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Single Touch Payroll non-compliance

November 5, 2019

Single Touch Payroll is now in force for all businesses, and the ATO have started writing to non-compliant businesses. However if you or your clients have been contacted for non-compliance by the ATO, don’t panic yet. There may be some simple steps when sending or setting up files that have not been completed correctly. Even […]

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STP deadline looms

STP transition period for small businesses ends soon

September 12, 2019

From 1 July 2019, Single Touch Payroll was introduced for all businesses including those with 19 or fewer employees.   However, to support small businesses the ATO had allowed a transition period of three months to start reporting or to apply for additional time.   This transition period will end on 30 September 2019.   […]

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SG and salary sacrifice

Loophole to close around Super Guarantee contributions and salary sacrifice

August 6, 2019

Finally, it looks likely that a loophole that allows employers to count their employees salary sacrifice amount towards employer SG contributions, will be closed.   Currently, employers can reduce their mandated SG contributions by counting an employee’s voluntary super contributions through Salary Sacrifice.   The amendment to the law, which was first introduced in 2017 […]

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casual employees

The Casual Conversion Clause and how it may affect your business

July 10, 2019

Are you aware of the Casual Conversion Clause and how it may affect your business? What is the causal conversion clause? The new casual conversion clause, which came into effect on 1 October 2018, addresses the obligations of employers who have casual staff working on a regular and systematic basis. This clause affects over 80 […]

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Are you ready for the minimum wage increase from 1 July 2019?

July 4, 2019

The national minimum wage increased by 3% from 1 July 2019 to $19.49 an hour which, according to the Fair Work Commission, will affect over 2 million workers.   Who does it apply to? It applies to: all modern awards for employees on minimum wage; and the national minimum wage for award free employees. This […]

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How to become a payroll officer

How do I become a Payroll Officer?

May 23, 2019

Payroll has become such an important function that businesses want employees with specialised skills, knowledge and qualifications. From bookkeeping to HR and office administration, understanding the responsibilities and legal obligations in processing employee payroll is essential for any business.         Step 1. Complete a payroll qualification Study the FNS50417 Diploma in Payroll […]

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casual staff

Employing casual workers? Follow the rules

May 21, 2019

Having access to a casual workforce can be a great way for your business to manage busy periods while keeping ongoing costs low. Before you jump at the opportunity, it is important to understand the rules. With the increasing casualisation of the workforce in Australia, there is a large and accessible pool of eager workers. […]

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Legislation passes for Single Touch Payroll for all Australian businesses

March 21, 2019

Last month it was legislated that Single Touch Payroll (STP) will be extended to employers with 19 or fewer employees, starting from 1 July 2019. This means that no longer will any business be reporting their payroll activity once a year to the ATO, instead every business in Australia will need to send a report […]

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Hospitality industry rife with underpayment of staff

October 23, 2018

The hospitality industry has come under scrutiny recently with a number of high-end restaurant chains being investigated following claims of underpayment of staff. Investigations into a number of prestigious eateries have found the problem to be widespread, with Bistro Guillaume and Rockpool Dining Group staff among those affected. According to leaked payslips and rosters, employees […]

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single touch payroll

Preparing for Single Touch Payroll

August 21, 2018

Single Touch Payroll (STP) is a new way that businesses need to report payments such as wages or salaries, as well as PAYG withholding amounts and superannuation information each time payroll is processed. This information will be sent to the ATO direct from your payroll or accounting software, and has been introduced to streamline payroll […]

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