Employee Name Change and STP

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I was once a reasonably calm payroll person, however with the introduction of STP I have turned into a paranoid payroll person so I apologise in advance for the following question.  I am trying to pre-empt everything that can go wrong before it does!  I have an employee changing their surname.  Obviously their TFN will remain the same.  When I submit my Pay Event this week will the name change cause any issues, as if will differ from previous Pay Event??
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Posted 10 months ago

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Hi Bully

Before changing their name in your system, confirm the name change has been processed by the ATO FIRST (eg sight ATO's confirmation letter of this to employee)

Name changes can no longer be instigated from external sources - only direct with the ATO by the individual - so as long as you wait until the ATO has updated it, after that, you shouldn't have in the STP file.