Changes coming at 1st July 2019

Posted by XO Accounting on Jun 14, 2019 10:52:01 AM
Single Touch Payroll
From 1 July 2019, you will have to transfer your payroll transaction data to the ATO each time your employees are paid using a software solution to do this.
For ongoing reporting and payments, this means:
  • There will be no need to complete W1 and W2 (Wages & PAYGW) figures on ATO activity statements.
  • If your business is currently not reporting GST and you are lodging electronically (ie. Installment Activity Statements), you will lose your current 2-week extension period.
Please note if you are not compliant with the lodgement and payment provisions you may lose the ability to claim Wages as a tax deduction for the business.
How do employers get ready for Single Touch Payroll?
Because you will need to submit compliant reports every payday, you will need a payroll or reporting system that is STP compliant. If you are not sure what to do or have no system to lodge please contact us immediately so we can discuss the range of solutions we have for you to use.
How do employees get ready for Single Touch Payroll?
Employee don’t need to do anything other than make sure they have access to their MyGov account if they don’t use a Tax Agent to prepare their tax return. Employers after this year will not be required to provide you with an PAYG Summary at the end of the year. The ATO will have this information and provide it to employees via their MyGov Account or through their tax agent.
Superannuation Changes
Effective 1 July, 2019, the following changes could affect you:
  • Insurance policy cancelled for inactive accounts: if your superannuation account has not had any contributions either by you or your employer for a continuous period of 16 months, regardless of the balance, then your default TPD and income protection insurance will be cancelled. Simply, you will not be covered if the unthinkable happens.
  • Inactive super accounts with low balances will be closed: if you have stopped work temporarily, taken maternity leave or even started your own business, you probably aren’t receiving any payments into your super account and you could be at risk of not having any cover or having your account closed and transferred to government operated super fund MyGov.
  • Cap on fees for accounts with low balances: a positive change in that if your account has a balance of $6000 or less, fees will be capped at 3% per annum, ensuring the funds aren’t eaten away by fees and charges.
  • No exit fees: if you wish to change funds you will no longer be slugged with penalty charges as exit fees will be banned across the board.
To make sure you don't lose your insurance coverage contact our office and speak to Simon about your options.  Protecting your family and your lifestyle should be a high priority!!

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