Jobpac Connect STP has been approved by the ATO – Now is the right time to book your transition and avoid the Christmas rush.
Jobpac Connect STP Is now Live!
I attended an STP update conference recently and am pleased to announce that Jobpac Connect was in the first 50 DSP’s to achieve ATO whitelisting of our STP solution. As of october, 120 DSP’s are now whitelisted and there are more than 300 Payroll Solutions Providers who are yet to receive approval from the ATO.
In further stats, 40 plus Jobpac Connect customers have already successfully transitioned to STP and are now submitting every payday directly to the ATO using Jobpac Connect web services technology.
You will have until Dec 31st 2018 to transition to STP under our DRN (details below). However, please consider the Christmas shutdown period and a possible rush of customers needing assistance in the last few weeks. Our advice is to book now following the transition steps below. Transition is easy, we have documented the process and will support you throughout transition.
Viewpoint has completed an agreement with OZEDI, a compatible Sending Service Provider (SSP), and a Viewpoint branded customer portal is available to accept your OZEDI Registration now (Details below on how to register with OZEDI.)
Payroll, perhaps unfairly, is not known to be the most glamorous module, let’s admit it, but if there is anything that can make Payroll exciting again then it is this piece of technology. Make no mistake this is some really cutting edge stuff, using web services to transmit data securely to the ATO, seamlessly through a Sending Service Provider with near real-time status updates as the submission moves through to ATO approval. As with all good design, what may be hugely complex under the covers, to the Jobpac Connect customer the complexity is invisible and STP submissions are handled simply, and entirely within the Jobpac Connect product.
Transition to STP
It is a fairly simple process to transition to STP with Jobpac Connect but you will need to book time with us when you are ready to commence. Jobpac technicians will need to activate web services in your environment and we will assign a Jobpac Consultant to ensure you understand documentation and data preparation requirements before you begin. We will also support you through your first submissions to ensure the smoothest transition possible. We anticipate that the full Transition process will require up to 4 hours of consulting but may vary and you should allow for this in your budget. Also please note we have approximately 120 qualifying customers to transition prior to December 31st 2018 therefore we request that you book your transition asap.
To initiate your STP transition please log a Clearview Customer Service Request with ‘STP Transition’ as the subject, and we will be in touch with you to book your transition time slot.
Transition steps will include…
- Customer to log a Clearview Customer Service Request with ‘STP Transition’ as the subject.
- Viewpoint will be in touch to book your time slot and ensure you have the latest documentation.
- Viewpoint will activate STP Web Services in your environment.
- Viewpoint will schedule a Webex with you to assist you with data preparation and system setup.
- Customer will prepare their data in readiness for STP Go-Live.
- Viewpoint will check your data preparation.
- Viewpoint will book a secondary Webex with you to assist with first STP Submission and support STP go-live
The ATO has granted Viewpoint a Deferral Reference Number (ATO DRN 46 967 487) that may be used for all Viewpoint customers who will not be ready to begin making STP submissions with their first July pay event. This deferral will expire 31, December 2018, giving you until that time to begin STP submissions.
Per guidance from the ATO, you do not need to do anything if you wish to defer your submissions; if asked by the ATO why you are not submitting, you refer to the deferral number shown above. For your reference, the Jobpac Connect deferral letter may be downloaded, here.
OZEDI Registration Process
You will need to register with OZEDI prior to your first STP Submission. You can learn more about OZEDI the company here: https://www.ozedi.com.au/products-and-services/single-touch-payroll-stp/ OZEDI charges a small fee for data handling and you can buy data in blocks directly from OZEDI.
You can download a copy of the OZEDI Registration Guide by clicking here…OZEDI Registration User Guide V1.3
You can register with OZEDI on a Viewpoint branded registration page now by clicking here… Register with OZEDI for Jobpac STP (Note: It is advised to register ONE Client Code and use multiple ABN’s within that client if required. See the Jobpac STP Reference Guide for more information or seek advice from your Jobpac Consultant during the transition process.)
The Jobpac Connect STP Reference Guide will be distributed when you book your transition and published on Clearview shortly.
Click here to download the Jobpac Connect Deferral Notice letter.
Click here to download the Single Touch Payroll Information Pack from the ATO.
- 1 July 2018 – employers with 20 or more employees will be required to report pay event and year-to-date payroll information to the ATO through its Single Touch Payroll (STP) system. Or they may defer under our DRN should they choose.
- 31 December 2018 – Viewpoints Deferral will expire and you must be transitioned to STP by that time if you qualify for STP.