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07 May 2020

Answers to your questions about the government's tax relief measures in response to COVID-19.

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Payroll tax

As part of its package of economic stimulus package in response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), the NSW government announced a number of measures.

Payroll tax discount for businesses with total grouped Australian wages of no more than $10million for the 2019-20 financial year

What return periods does the six-month payment deferral apply to?

You can defer your monthly payments for the March, April, May, July, August and September 2020 periods. No action is required if you defer these payments.

Do I still need to lodge my 2019/20 annual reconciliation?

Yes, you're still required to lodge your annual reconciliation, however, the due date for the 2019/20 annual reconciliation has been extended to 30 October 2020.

What happens after the six-month deferral period?

If you need more time to pay after you lodge your annual reconciliation, you can apply to pay via instalments online.

If you don't meet the criteria, one of our tax debt team will contact you to discuss your application.

Alternatively, if you wish to make a payment before the deferral period expires, you can do so via our portal, call 1300 368 710 or email

Can I still make a monthly payment?

Yes, you can continue to make your monthly payments.

Do I need to enter my wage details in the monthly calculator?

No, you're not required to enter your wage information or advise us of your monthly liability.

However, if you normally use the monthly calculator, you can continue to do so as it will help when completing the annual reconciliation.

If my monthly tax liability is less than the threshold, do I still need to lodge a nil return like I normally would?

No, you're not required to lodge a nil return for March, April, May, July, August or September 2020.

I have set up direct debit after using the estimate method to calculate my monthly payments for the year. Do I have to cancel these?

Yes, you'll need to log onto the payroll tax online service to cancel all future payments.

Can I get my refund for the reduction now, or do I have to wait until the end of the financial year?

The reduction will be applied when you lodge your 2019/20 annual reconciliation and, if you're entitled to a refund, it will be paid at that time.