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Please find below a list of frequently asked questions and the corresponding answers in relation to the implementation of Single Touch Payroll. 

Q1) I’m trying to activate single touch payroll but can't. I am missing the STP tab in U_PPO parameter.

A1) STP is only available from the Sweden release of LawMaster onwards. 

Information on upgrading to Sweden can be found here: Sweden Release Information - Client Service Centre

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Q2) The ATO has said that when we send the payroll information to them via STP that it will automatically prefill the W1 & W2 fields on the Business Activity Statement (BAS). 

 When we pay this do we still go online and pay the way we normally do?   

A2) Any payments made to the ATO will not change, it is only reporting that is changing. 

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Q3) The ATO has said that when we send the payroll information to them via STP that it will automatically prefill the W1 & W2 fields on the Business Activity Statement (BAS). 

Is there a report we can print that gives us the information that is prefilled?

A3) You should still be able to get these figures from the GST Reconciliation Report as you currently do now or alternatively the Cumulative Earnings Report.

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Q4) It tells us to reconcile our EOFY payroll reports (INB Reconciliation), we haven't done an EOFY yet so what do we reconcile these figures with?

A4) The reconciliation is to ensure that the current payroll figures you have reported under are the same that appear on the STP Reconciliation Report before you submit your Update event.  You can use the Cumulative Earnings report or under the End of Year Reports look at the INB Reconciliation Report.

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Q5) When we have a new Employee now that we are using STP do we send a STP Reconciliation Report to the ATO to notify of the new employee? Of do we send an STP Update Event?

A5) A Tax File Number Declaration form still needs to be completed by the new Employee and sent to the ATO by the Employer. When the new employee is added to LawMaster an Update Event is not required as their details will be forwarded to the ATO the first time they are included in a Pay Run. 

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Q6) When employees make changes to their personnel details do we send a STP Reconciliation Report to notify the ATO or a STP Update Event?

A6) If Employees have changes to their address details then an Update Event can be sent to the ATO but the information will be updated the next time the employee is included in a Pay Run so there is no need to send an Update Event unless they will not be included in any further Pay Runs.

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