Management > Payroll > Payroll Settings > ATO Supplier Settings > Electronic Lodgement & STP
By default, you will see the Electronic Lodgement & STP sections on this screen and both will be disabled.
Enabling electronic lodgement will then allow you to lodge employee tax file declarations and payments summaries online directly to the ATO. You must also enable electronic lodgement before you can enable STP.
To enable electronic lodgement you must contact the ATO on 1300 852 232 where you will be asked to quote your software provider and software ID (this information is located in the Enable Electronic Lodgement box as displayed above. The software ID is a unique number per business and so should not be shared with anyone else outside of the ATO. Once the ATO has provided confirmation, you will then click on "Enable Electronic Lodgement".
It is essential this step is completed correctly otherwise your STP lodgement will fail.
To enable STP, simply click on "Enable Single Touch Payroll". The following popup will appear:
If you want to proceed, click on Confirm". Once that is done, you will notice additional sections appear on the screen, being:
Business Management Software (BMS) ID: This is the unique ID that is used by the ATO to identify your business. Review this guide for STP transitioning options.
Standing Authority Declaration
This section will only appear if the registered TAX/BAS Agent is set as the ATO lodgement type. Where a business's payroll is being prepared and submitted by an authorised registered agent (ie a TAX/BAS Agent), a declaration should be made by the employer or authorised employee at the time of providing the information to the Agent and the wording of the declaration should be in accordance with the requirements set out within the Taxpayer Declaration Guide. If this declaration has been completed, you can enter the details of this authority here. You are then able to use the Standing Authority when lodging pay events that include the same payroll information on a defined schedule. For example, an ongoing fortnightly pay run that includes the same payroll information each pay schedule where no ad-hoc payments are being made such as bonuses, commissions, back pays, etc. If the payroll information changes for a particular pay run, the Agent must request client authority prior to lodging the pay event.
To add a Standing Authority, click on "Add Standing Authority" whereby the following popup will appear:
(a) Enter the full name and email address of the person who has provided the standing authority, in the form of "[First Name] [Surname] / [email address]"; (b) enter the date the written authority was provided; and (c) click on "Save".
It is not compulsory for a registered agent to have a Standing Authority with their client - that is, it is not essential for STP reporting. All this means is that before you lodge a pay event, you will need to request client authority from within the system. The person(s) appointed to provide the authority will log into the applicable pay event and approve the event. Only after this time will the registered agent have the ability to successfully lodge the pay event.