3 July 2015

Payroll Matters for the New Year

Friendly reminders to help get you through the hustle and bustle of the new financial year:

  • When preparing employee PAYG summaries, include reportable fringe benefits and reportable superannuation contributions.
  • The wages declared for Work Cover purposes are not simply the wages paid.  For example they include all superannuation payments.  See this link for further details:  Declaration of wages guide

Some key tax changes that apply from 1 July 2015 for businesses:

  • Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Company Tax Rate reduced to 28.5% and 5% tax discount for those unincorporated SBE tax payer
  • Immediate Deduction of $20,000 for SBE's
  • FBT Exemption increased
  • Tax Free Threshold for Temporary Residents has been removed
  • Zone Offset for some fly in/fly out employees abolished
We suggest some checks are made for the first week of the new year to ensure smooth processing:

  • Did your payroll software automatically update for these changes, or do you need to load these changes into your payroll software?
  • Check your first pay run from 1 July 2015 to ensure the changes are correct
  • Review any salary packaging and calculations and make any adjustments to employee FBT contributions or other items where needed

Please call if you have any queries about these items.

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