|Ruling number||PTA 010|
|Date issued||13 September 2007|
|Issued by||Tony Newbury|
Chief Commissioner of State Revenue
|Effective from||1 July 2007|
From time to time, an employer may be eligible to receive a subsidy or partial reimbursement of wages paid from government authorities where the nature of employment accords with particular government policies. Under these circumstances, uncertainty may arise as to the amount that must be declared as wages.
The purpose of this Revenue Ruling is to clarify that where a wage subsidy has been received, the full amount of gross wages paid or payable to employees is subject to payroll tax.
If an employer receives a subsidy from a government authority (whether State or Federal) in respect of wages paid to workers (e.g. a subsidy under the Wage Assistance Programme), the gross wages remain subject to payroll tax. The source of the funds used to pay wages to employees is not relevant in determining the payroll tax liability. In addition, the employer does not cease to be an employer merely because a wage subsidy has been received.
This Revenue Ruling is effective from 1 July 2007.
Please note that rulings do not have the force of law. Each decision made by the Office of State Revenue is made on the merits of each individual case having regard to any relevant ruling.