Payroll Tax - CapitalQ

Payroll Tax

Yet another tax which is so often overlooked, in fact, many business owners are oblivious to its existence.

Or what they think is Payroll Tax is actually Pay As You Go Withholding (“PAYGW”) which it most certainly is not!

Payroll Tax is a State-Based tax, completely separate to, and applies over and above, the various Federal Taxes most are familiar with.

It used to be a tax that only applied to large businesses with an extensive workforce.

Now, many are surprised at its application to what might be considered modest business enterprises.

There is no escaping Payroll Tax either. The State Revenue Offices are very proactive on the audit front (spurred on by State Governments desperate for extra revenue, especially in WA given the GST distribution controversies).

And the State Revenue Offices are armed with all the information you report to the ATO (there is a deep information sharing arrangement).

So let’s get on the front foot, ensure you are complying with your obligations before penalties and interest can apply, and while there are limited payroll tax minimisation and planning opportunities, there are still some things you can do to ensure you aren’t overpaying unnecessarily.

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What our customers say

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Duncan Melbin’s firm first became the business accountants for Exploration Data Services, and my Family, when he was still a Graduate Accountant some 16 years ago. Myself and my late business partner have followed him ever since!

In the early days Duncan was very proactive in regards to fine tuning our business structure and the benefits of getting the structure right early are still flowing today.

Throughout my time working with Duncan he has played a key role in ensuring our tax affairs have always been in order and our tax obligations have always been minimised and well managed.

Duncan has also played a key role in ensuring my Family and I have adequate wealth protection in place and that we have maximised our wealth creation including through a regular superannuation contribution strategy and the use of a self-managed super fund that keeps us engaged, in control and to a large extent free from the perils of the GFC.

More recently we took the opportunity to outsource our entire back office accounting function to CapitalQ including switching our accounting and invoicing to Xero. I now spend barely any time at all on my monthly accounting and Activity Statement lodgements, as CapitalQ have it all in hand. This allows me to focus on running my business better, and frankly to have more time to enjoy the spoils of a life in business.

I work closely with Kapil Bhasin, our Client Manager, and Peter Melbin, our outsourced Bookkeeper, and they are clearly very valuable assets for CapitalQ.

Working with Duncan, Kapil and Peter is very easy, they respond promptly to any queries I have and most importantly I have complete trust in the advice they give me and that my business affairs are being well looked after. I would recommend CapitalQ to any potential client without reservation.

So if you own a small business or are looking to grow your wealth I highly recommend you speak to the CapitalQ Team. They will give you good advice, and ensure you are on track for a sound business and financial future (and outsourcing your back office accounting process to them, and switching to Xero, will be two of the best business decisions you will make).

Michael Gray

Director - Exploration Data Services (Perth)

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