Employers with 19 or fewer employees are temporarily exempt from reporting ‘closely held (related) payees’ through Single Touch Payroll enabled software. The exemption deadline has been extended from 1 July 2020 to 1 July 2021 as part of the ATO’s response to the COVID-19 situation.
A closely held payee is an individual directly related to the business, company or trust that pays them. Commonly, these are:
- Family relatives of a family business.
- Directors or shareholders if a company.
- Beneficiaries of a trust.
The closely held payees exemption is automatically applied, and employers do not need to report them to the ATO.
Employers still have the option to report their closely held payees’ payroll information through Single Touch Payroll if they wish to. This can be done each time a payment is made, following the same process that applies for regular employees.
Employers will need to provide payment summaries to their closely held employees and a payment summary annual report to the ATO at the end of the financial year unless they:
- report through Single Touch Payroll for their closely held employees, and
- lodge their finalisation declaration by the due date.