Last modified: 1 July 2020
End-of-year finalisation through STP
You need to make a finalisation declaration by 14 July each year.
If you have 19 or fewer employees, you have until 31 July 2020 to make the finalisation declaration.
Employers with closely held payees
If you have 20 or more employees, you should be reporting closely held payees each pay day along with arms-length employees. The finalisation due date for closely held payees is 30 September 2020.
If you have 19 or fewer employees and are voluntarily reporting your closely held payees, you can also finalise by 30 September 2020 for the 2019–20 financial year.
Making a finalisation declaration
Before making your finalisation declaration, make sure your STP information is correct.
If you can’t make a finalisation declaration by the due date, you will need to apply for a deferral.
You can finalise your data earlier if it’s ready. The sooner you finalise your employees’ information, the sooner they will be able to lodge their tax returns.
This finalisation process is explained in detail in the STP employer reporting guidelines, including amendments for current and previous financial years.
When you have reported and finalised your employees’ information through STP, you are exempt from:
- providing payment summaries to your employees
- lodging a payment summary annual report.
For payments to your employees that were not reported through STP, you still need to:
- give a payment summary to your employees
- provide us with a payment summary annual report for these payment summaries.
If you identify that you need to make an amendment after you have submitted a finalisation declaration you’ll need to submit these as soon as possible. You can make the amendments to finalised STP data in your STP solution
We recommend you tell your employees when you make an adjustment that will be reflected in their income statement. If they have already lodged their tax return they may need to lodge an amendment.
What to tell your employees
You will need to tell your employees:
- you are no longer required to provide them with a payment summary for the information you’ve reported and finalised through STP
- they can access their year-to-date and end-of-year income statement online through myGov or talk to their registered tax agent
- ‘income statement’ is the new term for their payment summary
- to wait until their income statement is ‘Tax ready’ before lodging their tax return
- to check their personal details and if necessary update with both you and the ATO (incorrect personal details may prevent them from seeing their STP information)
- The way you get your payment summary is changing and Employee factsheet (PDF, 227KB)This link will download a file are available to help them understand the changes
- if they don’t have a myGov account they can easily create one – see Setting up your myGov account.
What your employees will see
STP allows your employees to view their payment information at any time in our online services through myGov.
On 1 July, they will see the status of this information change from ‘year-to-date’ to ‘not tax ready’. It will stay like that until you submit your finalisation declaration.
When you have made the finalisation declaration, your employees will see the status of their payment information change to ‘tax ready’.
Some employees like to lodge their tax returns early in July and may choose to do so before you have finalised their STP information. We will make it clear to them that their income statement is not ‘tax ready’. If they choose to use the un-finalised information, they will need to acknowledge that:
- you may finalise their income statement with different amounts
- they may need to amend their tax return and pay additional tax.
Employees with more than one employer
If your employees have more than one employer, remind them that not all employers have started STP reporting yet.
They will still receive a payment summary from employers who are not yet reporting through STP.