The Single Touch Payroll page becomes available once you have enabled single touch payroll.
How to find the Single Touch Payroll page
- Select Employees from the left hand menu
- Select the Reports tab, then select Single Touch Payroll (located under ATO Reporting).
This screen lists all historical Pay Events and Update Events for a specific financial year. You can further filter this page by choosing a specific Pay Schedule. Otherwise, the default view will include all pay schedule events. If you do filter by Pay Schedule or change the Financial Year.
What is the difference between a Pay Event & an Update Event?
Whenever an employer makes a payment (e.g, creates a pay run) to an employee that is subject to withholding, they are required to lodge a pay event with the ATO on or before the date the payment is made. This includes where the amount of withholding is $0 (for example where an employee's gross income is below the tax free threshold) or where the employee has no net pay (for example where the employee is repaying an advance or overpayment to the employer, voluntarily foregoing their net pay).
A pay event reports employee YTD gross payments, tax withheld, allowances, deductions and superannuation liability information for each individual employee reported. As employee amounts are YTD, once an amount has been reported it should continue to be reported even if it has not changed (for example ETPs should continue to be reported in each pay event after they are first reported if the employee is included in any subsequent pay events).
Put simply, once a pay run is finalised, a pay event should be lodged with the ATO.
An update event is used to report changes to employee YTD amounts previously reported to the ATO. Update events are not associated with a pay run and thus can only be created when an employee payment has not been made. Other examples of why an update event would be created include:
- Upon transferring YTD payroll data from one payroll system to another to align the latest employer BMS data with the last employee data reported to the ATO;
- To assist with EOFY processes, including finalisation and amendments to STP. After 30 June, any changes made to reported employee data for the prior financial year must only be submitted through an update event.