Payroll taxes in Australia
Payroll taxes are state-based taxes on wages by businesses paid to employees. Whether your business needs to pay payroll taxes depends on your state or territory’s legislation in Australia.
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Who needs to pay payroll tax in Australia?
Employers who pay wages above a certain wage threshold in a particular state or territory are required to pay payroll tax. Each state and territory has its own payroll tax legislation, rates, and thresholds. Payroll tax is calculated as a percentage of the total wages paid.
What are the consequences of not paying payroll tax?
Failure to pay payroll tax can result in penalties and interest charges being imposed by your relevant state or territory revenue authority. Legal action may be taken against the employer in serious cases. If you require further information regarding payroll taxes in Australia, it’s best that you contact your state or territory revenue authority or consult with a qualified tax professional.
Are there any exemptions or deductions available for payroll taxes in Australia?
Yes, there are some exemptions and deductions specific to a state or territory. Some states provide exemptions for specific types of wages or salaries like apprentices or trainees. Employers may also be eligible for deductions or rebates for certain activities, such as research and development or employing people with disabilities. Please see our table summary of state and territory payroll tax exemptions below.
How are payroll taxes calculated? When are payroll taxes due?
Payroll tax is calculated as a percentage of the total wages paid by an employer. The rates, thresholds and due dates of payroll taxes vary depending on the state or territory where an employer operates. Learn how to calculate payroll taxes for your small business with our tutorial. Payroll tax due dates are also specific to states and territories as per our summary.
How much is payroll tax? A payroll tax by state & territory
See our small business summary below of the different payroll tax rates and thresholds for each state and territory. We also include links to official government sources so you can check the most up-to-date payroll tax rates and legislation.
Important payroll tax payment dates
Employers in Australia are generally required to pay payroll tax within seven days after the end of each month. If the seventh day falls on a weekend or public holiday, the payment is due on the next business day.
Payroll tax annual reconciliation deadline dates by state and territory
- NSW (New South Wales) payroll tax due date: 28th July
- Victoria payroll tax due date: 21st July
- QLD (Queensland) payroll tax due date: 21st July
- SA (South Australia) payroll tax due date: 22nd July
- WA (Western Australia) payroll tax due date: 21st July
- NT (Northern Territory) payroll tax due date: 21st July
- Tasmania payroll tax due date: 21st July
- ACT (Australian Capital Territory) payroll tax due date: 21st July