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Employee or Contractor?
Mar 18

Contractor or Employee?

https://www.ato.gov.au/Newsroom/smallbusiness/Employers/Hiring-a-contractor-/

There’s no one deciding factor that makes a worker an employee or contractor for tax and super purposes. As an employer, it’s a decision you can only make accurately when you review the whole working arrangement.

The only way to get to the right answer is to ask the right questions. Answer these six questions before you hire a worker:

  1. Ability to subcontract/delegate: can they pay someone else to do the work?
  2. Basis of payment: are they paid based on an agreed quote they provided?
  3. Equipment, tools and other assets: do they provide their own tools and equipment needed to get the job done?
  4. Commercial risks: are they legally responsible for their work and liable for fixing mistakes or defects?
  5. Control over the work: do they decide how the work gets done subject to specific terms in the contract or agreement?
  6. Independence: do they operate their own business independently of your business?

If the answer is no to some or all of these questions, you need to seek further information and advice before treating your worker as a contractor.

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Pay Calculator
May 25

STP

We can assist with setting your business up on Xero so you are STP compliant. Single Touch Payroll (STP) is commencing for small businesses employing under 20 employees on 1 July 2019. Give us a call or send us an email through our contact form now to get started.

Options will depend on your number of employees:

  • Large employers with 20 or more employees should now be reporting through STP, or have applied to us for a later start date.
  • Small employers with 19 or less employees will need to report through STP any time before 30 September 2019 – this is a gradual transition, and not all employers will start reporting at the same time.  
  • If you’re an employer with four or less employees you will have additional options.

Pay Calculator
Feb 16

Behind with your Super payments?

Paying superannuation to your employees is an important part of being an employer.

If you miss a payment, super guarantee charge (SGC) may apply, and you will need to lodge an SGC statement the following month.

SGC is non-deductible, made up of:

  • super guarantee (SG) shortfall
  • interest on the shortfall (currently 10% pa)
  • an administration fee of $20 per employee per quarter.

Even if you pay SG at a later date, SGC may still apply. However, you can use the late payment to either offset the SGC or carry it forward as a prepayment of a future contribution for the same employee.

If you think you may be at risk of getting behind with SG payments, contact the ATO as soon as possible so we can work with you to get you back on track.

See the ATO website for more information:

https://www.ato.gov.au/Newsroom/smallbusiness/Super/Behind-with-your-super-payments-/

Feb 16

Single Touch Payroll

Single Touch Payroll (STP) changes the way employers report their employees’ tax and super information to us.

Using payroll or accounting software that offers STP, employers send their employees’ tax and super information to us each time they run their payroll and pay their employees.

The information is sent to us either directly from the software or through a third party, such as a sending service provider. Software providers can tell you more about how they offer STP reporting.

Employers with 20 or more employees

STP reporting started gradually on 1 July 2018 for substantial employers (those with 20 or more employees).

If you have not started reporting through STP, we have information to help you get ready. If you need more time, you can apply for a deferral.

Find out if your software is STP-ready by talking to your software provider. Your tax professional can also help.

Employers with 19 or less employees

Parliament has passed legislation to extend STP reporting to all employers from 1 July 2019. The Treasury Laws Amendment (2018 Measures No. 4) Bill 2018 is yet to receive Royal Assent.

Talk to your software provider to find out what you need to do to update your software and start reporting.

Different STP reporting options will be available by 1 July 2019 to help smaller employers. However, we won’t force employers with 19 or less employees to purchase payroll software if they don’t currently use it.

We have asked software developers to build low-cost STP solutions at or below $10 per month for micro employers – including simple payroll software, mobile phone apps and portals. A register of providers who intend to build these solutions is available at Low-cost STP solutions.

Micro employers (1–4 employees) will also have a number of alternative options that are not available to employers with 20 or more employees – such as initially allowing your registered tax or BAS agent to report quarterly, rather than each time you run your payroll.

Exemptions to STP reporting will also be available if you have no internet or an unreliable connection.

For more information see the ATO website:

https://www.ato.gov.au/business/single-touch-payroll/