PAYG Withholding

Employers are required to withhold amounts paid to employees and regularly send these payments to the Tax Office. This system is called PAYG Withholding.

Under PAYG withholding, businesses and other enterprises must deduct amounts from certain payments they make to others, including payments:

  • To employees, company directors, and office holders
  • Under labour hire arrangements
  • Under voluntary agreements
  • Made because a person is unable to work (eg due to sickness or accident)
  • Where an Australian Business Number (ABN) has not been quoted

FURTHER INFORMATION:  - See the PAYG Withholding section of the ATO website. - For PAYG Withholding Rates refer to the ATO website.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: This article is published as a guide to clients and for their private information. This article does not constitute advice. Clients should not act solely on the basis of the material contained in this article. Items herein are general comments only and do not convey advice per se. Also changes in legislation may occur quickly. We therefore recommend that our formal advice be sought before acting in any of these areas.


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