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06 May 2017

Payroll tax cuts in Victoria a boost for small businesses

Payroll tax holds small businesses back and Victoria’s cut to regional payroll tax will assist jobs and growth, the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, said today.

Victorian Treasurer, Tim Pallas, announced the payroll tax cut as part of the Victorian 2017-18 Budget this week.

The rate of payroll tax will be reduced from 4.85% to 3.65% for regional businesses  - the lowest rate in Australia - and the payroll tax-free threshold will increase from $575,000 to $625,000 from 1 July and to $650,000 from 1 July 2018 for all businesses.

Ms Carnell said the Victorian Government’s payroll tax cut was good news for small businesses in that State because the tax was a significant burden on small business.

“This is a big step in the right direction in Victoria, however, the new threshold is still some way below other States, including New South Wales and Queensland,” she said.

Queensland has a payroll tax threshold of $1,100,000 and New South Wales’s is $750,000. The Australian Capital Territory has a payroll tax threshold of $2 million.

Ms Carnell called on other States and Territories to review their payroll tax arrangements to help remove the regulatory and administrative burden on small businesses.

“As I travel around Australia talking to small business owners, payroll tax consistently comes up in conversations as one of the key issues holding back businesses,” she said.

“I call on other state leaders and treasurers to do all they can to reduce the tax burden and create a system that ensures small businesses have every opportunity to expand their enterprise and hire more staff, create sustainable local economies that contribute to the overall strength of the nation’s bottom line.

“Small businesses are the engine room of the economy, employing the majority of Australians. It is vitally important that governments at all levels support their growth and allow them to get on with the business of running their business and employing more people.” 

ASBFEO media contact: Kate Carnell: 0415 662 266, Randal Markey: 0435 656 279