Compare Top 10 Single Touch Payroll Solutions 

We reviewed dozens of Australian STP solutions to help you choose the right one

Top Solutions for Small Businesses

1. Easy Payslip 

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Overall 4.7/5 Stars

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This solution has has the easiest STP set up of all the solutions tested. It's very user friendly and ensures you can set up STP with no dramas. For those who are worried or struggling to do STP, Easy Payslip would be our pick. It’s technology is designed so you don't have to call the ATO or fuss with linking your software ID, it does it all for you. 

STP Compliant 

Create and email payslips 

Tracks super and tax payable

Fully customisable payslips to suit your business

Award-winning design

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2. Key Pay

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Overall 4.2/5 Stars

Their webinars dragged on for over 30 minutes which was frustrating. This is not ideal when you just want a few quick steps. Their actual set-up process doesn’t take too long and is easy to follow. Key Pay requires you to contact the ATO and provide your software ID, this ID notify the ATO of who you are so you can do STP accurately. 

STP Compliant 

Create and email payslips 

Tracks super and tax payable 

Tracks holiday, sick and long-service leave

Award interpretation 

Rostering 

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3. Reckon One

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Overall 4.1/5 Stars

Reckon One has an easy to follow webinar that is clear and informative. In saying this, their webinar is quite long so ensure you allow about 20 minutes for setting up STP. In order to link up the MyGov connect a multi-factor authentication is required. This isn’t difficult as long as you have a mobile on hand. It’s nice how they have clear totals for the pay event at the top of the screen, such as; “total gross”, “total PAYG” and “employee count”.

STP Compliant 

Create and email payslips 

Tracks super and manages leave 

Unlimited employees on payroll

Excellent functionality

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4. Cloud Payroll Micro Pay

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There are no online tutorials or set-up guide documents easily available, making it hard to see the ease of STP. If you are still interested in this solution contact them via email or see ratings for their ease of payroll here

STP Compliant 

Create and email payslips 

Tracks super and manages leave 

Pay per pay run on premium plan 

Great functionality

Platforms

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Overall 4.0/5 Stars

5. Sage Micro Pay 

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Overall 3.2/5 Stars

There are no online tutorials or set-up guide documents easily available, making it hard to see the ease of STP. If you are still interested in this solution contact them via email or see ratings for their ease of payroll here

STP Compliant 

Create and email payslips 

Tracks super and tax payable 

Tracks holiday, sick and long-service leave

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Top Solutions for Medium to Large Businesses

1. Xero

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Overall 4.0/5 Stars

Xero has a pretty seamless STP set-up. They provide you with about 4 key steps in their webinar, it’s well spoken and gives you all the information you need. You can connect your business with the ATO by calling them or via AUSkey. The good thing about Xero is that it has great integration with other apps and provides many features itself. This makes it ideal for larger businesses, who want to access all their accounting services easily.

STP Compliant 

Create and email payslips 

Tracks super and tax payable 

Tracks holiday, sick and long-service leave

Rostering 

Extended accounting features 

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2. MYOB

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Overall 3.9/5 Stars

MYOB offers a very informative and quick webinar that shows you how to set up STP easily. It can be connected to the ATO by calling them or by using AUSkey. They outline the steps clearly so that you can set up with no dramas. If you’re struggling, they have a phone number you can call although there is usually a long wait time which is frustrating.

STP Compliant 

Create and email payslips 

Tracks super and tax payable 

Timesheets

Invoicing, bills and expenses

Comprehensive support channels

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3. Microkeeper 

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An Australian developed STP solution that is mainly suited to medium and large businesses. The STP set-up seems pretty simple from the guiding steps, although they don’t have a webinar so it’s hard to say. You can find these steps on their website. It’s quick to connect with the ATO via your software ID. This ID notifies the ATO of who you are, so they can do STP accurately.  

STP Compliant 

Create and email payslips 

Tracks super and tax payable 

Tracks holiday, sick and long-service leave

Rostering, timesheets and HR management 

Overall 3.9/5 Stars

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4. QuickBooks Online

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Overall 3.7/5 Stars

An online accounting solution that takes care of payroll as well as invoicing. QuickBooks has set up their STP process so you connect to the ATO via your software ID. There is a great webinar that outlines all the steps. It's only a few minutes which is great. 

STP Compliant 

Create and email payslips 

Tracks super and tax payable 

Tracks holiday, sick and long-service leave

Invoicing

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How STP solutions keep you out of trouble.

Single Touch Payroll (STP) is a new system for reporting tax and super. STP was introduced by the ATO to save small businesses time and streamline payroll reporting. You no longer need to send end of financial year payroll reports to your employees. Instead, your employees access their reports online via their MyGov account. 

Ensure your business is STP compliant in 2020. Businesses with 19 employees or less have got until July 2020 before the ATO starts fining you. Businesses with over 20 employees must already be compliant. All the above solutions are STP compliant and will keep the ATO happy. 

There are a few key ways that payroll solutions enable you to set up your connection with the ATO; 1. connect via your service provider ID 2. the solution does STP through a sending service provider (SSP), there is no need for you to connect as they do it for you. 3. Through AUSkey. 

Reference: The Australian Taxation Office, 2019, STP Checklists, viewed 10 Feb 2020,  <https://www.ato.gov.au/business/single-touch-payroll/start-reporting/stp-checklists/a>