From 1 July 2021, small employers will no longer receive an exemption from Single Touch Payroll [STP] reporting obligations for their closely held payees such as family members of a family business, directors or shareholders of a company or beneficiaries of a trust. 

Small employers will have three STP reporting options available to them for closely held payees: 

  1. Report on or before each pay event 
  2. Report actual payments quarterly – when activity statement for that quarter is due, or 
  3. Report a reasonable estimate quarterly – using a percentage of gross payments and tax from the latest year across each quarter 

It is important to understand the reporting obligations employers will face come 1 July 2021.  Further information on each option and how these may impact your businesses with closely held payees will follow in a more detailed announcement in the coming weeks. 

In the meantime, to find out more you can read more from the ATO and register for their free webinar here.

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