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COVID-19 Business Support

QLD: Coronavirus payroll tax relief

Summary

You may be eligible for one or more of a range of payroll tax relief measures as a result of the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19). These include: refunds of payroll tax for 2 months a payroll tax holiday for 3 months deferral of paying payroll tax for the 2020 calendar year. Eligibility: If you are an employer (or part of a group of employers) who pays $6.5 million or less in Australian taxable wages, you may receive an email about a: refund of your payroll tax for 2 months payroll tax holiday (i.e. no payroll tax to be paid) for 3 months. You can also apply for a deferral of payroll tax for the 2020 calendar year. (If you have already applied for a deferral, you do not need not reapply – it will be extended.) If you do not receive an email, or you are unsure about your eligibility, complete the refund/holiday application form. If you are an employer (or part of a group of employers) who pays more than $6.5 million in Australian taxable wages and have been negatively affected (directly or indirectly) by coronavirus, you can apply for a: Deferral of payroll tax for the 2020 calendar year (If you have already applied for a deferral, you do not need not reapply – it will be extended.) Refund of your payroll tax for 2 months. A business is directly or indirectly affected by coronavirus if their current turnover, profit, customers, bookings, retail sales, supply contracts or other factors are negatively affected compared with normal operating conditions.

You may be eligible for one or more of a range of payroll tax relief measures as a result of the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19).

These include:

  • refunds of payroll tax for 2 months
  • a payroll tax holiday for 3 months
  • deferral of paying payroll tax for the 2020 calendar year.

Eligibility:
If you are an employer (or part of a group of employers) who pays $6.5 million or less in Australian taxable wages, you may receive an email about a:

  • refund of your payroll tax for 2 months
  • payroll tax holiday (i.e. no payroll tax to be paid) for 3 months.
  • You can also apply for a deferral of payroll tax for the 2020 calendar year. (If you have already applied for a deferral, you do not need not reapply – it will be extended.) If you do not receive an email, or you are unsure about your eligibility, complete the refund/holiday application form.

If you are an employer (or part of a group of employers) who pays more than $6.5 million in Australian taxable wages and have been negatively affected (directly or indirectly) by coronavirus, you can apply for a:

  • Deferral of payroll tax for the 2020 calendar year (If you have already applied for a deferral, you do not need not reapply – it will be extended.)
  • Refund of your payroll tax for 2 months.
  • A business is directly or indirectly affected by coronavirus if their current turnover, profit, customers, bookings, retail sales, supply contracts or other factors are negatively affected compared with normal operating conditions.

What happens next:

  • Once your applications have been processed, you will be sent an email with instructions on what you need to do.
  • You won’t need to pay payroll tax returns for the 2020 calendar year.
  • You must continue to lodge returns in OSRconnect - without paying them - during this time.
  • You can resume paying returns at any time during the deferral period.