1.2.2.30 Taxation & Superannuation

Taxation & superannuation guarantee for businesses

PPL funding amounts are assessable income for employers and the employer is entitled to a tax deduction when amounts of PLP are paid to employees.

Costs of providing PLP (e.g. the deductible component of software expenses) are deductible being expenses necessarily incurred by the employer in carrying on a business.

PLP has no goods and services tax or capital gains tax implications.

Employers are not required to pay payroll tax in respect of instalments of PLP paid to an employee.

Employers are not required to make superannuation guarantee contributions in respect of PLP.

PLP provided by employers

Where the employer provides PLP, the employer is required to withhold PAYG amounts at the appropriate rate for the employee, consistent with their withholding obligations for other pay and allowances paid to the employee.

Employees are able to salary sacrifice PLP where their employer offers such an arrangement and the PLP is provided by the employer.

PLP provided by Centrelink

Where the PLP is provided by Centrelink, Centrelink will withhold tax either at the default rate of 15% or at another rate nominated by the recipient.

Employees are not able to salary sacrifice PLP provided by Centrelink.

Dad & partner pay

Centrelink will withhold tax either at the default rate of 15% or at another rate nominated by the recipient.

Act reference: PPLAct section 68 Deductions for PAYG withholding (PLP), section 115EH Deductions for PAYG withholding (DAPP)

Taxation Administration Act 1953 Schedule 1 section 12-110 Social security or other benefit payment, Schedule 1 section 16-155 Annual payment summary, Schedule 1 section 16-160 Part-year payment summary, Schedule 1 section 18-65 Refund of withheld amounts by the payer to the recipient, Schedule 1 section 18-70 Refund of withheld amounts by the Commissioner to the recipient, Schedule 1 section 355-65 Exception-disclosure for other government purposes

Last reviewed: 3 July 2017