|Ruling number||PTA 015|
|Date issued||11 January 2008|
|Issued by||Bob Smith|
Chief Commissioner of State Revenue
|Effective from||1 July 2007|
The definition of taxable wages under the Act generally includes the amount shown as gross wages on an employee's payment summary. However, employers are sometimes uncertain whether payments of workers' compensation are taxable.
The purpose of this Revenue Ruling is to clarify how worker’s compensation payments are treated for payroll tax purposes.
Payments of compensation made in accordance with the applicable workers' compensation schemes in Victoria and NSW are not subject to payroll tax. This is the case whether or not the payment to the worker is made by the employer or the insurer.
However, compensation paid to incapacitated workers, in excess of the amount prescribed by the relevant workers' compensation legislation (i.e. 'make-up pay') will be subject to pay-roll tax.
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.