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Payroll tax - some multi jurisdictional issues


Payroll tax is a major source of state government revenue and payroll tax grouping is firmly on the radar of OSR auditors. The payroll tax grouping rules have been described as a parallel universe and maze from which escape is almost impossible and things certainly don’t get any simpler when businesses operate in different states. This presentation looks at some practical steps that you can take to manage client exposure to unexpected tax costs in an highly technical area of law where unpleasant surprises are becoming increasingly more common for advisors as well as employers.

This presentation covers:

  • payroll tax liabilities where you least expect them - Different rules in different jurisdictions - Interstate and overseas payroll
  • practical Guide to Payroll Tax Grouping
  • dealing with OSR audits
  • managing client expectations
  • guidance from recent cases
  • other multi jurisdiction employer obligations – eg workcover.

Author profile:

Damian O'Connor CTA
Damian is the Managing Principal of the Melbourne based specialist taxation firm, Tax + Law. He has more than 40 years experience in tax and commercial and family legal issues in Melbourne and Brisbane. His experience includes 23 years with the Australian Taxation Office and as a tax partner of a national law firm. He is a regular presenter for The Tax Institute, professional development providers, professional associations and universities. Current at 01 February 2016 Click here to expand/collapse more articles by Damian O'CONNOR.

This was presented at Expanding Private Business Day 2 - Expanding Workforce.

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