intermediary for multiple employing entities, you are not required to complete this step. Select Actions and then Request Client Authority to commence the process. We suggest you add a note to indicate the event relates to a finalisation event. The users added to the list will be notified via email that there is a finalisation event waiting to approved.
Notes on Fringe Benefits:
- You must only enter the grossed-up taxable value of these benefits
- Do not enter any cents in the amounts
- Do not include any FBT amounts in the employee's gross earnings
- The amount entered must be the YTD amount. If any amounts have previously been entered in other events, they will be displayed on the screen. If you need to update an employee's YTD amount enter the actual YTD amount in the field so that it overrides the existing amount, ie the amount added here will not be in addition to the existing amount showing for the employee.
Lodging the Finalisation Event
Once the above steps have been completed you can commence the lodgement process by selecting Lodge with ATO, The finalisation event will then submit to the ATO.
If you have the notification setting Email me when there is a Lodgement error switched on (via the My Notifications screen) you will be sent an email if there is an error with the lodgement.
Additional setting for tax/BAS agents
Before you are able to lodge the finalisation event, you must:
- Select the Registered Tax Agent option when choosing who is lodging; and
- Assign the authority who has approved the event. If the selected authority's status is showing as awaiting authorisation, the Lodge Update Event button will be disabled. This is intentional, because only an approved authority can be assigned to the event.
Lodging an amended Finalisation Event
If, after having successfully lodged a finalisation event for a specific pay schedule, you realise that an adjustment or adhoc pay must be processed for the same financial year, you must process an amended finalisation event. You must also do this as quickly as possible to ensure the employee does not use an outdated Income Statement to lodge their tax return. If you're unsure of when you'll be able to do this, we strongly suggest you create and lodge an update event for the employee and mark as is not final so that the status of the employee's Income Statement is no longer 'Tax ready'.
To lodge an amended finalisation event, simply select Create Update Event from the Single Touch Payroll screen and complete the above process again.