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Payroll Tax Treatment of JobKeeper Payments

Under the Commonwealth’s JobKeeper Payment Scheme, qualifying employers can receive payments of up to $1,500 per fortnight for eligible employees. Such payments would normally attract payroll tax.
 
As a relief measure, all jurisdictions have now introduced legislation to exempt or partially exempt these amounts. Please find below a table which sets out the current position in each State and Territory.

Jurisdiction

Payroll Tax Treatment

ACTExempt
NSWPartially Exempt
NTExempt
QLDExempt
SAExempt
TASExempt
VICPartially Exempt
WAExempt

* The information contained in the above table is correct as at 5th of May 2020.

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