Single Touch Payroll Xero Setup Instructions

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Single Touch Payroll Xero Setup Instructions

If you use Xero the setup instructions are:

  1. In the Payroll menu, select Pay employees.
  2. In the message about Seamless reporting with Single Touch Payroll (STP), click Get started. (If you don’t want to opt in right now, close the message by clicking Remind me later. To reopen the message, click Setup Single Touch Payroll.)
  3. Click Opt in to confirm.
  4. Review your organisation details. If necessary, click Update Organisation details. Xero will redirect you to the Organisation details page. Otherwise, click Continue.
  5. Connect your Xero account to the ATO. You only need to connect once. Call the ATO on 1300 852 232.
  6. Provide the ATO with the proof of ownership listed in Xero’s prompt. This includes your Australian Business Number (ABN) and Software ID (SSID), which will be shown on the page for your convenience.
  7. Select the checkbox to confirm you’ve contacted the ATO to connect your Xero account.
  8. Click Register. Xero will redirect you back to the Pay employees page. You’ll now see an STP filing column in the Pay Run History table.


Once we have opted in for STP, the filing instructions are as follows:

  1. In the Payroll menu, select Pay employees.
  2. Process a pay run or click a past pay run that requires filing. You can see the filing status of a pay run under the STP filing column (eg PendingFiled or Failed). It is ONLY compulsory for pay runs commencing 1 July 2019.
  3. If prompted, add types to allowance pay items in your pay run.
  4. Click File, then click File now. Xero lists the STP filing status as Pending until the ATO accepts or declines the submission.
May 15th, 2019|Categories: Good Business|