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Level 1

Reportable Employer Super Contributions

I need to record the amount of Reportable Employer Super Contributions for a director that does not receive any payment - just the RESC, so as to comply with latest ATO compliance.

I have followed the QBO suggestions but this results in the person receiving either a negative Gross Earnings (which cannot be reported to ATO STP) or negative Net Earnings (when no earnings or payment should be recorded)

How to ensure that the payroll is imply reporting the RESC and nothing else so that the information can be passed to STP each payrun???



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Reportable Employer Super Contributions

Hi stevek9,


There are three ways on how you can have RESC show up on the income statements. And the third way a super payment will be recorded as a RESC payment is if you make Employer Contributions (ie. you pay the extra super, it isn't deducted from the employee's earnings). 


Again, you can either:


Make employer contributions "manually" in a pay run (eg. for a once off payment):


  1. From within a pay run, click on the employee you want to record the RESC payment for and click the Actions button and select Adjust Super.
  2. Select the Employer Contribution adjustment type
  3. Enter the contribution amount and check that all the values are correct.

Or set up a recurring payment:


  1. On Employees tab, select an employee.
  2. Select Pay Run Inclusions
  3. Click on Add in the Super Adjustments section.
  4. Select the contribution type.
  5. Choose the method this amount will be arrived at.
  6. Enter the $ or % amount.
  7. Choose the effective date.

For more information, you can also check on this article: What is Classed as Reportable Employer Super Contributions (RESC) and How to Fix Incorrectly Reporte...


Feel free to drop a comment below if you have any other questions. Have a nice day. 

Level 1

Reportable Employer Super Contributions

Thanks for reply, but here is my problem


When I record the Employer Contribution as a recurring Super Deduction (fixed amount), the payrun applies correctly but then records a Net Earnings of this amount.

The inclusion of the employee is solely for the purpose of passing the value of the Employer Contribution through to ATO (on STP). The employee does not receive any gross earning or net earnings.

So to avoid the Net Earnings, I added a Salary Sacrifice deduction of same amount which removes the Net Earnings but now shows as negative Gross Earnings of same amount (which QBO considers invalid for STP).

Hence, each attempt results in the Employer Contribution being recorded but with an associated Gross or Net Earnings - which I do not want

Appreciate any further suggestions as to what needs to be adjusted on the pay record




Level 8

Reportable Employer Super Contributions

Hi stevek9,


Recording the Reportable Employer Super Contributions  will affect the net earnings of the employee on a pay run. You can edit the RESC under Opening balances section. Here's how:


  1. Click on the Employees tab.
  2. Click on the employee's name.
  3. Click on Opening Balances.
  4. Enter RESC amounts in either Super & PAYG or Deduction.

You can check these articles to learn more about RESC:

If you need more help on recording the RESC, recommend contacting our Customer Care Team to get more information on how you entered the amount in the pay run.


Feel free to reach out to us if you have more questions.



ABS Booking
Level 1

Reportable Employer Super Contributions

when there is a pre tax super payment made it show in the super contributions report that i would use to pay the super for staff  but this amount on the report does not balance to the super payable line in the chart of accounts it is out the amount that the staff is paying extra. how does i make this account correct

Level 8

Reportable Employer Super Contributions

Hello ABS Booking,


Thanks for posting in the Community!


The amount shown on the super payable account is based on the finalized pay run processed in QuickBooks Online Payroll. To check the payroll journal:


  1. Click on the Chart of Accounts.
  2. Click on the Accounting tab, and locate the Super Payable account.
  3. Check if the journal for the pay run affected is showing on the list.
  4. Click on Edit to view the account used.
  5. Check also for any duplicate journals.

You can take note of the amount of each journal, and then compare it to the Super contribution report to verify the amount. To run the Super contribution:


  1. Click on the Employees tab.
  2. Click on the Super contribution.
  3. Set the date range, pay schedule, and employee name.
  4. Click on Run report.

You can also check this link to check if your deduction category is set up with the correct Payment classification Update deduction categories for STP Phase 2.


Feel free to reply to this thread if you have more questions. The Community is here to help you!