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PAYG Tax Variations

Some employees may have a tax variation in place which reduces the amount of PAYG tax withheld from their total wages or from a particular allowance. These variations generally apply for one income year only. As your employees may not actively monitor this area, it is a good idea to check and send an email…

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Q/ Our employees were required to work on a recent public holiday. A number of them called in “sick” on the day. Can we deduct a day of leave from their personal/carer’s leave balance or do we have to pay them for the public holiday. A/ You will have to pay them for the public…

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Termination and “age” issues

When employees terminate there are many things that need to be taken into consideration – one of them is the employee’s age. Notice – Under the Fair Work Act 2009, when you give an employee notice (or pay them in lieu of providing notice) then employees who are over 45 years old and have at…

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Cents Per Kilometre Changes

Normally not released until the end of March or beginning of April to assist with completion of the FBT return, the Government has recently updated the cents per kilometre table as follows: NON-ROTARY ENGINE ROTARY ENGINE RATE PER KM Up to 1600 cc Up to 800 cc 65 cents 1601 cc – 2600 cc 801…

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Annual Shutdowns

Many employers will have an annual shutdown over the Christmas through to New Year period. The shutdown may be due to industry practice (for example, in the construction industry) or due to an employer policy. Sometimes a skeleton staff will remain to provide a basic cover (including payroll!) but in the main most staff will…

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Christmas Eve from 7pm Tuesday December 24 South Australia only Christmas Day Wednesday December 25 All States and Territories and New Zealand Boxing Day Thursday December 26 All States and Territories and New Zealand New Year’s Eve from 7pm Tuesday December 31 South Australia only New Year’s Day Wednesday January 1 All States and Territories…

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Q/ We are having a Christmas party for our employees and their partners, we may also be giving employees a Christmas gift. Can you tell me the FBT implications. A/ The FBT rules in this area are quite complex and depend on whether or not you are a tax-paying or tax-exempt body. The rules are…

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Under the Fair Work Act, certain amounts can be withheld from an employee’s pay providing they meet the requirements of being “permitted deductions”. This part of the law is aimed at deductions like health insurance payments, union fees and similar. Such deductions can occur where the employee has made the request in writing and the…

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