NSW budget 2018: payroll tax cuts

NSW businesses may receive a boost to their bottom lines with $881 million to be returned to their pockets in payroll-tax cuts over the next four years.

As part of this month’s state budget, the NSW government says it will lift the payroll-tax threshold from the current level of $750,000 to $1 million by 2021-22. The threshold, the point at which companies start paying payroll tax, will rise to $850,000 in 2018-19, $900,000 in 2019-20, $950,000 in 2020-21 and $1 million in 2021-22. Nearly 40,000 businesses will save up to $5,450 each in 2018-2019 and up to $13,625 each in 2021-22.

“Business is the lifeblood of our economy and this government is committed to ensuring that NSW is the best place to do business,” NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said.

“Businesses that consistently have payrolls over $1 million will save more than $120,000 over the next decade from the lifting of the payroll-tax threshold, which is money that can be reinvested back into businesses.”

Minister for Small Business John Barilaro says raising the threshold will take immediate pressure off businesses looking to grow and expand their workforce.

“This time last year, through the Small Business Strategy, we committed to looking at options to alleviate the pressure of taxation for businesses,” he said. “Twelve months later we have a commitment to lift the payroll-taxation threshold to achieve just that.

“As a former small-business operator myself, I know how tough it can be to run a small business, and so now as minister responsible for the sector, I want to make life as easy as possible for those people who take on the responsibility of running a business and creating work opportunities for others.

“The lifting of the payroll-tax threshold will not only save business owners money, it will also save them time and give them the opportunity to take on that extra staff member, or pursue new ideas to grow their business.”

To further help business, the government announced the Payroll Tax Administration Review earlier this year. The purpose of the review, led by new Productivity Commissioner Peter Achterstraat, is to reduce the administrative burden on businesses.

The NSW Business Chamber has estimated businesses spend more than $10 billion a year complying with regulations across government. The increase to the payroll-tax threshold means more than 5,000 businesses will no longer need to meet payroll-tax compliance costs by 2021-22. The Chamber estimates this is a saving of $50 million on administration costs for businesses on top of their tax saving.

The Payroll Tax Administration Review’s consultation paper is available on the NSW Treasury website: http://www.treasury.nsw.gov.au/review-payroll-tax-administration.

NSW Treasury is seeking the views of stakeholders, with final submissions due by July 6.

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