Housekeeping in Wagemaster prior to setting-up Single Touch Payroll

There is some preparation you need to do before embarking on Single Touch Payroll (STP) Setup. We have provided a checklist to help make it smoother for you.

  1. Backup your database

    It's good practice to take a backup before making any significant change to your payroll database and getting ready for STP certainly qualifies as that.

    Once you complete (and select Finish) on the STP Setup Wizard, STP reporting functionality cannot be disabled, so having a backup before that point gives you a contingency, both before and after you enable STP, in case you need to roll the system back for any reason.

    To backup your file

  2. Check your Wagemaster version

    Your Wagemaster version must be at least version or newer in order for you to use the STP-related features. If you are on an older version than that, you'll have to upgrade.

    You can check your software version by going to Help > About WageEasy Payroll. The version number is displayed in the bottom left of the About page.

  3. Check Award > Superannuation configuration for Ordinary Time Earnings (OTE) Setup

    One of the categories included in Wagemaster Pay Event reporting is OTE calculated for employer Superannuation Guarantee (SG) contributions, so it’s important to check that these are correctly setup.

    Before you complete the STP Setup wizard and enable STP reporting, you should check each Award’s superannuation contribution to ensure that the correct OTE pay components have been included in the superannuation calculation parameters.

    In each relevant Award, go to Payments > Superannuation. Under Payment Conditions, check that the correct Payment Conditions have been selected.

  4. Check that Additions and Deductions have the correct ATO Payment Summary option set

    Wagemaster refers to the Payment Summary field on the ATO Payment Summaries tab of each Addition or Deduction to determine how certain Allowance and/or Deduction values are reported to the ATO e.g. should an Addition amount be included in an employee's gross salary or wages or identified separately as a specific type of Allowance?

    To be identified as an Allowance, on the ATO Payment Summary tab the Addition (before or after tax) must be set to Show on ATO Payment Summary and to Show As an Allowance.

    Workplace Giving deductions (before or after tax) must be set to Show on ATO Payment Summary and to Show As Workplace Giving.

  5. Check your company bank details

    It is vital that your company bank details are entered in order to create an EFT file within Wagemaster however, this EFT file is not used by Agrimaster.

    There are two places that you need to check:

    • The company bank account you use to pay wages. Go to File > Company Details > Banking > Bank AccountWage_Easy_Payroll_EFT_Setup_1.jpg
    • If you use separate provision accounts, the bank account you use for withholding payments. Go to File > Company Details > Banking > Taxation > Tax ConfigurationWage_Easy_Payroll_EFT_Setup_2.jpg
  6. Backup your payroll database

    To backup your file, watch this video.

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