How to demonstrate STP in the Xero demo company

Single Touch Payroll in the demo company

Single Touch Payroll is now available in Xero’s demo company. This means you can opt in to STP, post a pay run and finalise year end.

If you haven’t used the demo company before, be aware that it contains usable, fictional (test) data. It's separate from any organisations you might already have set up in Xero. No one else can see any data you enter or import into the demo company.

What you need to know


STP demo is for Xero Business Edition only

The STP demo only works in the Xero Business Edition demo company environment.


Default setting for STP  is ‘opted in’

The demo organisation is opted in to STP as the default.



Demo pay runs don’t interact with the ATO

The demo company does not interact in any way with the ATO (the ATO does not offer a demo environment to interact with). No actual data is sent or received.



No payment summaries

As STP has been opted in, the ability to produce payment summaries is not available in the demo company.


Before you begin



Log in to Xero and ensure you are in HQ. Go to ‘Practice’ then scroll down. On the right you will see the ‘Demo company’. Ensure you are using the ‘Business Edition’ option. Click ‘Reset the Company’, and then ‘Go to Demo Company’.

Getting started


Opting into STP

Click on ‘Payroll’ and then click ‘Pay employees’

You will now see ‘Single Touch Payroll Settings’, and an ‘STP Filing’ column added to the pay run screen (including one draft pay run).

Click on ‘Single Touch Payroll Settings’

Work through the required steps


Posting a pay run

Click anywhere on the draft fortnightly pay run, then click 'Post Pay Run', then 'Yes' and 'File'

Select the checkbox stating that you have read and accepted the authorisation to file

The status will now/then show as 'Pending' (note - this will not change on this screen)

Via the top menu click back through 'Payroll' and then click 'Pay employees'

The pay run should now show as 'filed'



Finalising STP

Click 'End of year reports' and then 'STP finalisation'

Select the checkbox to the left of 'employees' (selecting all)

Click 'Finalise and submit to the ATO'

Select the checkbox stating that you have read and accepted the authorisation to file

Click 'Finalise and submit to the ATO'

Point out the padlocks

Note - this status will not move from 'Processing'


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