|Ruling number||PTA 013v2|
|Date issued||2 May 2013|
|Issued by||Tony Newbury|
Chief Commissioner of State Revenue
|Effective from||1 July 2007|
Even though a golf club may set a minimum number of working hours, a golf professional is unlikely to be a common law employee as the golf professional may be carrying on a business of providing professional golf services (whether in his/her own capacity, partnership or an incorporated entity). In addition, a golf professional is not usually entitled to the various types of paid leave that an employee is normally entitled to.
The income of a golf professional may include prize money, proceeds from the sale of goods in the pro shop, fees for golf lessons provided, and retainer and commission payments from a golf club.
The purpose of this Revenue Ruling is to clarify a golf club’s payroll tax liability on payments made to a golf professional.
Although a golf professional is unlikely to be a common law employee of a golf club, the golf professional may be deemed as an employee of the golf club and any payments made to the golf professional may be deemed as wages under Division 7 of Part 3 of the Act (the Contractor Provisions). Deemed wages are subject to payroll tax under section 35 of the Act.
However, payments made by a golf club to a golf professional may be exempt from payroll tax if:
Even if the payments to a golf professional were exempt under the Contractor Provisions, the business of the golf club may still be grouped with the business of the golf professional under Part 5 of the Act (the Grouping Provisions). If so, in calculating the payroll tax liability under the Grouping Provisions, all wages paid by the golf professional’s business and those paid by the golf club are aggregated.
For the Grouping Provisions to apply, the business of the golf club and the golf professional would have to be substantially dependent or connected. Given the way that most golf professionals operate, if less than 50 per cent of the golf professional’s income for providing professional golf services is derived from the golf club, the Chief Commissioner would generally exercise his discretion not to group the golf professional with the golf club.
Golf clubs should apply to the Chief Commissioner for clarification if they are uncertain as to whether their payments to golf professionals are subject to payroll tax.
This Revenue Ruling is effective from 1 July 2007.
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