Australian Taxation Office
Taxation Administration Act 1953
Pay as you go withholding
Taxation Administration Act Withholding Schedules 2015 – Legislative Instrument
I, Steve Vesperman, Deputy Commissioner of Taxation, make this instrument under section 1525 of Schedule 1 to the Taxation Administration Act 1953.
Signed on the 27th of May 2015
Steve Vesperman
Deputy Commissioner of Taxation
Commencement
This instrument commences on 1 July 2015.
Purpose
(1) Withholding schedules specify the formulas and procedures to be used for working out the amount to be withheld by an entity from a withholding payment covered by Subdivision 12B, 12C or 12D of Schedule 1 to the Taxation Administration Act 1953.
(2) The withholding schedules in this instrument are made for the purposes of collecting income tax, Medicare levy, Temporary Budget Repair levy and amounts of liabilities to the Commonwealth under the Higher Education Support Act 2003, the Trade Support Loans Act 2014, the Social Security Act 1991 and the Student Assistance Act 1973.
(3) The withholding schedules in this instrument replace schedules which currently apply. This instrument revokes those schedules.
Withholding Schedules
Each of the withholding schedules listed in the following table, has effect from the date of commencement of this instrument:
Schedule number
Quick code number
Title
1
44237
Statement of formulas for calculating amounts to be withheld
2
44239
Tax table for individuals employed in the horticultural or shearing industry
3
44245
Tax table for actors, variety artists and other entertainers
5
44263
Tax table for back payments, commissions, bonuses and similar payments
6
44264
Tax table for annuities
7
44909
Tax table for unused leave payments on termination of employment
8
44265
Statement of formulas for calculating Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), Trade Support Loan (TSL) and Student Financial Supplement Scheme (SFSS) components
9
44266
Tax table for seniors and pensioners
11
44267
Tax table for employment termination payments
12
44268
Tax table for superannuation lump sums
13
44269
Tax table for superannuation income streams
Revocation of current withholding schedules
Each of the withholding schedules listed in the following table, is withdrawn:
Schedule number
Quick code number
Title
1
39407
Statement of formulas for calculation amounts to be withheld
2
39416
Tax table for individuals employed in the horticultural or shearing industry
3
39417
Tax table for actors, variety artists and other entertainers
5
39428
Tax table for back payments, commissions, bonuses and similar payments
6
39429
Tax table for annuities
7
39430
Tax table for unused leave payments on termination of employment
8
39431
Statement of formulas for calculating Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) and Student Financial Supplement Scheme (SFSS) components
9
39432
Tax table for seniors and pensioners
11
39434
Tax table for employment termination payments
12
39435
Tax table for superannuation lump sums
13
39436
Tax table for superannuation income streams
Schedule 1 – Statement of formulas for calculating amounts to be withheld
For payments made on or after 1 July 2015
This document is a withholding schedule made by the Commissioner of Taxation in accordance with sections 1525 and 1530 of Schedule 1 to the Taxation Administration Act 1953 (TAA). It applies to withholding payments covered by Subdivisions 12B (except sections 1250 and 1255), and 12D of Schedule 1 to the TAA.
Using this schedule
If you develop your own payroll software package, this schedule provides the formulas that you will need to calculate the amounts to be withheld from payments made on a weekly, fortnightly, monthly or quarterly basis.
To assist employers who do not have a payroll software package our website makes available:
■ a tax withheld calculator, and
■ tax tables
which are based on the formulas in this schedule.
Payments covered include:
■ salary, wages, allowances and leave loading paid to employees
■ paid parental leave
■ directors’ fees
■ salary and allowances paid to office holders (including members of parliament, statutory office holders, defence force members and police officers)
■ payments to labour hire workers
■ payments to religious practitioners
■ government pensions
■ government education or training payments
■ compensation, sickness or accident payments that are calculated at a periodical rate and made because a person is unable to work (unless the payment is made under an insurance policy to the policy owner).
Get it done
You can download a printable version of Statement of formulas for calculating amounts to be withheld (NAT 1004, 594KB) in Portable Document Format (PDF).
Coefficients for calculation of amounts to be withheld (withholding amounts) from weekly payments
Where the taxfree threshold is not claimed in Tax file number declaration – Scale 1
Weekly earnings
(x) less than
$
a
b
28
0.1900
0.1900
338
0.2341
1.2687
1,165
0.3500
40.4964
3,088
0.3900
87.1118
3,088 & over
0.4900
395.9580
Where the employee claimed the taxfree threshold in Tax file number declaration – Scale 2
Weekly earnings
(x) less than
$
a
b
370


401
0.1900
70.3077
502
0.2900
110.4923
711
0.2100
70.3077
1,538
0.3500
169.9231
3,461
0.3900
231.4615
3,461 & over
0.4900
577.6154
Foreign residents –Scale 3
Weekly earnings
(x) less than
$
a
b
1,538
0.3300
0.3300
3,461
0.3700
61.5385
3,461 & over
0.4700
407.6923
Where a tax file number (TFN) was not provided by employee –Scale 4
Earnings
Tax rate
Resident
$1 & over
0.4900
Foreign resident
$1 & over
0.4700
Where the employee claimed the FULL exemption from Medicare levy in Medicare levy variation declaration –Scale 5
Weekly earnings
(x) less than
$
a
b
370


711
0.1900
70.3077
1,538
0.3300
169.9231
3,461
0.3700
231.4615
3,461 & over
0.4700
577.6154
Where the employee claimed the HALF exemption from Medicare levy in Medicare levy variation declaration –Scale 6
Weekly earnings
(x) less than
$
a
b
370


678
0.1900
70.3077
711
0.2400
104.2125
847
0.3800
203.8279
1,538
0.3400
169.9233
3,461
0.3800
231.4617
3,461 & over
0.4800
577.6156
Notes
1. If you have 27 fortnightly, or 53 weekly pays in a financial year, refer to withholding additional amounts from employee earnings.
2. Scales 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 may be applied only where employees have provided their TFN.
3. For scale 4 no coefficients are necessary. To calculate withholding, apply the tax rate to earnings, ignoring any cents in earnings and in the withholding result.
4. Scale 1 and 2 apply whether or not the employee is entitled to any leave loading.
5. Tax offsets may be allowed only where scales 2, 5 or 6 are applied.
6. All scales include the Temporary Budget Repair Levy.
7. Scale 1, 2, 4 and 6 incorporate the Medicare levy. Scale 4 incorporates the Medicare levy for residents only.
8. For scale 2 no Medicare levy is payable by a person whose taxable income for the year is $20,896 ($401 per week) or less. Where the taxable income exceeds $20,896 but is less than $26,120 ($502 per week), the levy is shaded in at the rate of 10% of the excess over $20,896. Where a person’s taxable income is $26,120 ($502 per week) or more, Medicare is levied at the rate of 2% of total taxable income.
9. The Medicare levy is also shaded in for scale 6. The Medicare levy parameters for scales 2 and 6 are as follows:
Medicare levy parameters
Scale 2
OLD
Scale 2
NEW
Scale 6
OLD
Scale 6
NEW
Weekly earnings threshold
395
401
660
678
Weekly earnings shadein threshold
493
502
826
847
Medicare levy family threshold
34,367
35,261
34,367
35,261
Weekly family threshold divisor
52
52
52
52
Additional child
3,156
3,238
3,156
3,238
Shading out point multiplier
0.1000
0.1000
0.0500
0.0500
Shading out point divisor
0.0800
0.0800
0.0400
0.0400
Weekly levy adjustment factor
395.0400
401.8500
660.9000
678.1000
Medicare levy
0.0200
0.0200
0.0100
0.0100
About this schedule
Amounts to be withheld from payments made weekly, fortnightly, monthly and quarterly, as set out in the relevant PAYG withholding tax table, can be calculated using the formulas and coefficients contained in this schedule.
Separate formulas apply to:
■ employees who have not claimed the taxfree threshold
■ foreign residents
■ employees claiming a full exemption from Medicare levy
■ employees claiming a half exemption from Medicare levy
■ employees who have claimed the taxfree threshold.
Find out more
■ Tax file number (TFN) declarations
■ Withholding declarations
■ Allowances
■ Holiday pay, long service leave and employment termination payments
■ Claiming tax offsets
■ Medicare levy adjustment
Using a formula
The formulas comprise linear equations of the form y = ax – b, where:
■ y is the weekly withholding amount expressed in dollars
■ x is the number of whole dollars in the weekly earnings plus 99 cents
■ a and b are the values of the coefficients for each set of formulas for each range of weekly earnings (or, in the case of fortnightly, monthly or quarterly earnings, the weekly equivalent of these amounts).
The formulas relate only to the calculation of withholding amounts before any tax offsets and Medicare levy adjustments are allowed. For instructions on the treatment of tax offsets and Medicare levy adjustments, refer to Tax offsets and Medicare levy adjustments.
For sample data to verify that the software program is calculating the correct withholding amounts and Medicare levy adjustments, see Withholding amounts and Medicare levy adjustments.
Withholding amounts calculated using these formulas may vary slightly to those calculated using the method set out in the footnote to the appropriate PAYG withholding tax table. This applies if earnings exceed $3,275 weekly or $6,550 fortnightly.
Rounding of withholding amounts
Withholding amounts calculated as a result of applying the above formulas are rounded to the nearest dollar. Values ending in 50 cents are rounded to the next higher dollar. Do this rounding directly – that is, do not make a preliminary rounding to the nearest cent.
Use these rounding rules across all scales except scale 4 (where employee does not provide a TFN). For scale 4, cents are ignored when applying the tax rate to earnings and when withholding amounts are calculated.
When there are 53 pay periods in a financial year
In some years, you may have 53 pay periods instead of the usual 52. As this schedule is based on 52 pays, the extra pay may result in insufficient amounts being withheld. You should let your employees know when this occurs so if they are concerned about a shortfall in tax withheld, they can ask you to withhold the additional amount in the table below.
Weekly earnings
$
Additional withholding
$
725 to 1,524
3
1,525 to 3,449
4
3,450 and over
10
When there are 27 pay periods in a financial year
In some years, you may have 27 pay periods instead of the usual 26. As this schedule is based on 26 pays, the extra pay may result in insufficient amounts being withheld. You should let employees know when this occurs so if they are concerned about a shortfall in tax withheld, they can ask you to withhold the additional amounts in the table below.
Fortnightly earnings
$
Additional withholding
$
1,390 to 3,049
12
3,050 to 6,799
17
6,800 and over
42
Working out the weekly earnings
The method of working out the weekly earnings (x) for the purpose of applying the formulas is as follows:
Example
Weekly income $467.59
Add allowance subject to withholding $ 9.50
Total earnings (ignore cents) $477.00
Add 99 cents $0.99
Weekly earnings $477.99
Calculating withholding fortnightly, monthly or quarterly amounts
First calculate the weekly equivalent of fortnightly, monthly or quarterly earnings. If you pay:
■ fortnightly – divide the sum of the fortnightly earnings and the amount of any allowances subject to withholding by two. Ignore any cents in the result and then add 99 cents.
■ monthly – obtain the sum of the monthly earnings and the amount of any allowances subject to withholding (if the result is an amount ending in 33 cents, add one cent), multiply this amount by three and then divide by 13. Ignore any cents in the result and then add 99 cents.
■ quarterly – divide the sum of the quarterly earnings and the amount of any allowances subject to withholding by 13. Ignore any cents in the result and then add 99 cents.
Then calculate fortnightly, monthly or quarterly withholding amounts as follows:
■ fortnightly – work out the rounded weekly withholding amount applicable to the weekly equivalent of earnings, before any adjustment for tax offsets. Multiply this amount by two (for more information, refer to Tax offsets).
■ monthly – work out the rounded weekly withholding amount applicable to the weekly equivalent of earnings, before any adjustment for tax offsets. Multiply this amount by 13, divide the product by three and round the result to the nearest dollar.
■ quarterly – work out the rounded weekly withholding amount applicable to the weekly equivalent of earnings, before any adjustment for tax offsets. Multiply this amount by 13.
Tax offsets
The withholding amount calculated using scales 2, 5 or 6 of the formulas is reduced as follows:
■ weekly – 1.9% of the total amount claimed at the tax offsets questions on the Withholding declaration (NAT 3093), rounded to the nearest dollar
■ fortnightly – 3.8% of the total amount claimed at the tax offsets questions on the Withholding declaration, rounded to the nearest dollar
■ monthly – 8.3% of the total amount claimed at the tax offsets questions on the Withholding declaration, rounded to the nearest dollar
■ quarterly – 25% of the total amount claimed at the tax offsets questions on the Withholding declaration, rounded to the nearest dollar.
Medicare levy adjustment
A Medicare levy adjustment is not allowed where withholding amounts have been calculated using scales 1, 3, 4 or 5. The amount obtained using scales 2 or 6 (after allowing for any tax offsets) is reduced by any amount of Medicare levy adjustment applicable.
When an employee is entitled to an adjustment
An employee who has lodged both a completed Withholding declaration and a Medicare levy variation declaration (NAT 0929), may be entitled to a Medicare levy adjustment if they have weekly earnings of one of the following:
■ $401 or more where scale 2 is applied
■ $678 or more where scale 6 is applied.
To claim the adjustment, the employee must answer yes to question 10 and yes to question 9, and/or question 12 on the Medicare levy variation declaration.
Calculating the Medicare levy adjustment
To calculate the Medicare levy adjustment, your software package will need to be able to distinguish those employees who have answered yes to question 9 and no to question 12 on the Medicare levy variation declaration.
Where employees have answered yes to question 12, the software must be able to store the number of dependants shown at this question on the declaration.
You will need to calculate the weekly family threshold and shading out point (SOP) before calculating the weekly levy adjustment for employees with weekly earnings of one of the following:
■ $502 or more where scale 2 is applied
■ $847 or more where scale 6 is applied.
Values used in the calculations may be regarded as variables.
Weekly family threshold (WFT)
Where scale 2 or scale 6 is applied
■ Where an employee has answered yes to question 9 and no to question 12 on the Medicare levy variation declaration:
– WFT = $678.10 (35,261 ÷ 52) (rounded to the nearest cent).
■ Where an employee has answered yes to question 12 on the Medicare levy variation declaration, you need to:
a. multiply the number of children shown at question 12 by 3,238 and add the result to 35,261
b. divide the result of (a) by 52
c. round the result of (b) to the nearest cent.
Example
If the employee has shown two dependent children at question 12:
WFT = ([3,238 × 2] + 35,261) ÷ 52
WFT = 802.6346 or $802.63 (rounded to the nearest cent)
Shading Out Point (SOP)
The SOP relative to an employee’s WFT is calculated as follows:
Multiply WFT by 0.1 and divide the result by 0.0800. Ignore any cents in the result.
Example
Employee has shown six dependent children at question 12 and scale 2 is applied:
WFT = ([3,238 × 6] + 35,261) ÷ 52
WFT = 1,051.7115 or $1,051.71 (rounded to the nearest cent)
SOP = (WFT × 0.1) ÷ 0.0800
SOP = ($1,051.71 × 0.1) ÷ 0.0800
SOP = 1,314.6375 or $1,314 (ignoring cents)
Weekly Levy Adjustment (WLA)
Where scale 2 is applied
Where weekly earnings are $401 or more but less than the SOP, the WLA is derived by applying the weekly earnings (x) expressed in whole dollars plus an amount of 99 cents (refer to Working out the weekly earnings), in the following formulas:
1. If x is less than $502, WLA = (x – 401.85) × 0.1
2. If x is $502 or more but less than WFT, WLA = x × 0.0200
3. If x is equal to or greater than WFT and less than the SOP, WLA =
(WFT × 0.0200) – ([x – WFT] × 0.0800)
Where scale 6 is applied
Where weekly earnings are $678 or more but less than the SOP, the WLA is derived by applying the weekly earnings (x) expressed in whole dollars plus an amount of 99 cents (refer to Working out the weekly earnings), in the following formulas:
1. If x is less than $847, WLA = (x – 678.10) × 0.05
2. If x is $847 or more but less than WFT, WLA = x × 0.0100
3. If x is equal to or greater than WFT and less than the SOP, WLA =
(WFT 0.0100) – ([x – WFT] × 0.0400)
In each case WLA should be rounded to the nearest dollar.
Values ending in 50 cents should be rounded to the next higher dollar.
Examples
Example 1
Employee’s weekly earnings are $465.33 and scale 2 is applied.
x = 465.99
As x is less than $502, WLA is calculated using formula (1):
WLA = (465.99 – 401.85) × 0.1
= 6.4140 or $6.00 (rounded to the nearest dollar).
Example 2
Employee's weekly earnings are $849.47 and the number of children claimed at question 12 is three. Scale 6 is applied.
x = 849.99
WFT = ([3,238 × 3] + 35,261) ÷ 52
= 864.9038 or $864.90 (rounded to the nearest cent)
As x is greater than $847 and less than WFT, WLA is calculated using formula (2):
WLA = 849.99 × 0.01
= 8.4999 or $8.00 (rounded to the nearest dollar).
Example 3
Employee’s weekly earnings are $982.29 and the number of children claimed at question 12 is four. Scale 2 is applied.
x = 982.99
WFT = ([3,238 × 4] + 35,261) ÷ 52
= 927.1731 or $927.17 (rounded to the nearest cent).
SOP = (927.17 × 0.1) ÷ 0.08
= 1,158.9625 or $1,158 (ignoring cents).
As x is greater than WFT and less than SOP, WLA is calculated using formula (3):
WLA = (927.17 × 0.020) – ([982.99 – 927.17] × 0.0800)
= 14.0778 or $14.00 (rounded to the nearest dollar)
Fortnightly levy adjustment
Multiply rounded weekly levy adjustment by two.
Example
Employee’s fortnightly earnings are $1,495.52 and the number of children claimed at question 12 is one. Scale 2 is applied.
Equivalent weekly earnings = $1,495.52 ÷ 2
= $747.76
x = 747.99
WFT = (3,238 × 1] +35,261) ÷ 52
= 740.3654 or $740.37 (rounded to the nearest cent).
SOP = (740.37× 0.1) ÷ 0.08
= 925.4625 or $925 (ignoring cents).
As x is greater than WFT and less than SOP, formula (3) is used:
WLA = (740.37× 0.020) – ([747.99 –740.37] × 0.0800)
= 14.1978 or $14.00 (rounded to the nearest dollar).
The fortnightly levy adjustment is therefore $28.00 ($14.00 x 2)
Monthly levy adjustment
Multiply rounded weekly levy adjustment by 13 and divide the result by three. The result should be rounded to the nearest dollar.
Example
Employee’s monthly earnings are $2,800.33 and has a spouse but no children. Scale 2 is applied.
Equivalent weekly earnings = ($2,800.33 + 0.01) × 3 ÷ 13
= $646.23
x = 646.99
WFT = $678.10
As x is greater than $502 and less than WFT, formula (2) applies:
WLA = 646.99 × 0.0200 = 12.9398 or $13.00 (rounded to the nearest dollar).
The monthly adjustment is therefore $56.00 ($13.00 × 13 ÷ 3, rounded to the nearest dollar).
Quarterly levy adjustment
Multiply rounded weekly levy adjustment by 13
General examples
Example 1
Employee's weekly earnings are $1,003.45. Employee has completed a Tax file number declaration claiming the taxfree threshold. The employee has also provided a Medicare levy variation declaration with five children shown at question 12.
Therefore, scale 2 is applied.
x = 1,003.99
Weekly withholding amount (y)
= (a × x) – b
= (0.3500 × 1,003.99) – 169.9231
= 181.4734 or $181.00 (rounded to nearest dollar)
Levy adjustment: weekly earnings are greater than WFT ($989.44) and less than the SOP ($1,236) appropriate to employee with five children. Formula (3) applies.
= (989.44 × 0.0200) – ([1,003.99 – 989.44] × 0.0800)
= 19.7888 – 1.1640
= 18.6248 or $19.00 (rounded to nearest dollar)
Net weekly withholding amount
$181.00 – $19.00 = $162.00
Example 2
Employee's fortnightly earnings are $1,110.30. Employee resides in zone B, has provided a Tax file number declaration that claims the taxfree threshold and a Withholding declaration that claims zone and tax offsets at the tax offsets questions that totals $1,645. The employee has also lodged a Medicare levy variation declaration claiming a full exemption from the Medicare levy.
Therefore, scale 5 is applied.
Convert to weekly equivalent
= (1,110.30 ÷ 2)
= 555.15 or $555 (ignore cents)
x = 555.99
Weekly withholding amount (y)
= (a × x) – b
= (0.1900 × 555.99) – 70.3077
= 35.3304 or $35.00 (rounded to nearest dollar)
Fortnightly withholding amount
$35.00 × 2 = $70.00
Tax offsets claimed at the tax offsets questions on the Withholding declaration
= 3.8% of $1,645
= 62.5100 or $63.00 (rounded to nearest dollar)
Net fortnightly withholding amount
$70.00 – $63.00 = $7.00.
Example 3
Employee's monthly earnings are $4,156.33. Employee has provided a Tax file number declaration claiming the taxfree threshold and claimed a total tax offset of $1,365 at the tax offsets question on the Withholding declaration. The employee has one child but is not eligible for a Medicare levy adjustment. The weekly equivalent of the employee’s earnings exceeds the Medicare levy SOP of $925 appropriate to an employee with one child.
Therefore, scale 2 is applied.
Convert to weekly equivalent
= ($4,156.33 + 0.01) × 3 ÷ 13
= 959.1554 or $959 (ignore cents)
x = 959.99
Weekly withholding amount (y)
= (a × x) – b
= (0.3500 ×959.99) – 169.9231
= 166.0734 or $166.00 (rounded to nearest dollar)
Monthly withholding amount
$166.00 × 13 ÷ 3 = $719.33 or $719.00 (rounded to nearest dollar)
Tax offset claimed
= 8.3% of $1,365
= 113.2950 or $113.00 (rounded to nearest dollar)
Net monthly withholding amount
$719.00 – $113.00 = $606.00
Calculating withholding amounts for payments made on a daily or casual basis
The withholding amounts shown in the Tax table for daily and casual workers (NAT 1024) can be expressed in a mathematical form, using the formulas and coefficients provided.
To work out withholding amounts using the formulas:
1. Multiply earnings (ignoring any cents) by five to work out the weekly equivalent. Add 99 cents to the result.
2. Calculate the weekly amount by applying the coefficients at:
– Scale 1 where an employee is not claiming the taxfree threshold
– Scale 2 where an employee is claiming the taxfree threshold.
3. Round the result to the nearest dollar.
4. Divide this amount by five to convert it to the daily equivalent.
5. Round the daily withholding amount to the nearest dollar.
Where the employee is entitled to the seniors and pensioners tax offset, replace with the appropriate coefficients from Tax table for seniors and pensioners (NAT 4466)
Accounting software
Software written in accordance with the formulas in this schedule should be tested for accuracy against the sample data provided. The results obtained when using the coefficients in this schedule may differ slightly from the sums of the amounts shown in the PAYG tax tables. The differences result from the rounding of components.
Sample data
Weekly withholding amounts
Amounts to be withheld
Weekly earnings
$
Scale 1
No taxfree threshold
$
Scale 2
With taxfree threshold
$
Scale 3
Foreign resident
$
Scale 5
Full Medicare exemption
$
Scale 6
Half Medicare exemption
$
27
5.00
—
9.00
—
—
28
6.00
—
9.00
—
—
116
26.00
—
38.00
—
—
117
26.00
—
39.00
—
—
249
57.00
—
82.00
—
—
250
57.00
—
82.00
—
—
337
78.00
—
111.00
—
—
338
78.00
—
112.00
—
—
369
89.00
—
122.00
—
—
370
89.00
—
122.00
—
—
400
100.00
6.00
132.00
6.00
6.00
401
100.00
6.00
132.00
6.00
6.00
501
135.00
35.00
165.00
25.00
25.00
502
136.00
35.00
166.00
25.00
25.00
677
197.00
72.00
223.00
59.00
59.00
678
197.00
72.00
224.00
59.00
59.00
710
208.00
79.00
234.00
65.00
66.00
711
209.00
79.00
235.00
65.00
67.00
846
256.00
127.00
279.00
110.00
118.00
847
256.00
127.00
280.00
110.00
118.00
916
280.00
151.00
302.00
133.00
142.00
917
281.00
151.00
303.00
133.00
142.00
1164
367.00
238.00
384.00
215.00
226.00
1165
368.00
238.00
384.00
215.00
227.00
1281
413.00
279.00
423.00
253.00
266.00
1282
413.00
279.00
423.00
253.00
266.00
1537
513.00
368.00
507.00
338.00
353.00
1538
513.00
369.00
508.00
338.00
353.00
1844
632.00
488.00
621.00
451.00
470.00
1845
633.00
488.00
621.00
452.00
470.00
2119
740.00
595.00
723.00
553.00
574.00
2120
740.00
596.00
723.00
553.00
575.00
2490
884.00
740.00
860.00
690.00
715.00
2491
885.00
740.00
860.00
691.00
715.00
2652
948.00
803.00
920.00
750.00
777.00
2653
948.00
804.00
920.00
751.00
777.00
2736
980.00
836.00
951.00
781.00
809.00
2737
981.00
836.00
952.00
782.00
809.00
2898
1043.00
899.00
1011.00
841.00
870.00
2899
1044.00
900.00
1011.00
842.00
871.00
2913
1049.00
905.00
1017.00
847.00
876.00
2914
1050.00
905.00
1017.00
847.00
876.00
3087
1117.00
973.00
1081.00
911.00
942.00
3088
1118.00
973.00
1081.00
911.00
942.00
3460
1300.00
1118.00
1219.00
1049.00
1084.00
3461
1300.00
1119.00
1219.00
1050.00
1084.00
Fortnightly withholding amounts
Fortnightly earnings
$
Scale 1
No taxfree threshold
$
Scale 2
With taxfree threshold
$
Scale 3
Foreign resident
$
Scale 5
Full Medicare exemption
$
Scale 6
Half Medicare exemption
$
54
10.00
—
18.00
—
—
56
12.00
—
18.00
—
—
232
52.00
—
76.00
—
—
234
52.00
—
78.00
—
—
498
114.00
—
164.00
—
—
500
114.00
—
164.00
—
—
674
156.00
—
222.00
—
—
676
156.00
—
224.00
—
—
738
178.00
—
244.00
—
—
740
178.00
—
244.00
—
—
800
200.00
12.00
264.00
12.00
12.00
802
200.00
12.00
264.00
12.00
12.00
1002
270.00
70.00
330.00
50.00
50.00
1004
272.00
70.00
332.00
50.00
50.00
1354
394.00
144.00
446.00
118.00
118.00
1356
394.00
144.00
448.00
118.00
118.00
1420
416.00
158.00
468.00
130.00
132.00
1422
418.00
158.00
470.00
130.00
134.00
1692
512.00
254.00
558.00
220.00
236.00
1694
512.00
254.00
560.00
220.00
236.00
1832
560.00
302.00
604.00
266.00
284.00
1834
562.00
302.00
606.00
266.00
284.00
2328
734.00
476.00
768.00
430.00
452.00
2330
736.00
476.00
768.00
430.00
454.00
2562
826.00
558.00
846.00
506.00
532.00
2564
826.00
558.00
846.00
506.00
532.00
3074
1026.00
736.00
1014.00
676.00
706.00
3076
1026.00
738.00
1016.00
676.00
706.00
3688
1264.00
976.00
1242.00
902.00
940.00
3690
1266.00
976.00
1242.00
904.00
940.00
4238
1480.00
1190.00
1446.00
1106.00
1148.00
4240
1480.00
1192.00
1446.00
1106.00
1150.00
4980
1768.00
1480.00
1720.00
1380.00
1430.00
4982
1770.00
1480.00
1720.00
1382.00
1430.00
5304
1896.00
1606.00
1840.00
1500.00
1554.00
5306
1896.00
1608.00
1840.00
1502.00
1554.00
5472
1960.00
1672.00
1902.00
1562.00
1618.00
5474
1962.00
1672.00
1904.00
1564.00
1618.00
5796
2086.00
1798.00
2022.00
1682.00
1740.00
5798
2088.00
1800.00
2022.00
1684.00
1742.00
5826
2098.00
1810.00
2034.00
1694.00
1752.00
5828
2100.00
1810.00
2034.00
1694.00
1752.00
6174
2234.00
1946.00
2162.00
1822.00
1884.00
6176
2236.00
1946.00
2162.00
1822.00
1884.00
6920
2600.00
2236.00
2438.00
2098.00
2168.00
6922
2600.00
2238.00
2438.00
2100.00
2168.00
Monthly withholding amounts
Monthly earnings
$
Scale 1
No taxfree threshold
$
Scale 2
With taxfree threshold
$
Scale 3
Foreign resident
$
Scale 5
Full Medicare exemption
$
Scale 6
Half Medicare exemption
$
117.00
22.00
—
39.00
—
—
121.33
26.00
—
39.00
—
—
502.67
113.00
—
165.00
—
—
507.00
113.00
—
169.00
—
—
1079.00
247.00
—
355.00
—
—
1083.33
247.00
—
355.00
—
—
1460.33
338.00
—
481.00
—
—
1464.67
338.00
—
485.00
—
—
1599.00
386.00
—
529.00
—
—
1603.33
386.00
—
529.00
—
—
1733.33
433.00
26.00
572.00
26.00
26.00
1737.67
433.00
26.00
572.00
26.00
26.00
2171.00
585.00
152.00
715.00
108.00
108.00
2175.33
589.00
152.00
719.00
108.00
108.00
2933.67
854.00
312.00
966.00
256.00
256.00
2938.00
854.00
312.00
971.00
256.00
256.00
3076.67
901.00
342.00
1014.00
282.00
286.00
3081.00
906.00
342.00
1018.00
282.00
290.00
3666.00
1109.00
550.00
1209.00
477.00
511.00
3670.33
1109.00
550.00
1213.00
477.00
511.00
3969.33
1213.00
654.00
1309.00
576.00
615.00
3973.67
1218.00
654.00
1313.00
576.00
615.00
5044.00
1590.00
1031.00
1664.00
932.00
979.00
5048.33
1595.00
1031.00
1664.00
932.00
984.00
5551.00
1790.00
1209.00
1833.00
1096.00
1153.00
5555.33
1790.00
1209.00
1833.00
1096.00
1153.00
6660.33
2223.00
1595.00
2197.00
1465.00
1530.00
6664.67
2223.00
1599.00
2201.00
1465.00
1530.00
7990.67
2739.00
2115.00
2691.00
1954.00
2037.00
7995.00
2743.00
2115.00
2691.00
1959.00
2037.00
9182.33
3207.00
2578.00
3133.00
2396.00
2487.00
9186.67
3207.00
2583.00
3133.00
2396.00
2492.00
10790.00
3831.00
3207.00
3727.00
2990.00
3098.00
10794.33
3835.00
3207.00
3727.00
2994.00
3098.00
11492.00
4108.00
3480.00
3987.00
3250.00
3367.00
11496.33
4108.00
3484.00
3987.00
3254.00
3367.00
11856.00
4247.00
3623.00
4121.00
3384.00
3506.00
11860.33
4251.00
3623.00
4125.00
3389.00
3506.00
12558.00
4520.00
3896.00
4381.00
3644.00
3770.00
12562.33
4524.00
3900.00
4381.00
3649.00
3774.00
12623.00
4546.00
3922.00
4407.00
3670.00
3796.00
12627.33
4550.00
3922.00
4407.00
3670.00
3796.00
13377.00
4840.00
4216.00
4684.00
3948.00
4082.00
13381.33
4845.00
4216.00
4684.00
3948.00
4082.00
14993.33
5633.00
4845.00
5282.00
4546.00
4697.00
14997.67
5633.00
4849.00
5282.00
4550.00
4697.00
Sample data – Scale 2
Weekly Medicare levy adjustment
Weekly earnings
$
Spouse only
$
1
child
$
2
children
$
3
children
$
4
children
$
5
children
$
400
—
—
—
—
—
—
401
—
—
—
—
—
—
450
5.00
5.00
5.00
5.00
5.00
5.00
451
5.00
5.00
5.00
5.00
5.00
5.00
501
10.00
10.00
10.00
10.00
10.00
10.00
502
10.00
10.00
10.00
10.00
10.00
10.00
526
11.00
11.00
11.00
11.00
11.00
11.00
527
11.00
11.00
11.00
11.00
11.00
11.00
551
11.00
11.00
11.00
11.00
11.00
11.00
552
11.00
11.00
11.00
11.00
11.00
11.00
576
12.00
12.00
12.00
12.00
12.00
12.00
577
12.00
12.00
12.00
12.00
12.00
12.00
601
12.00
12.00
12.00
12.00
12.00
12.00
602
12.00
12.00
12.00
12.00
12.00
12.00
626
13.00
13.00
13.00
13.00
13.00
13.00
627
13.00
13.00
13.00
13.00
13.00
13.00
651
13.00
13.00
13.00
13.00
13.00
13.00
652
13.00
13.00
13.00
13.00
13.00
13.00
676
14.00
14.00
14.00
14.00
14.00
14.00
677
14.00
14.00
14.00
14.00
14.00
14.00
701
12.00
14.00
14.00
14.00
14.00
14.00
702
12.00
14.00
14.00
14.00
14.00
14.00
726
10.00
15.00
15.00
15.00
15.00
15.00
727
10.00
15.00
15.00
15.00
15.00
15.00
751
8.00
14.00
15.00
15.00
15.00
15.00
752
8.00
14.00
15.00
15.00
15.00
15.00
776
6.00
12.00
16.00
16.00
16.00
16.00
777
6.00
12.00
16.00
16.00
16.00
16.00
801
4.00
10.00
16.00
16.00
16.00
16.00
802
4.00
10.00
16.00
16.00
16.00
16.00
826
2.00
8.00
14.00
17.00
17.00
17.00
827
2.00
8.00
14.00
17.00
17.00
17.00
851
—
6.00
12.00
17.00
17.00
17.00
852
—
6.00
12.00
17.00
17.00
17.00
876
—
4.00
10.00
16.00
18.00
18.00
877
—
4.00
10.00
16.00
18.00
18.00
901
—
2.00
8.00
14.00
18.00
18.00
902
—
2.00
8.00
14.00
18.00
18.00
926
—
—
6.00
12.00
19.00
19.00
927
—
—
6.00
12.00
18.00
19.00
951
—
—
4.00
10.00
17.00
19.00
952
—
—
4.00
10.00
16.00
19.00
976
—
—
2.00
8.00
15.00
20.00
977
—
—
2.00
8.00
14.00
20.00
1157
—
—
—
—
—
6.00
1158
—
—
—
—
—
6.00
1235
—
—
—
—
—
—
1236
—
—
—
—
—
—
Fortnightly Medicare levy adjustment
Fortnightly earnings
$
Spouse only
$
1
child
$
2
children
$
3
children
$
4
children
$
5
children
$
800
—
—
—
—
—
—
802
—
—
—
—
—
—
900
10.00
10.00
10.00
10.00
10.00
10.00
902
10.00
10.00
10.00
10.00
10.00
10.00
1002
20.00
20.00
20.00
20.00
20.00
20.00
1004
20.00
20.00
20.00
20.00
20.00
20.00
1052
22.00
22.00
22.00
22.00
22.00
22.00
1054
22.00
22.00
22.00
22.00
22.00
22.00
1102
22.00
22.00
22.00
22.00
22.00
22.00
1104
22.00
22.00
22.00
22.00
22.00
22.00
1152
24.00
24.00
24.00
24.00
24.00
24.00
1154
24.00
24.00
24.00
24.00
24.00
24.00
1202
24.00
24.00
24.00
24.00
24.00
24.00
1204
24.00
24.00
24.00
24.00
24.00
24.00
1252
26.00
26.00
26.00
26.00
26.00
26.00
1254
26.00
26.00
26.00
26.00
26.00
26.00
1302
26.00
26.00
26.00
26.00
26.00
26.00
1304
26.00
26.00
26.00
26.00
26.00
26.00
1352
28.00
28.00
28.00
28.00
28.00
28.00
1354
28.00
28.00
28.00
28.00
28.00
28.00
1402
24.00
28.00
28.00
28.00
28.00
28.00
1404
24.00
28.00
28.00
28.00
28.00
28.00
1452
20.00
30.00
30.00
30.00
30.00
30.00
1454
20.00
30.00
30.00
30.00
30.00
30.00
1502
16.00
28.00
30.00
30.00
30.00
30.00
1504
16.00
28.00
30.00
30.00
30.00
30.00
1552
12.00
24.00
32.00
32.00
32.00
32.00
1554
12.00
24.00
32.00
32.00
32.00
32.00
1602
8.00
20.00
32.00
32.00
32.00
32.00
1604
8.00
20.00
32.00
32.00
32.00
32.00
1652
4.00
16.00
28.00
34.00
34.00
34.00
1654
4.00
16.00
28.00
34.00
34.00
34.00
1702
—
12.00
24.00
34.00
34.00
34.00
1704
—
12.00
24.00
34.00
34.00
34.00
1752
—
8.00
20.00
32.00
36.00
36.00
1754
—
8.00
20.00
32.00
36.00
36.00
1802
—
4.00
16.00
28.00
36.00
36.00
1804
—
4.00
16.00
28.00
36.00
36.00
1852
—
—
12.00
24.00
38.00
38.00
1854
—
—
12.00
24.00
36.00
38.00
1902
—
—
8.00
20.00
34.00
38.00
1904
—
—
8.00
20.00
32.00
38.00
1952
—
—
4.00
16.00
30.00
40.00
1954
—
—
4.00
16.00
28.00
40.00
2314
—
—
—
—
—
12.00
2316
—
—
—
—
—
12.00
2470
—
—
—
—
—
—
2472
—
—
—
—
—
—
Monthly Medicare levy adjustment
Monthly earnings
$
Spouse only
$
1
child
$
2
children
$
3
children
$
4
children
$
5
children
$
1733.33
—
—
—
—
—
—
1737.67
—
—
—
—
—
—
1950.00
22.00
22.00
22.00
22.00
22.00
22.00
1954.33
22.00
22.00
22.00
22.00
22.00
22.00
2171.00
43.00
43.00
43.00
43.00
43.00
43.00
2175.33
43.00
43.00
43.00
43.00
43.00
43.00
2279.33
48.00
48.00
48.00
48.00
48.00
48.00
2283.67
48.00
48.00
48.00
48.00
48.00
48.00
2387.67
48.00
48.00
48.00
48.00
48.00
48.00
2392.00
48.00
48.00
48.00
48.00
48.00
48.00
2496.00
52.00
52.00
52.00
52.00
52.00
52.00
2500.33
52.00
52.00
52.00
52.00
52.00
52.00
2604.33
52.00
52.00
52.00
52.00
52.00
52.00
2608.67
52.00
52.00
52.00
52.00
52.00
52.00
2712.67
56.00
56.00
56.00
56.00
56.00
56.00
2717.00
56.00
56.00
56.00
56.00
56.00
56.00
2821.00
56.00
56.00
56.00
56.00
56.00
56.00
2825.33
56.00
56.00
56.00
56.00
56.00
56.00
2929.33
61.00
61.00
61.00
61.00
61.00
61.00
2933.67
61.00
61.00
61.00
61.00
61.00
61.00
3037.67
52.00
61.00
61.00
61.00
61.00
61.00
3042.00
52.00
61.00
61.00
61.00
61.00
61.00
3146.00
43.00
65.00
65.00
65.00
65.00
65.00
3150.33
43.00
65.00
65.00
65.00
65.00
65.00
3254.33
35.00
61.00
65.00
65.00
65.00
65.00
3258.67
35.00
61.00
65.00
65.00
65.00
65.00
3362.67
26.00
52.00
69.00
69.00
69.00
69.00
3367.00
26.00
52.00
69.00
69.00
69.00
69.00
3471.00
17.00
43.00
69.00
69.00
69.00
69.00
3475.33
17.00
43.00
69.00
69.00
69.00
69.00
3579.33
9.00
35.00
61.00
74.00
74.00
74.00
3583.67
9.00
35.00
61.00
74.00
74.00
74.00
3687.67
—
26.00
52.00
74.00
74.00
74.00
3692.00
—
26.00
52.00
74.00
74.00
74.00
3796.00
—
17.00
43.00
69.00
78.00
78.00
3800.33
—
17.00
43.00
69.00
78.00
78.00
3904.33
—
9.00
35.00
61.00
78.00
78.00
3908.67
—
9.00
35.00
61.00
78.00
78.00
4012.67
—
—
26.00
52.00
82.00
82.00
4017.00
—
—
26.00
52.00
78.00
82.00
4121.00
—
—
17.00
43.00
74.00
82.00
4125.33
—
—
17.00
43.00
69.00
82.00
4229.33
—
—
9.00
35.00
65.00
87.00
4233.67
—
—
9.00
35.00
61.00
87.00
5013.67
—
—
—
—
—
26.00
5018.00
—
—
—
—
—
26.00
5351.67
—
—
—
—
—
—
5356.00
—
—
—
—
—
—
Sample data – Scale 6
Weekly Medicare halflevy adjustment
Weekly
earnings
$
1
child
$
2
children
$
3
children
$
4
children
$
5
children
$
677
—
—
—
—
—
678
—
—
—
—
—
761
4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
762
4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
846
8.00
8.00
8.00
8.00
8.00
847
3.00
6.00
8.00
8.00
8.00
861
3.00
6.00
9.00
9.00
9.00
862
2.00
6.00
9.00
9.00
9.00
876
2.00
5.00
8.00
9.00
9.00
877
2.00
5.00
8.00
9.00
9.00
891
1.00
4.00
8.00
9.00
9.00
892
1.00
4.00
8.00
9.00
9.00
906
1.00
4.00
7.00
9.00
9.00
907
1.00
4.00
7.00
9.00
9.00
921
—
3.00
6.00
9.00
9.00
922
—
3.00
6.00
9.00
9.00
936
—
3.00
6.00
9.00
9.00
937
—
3.00
6.00
9.00
9.00
951
—
2.00
5.00
8.00
10.00
952
—
2.00
5.00
8.00
10.00
966
—
1.00
5.00
8.00
10.00
967
—
1.00
5.00
8.00
10.00
981
—
1.00
4.00
7.00
10.00
982
—
1.00
4.00
7.00
10.00
996
—
—
3.00
6.00
10.00
997
—
—
3.00
6.00
10.00
1011
—
—
3.00
6.00
9.00
1012
—
—
3.00
6.00
9.00
1026
—
—
2.00
5.00
8.00
1027
—
—
2.00
5.00
8.00
1041
—
—
2.00
5.00
8.00
1042
—
—
2.00
5.00
8.00
1056
—
—
1.00
4.00
7.00
1057
—
—
1.00
4.00
7.00
1071
—
—
—
3.00
7.00
1072
—
—
—
3.00
7.00
1086
—
—
—
3.00
6.00
1087
—
—
—
3.00
6.00
1101
—
—
—
2.00
5.00
1102
—
—
—
2.00
5.00
1116
—
—
—
2.00
5.00
1117
—
—
—
2.00
5.00
1131
—
—
—
1.00
4.00
1132
—
—
—
1.00
4.00
1157
—
—
—
—
3.00
1158
—
—
—
—
3.00
1235
—
—
—
—
—
1236
—
—
—
—
—
Fortnightly Medicare halflevy adjustment
Fortnightly earnings
$
1
child
$
2
children
$
3
children
$
4
children
$
5
children
$
1354
—
—
—
—
—
1356
—
—
—
—
—
1522
8.00
8.00
8.00
8.00
8.00
1524
8.00
8.00
8.00
8.00
8.00
1692
16.00
16.00
16.00
16.00
16.00
1694
6.00
12.00
16.00
16.00
16.00
1722
6.00
12.00
18.00
18.00
18.00
1724
4.00
12.00
18.00
18.00
18.00
1752
4.00
10.00
16.00
18.00
18.00
1754
4.00
10.00
16.00
18.00
18.00
1782
2.00
8.00
16.00
18.00
18.00
1784
2.00
8.00
16.00
18.00
18.00
1812
2.00
8.00
14.00
18.00
18.00
1814
2.00
8.00
14.00
18.00
18.00
1842
—
6.00
12.00
18.00
18.00
1844
—
6.00
12.00
18.00
18.00
1872
—
6.00
12.00
18.00
18.00
1874
—
6.00
12.00
18.00
18.00
1902
—
4.00
10.00
16.00
20.00
1904
—
4.00
10.00
16.00
20.00
1932
—
2.00
10.00
16.00
20.00
1934
—
2.00
10.00
16.00
20.00
1962
—
2.00
8.00
14.00
20.00
1964
—
2.00
8.00
14.00
20.00
1992
—
—
6.00
12.00
20.00
1994
—
—
6.00
12.00
20.00
2022
—
—
6.00
12.00
18.00
2024
—
—
6.00
12.00
18.00
2052
—
—
4.00
10.00
16.00
2054
—
—
4.00
10.00
16.00
2082
—
—
4.00
10.00
16.00
2084
—
—
4.00
10.00
16.00
2112
—
—
2.00
8.00
14.00
2114
—
—
2.00
8.00
14.00
2142
—
—
—
6.00
14.00
2144
—
—
—
6.00
14.00
2172
—
—
—
6.00
12.00
2174
—
—
—
6.00
12.00
2202
—
—
—
4.00
10.00
2204
—
—
—
4.00
10.00
2232
—
—
—
4.00
10.00
2234
—
—
—
4.00
10.00
2262
—
—
—
2.00
8.00
2264
—
—
—
2.00
8.00
2314
—
—
—
—
6.00
2316
—
—
—
—
6.00
2470
—
—
—
—
—
2472
—
—
—
—
—
Monthly Medicare halflevy adjustment
Monthly
earnings
$
1
child
$
2
children
$
3
children
$
4
children
$
5
children
$
2933.67
—
—
—
—
—
2938.00
—
—
—
—
—
3297.67
17.00
17.00
17.00
17.00
17.00
3302.00
17.00
17.00
17.00
17.00
17.00
3666.00
35.00
35.00
35.00
35.00
35.00
3670.33
13.00
26.00
35.00
35.00
35.00
3731.00
13.00
26.00
39.00
39.00
39.00
3735.33
9.00
26.00
39.00
39.00
39.00
3796.00
9.00
22.00
35.00
39.00
39.00
3800.33
9.00
22.00
35.00
39.00
39.00
3861.00
4.00
17.00
35.00
39.00
39.00
3865.33
4.00
17.00
35.00
39.00
39.00
3926.00
4.00
17.00
30.00
39.00
39.00
3930.33
4.00
17.00
30.00
39.00
39.00
3991.00
—
13.00
26.00
39.00
39.00
3995.33
—
13.00
26.00
39.00
39.00
4056.00
—
13.00
26.00
39.00
39.00
4060.33
—
13.00
26.00
39.00
39.00
4121.00
—
9.00
22.00
35.00
43.00
4125.33
—
9.00
22.00
35.00
43.00
4186.00
—
4.00
22.00
35.00
43.00
4190.33
—
4.00
22.00
35.00
43.00
4251.00
—
4.00
17.00
30.00
43.00
4255.33
—
4.00
17.00
30.00
43.00
4316.00
—
—
13.00
26.00
43.00
4320.33
—
—
13.00
26.00
43.00
4381.00
—
—
13.00
26.00
39.00
4385.33
—
—
13.00
26.00
39.00
4446.00
—
—
9.00
22.00
35.00
4450.33
—
—
9.00
22.00
35.00
4511.00
—
—
9.00
22.00
35.00
4515.33
—
—
9.00
22.00
35.00
4576.00
—
—
4.00
17.00
30.00
4580.33
—
—
4.00
17.00
30.00
4641.00
—
—
—
13.00
30.00
4645.33
—
—
—
13.00
30.00
4706.00
—
—
—
13.00
26.00
4710.33
—
—
—
13.00
26.00
4771.00
—
—
—
9.00
22.00
4775.33
—
—
—
9.00
22.00
4836.00
—
—
—
9.00
22.00
4840.33
—
—
—
9.00
22.00
4901.00
—
—
—
4.00
17.00
4905.33
—
—
—
4.00
17.00
5013.67
—
—
—
—
13.00
5018.00
—
—
—
—
13.00
5351.67
—
—
—
—
—
5356.00
—
—
—
—
—
Other statements of formulas
Statements of formulas for other classes of payees are also available. These include PAYG withholding:
■ Statement of formulas for calculating Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), Trade Support Loan (TSL) and Student Financial Supplement Scheme (SFSS) components (NAT 3539)
■ Tax table for individuals employed in the horticultural or shearing industry (NAT 1013)
■ Tax table for actors, variety artists and other entertainers (NAT 1023)
■ Tax table for seniors and pensioners (NAT 4466).
Tax file number (TFN) declarations
The answers your employees provide on their Tax file number declaration (NAT 3092) determine the amount you need to withhold from their payments. A Tax file number declaration applies to any payments made after you receive the declaration. If you receive an updated declaration from an employee, it will override the previous one.
If an employee does not give you a valid Tax file number declaration within 14 days of starting an employer/employee relationship, you must complete a Tax file number declaration with all available details of the employee and send it to us.
When a TFN has not been provided
You must withhold 49% from any payment you make to a resident employee and 47% from a foreign resident employee, (ignoring any cents), if all of the following apply:
■ they have not quoted their TFN
■ they have not claimed an exemption from quoting their TFN
■ they have not advised you that they have applied for a TFN or have made an enquiry with us.
If an employee states at question 1 of the Tax file number declaration they have lodged a Tax file number – application or enquiry for individuals (NAT 1432) with us, they have 28 days to provide you with their TFN.
If the employee has not given you their TFN within 28 days, you must withhold 49% from any payment you make to a resident employee and 47% from a foreign resident employee (ignoring any cents) unless we tell you not to.
Do not allow for any tax offsets or Medicare levy adjustments. Do not withhold any amount for:
■ Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debts
■ Trade Support Loan (TSL) debts
■ Financial Supplement debts.
When your employee is a foreign resident
If your employee has answered no to the question ‘Are you an Australian resident for tax purposes?’ on their Tax file number declaration, you will need to use the foreign resident tax rates.
There are two ways you can withhold from a foreign resident’s earnings:
■ If they have given you a valid TFN, use scale 3.
■ If they have not given you a valid TFN, use scale 4.
Foreign residents cannot claim tax offsets to reduce withholding. They may, in limited circumstances, be entitled to claim a zone or overseas forces offset in their income tax return. If your foreign resident employee has claimed a tax offset on the Tax file number declaration, you don’t need to make any adjustments to the amount you withhold.
Withholding declarations
An employee may use a Withholding declaration (NAT 3093) to advise you of a tax offset they choose to claim through reduced withholding from you.
Employees can also use a Withholding declaration to advise you of any changes to their situation that may affect the amount you need to withhold from their payments.
Changes that may affect the amount you need to withhold include:
■ becoming or ceasing to be an Australian resident for tax purposes
■ claiming or discontinuing a claim for the taxfree threshold
■ advising of a HELP, TSL or Financial Supplement debt, or changes to them
■ entitlement to a seniors and pensioners tax offset.
When your employee provides you with a Withholding declaration it will take effect from the next payment you make. If you receive an updated declaration from an employee, it will replace the previous one.
An employee must have provided you with a valid Tax file number declaration before they can provide you with a Withholding declaration.
When your employee has a HELP, TSL or Financial Supplement debt
If your employee has a HELP, TSL or Financial Supplement debt, you may need to withhold additional amounts from their payments. Your employee will need to notify you of this on their Tax file number declaration or Withholding declaration.
Work it out
To calculate additional withholding amounts for:
■ HELP or TSL debts, refer to either
– HELP/TSL weekly tax table (NAT 2173)
– HELP/TSL fortnightly tax table (NAT 2185)
– HELP/TSL monthly tax table (NAT 2186)
■ Financial Supplement debts, refer to either
– SFSS weekly tax table (NAT 3306)
– SFSS fortnightly tax table (NAT 3307)
– SFSS monthly tax table (NAT 3308)
■ Statement of formulas, refer to
– Statement of formulas for calculating Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), Trade Support Loan (TSL) and Student Financial Supplement Scheme (SFSS) components (NAT 3539)
Employees who are entitled to a reduction of Medicare levy or do not have to pay the Medicare levy because of low family income, will not have to make a compulsory HELP, TSL or Financial Supplement repayment for that year. The exemption from making a compulsory HELP, TSL or Financial Supplement repayment may be claimed on the Medicare levy variation declaration.
Allowances
Generally, allowances are added to normal earnings and the amount to withhold is calculated on the total amount of earnings and allowances.
Find out more
Withholding from allowances
Leave loading
If you pay leave loading as a lump sum, use Tax table for back payments, commissions, bonuses and similar payments (NAT 3348) to calculate withholding.
If you pay leave loading on a prorata basis, add the leave loading payment to earnings for that period to calculate withholding.
Holiday pay, long service leave and employment termination payments
Employees who continue working for you
You must include holiday pay (including any leave loading) and long service leave payments as part of normal earnings, except when they are paid on termination of employment.
Find out more
Withholding from annual and long service leave for continuing employees
Employees who stop working for you
This schedule does not cover any lump sum payments made to an employee who stops working for you.
If an employee has unused annual leave, leave loading or long service leave, refer to Tax table for unused leave payments on termination of employment (NAT 3351).
Any other lump sum payments may be employment termination payments, refer to Tax table for employment termination payments (NAT 70980).
Do not withhold any amount for HELP, TSL or Financial Supplement debts from lump sum termination payments.
Claiming tax offsets
If your employee chooses to claim their entitlement to a tax offset through reduced withholding, they must provide you with a Withholding declaration.
To work out the employee’s annual tax offset entitlement into a weekly, fortnightly, monthly or quarterly, refer to Tax offsets.
Do not allow for any tax offsets if any of the following apply:
■ where no taxfree threshold is claimed
■ you are using foreign resident rates
■ when an employee does not provide you with their TFN.
Medicare levy adjustment
To claim the Medicare levy adjustment available to some low income earners with dependants, your employee must lodge a Medicare levy variation declaration (NAT 0929) with their Tax file number declaration.
Some employees may be liable for an increased rate of Medicare levy or the Medicare levy surcharge as a result of new income tests. They can lodge a Medicare levy variation declaration, requesting you to increase the amount to be withheld from their payments.
Work it out
Medicare levy adjustment
Schedule 2  Tax table for individuals employed in the horticultural or shearing industry
For payments made on or after 1 July 2015
This document is a withholding schedule made by the Commissioner of Taxation in accordance with sections 1525 and 1530 of Schedule 1 to the Taxation Administration Act 1953 (TAA). It applies to withholding payments covered by sections 1235 of Schedule 1 to the TAA.
Use the Withholding lookup tool to quickly work out the amount to withhold.
Using this table
You should use this table if you make payments to individuals in the horticultural industry who:
■ work in any process associated with the production, cultivation or harvest of a horticultural crop
■ perform the process on the grower’s property
■ do not work for the same grower for a continuous period exceeding six months
■ have given you a valid Tax file number declaration (NAT 3092) and have claimed the taxfree threshold.
Also use this table if you make payments to individuals in the shearing industry such as shearers, crutchers, wool classers, cooks, shed hands and pressers who:
■ have given you a valid Tax file number declaration (NAT 3092) and have claimed the taxfree threshold
■ do not work for the same employer for a continuous period exceeding six months.
For all other circumstances use the relevant PAYG withholding weekly or fortnightly tax table.
Get it done
You can download a printable version of Tax table for individuals employed in the horticultural or shearing industry (NAT 1013, 337KB) in Portable Document Format (PDF).
If you employ individuals under the Seasonal labour mobility program this tax table does not apply. For these individuals you are required to withhold at 15%.
For more information about the program, refer to Seasonal labour mobility program – frequently asked questions for approved employers.
Working out the withholding amount
To work out the amount you need to withhold you must
1. Input your employees total earnings into the Withholding lookup tool.
2. Use the appropriate column to find the correct amount to withhold
– column 2 if the resident employee has given you a TFN
– column 3 if the resident employee has not given you a TFN
– column 4 if the foreign resident employee has given you a TFN
– column 5 if the foreign resident employee has not given you a TFN.
Example
An employee has earnings of $231.50.
To work out the correct amount to withhold, ignore cents, input $231 into the Withholding lookup tool.
If the employee is:
■ a resident employee and has given you a TFN use column 2 to find the correct amount to withhold ($30)
■ a resident employee and has not given you a TFN use column 3 to find the correct amount to withhold ($113)
■ a foreign employee and has given you a TFN use column 4 to find the correct amount to withhold ($76)
■ a foreign employee and has not given you a TFN use column 5 to find the correct amount to withhold ($108).
Resident employees
The standard rate of withholding of 13% applies where an employee has given you a valid TFN and you withhold amounts using the figures shown in column 2 of the Withholding lookup tool.
If the employee has not given you a valid TFN, you must withhold amounts using the figures shown in column 3 of the Withholding lookup tool.
When your employee is a foreign resident
If your employee has answered no to the question ‘Are you an Australian resident for tax purposes?’ on their Tax file number declaration, you will need to use the foreign resident tax rates.
Where an employee has given you a valid TFN, you withhold amounts using the figures shown in column 4 of the Withholding lookup tool. If the employee has not given you a valid TFN, you must withhold amounts using the figures shown in column 5 of the Withholding lookup tool.
Foreign residents cannot claim tax offsets to reduce withholding. They may, in limited circumstances, be entitled to claim a zone or overseas forces offset in their income tax return. If your foreign resident employee has claimed a tax offset on the Tax file number declaration, you don’t need to make any adjustments to the amount you withhold.
Pay period
The rates in this tax table apply irrespective of the pay period.
Using a formula
The withholding amounts shown in this table can be expressed in mathematical form.
If you have developed your own payroll software package, you can use the formulas and coefficients outlined below.
The formulas comprise linear equations of the form y = ax, where:
■ y is the amount to be withheld expressed in dollars
■ x is earnings for the pay period, ignoring any cents
■ a is the value of the coefficient as shown in table A.
Table A: Resident or foreign resident rate
Resident – a
Foreign resident – a
Tax file number
0.13
0.33
No tax file number
0.49
0.47
Rounding of withholding amounts
The withholding amounts calculated as a result of applying the above formulas should be rounded to the nearest dollar. Results ending in 50 cents are rounded to the next higher dollar. Do this rounding directly – that is, do not make a preliminary rounding to the nearest cent.
Accounting software
Software written in accordance with the formulas in this tax table should be tested for accuracy against the Withholding lookup tool. The results obtained when using the coefficients in this table may differ slightly from the Withholding lookup tool. The differences result from the rounding of components.
Tax file number declarations
The answers your employees provide on their Tax file number declaration (NAT 3092) determine the amount you need to withhold from their payments. A Tax file number declaration applies to any payments made after you receive the declaration. If you receive an updated declaration from an employee, it will override the previous one.
If an employee does not give you a valid Tax file number declaration within 14 days of starting an employer/employee relationship, you must complete a Tax file number declaration with all available details of the employee and send it to us.
When a TFN has not been provided
You must withhold 49% from any payment you make to a resident employee and 47% from a foreign resident employee (ignoring any cents), if all of the following apply:
■ they have not quoted their TFN
■ they have not claimed an exemption from quoting their TFN
■ they have not advised you that they have applied for a TFN or have made an enquiry with us.
If an employee states at question 1 of the Tax file number declaration they have lodged a Tax file number – application or enquiry for individuals (NAT 1432) with us, they have 28 days to provide you with their TFN.
If the employee has not given you their TFN within 28 days, you must withhold 49% from any payment you make to a resident employee and 47% from a foreign resident employee (ignoring any cents) unless we tell you not to.
Do not allow for any tax offsets or Medicare levy adjustment. Do not withhold any amount for:
■ Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debts
■ Trade Support Loan (TSL) debts
■ Financial Supplement debts.
Varying your PAYG withholding
If your employee believes that for their circumstances the amount you withhold will be too much, they may apply to us for a variation to reduce the amount of withholding.
Find out more
For more information, refer to PAYG withholding – varying your PAYG withholding.
Schedule 3 – Tax table for actors, variety artists and other entertainers
For payments made on or after 1 July 2015
This document is a withholding schedule made by the Commissioner of Taxation in accordance with sections 1525 and 1530 of Schedule 1 to the Taxation Administration Act 1953 (TAA). It applies to withholding payments covered by section 1235 of Schedule 1 to the TAA.
Use the Withholding lookup tool to quickly work out the amount to withhold.
Using this table
You should use this table if you make payments to employees who are actors, variety artists and other entertainers who receive payments for their performances.
Do not use this table if you make payments to employees, or other individuals engaged under a contract, to perform in a promotional activity that is any one of the following:
■ conducted in the presence of an audience
■ intended to be communicated to an audience by print or electronic media
■ for a film or tape
■ for a television or radio broadcast.
For these types of payments the Commissioner has varied the rate of withholding to 20% of the payment.
Find out more
For more information refer to PAYG withholding – performing artists and promotional activities.
Get it done
You can download a printable version of the Tax table for actors, variety artists and other entertainers (NAT 1023, 488KB) in Portable Document Format (PDF).
For all other relevant employees, refer to PAYG withholding weekly tax table or fortnightly tax table.
Do not use this table for payments made to foreign residents engaged as contractors. These payments are subject to foreign resident withholding (FRW).
Find out more
For more information refer to Withholding from payments to foreign residents for entertainment or sports activities.
Working out the withholding amount
The tax table for actors, variety artists and other entertainers is only applicable to those who have three performances per week and have claimed the taxfree threshold. If the number of performances per week is different, or the employee has not claimed the taxfree threshold, use the formulas to calculate withholding amounts.
To work out the amount you need to withhold using the tax table, you must:
1. Ignore any cents, input the employee's daily earnings into the Withholding lookup tool and refer to the corresponding amount to be withheld in column 2.
2. If the employee has claimed any tax offsets, see Claiming tax offsets to work out the daily value of the amount claimed. Subtract the daily value of the tax offsets from the amount found in step 1.
Example
An employee has claimed the taxfree threshold, earns $279.35 daily, works three performances this week and claims tax offsets of $500. Ignoring cents, input $279 into the Withholding lookup tool and refer to the corresponding amount to be withheld in column 2 of $23.00. Reduce this amount by the daily value of the tax offsets of $3.00 ($500 ÷ 52 ÷ 3 rounded to the nearest dollar).
The amount to withhold is $20.00 ($23.00 – $3.00).
Using a formula
The withholding amounts shown in this table can be expressed in a mathematical form.
If you have developed your own payroll software package, you can use the formulas and the coefficients outlined in table A and table B.
This section should be read with Statement of formulas for calculating amounts to be withheld (NAT 1004).
The formulas comprise linear equations of the form y = ax – b where:
■ y is the weekly withholding amount expressed in dollars
■ x is the weekly earnings rounded down to whole dollars plus 99 cents, and
■ a and b are the values of the coefficient for the formulas as shown in tables A and B.
Table A: Employee has claimed the taxfree threshold
Weekly earnings
(x) less than
a
b
$462
—
—
$502
0.1520
70.3077
$627
0.2320
110.4923
$889
0.1680
70.3077
$1,923
0.2800
169.9231
$4,326
0.3120
231.4615
$4,326 and over
0.3920
577.6154
Table B: Employee has not claimed the taxfree threshold
Weekly earnings
(x) less than
a
b
$35
0.1520
0.1520
$423
0.1873
1.2687
$1,456
0.2800
40.4964
$3,860
0.3120
87.1118
$3,860 and over
0.3920
395.9580
To work out withholding amounts using the formulas, you must:
1. Ignore any cents, multiply the per performance earnings by the number of performances for the week to derive the weekly equivalent. Add 99 cents to the result.
2. Calculate the weekly amount by applying the relevant coefficients from table A or B above, rounding to the nearest dollar.
3. Divide this amount by the number of performances for the week to work out the per performance withholding amount. Multiply this amount by the number of performances per day to convert it to the daily earnings equivalent. Round the daily withholding amount to the nearest dollar.
If you pay your employees daily rather than per performance, the amount to withhold (including reductions for tax offsets) should be worked out on a daily basis.
Example
Sandra has two performances for the week, one on Thursday and one on Saturday. Sandra earns $500.35 for each performance. She has claimed the taxfree threshold.
1. $500 × 2 = $1,000. Add 99 cents to the result = $1,000.99.
2. $1,000.99 × 0.28 – 169.9231 = $110.3541. Round to the nearest dollar = $110.
3. $110 ÷ 2 = $55.00. Round to the nearest dollar = $55.
Therefore, the amount to withhold from each performance is $55. As there is only one performance per day, the daily withholding amount is the same as the per performance withholding amount.
Accounting software
Software written in accordance with the formulas in this table should be tested for accuracy against the Withholding lookup tool. The results obtained when using the coefficients in this table may differ slightly from the Withholding lookup tool. The differences result from the rounding of components.
Tax file number (TFN) declarations
The answers your employees provide on their Tax file number declaration determine the amount you need to withhold from their payments. A Tax file number declaration applies to any payments made after you receive the declaration. If you receive an updated declaration from an employee, it will override the previous one.
If an employee does not give you a valid Tax file number declaration within 14 days of starting an employer/employee relationship, you must complete Tax file number declaration with all available details of the employee and send it to us.
When a TFN has not been provided
You must withhold 49% from any payment you make to a resident employee and 47% from a foreign resident employee (ignoring any cents), if all of the following apply:
■ they have not quoted their TFN
■ they have not claimed an exemption from quoting their TFN
■ they have not advised you that they have applied for a TFN or have made an enquiry with us.
If an employee states at question 1 of the Tax file number declaration they have lodged a Tax file number – application or enquiry for individuals (NAT 1432) with us, they have 28 days to provide you with their TFN.
If an employee has not given you their TFN within 28 days, you must withhold 49% from any payment you make to a resident employee and 47% from a foreign resident employee (ignoring any cents) unless we tell you not to.
Do not allow for any tax offsets or Medicare levy adjustment. Do not withhold any amount for:
■ Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debts
■ Trade Support Loan (TSL) debts
■ Financial Supplement debts.
Claiming tax offsets
If your employee chooses to claim their entitlement to a tax offset through reduced withholding, they must provide you with a Withholding declaration (NAT 3093).
If your employee claims a tax offset, reduce the amount to be withheld from their earnings per performance by the value of the tax offset. The per performance value is the tax offset amount claimed divided by 52, divided by the number of performances per week. Round to the nearest dollar.
Do not allow for any tax offsets if any of the following apply:
■ when no TFN has been provided
■ you are using foreign resident rates
■ the payee has not claimed the taxfree threshold.
Withholding declarations
An employee may use a Withholding declaration (NAT 3093) to advise you of a tax offset they choose to claim through reduced withholding from you. For more information, see Claiming tax offsets.
Employees can also use a Withholding declaration to advise you of any changes to their situation that may affect the amount you need to withhold from their payments.
Changes that may affect the amount you need to withhold include:
■ becoming or ceasing to be an Australian resident for tax purposes
■ claiming or discontinuing a claim for the taxfree threshold
■ advising of a HELP, TSL or Financial Supplement debt, or changes to them.
When your employee provides you with a Withholding declaration it will take effect from the next payment you make. If you receive an updated declaration from an employee, it will replace the previous one.
An employee must have provided you with a valid Tax file number declaration before they can provide you with a Withholding declaration.
When your employee is a foreign resident
If your employee has answered no to the question ‘Are you an Australian resident for tax purposes?’ on their Tax file number declaration, you will need to use the foreign resident tax rates.
There are two ways you can withhold from a foreign resident’s earnings:
■ if they have not given you a valid TFN, you need to withhold 47% for each $1 of earnings (ignoring any cents).
■ if they have given you a valid TFN, you need to withhold the amount calculated using the foreign resident tax rates, rounding any cents to the nearest dollar.
Foreign resident tax rates
Weekly earnings $
Weekly rate
0 to 1,538
33 cents for each dollar of earnings
1,539 to 3,462
$508 plus 37 cents for each $1 of
earnings over $1,538
3,463 and over
$1,219 plus 47 cents for each $1 of
earnings over $3,462
Foreign residents cannot claim tax offsets to reduce withholding. They may, in limited circumstances, be entitled to claim a zone or overseas forces offset in their income tax return. If your foreign resident employee has claimed a tax offset on the Tax file number declaration, you don’t need to make any adjustments to the amount you withhold.
Schedule 5 – Tax table for back payments, commissions, bonuses and similar payments
For payments made on or after 1 July 2015
Withholding limit
There is a withholding limit of 49% on tax withheld from any additional payments calculated using an annualised method.
Applying this withholding limit may result in withholding not being sufficient to cover some employees' end of year tax liability. In these situations, an employee can ask their employer to increase their withholding for the remainder of the financial year.
This document is a withholding schedule made by the Commissioner of Taxation in accordance with sections 1525 and 1530 of Schedule 1 to the Taxation Administration Act 1953. It applies to certain withholding payments covered by Subdivisions 12B (except sections 1250 and 1255), 12C (except sections 1285 and 1290) and 12D of Schedule 1 paid as a lump sum.
Using this table
Use this table if you make a payment of salary or wages which is:
■ a back payment (including lump sum payments in arrears)
■ a commission
■ a bonus or similar payment.
Other payments you should use this tax table for
These payments include back payments of:
■ compensation or sickness or accident payments for an incapacity for work that are not tax exempt
■ Australian Government education or training payments – for example, Austudy or ABSTUDY
■ assessable pensions, benefits and allowances under the Social Security Act 1991 or the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986, or similar payments made under a law of a foreign country, state or province.
Back payments (including lump sums in arrears)
A back payment is a payment that was meant to have been made in a prior period. For example:
■ your employee’s wages were underpaid due to an error or oversight
■ an allowance you were due to pay in July was overlooked and you made the payment in December.
A back payment is distinct from a bonus, which is a payment made for recognition of performance including past performance. A bonus (or similar payment) can only be considered a back payment if you paid the bonus later than the time that it should have been paid.
If you normally process payments in a pay period later than the work is performed, for example, overtime payments paid with a time lag of one pay period, they are not considered back payments. These payments are treated as part of the normal pay cycle when paid and withholding is calculated on total earnings for that period. An overtime payment is only considered a back payment if it was meant to have been made in a prior pay period.
Commissions
Commissions are typically payments made as recognition of performance or service, and may be calculated as a percentage of the proceeds from a particular transaction or series of transactions.
Bonuses and similar payments
A bonus is usually made to an employee in recognition of performance or services, and may be calculated as a percentage of the proceeds from a particular business transaction. These payments may not necessarily be related to a particular period of work.
A payment will be treated as similar to a bonus if it is an amount of a oneoff nature that does not relate to work performed in a particular period. Examples include:
■ a onceonly payment made to a payee as compensation for a changed work location
■ an amount paid as a signon bonus to a payee entering a workplace agreement
■ any lump sum allowance.
Leave loading
Payment of leave loading can also be regarded as a payment similar to a bonus, if it is made as a lump sum and not on a pro rata basis as leave is taken. If you pay leave loading on a pro rata basis, add it to earnings for the period to calculate withholding using the standard tax tables.
Tax file number (TFN) declarations
The answers your employees provide on their Tax file number declaration (NAT 3092) determine the amount you need to withhold from their payments. A Tax file number declaration applies to any payments made after you receive the declaration. If you receive an updated declaration from an employee, it will override the previous one.
If an employee does not give you a valid Tax file number declaration within 14 days of starting an employer/employee relationship, you must complete a Tax file number declaration with all available details of the employee and send it to us.
When a TFN has not been provided
You must withhold 49% from any payment you make to a resident employee and 47% from a foreign resident employee (ignoring any cents) if all of the following apply:
■ they have not quoted their TFN
■ they have not claimed an exemption from quoting their TFN
■ they have not advised you that they have applied for a TFN or have made an enquiry with us.
If an employee states at question 1 of the Tax file number declaration they have lodged a Tax file number – application or enquiry for Individuals (NAT 1432) with us, they have 28 days to provide you with their TFN.
If the employee has not given you their TFN within 28 days, you must withhold 49% from any payment you make to a resident employee and 47% from a foreign resident employee (ignoring any cents) unless we tell you not to.
Do not allow for tax offsets or Medicare levy adjustment. Do not withhold any amount for:
■ Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debts
■ Trade Support Loan (TSL) debts
■ Financial Supplement debts.
Terms we use
Additional payments
Additional payments include back payments (including lump sum payments in arrears), commissions, bonuses and similar payments.
Normal earnings
Normal earnings are gross taxable earnings and include all salary and wage income, taxable allowances, and overtime earnings for the current financial year. This includes any back payments previously made using Method B(i).
At the start of a financial year, an employee’s normal earnings can be based on the last full pay period worked in the previous financial year.
If an employee’s pay fluctuates significantly, you can use an average of gross taxable earnings for the current financial year (or, if applicable, the previous financial year).
If an employee has no current or past normal earnings (for example, the employee is newly employed), you can include expected future earnings in your calculations. This can be based on the employee’s contracted or expected salary for the financial year.
For the purposes of this table, normal earnings do not include employment termination payments or unused leave payments made on termination of employment.
Average total earnings
Average total earnings are the sum of all normal earnings paid in the current financial year, including current pay, plus any current year back payments if Method B(i) is used to calculate withholding. Then divide the total earnings by the number of pay periods to date (including the current pay period).
Pay periods per financial year
Pay periods per financial year refers to a total of 52 pay periods if paid weekly, 26 pay periods if paid fortnightly or 12 pay periods if paid monthly. No adjustments are required for a 53 week / 27 fortnight year.
Withholding limit
If your employee has a Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), Trade Support Loan (TSL) or Financial Supplement debt, see HELP, TSL, SFSS and additional payments.
If you use Method A or Method B(ii), the amount of tax to be withheld from an additional payment is limited to a maximum of 49% of the additional payment. If the withholding amount calculated (including a HELP, TSL or Financial Supplement component) using Method A or Method B(ii) exceeds 49% of the additional payment being made, then the amount is reduced to be equal to 49% of that payment. The withholding limit applies to the additional payment only and not to normal earnings for the current pay period.
For some employees, the withholding limit may result in their withholding amounts not being sufficient to cover their endofyear tax liability, as their total earnings for the financial year may exceed the HELP, TSL or Financial Supplement repayment threshold or attract a higher rate of tax. Under these circumstances, your employee can arrange an upwards variation by entering into an agreement with you to vary the rate or amount of withholding.
For more information about withholding variations, refer to:
■ For employers: PAYG withholding variations for payers
■ For employees: PAYG withholding  varying your PAYG withholding.
For more information about HELP, TSL and Financial Supplement repayment thresholds, refer to:
■ HELP, TSL and SFSS repayment thresholds and rates.
Working out the withholding amount
To work out the amount you need to withhold from an additional payment, you must use either Method A or Method B.
Using Method B is more complex but produces a withholding amount that more closely approximates the actual tax payable.
Calculations made using either method are acceptable to work out the withholding amount. If your calculation using either method results in a negative amount, you treat the result as nil.
Using Method A
Use this method for any additional payments made regardless of the financial year the additional payment applies to. This includes all back payments, commissions, bonuses or similar payments.
This method calculates withholding by apportioning additional payments made in the current pay period over the number of pay periods in a financial year, and applying that average amount to the gross earnings in the current pay period.
If you are paying a commission, bonus or similar payment for a defined period of less than 12 months, you can choose to calculate withholding by using the number of pay periods the payment relates to at step 3. For example, if a commission relates to four weeks and the employee is paid weekly, you divide the commission by four pay periods at step 3, rather than 52 pay periods.
Step
Instruction
1
Work out your employee’s gross earnings excluding any additional payments for the current pay period. Ignore any cents.
2
Use the relevant tax table to find the amount to be withheld from your employee’s gross earnings in step 1.
3
Add any additional payments to be made in the current pay period together and divide the total by the number of pay periods in the financial year (that is, 52 weekly pay periods, 26 fortnightly pay periods or 12 monthly pay periods). Ignore any cents.
4
Add the amount at step 3 to the gross earnings at step 1.
5
Use the relevant tax table to find the amount to be withheld from the amount at step 4.
6
Subtract the amount at step 2 from the amount at step 5.
7
Multiply the amount at step 6 by the number of pay periods used in step 3.
8
Multiply the additional payment being made in the current pay period by 49%.
9
Use the lesser amount of step 7 and step 8 for the withholding on the additional payment. Ignore any cents.
10
Work out the total PAYG withholding for the current pay period by adding the withholding on the additional payment (step 9) to the withholding on the gross earnings (step 2).
Using Method B
Use Method B(i) for any back payments applied to specific periods in the current financial year.
Use Method B(ii) for either:
■ back payments that relate to a prior financial year
■ any additional payments (including commissions, bonuses or similar payments) that don’t relate to a single pay period regardless of the financial year the additional payment applies to.
If you are making back payments applying to current and previous financial years, apportion the back payment between those years and then use the applicable method for each component to calculate withholding.
If you are making multiple additional payments:
■ in the current pay period, you first need to calculate withholding on the total of any current financial year back payments (including lump sum in arrears) then calculate the withholding on any other additional payments
■ in the current financial year, that is, you made an additional payment to the employee in a previous pay period, do not recalculate the withholding for the additional payment previously made.
B(i) Back payments applied to specific periods in the current financial year
This method recalculates withholding for each pay period the back payment applies.
Step
Instruction
1
Work out how much of the back payment applied to each earlier pay period in the current financial year.
2
For the first affected pay period, add the back payment relevant to that period to the normal earnings1 previously paid to get total earnings for that period.
3
Use the relevant tax table to find the amount to be withheld from the total earnings for that period.
4
Subtract the amount previously withheld for the period from the amount at step 3.
5
Repeat steps 2–4 for each pay period affected. Total the amounts calculated in step 4 for each pay period for the withholding on the back payment.
6
Use the relevant tax table to find the amount to be withheld from your employee’s gross earnings (excluding additional payments) for the current pay period.
7
Work out the total PAYG withholding for the current pay period by adding the withholding on the back payment (step 5) to the withholding on the gross earnings (step 6).
1 See Terms we use for the definition of normal earnings.
B(ii) Additional payments applied over the whole financial year
This method calculates withholding by averaging all additional payments made in the current financial year over the number of pay periods in a financial year, and applying that to the average total earnings to date.
Step
Instruction
1
Calculate the average total earnings2 paid to your employee over the current financial year to date. Ignore any cents.
2
Use the relevant tax table to find the amount to be withheld from the average total earnings in step 1.
3
Add all additional payments made in the current financial year if Method B(ii) was used to calculate the withholding, to the additional payment in current pay. Then divide by the number of pay periods in the financial year (that is, 52 weekly pay periods, 26 fortnightly pay periods or 12 monthly pay periods). Ignore any cents.
4
Add the amount at step 3 to the average total earnings at step 1.
5
Use the relevant tax table to find the amount to be withheld from the amount at step 4.
6
Subtract the amount at step 2 from the amount at step 5.
7
Multiply the amount in step 6 by the number of pay periods used in step 3.
8
Subtract any amounts previously withheld from additional payments in the current financial year if Method B(ii) was used, from the amount at step 7.
9
Multiply the additional payment being made in the current pay period by 49%.
10
Use the lesser amount of step 8 and step 9 for the withholding on the additional payment. Ignore any cents.
11
Use the relevant tax table to find the amount to be withheld from your employee’s gross earnings (excluding additional payments) for the current pay period.
12
Work out the total PAYG withholding for this pay period by adding the withholding on the additional payment (step 10) to the withholding on the gross earnings (step 11).
2 See Terms we use for the definition of average total earnings.
Commissions, bonuses or similar payments
If a commission, bonus or similar payment relates to work your employee performed for more than one pay period (or for an undefined period), you calculate withholding by applying either Method A or Method B(ii).
Do not use this tax table for payments for a single pay period.
If the commission, bonus or similar payment relates to work your employee performed in a single pay period (for example, a week, a fortnight or a month) the amount is added to all their other earnings for the current period. Withholding is then calculated using the standard PAYG withholding tax tables.
HELP, TSL, SFSS and additional payments
If your employee has advised you they have a Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), Trade Support Loan (TSL) or Financial Supplement debt on their Tax file number declaration (NAT 3092) or Withholding declaration (NAT 3093), you must also withhold from the additional payment using the relevant HELP/TSL or SFSS tax tables.
You calculate the amounts you need to withhold from additional payments for HELP, TSL and SFSS by using the same method you used to calculate the PAYG withholding amount from the additional payment.
For example, if you calculate the amount to be withheld from the additional payment using Method A, use the same method to calculate the amounts to be withheld for HELP, TSL and SFSS purposes.
How do you calculate withholding on the additional payment if it is calculated separately to the HELP, TSL and SFSS components?
If you calculate withholding separately, you need to make sure that the withholding limit in Method A and Method B(ii) applies to the combined total calculated for the additional payment and the HELP, TSL and SFSS components. For example, at step 9 in Method A you must combine the amounts from the two separate calculations used for step 7 before comparing it to the amount calculated at step 8.
Get it done
You can use the following schedule that combine PAYG withholding with HELP, TSL and SFSS instead of repeating the calculation separately for each component:
■ Schedule 8  Statement of formulas for calculating Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), Trade Support Loan (TSL) and Student Financial Supplement Scheme (SFSS) components (NAT 3539).
The results obtained when using the coefficients in the above schedule may differ slightly from the sums of the amounts shown in the PAYG tax tables. Either calculation is acceptable.
Copies of all the tax tables are available on our website, refer to Tax tables.
Variations
If your employee has a withholding variation in place for the current financial year, you use one of the following to work out the amount of withholding from additional payments:
■ the varied rate – if the relevant income is specified in the variation notice
■ this tax table – if the relevant income is not specified in the variation notice.
If your employee had a withholding variation in place at the time the additional payment accrued but the withholding variation is no longer in effect when the additional payment is made, it does not apply when working out the amount to withhold.
Find out more
If you need help to determine whether to use a withholding variation to work out the amount to withhold from an additional payment, phone us on 1300 360 221.
Leave without pay
For the purposes of this table, any periods where your employee has taken leave without pay do not affect the calculations outlined in each of the methods. For example, for Method A and Method B(ii), you are still required at step 3 to apportion all additional payments made by the total number of pay periods in a financial year (that is, 52 weekly pay periods, 26 fortnightly pay periods or 12 monthly pay periods).
Superannuation income streams
To work out the amount you need to withhold from the taxable component of back payments of super income streams (pensions and annuities), including lump sum payments in arrears, use either Method A or B.
Payment summaries
You must record back payments on your employee’s payment summary. What payment summary you use depends on whether the back payments relate to a superannuation income stream or previous period of assessable foreign service. Use:
■ PAYG payment summary – individual nonbusiness (NAT 0046) for all back payments except those for super income streams or if they were related to a previous period of assessable foreign service
■ PAYG payment summary – superannuation income stream (NAT 70987) for super income stream payments
■ PAYG payment summary – foreign employment (NAT 73297) for payments related to a previous period of assessable foreign service.
Find out more
For more information about payment summaries, refer to PAYG payment summaries and guidelines.
Completing the individual nonbusiness payment summary
For payments accrued in the current financial year include the total:
■ gross amount of all payments at ‘Gross payments’
■ amount withheld at ‘Total tax withheld’.
Salary and wage income accrued before the current financial year
For each payment accrued in a prior financial year, but not more than 12 months before the date of payment include the total:
■ gross amount of the payment at ‘Gross payments’
■ amount withheld at ‘Total tax withheld’.
For each payment accrued more than 12 months before the date of payment of less than $1,200, include the total:
■ gross amount of the payment at ‘Gross payments’
■ amount withheld at ‘Total tax withheld’.
For each payment accrued more than 12 months before the date of payment of $1,200 or more, include the total:
■ gross amount of the payment at ‘Lump sum E’
■ amount withheld at ‘Total tax withheld’.
Other amounts accrued before the current financial year3
For each payment accrued in a prior financial year of less than $1,200, include the total:
■ gross amount of the payment at ‘Gross payments’
■ amount withheld at ‘Total tax withheld’.
For each payment accrued in a prior financial year of $1,200 or more, include the total:
■ gross amount of the payment at ‘Lump sum E’
■ amount withheld at ‘Total tax withheld’.
Employee letter
You must also provide your employee with a letter specifying the financial years over which the amount accrued and the gross amount that accrued each financial year.
Completing the superannuation income stream payment summary
For payments accrued in the current financial year, include:
■ the component amounts at both
– ‘Taxable component’ (both taxed and untaxed elements if applicable)
– ‘Taxfree component’
■ the amount withheld at ‘Total tax withheld’.
For payments accrued prior to the current financial year, include:
■ the component amounts at both
– ‘Lump sum in arrears – taxable component’ (both taxed and untaxed elements if applicable)
– ‘Lump sum in arrears – taxfree component’
■ the amount withheld at ‘Total tax withheld’.
Payee letter
You must also provide your payee with a letter specifying the financial years over which the amount accrued and the gross amount that accrued each financial year.
Completing the foreign employment payment summary
For salary and wage payments accrued in the current financial year, include the total:
■ gross amount of all payments at ‘Gross payments’
■ amount withheld and paid to a foreign tax jurisdiction (if applicable) at ‘Foreign tax paid’
■ amount withheld for Australian tax purposes at ‘Total Australian tax withheld’.
For each salary and wage payment accrued in a prior financial year, but not more than 12 months before the date of payment, include the total:
■ gross amount of the payment at ‘Gross payments’
■ amount withheld and paid to a foreign tax jurisdiction (if applicable) at ‘Foreign tax paid’
■ amount withheld for Australian tax purposes at ‘Total Australian tax withheld’.
For each salary and wage payment accrued more than 12 months before the date of payment of less than $1,200, include the total:
■ gross amount of the payment at ‘Gross payments’
■ amount withheld and paid to a foreign tax jurisdiction (if applicable) at ‘Foreign tax paid’
■ amount withheld for Australian tax purposes at ‘Total Australian tax withheld’.
For each salary and wage payment accrued more than 12 months before the date of payment of $1,200 or more, include the total:
■ gross amount of the payment at ‘Lump sum E’
■ amount withheld and paid to a foreign tax jurisdiction (if applicable) at ‘Foreign tax paid’
■ amount withheld for Australian tax purposes at ‘Total Australian tax withheld’.
Employee letter
You must also provide your employee with a letter specifying the financial years over which the amount accrued and the gross amount that accrued each financial year.
3 Refer to Other payments you should use this tax table for
Examples
Example 1: Withholding from a bonus payment using Method A
Mark, who has an accumulated HELP debt, is due to receive an annual bonus of $900. Mark earns $1,500 per week. Using Method A, calculate the withholding amount for the current pay period as follows:
PAYG withholding component
Step
Instruction
Result
1
Work out Mark’s gross earnings for the current pay period.
$1,500
2
Use the relevant tax table to find the amount to be withheld from Mark’s gross earnings in step 1.
$355
3
Divide the additional payment by the number of pay periods in the financial year.
= $900 / 52
$17
4
Add the amount at step 3 to the gross earnings at step 1.
= $1,500 + $17
$1,517
5
Use the relevant tax table to find the amount to be withheld from the amount at step 4.
$361
6
Subtract the amount at step 2 from the amount at step 5.
= $361 − $355
$6
7
Multiply the amount at step 6 by the number of pay periods in the financial year for the withholding on the additional payment.
= $6 × 52
$312
As Mark has an accumulated HELP debt, his employer also needs to calculate a withholding amount from the bonus payment for HELP. They use the same method as they used to calculate withholding for the bonus payment in the first part of this example.
HELP component
Step
Instruction
Result
1
Work out Mark’s gross earnings for the current pay period.
$1,500
2
Use the relevant tax table to find the amount to be withheld for HELP from Mark’s gross earnings in step 1.
$90
3
Divide the additional payment by the number of pay periods in the financial year.
= $900 / 52
$17
4
Add the amount at step 3 to the gross earnings at step 1.
= $1,500 + $17
$1,517
5
Use the relevant tax table to find the amount to be withheld for HELP from the amount at step 4.
$91
6
Subtract the amount at step 2 from the amount at step 5.
= $91 − $90
$1
7
Multiply the amount at step 6 by the number of pay periods in the financial year for the HELP withholding on the additional payment.
= $1 × 52
$52
Withholding limit (including HELP component)
Step
Instructions
Result
8
Multiply the additional payment being made in the current pay period by 49%.
= $900 × 49%
$441
9
Use the lesser amount of step 7 (combined) and step 8 for the withholding on the additional payment. Ignore any cents.
Combine two step 7 results $312 + $52
= $364. This amount is used as it’s less than step 8.
$364
10
See below
Calculate the total PAYG withholding amount for the current pay period (step 10)
Add the amounts to be withheld:
■ PAYG withholding on gross earnings in the current pay period = $355
■ HELP withholding on gross earnings in the current pay period = $90
■ PAYG withholding on additional payment = $312
■ HELP withholding on additional payment = $52
The total PAYG withholding is $809 ($355 + $90 + $312 + $52).
Example 1 uses both:
■ Higher Education Loan Program (HELP)/Trade Support Loan (TSL) weekly tax table (NAT 2173) effective from 1 July 2015
■ Statement of formulas for calculating the amount to be withheld (NAT 1004) effective from 1 July 2015 – the calculations are made using scale 2, with taxfree threshold.
Example 2: Withholding from a missed payment using Method B(i)
Robyn, who has an accumulated HELP debt, is due to receive a back payment relating to the current financial year following a pay rise. Since the first pay period of the current financial year and up until period 8, Robyn has earned $1,000 per week. From pay period 9 (her current pay period), Robyn will earn $1,100 per week. Robyn’s back payment which covers the first eight pay periods of the current financial year will be paid to her in pay period 9. Therefore, Robyn will receive a back payment of $800 along with her normal gross earnings of $1,100. Using Method B(i), calculate the withholding amount for the current pay period 9 as follows:
PAYG withholding component
Step
Instruction
Result
1
Work out how much of Robyn’s additional payment applied to each earlier pay period in the current financial year. In this example it is $800 over eight pay periods.
= $800 / 8
$100
2
For the first affected pay period, add the additional payment relevant to that period to the normal earnings previously paid to get the total earnings for that period.
= $1,000 + $100
$1,100
3
Use the relevant tax table to find the amount to be withheld from Robyn’s total earnings for that period.
$215
4
Subtract the amount previously withheld for the period from the amount at step 3.
= $215 – $180
$35
5
Repeat steps 2–4 for each pay period affected. Total the amounts calculated in step 4 for each pay period for the withholding on the additional payment. As it is the same amount for each pay period in this example, it will be 8 × $35.
$280
6
Use the relevant tax table to find the amount to be withheld from Robyn’s gross earnings for the current pay period.
$215
7
Add the withholding on the additional payment (step 5) to the withholding on Robyn’s gross earnings (step 6) to work out the total withholding for the current pay period.
= $215 + $280
$495
As Robyn has an accumulated HELP debt, her employer also needs to calculate a withholding amount from the back payment for HELP. They use the same method as they used to calculate withholding for the back payment in the first part of this example.
HELP component
Step
Instruction
Result
1
Work out how much of Robyn’s additional payment applied to each earlier pay period in the current financial year. In this example it is $800 over eight pay periods.
= $800 / 8
$100
2
For the first affected pay period, add the additional payment relevant to that period to the normal earnings previously paid to get total normal earnings for that period.
= $1,000 + $100
$1,100
3
Use the relevant tax table to find the amount to be withheld for HELP from Robyn’s total normal earnings for that period.
$44
4
Subtract the amount previously withheld for the period from the amount at step 3.
= $44 – $0
$44
5
Repeat steps 2–4 for each pay period affected. Total the amounts calculated in step 4 for each pay period for the HELP withholding on the additional payments. As it is the same amount for each pay period in this example, it will be 8 × $44.
$352
6
Use the relevant tax table to find the amount to be withheld for HELP from Robyn’s gross earnings for the current pay period.
$44
7
Add the HELP withholding on the additional payment (step 5) to the withholding on Robyn’s gross earnings (step 6) to work out the withholding for HELP for the current period.
= $44 + $352
$396
Calculate the total PAYG withholding amount for the current pay period
Add the amounts to be withheld:
■ PAYG withholding on gross earnings in the current pay period = $215
■ HELP withholding on gross earnings in the current pay period = $44
■ PAYG withholding on additional payment = $280
■ HELP withholding on additional payment = $352
The total PAYG withholding is $891 ($215 + $44 + $280 + $352).
Example 2 uses:
■ Higher Education Loan Program (HELP)/Trade Support Loan (TSL) weekly tax table (NAT 2173) effective from 1 July 2015
■ Statement of formulas for calculating the amount to be withheld (NAT 1004) effective from 1 July 2015 – the calculations are made using scale 2, with taxfree threshold.
Example 3: Withholding from a lump sum payment in arrears using Method B(ii)
Mary is employed by Minercorp Pty Ltd and receives a fortnightly salary of $1,800. She is entitled to an allowance from her employer when working in remote areas. In 2013, Mary worked in a remote area for six months, but she was not paid this allowance. The total allowance that she should have been paid for this period was $2,480. Her employer discovers their oversight and agrees to pay her the $2,480 as a lump sum payment in arrears on 11 November 2015. Her gross earnings for pay period 10 is $1,800.
Mary has received normal earnings (year to date) of $18,000 including the current pay. The amount Mary’s payer must withhold from this payment is calculated using Method B(ii) as follows:
Step
Instruction
Result
1
Calculate Mary’s average total earnings over the current financial year to date (including current pay).
= $18,000 / 10
$1,800
2
Use the relevant tax table to find the amount to be withheld from Mary’s average total earnings in step 1.
$290
3
Add all additional payments made to Mary in the current financial year if Method B(ii) was used to calculate the withholding, to the additional payment in the current pay. Mary’s additional payment of $2,480 is then divided by the number of pay periods in the financial year.
= $2,480 / 26
$95
4
Add the amount at step 3 to the average total earnings at step 1.
= $1,800 + $95
$1,895
5
Use the relevant tax table to find the amount to be withheld from the amount at step 4.
$324
6
Subtract the amount at step 2 from the amount at step 5.
= $324 – $290
$34
7
Multiply the amount in step 6 by the number of pay periods used in step 3.
= $34 × 26
$884
8
Subtract any amounts previously withheld from additional payments in the current financial year if Method B(ii) was used, from the amount at step 7 for the withholding on the additional payment.
= $884 – $0
$884
9
Use the relevant tax table to find the amount to be withheld from the payee’s gross earnings (excluding additional payments) for the current pay period.
$290
10
Work out the total PAYG withholding for this pay period by adding the withholding on the additional payment (step 8) to the withholding on the gross earnings (step 9).
= $884 + $290
$1,174
Example 3 uses Statement of formulas for calculating the amount to be withheld (NAT 1004) effective from 1 July 2015. The calculations are made using scale 2, with taxfree threshold.
Example 4: Withholding using Method B(i) and Method B(ii)
Pablo, who has an accumulated Financial Supplement debt, is employed by Macropayers Pty Ltd. On 1 September 2015, he received a salary increase of $5 an hour, taking his gross monthly salary from $4,800 to $5,600. His employer agreed that the increase would be backdated to 1 August 2014 and paid at the end of September 2015.
This means that the back payment of salary covers 13 pay periods. The total back payment of salary is $10,400. To work out the total amount to be withheld from the back payment to Pablo, his employer will need to calculate the amount accrued in both:
■ the current financial year (2 pay periods from 1 July to August 2015) = $1,600
■ a prior financial year (11 pay periods from 1 August 2014 to 30 June 2015) = $8,800.
You don’t need to complete some steps if both Methods B(i) and (ii) are used in the calculations.
Method B(i) – PAYG withholding component
Step
Instruction
Result
1
Work out how much of Pablo’s additional payment applied to each earlier pay period in the current financial year. In this example it is $1,600 over two pay periods.
= $1,600 / 2
$800
2
For the first affected pay period, add the additional payment relevant to that period to the normal earnings previously paid to get total earnings for that period.
= $4,800 + $800
$5,600
3
Use the relevant tax table to find the amount to be withheld from Pablo’s total earnings for that period.
$1,226
4
Subtract the amount previously withheld for the period from the amount at step 3.
= $1,226 – $945
$281
5
Repeat steps 2–4 for each pay period affected. Total the amounts calculated in step 4 for each pay period for the withholding on the additional payment. As it is the same amount for each pay period in this example, it will be 2 × $281.
$562
6
This step is not required as withholding is also calculated using Method B(ii).
7
This step is not required as withholding is also calculated using Method B(ii).
As Pablo has an accumulated Financial Supplement debt, his employer will need to calculate a withholding amount from the back payment for SFSS. They use the same method as they used to calculate withholding for the back payment in the first part of this example.
Method B(i) – SFSS component
Step
Instruction
Result
1
Work out how much of Pablo’s additional payment applied to each earlier pay period in the current financial year. In this example it is $1,600 over two pay periods.
= $1,600 / 2
$800
2
For the first affected pay period, add the additional payment relevant to that period to the normal earnings previously paid to get total normal earnings for that period.
= $4,800 + $800
$5,600
3
Use the relevant tax table to find the amount to be withheld for SFSS from Pablo’s total normal gross earnings for that period.
$169
4
Subtract the amount previously withheld for the period from the amount at step 3.
= $169 – $95
$74
5
Repeat steps 2–4 for each pay period affected. Total the amounts calculated in step 4 for each pay period for the SFSS withholding on the additional payment. As it is the same amount for each pay period in this example, it will be 2 × $74.
$148
6
This step is not required as withholding is also calculated using Method B(ii).
7
This step is not required as withholding is also calculated using Method B(ii).
Method B(ii) – PAYG withholding component
Step
Instruction
Result
1
Calculate Pablo’s average total earnings, which in this example is
= (salary earnings to date + current financial year additional payments to date) / number of pay periods
= [($4,800 + $4,800 + $5,600) + $1,600] / 3
= $16,800 / 3
$5,600
2
Use the relevant tax table to find the amount to be withheld from Pablo’s average total earnings in step 1.
$1,226
3
Add all additional payments made to Pablo in current financial year where Method B(ii) was used to calculate the withholding, to the additional payment in current pay. Then divide by the number of pay periods in the financial year.
= $8,800 / 12
$733
4
Add the amount at step 3 to the average total earnings at step 1.
= $5,600 + $733
$6,333
5
Use the relevant tax table to find the amount to be withheld from the amount at step 4.
$1,482
6
Subtract the amount at step 2 from the amount at step 5.
= $1,482 – $1,226
$256
7
Multiply the amount in step 6 by the number of pay periods used in step 3.
= $256 × 12
$3,072
8
Subtract any amounts previously withheld from additional payments in the current financial year if Method B(ii) was used, from the amount at step 7 for the withholding on the additional payment.
= $3,072 – $0
$3,072
9
This step is not required as final calculations for withholding limit and total withholding will be made after SFSS component is calculated.
10
This step is not required as final calculations for withholding limit and total withholding will be made after SFSS component is calculated.
11
This step is not required as final calculations for withholding limit and total withholding will be made after SFSS component is calculated.
12
This step is not required as final calculations for withholding limit and total withholding will be made after SFSS component is calculated.
As Pablo has an accumulated Financial Supplement debt his employer will need to calculate the withholding amount from the back payment for SFSS. They use the same method as they used to calculate withholding for the back payment in the first part of this example.
Method B(ii) – SFSS component
Step
Instruction
Result
1
Calculate Pablo’s average total earnings, which in this example is:
= (salary earnings to date + current financial year additional payments to date) / number of pay periods
= [($4,800 + $4,800 + $5,600) + $1,600] / 3
= $16,800 / 3
$5,600
2
Use the relevant tax table to find the amount to be withheld for SFSS on Pablo’s average total earnings in step 1.
$169
3
Add all additional payments made to Pablo in current financial year where Method B(ii) was used to calculate the withholding, to the additional payment in current pay. Then divide by the number of pay periods in the financial year.
= $8,800 / 12
$733
4
Add the amount at step 3 to the average total earnings at step 1.
= $5,600 + $733
$6,333
5
Use the relevant tax table to find the amount to be withheld for SFSS from the amount at step 4.
$191
6
Subtract the amount at step 2 from the amount at step 5.
= $191 – $169
$22
7
Multiply the amount in step 6 by the number of pay periods used in step 3.
= $22 × 12
$264
8
Subtract any amounts previously withheld from additional payments in the current financial year if Method B(ii) was used, from the amount at step 7 for the withholding for SFSS on the additional payment.
= $264 – $0
$264
Withholding limit (including SFSS component)
Step
Instruction
Result
9
Multiply the additional payment being made using Method B(ii) in the current pay period by 49%.
= $8,800 × 49%
$4,312
10
Use the lesser amount of step 8 (combined) and step 9 for the withholding on the additional payment. Ignore any cents.
Combine the two step 8 results.
= $3,072 + $264 = $3,336
This amount is used as it’s less than step 9.
$3,336
11
This step is not applicable as total withholding for the current pay period will need to include amounts calculated in Method B(i).
12
This step is not applicable as total withholding for the current pay period will need to include amounts calculated in Method B(i).
Calculate the total PAYG withholding amount for the current pay period
Add the amounts to be withheld:
Withholding on gross earnings current pay period
■ PAYG withholding on gross earnings in the current pay period = $1,226
■ SFSS withholding on gross earnings in the current pay period = $169
Method B(i) withholding
■ PAYG withholding on additional payment for current financial year = $562
■ SFSS withholding on additional payment for current financial year = $148
Method B(ii) withholding
■ PAYG withholding on additional payment for prior financial year = $3,072
■ SFSS withholding on additional payment for prior financial year = $264
Total PAYG withholding is $5,441
($1,226 + $169 + $562 + $148 + $3,072 + $264).
Example 4 uses both:
■ Student Financial Supplement Scheme (SFSS) monthly tax table (NAT 3308) effective from 1 July 2015
■ Statement of formulas for calculating the amount to be withheld (NAT 1004) effective from 1 July 2015 – the calculations are made using scale 2, with taxfree threshold.
Schedule 6 – Tax table for annuities
For payments made on or after 1 July 2015
This document is a withholding schedule made by the Commissioner of Taxation in accordance with sections 1525 and 1530 of Schedule 1 to the Taxation Administration Act 1953 (TAA). It applies to withholding payments covered by paragraph 1280(b) of Schedule 1 to the TAA.
Using this table
You should use this table if you pay an annuity that is not a super income stream. For super income stream payments, refer to Tax table for superannuation income streams (NAT 70982).
Get it done
We have a calculator to help work out the correct amount of tax to withhold from payments to most payees. To access the calculator, refer to Tax withheld calculator.
Working out the withholding amount
To work out the withholding amount for an annuity payment that is not a super income stream, you must:
1. Work out the amount of income to withhold from using the following formula:
Annuity payment  [Deductible 27H amount / Number of instalments]
In this formula:
■ deductible 27H amount is the deductible amount for the annuity calculated under section 27H of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936.
■ number of instalments is the number of instalments of the annuity payable in the income year.
Find out more
If you do not know the deductible 27H amount, we will calculate it for you. To make this request, the annuity recipient needs to send the information set out in question D11 – Deductible amount of undeducted purchase price of a foreign pension or annuity to the following address:
Australian Taxation Office
PO Box 3578
ALBURY NSW 2640
For more information, refer to Individual tax return instructions supplement and read question D11.
2. Use the corresponding PAYG withholding tax table to find the withholding amount. The tax table you use depends on the period which the annuity is paid – for example, weekly or fortnightly.
Some payees may be eligible to claim the seniors and pensioners tax offset (SAPTO). If your payee gives you a Withholding declaration (NAT 3093) indicating that they want to claim a SAPTO entitlement through PAYG withholding, use the Tax table for seniors and pensioners (NAT 4466) to work out the amount to withhold from the income amount calculated in step 1.
Examples
These examples use the PAYG withholding tax tables that apply from 1 July 2015.
Example 1
Barbara has an annuity that is not a super income stream that pays $1,000 a week. The ATO has informed Barbara that her deductible 27H amount for the 2015–16 income year is $5,200.
1. The amount to withhold from is:
Annuity payment  [Deductible 27H amount / Number of instalments]
= $1,000  [$5,200 / 52]
= $1,000  $100
= $900
2. Barbara’s payer will then use the Weekly tax table (NAT 1005) to work out how much to withhold from $900. Assuming Barbara is claiming the taxfree threshold, the amount to be withheld is $145.
Example 2
Kenneth will receive a fortnightly annuity that is not a super income stream, paid on the 7th and 21st day of the month from 7 February 2016. For the remainder of the income year, the annuity will be $850 per fortnight. The annuity is indexed annually and the higher indexed amount is paid from 7 July 2016.
Kenneth has written to the ATO requesting that his deductible 27H amount be calculated. The ATO has informed Kenneth that his deductible 27H amount for a whole income year is $2,400 and for the part of the current income year that he is to receive an annuity; his deductible amount is $1,000.
For the current income year, Kenneth will receive ten annuity instalments.
1. The amount to withhold from is:
Annuity payment  [Deductible 27H amount / Number of instalments]
= $850  [$1,000 / 10]
= $850  $100
= $750
2. Kenneth’s payer will then use the Fortnightly tax table (NAT 1006) to work out how much to withhold from $750. Assuming Kenneth is claiming the taxfree threshold, the amount to be withheld is $2.
Rounding of withholding amounts
Withholding amounts calculated using the above formulas should be rounded to the nearest dollar. Results ending in 50 cents are rounded to the next higher dollar. Do this rounding directly – that is, do not make a preliminary rounding to the nearest cent.
Tax file number (TFN) declarations
The answers your payees provide on their Tax file number declaration(NAT 3092) determine the amount you need to withhold from their payments. A Tax file number declaration applies to any payments made after you receive the declaration. If you receive an updated declaration from a payee, it will override the previous one.
If a payee does not give you a valid Tax file number declaration within 14 days of starting a payer/payee relationship, you must complete a Tax file number declaration with all available details of the payee and send it to us.
When a TFN has not been provided
You must withhold 49% from any payment you make to a resident payee and 47% from any payment you make to a foreign resident payee (ignoring any cents), if it is an annuity payment that is not a superannuation income stream and all of the following apply:
■ they have not quoted their TFN
■ they have not claimed an exemption from quoting their TFN
■ they have not advised you that they have applied for a TFN or have made an enquiry with us.
If a payee states at question 1 of the Tax file number declaration they have lodged a Tax file number – application or enquiry for individuals (NAT 1432) with us, they have 28 days to provide you with their TFN.
If the payee has not given you their TFN within 28 days, you must withhold 49% for any annuity payment you make to a resident payee and 47% for any annuity payment you make to a foreign resident payee (ignoring any cents) unless we tell you not to.
Do not allow for tax offsets or Medicare levy adjustments. Do not withhold any amount for:
■ Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debts
■ Trade Support Loan (TSL) debts
■ Financial Supplement debts.
Schedule 7 – Tax table for unused leave payments on termination of employment
For payments made on or after 1 July 2015
This document is a withholding schedule made by the Commissioner of Taxation in accordance with sections 1525 and 1530 of Schedule 1 to the Taxation Administration Act 1953 (TAA). It applies to withholding payments covered by section 1290 of Schedule 1 to the TAA.
Using this table
You should use this table if you pay an amount to an employee for unused leave on the termination of their employment or office.
Unused leave payments on termination of employment or office include:
■ annual leave
■ holiday pay
■ leave loading
■ leave bonuses
■ long service leave.
Before calculating the amount to be withheld, you must work out if the payments are being made as a result of a genuine redundancy, invalidity or an early retirement scheme.
Find out more
For more information, refer to Withholding from unused leave payments on termination of employment.
Working out the withholding amount
When a TFN is provided
The amount to withhold is calculated using the table below.
If the post17 August 1993 lump sum payment from normal termination is less than $300, you must withhold the lesser of the following:
■ the amount worked out using the table below
■ 32% of the payment.
Payment type
Reason
Accrual dates
Withholding rates
Payment summary label
Long service leave
Normal termination (eg voluntary resignation, employment terminated due to inefficiency, retirement)
Pre16 August 1978
5% of total at marginal rates
B
16 August 1978 to 17 August 1993
32%
A
Post17 August 1993
Marginal rates
Include in salary/wages
Termination because of genuine redundancy, invalidity or early retirement scheme
Pre16 August 1978
5% of total at marginal rates
B
16 August 1978 to 17 August 1993
32%
A
Post17 August 1993
32%
A
Annual leave
Normal termination (eg voluntary resignation, employment terminated due to inefficiency, retirement)
Pre18 August 1993
32%
A
Post17 August 1993
Marginal rates
Include in salary/wages
Termination because of genuine redundancy, invalidity or early retirement scheme
32%
A
Annual leave loading
Normal termination (eg voluntary resignation, employment terminated due to inefficiency, retirement)
Pre18 August 1993
32%
A
Post17 August 1993
Marginal rates
Include in salary/wages
Termination because of genuine redundancy, invalidity or early retirement scheme
32%
A
Rounding of withholding amounts
Withholding amounts calculated by applying this table are rounded to the nearest dollar. Results ending in 50 cents or higher are rounded upwards. If a TFN is not provided, ignore cents when calculating withholding amounts.
Marginal rate calculation
To work out the marginal rate, you must:
1. Using the relevant PAYG withholding tax table, work out the amount to withhold from your employee’s normal gross earnings for a regular pay period.
2. Divide the amount of the payment by the number of normal pay periods in 12 months (12 monthly payments, 26 fortnightly payments or 52 weekly payments).
3. Ignore any cents.
4. Add the amount at step 3 to the normal gross earnings for a single pay period.
5. Use the same PAYG withholding tax tables used at step 1 to work out the amount to withhold for the amount at step 4.
6. Subtract the amount at step 1 from the amount at step 5.
7. Multiply the amount obtained at step 6 by the number of normal pay periods in 12 months (12 monthly payments, 26 fortnightly payments or 52 weekly payments).
Do not withhold any amount for:
■ Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debts
■ Trade Support Loan (TSL) debts
■ Financial Supplement debts.
Normal gross earnings
Normal gross earnings are all payments, except those relating to termination payments, received in the last full pay period of employment. This includes taxable allowances, overtime and bonuses. Therefore, your employee’s normal gross earnings should be taken to be the earnings relating to the last full pay period worked.
Where your employee’s pay fluctuates significantly over a number of pay periods, we will accept an average of gross taxable earnings for the financial year to date over the number of pays received.
Example
The following example uses the Weekly tax table (NAT 1005) effective from 1 July 2015.
Beth retires on 31 December 2015. She qualified for long service leave after 10 years of service, with further leave accruing on each completed year of service.
She is not leaving because of genuine redundancy, invalidity or under an early retirement scheme.
This week Beth also receives her normal weekly earnings of $800. She has quoted her TFN and has claimed the taxfree threshold. Therefore, the amount withheld is calculated using column 2 of the Weekly tax table.
Details of payment for long service leave
Pre16 August 1978 component = $3,690.00
16 August 1978 to 17 August 1993 component = $7,700.00
Post17 August 1993 component = $10,890.00
Amounts to be withheld
Pre–16 August 1978 component subject to withholding
= $3,690.00 × 5% = $184.50
The marginal rate calculation is used to work out the amount to be withheld from the pre16 August 1978 component.
16 August 1978 to 17 August 1993 component
= $7,700.00 × 32% = $2,464.00
The post17 August 1993 component of $10,890.00 is also to be withheld at the marginal rate. To simplify the marginal rate calculation for this employee, the pre16 August 1978 component and the post17 August 1993 component are added together first: $184.50 + $10,890.00 = $11,074.50
Now apply the marginal rate calculation to the sum of the two components.
Step
Instruction
Result
1
Amounts to be withheld from normal gross earnings ($800)
$110
2
Divide the amount of the payment by the number of normal pay periods in 12 months ($11,074.50/52)
$212.97
3
Disregard any cents
$212
4
Add the amount at step 3 to normal gross earnings for a single pay period ($800 + $212)
$1,012
5
Work out the amount to be withheld from the amount at step 4 ($1,012)
$185
6
Subtract the amount at step 1 from the amount at step 5 ($185 – $110)
$75
7
Multiply the amount at step 6 by the number of normal pay periods in 12 months ($75 x 52)
$3,900
The amount to be withheld from the three components of Beth’s unused long service leave payments is $6,364 ($2,464 + $3,900).
The total amount to be withheld is then $6,474 ($110 withholding from normal earnings plus $6,364 withholding from long service leave).
When a TFN has not been provided
If your employee who is receiving the unused leave payments has not provided you with their TFN before the payment is made, you must withhold 49% from the payment.
If your employee is a foreign resident who has not provided you with their TFN, you must withhold 47% from the payment.
If your employee believes that for their circumstances the amount you withhold will be too much, they may apply for a variation to reduce the amount of withholding.
For more information refer to PAYG withholding – varying your PAYG withholding
Tax file number declaration
Any Tax file number declaration (NAT 3092) your employee provides while they were working for you will only be effective:
■ for the period that they were working for you
■ 12 months after you make the last payment.
Schedule 8 – Statement of formulas for calculating Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), Trade Support Loan (TSL) and Student Financial Supplement Scheme (SFSS) components
The coefficients in this schedule should be used together with the Statement of formulas for calculating amounts to be withheld (NAT 1004)
For payments made on or after 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016
This document is a withholding schedule made by the Commissioner of Taxation in accordance with sections 1525 and 1530 of Schedule 1 to the Taxation Administration Act 1953 (TAA). It applies to withholding payments covered by Subdivisions 12B (except sections 1250 and 1255), 12C (except sections 1285 and 1290) and 12D of Schedule 1 to the TAA.
Using this schedule
You should use this schedule if you develop your own payroll software package. Formulas and coefficients are used for calculating weekly withholding amounts for employees who have a:
■ Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debt
■ Trade Support Loan (TSL) debt or
■ Financial Supplement (FS) debt.
Get it done
Our calculator can help you work out the correct amount of tax to withhold from payments to most employees. To access the calculator, refer to Tax withheld calculator.
Get it done
You can download a printable version of Statement of formulas for calculating Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), Trade Support Loan (TSL) and Student Financial Supplement Scheme (SFSS) components (NAT 3539, 423KB) in Portable Document Format (PDF).
Using a formula
The withholding amounts for employees who have a HELP/TSL or Financial Supplement debt can be expressed in a mathematical form.
If you have developed your own payroll software package, you can use the formulas and component rates outlined below.
The formulas comprise linear equations of the form y = ax, where:
■ y is the weekly HELP/TSL or SFSS component
■ x is the weekly earnings  or weekly equivalent of earnings  rounded down to whole dollars plus 99 cents
■ a is the value of the component rate as shown in the following tables.
HELP/TSL component rates
Taxfree threshold claimed or foreign resident
Weekly earnings – x
$
Component rate – a
%
0  1,039.99

1,040.00  1,158.99
4.0
1,159.00  1,277.99
4.5
1,278.00  1,344.99
5.0
1,345.00  1,444.99
5.5
1,445.00  1,565.99
6.0
1,566.00  1,647.99
6.5
1,648.00  1,813.99
7.0
1,814.00  1,932.99
7.5
1,933.00 and over
8.0
No taxfree threshold claimed
Weekly earnings – x
$
Component rate – a
%
0  666.99

667.00  785.99
4.0
786.00  903.99
4.5
904.00  971.99
5.0
972.00  1,071.99
5.5
1,072.00  1,191.99
6.0
1,192.00  1,274.99
6.5
1,275.00  1,440.99
7.0
1,441.00  1,559.99
7.5
1,560.00 and over
8.0
SFSS component rates
Taxfree threshold claimed or foreign resident
Weekly earnings – x
$
Component rate – a
%
0  1,039.99

1,040.00  1,277.99
2
1,278.00  1,813.99
3
1,814.00 and over
4
No taxfree threshold claimed
Weekly earnings – x
$
Component rate – a
%
0  666.99

667.00  903.99
2
904.00  1,440.99
3
1,441.00 and over
4
Calculating fortnightly, monthly or quarterly withholding amounts
First calculate the weekly equivalent of fortnightly, monthly or quarterly earnings. If you pay:
■ fortnightly – divide the sum of the fortnightly earnings and the amount of any allowances subject to withholding by two. Ignore any cents in the result and then add 99 cents
■ monthly – obtain the sum of the monthly earnings and the amount of any allowances subject to withholding (if the result is an amount ending in 33 cents, add one cent). Multiply this amount by three and then divide by 13. Ignore any cents in the result and then add 99 cents
■ quarterly – divide the sum of the quarterly earnings and the amount of any allowances subject to withholding by 13. Ignore any cents in the result and then add 99 cents.
Then calculate fortnightly, monthly or quarterly withholding amounts as follows:
■ fortnightly – determine the rounded weekly withholding amount applicable to the weekly equivalent of earnings before any adjustment for tax offsets. Multiply this amount by two
■ monthly – determine the rounded weekly withholding amount applicable to the weekly equivalent of earnings before any adjustment for tax offsets. Multiply this amount by 13, divide the product by three and round the result to the nearest dollar
■ quarterly – determine the rounded weekly withholding amount applicable to the weekly equivalent of earnings before any adjustment for tax offsets. Multiply this amount by 13.
When to work out the HELP/TSL component
You will need to calculate the HELP/TSL component when your employee has given you a Tax file number declaration (NAT 3092) or Withholding declaration (NAT 3093) and has:
■ answered yes to the question ‘Do you have a Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) or Trade Support Loan (TSL) debt?’
■ not completed a Medicare levy variation declaration (NAT 0929) claiming a reduction or exemption in the Medicare levy for having a spouse or dependants and low family income.
■ claimed the taxfree threshold or is a foreign resident with earnings of one of the following:
– $1,040 or more if paid weekly
– $2,080 or more if paid fortnightly
– $4,506.67 or more if paid monthly
– $13,520 or more if paid quarterly.
If employee has not claimed the taxfree threshold, the HELP/TSL component is calculated on earnings of:
■ $667 or more if paid weekly
■ $1,334 or more if paid fortnightly
■ $2,890.33 or more if paid monthly
■ $8,671 or more if paid quarterly.
You must withhold the HELP/TSL component from all your employee's earnings, including taxable allowances, bonuses and commissions.
Examples
1. Employee has claimed the taxfree threshold and has weekly earnings of $1,055.84.
HELP/TSL component = $1,055.99 × 4% = $42.00 rounded to the nearest dollar.
2. Employee has claimed the taxfree threshold and has fortnightly earnings of $2,355.78.
Weekly equivalent of $2,355.78 = $1,177.99 ($2,355.78 divided by two, ignoring cents and adding 99 cents).
Weekly HELP/TSL component = $1,177.99 × 4.5% = $53.00 rounded to the nearest dollar.
Fortnightly HELP/TSL component = $106.00 ($53.00 × 2).
3. Employee has claimed the taxfree threshold and has monthly earnings of $5,488.45.
Weekly equivalent of $5,488.45 = $1,266.99
($5,488.45 × 3/13, ignoring cents and adding 99 cents).
Weekly HELP/TSL component = $1,266.99 × 4.5% = $57.00 rounded to the nearest dollar.
Monthly HELP/TSL component = $247.00 ($57.00 × 13/3, rounded to the nearest dollar).
When to work out the SFSS component
You will need to calculate the SFSS component when your employee has given you a Tax file number declaration (NAT 3092) or Withholding declaration (NAT 3093) and has:
■ answered yes to the question ‘Do you have a Financial Supplement debt?’
■ not applied for an exemption or reduction of the Medicare levy on a Medicare levy variation declaration (NAT 0929), due to low family income
■ claimed the taxfree threshold or is a foreign resident with earnings of one of the following:
– $1,040 or more if paid weekly
– $2,080 or more if paid fortnightly
– $4,506.67 or more if paid monthly
– $13,520 or more if paid quarterly.
If your employee has not claimed the taxfree threshold, the SFSS component is calculated on earnings of:
■ $667 or more if paid weekly
■ $1,334 or more if paid fortnightly
■ $2,890.33 or more if paid monthly
■ $8,671 or more if paid quarterly.
You must withhold the SFSS component from all your employee's earnings, including taxable allowances, bonuses and commissions.
Examples
1. Employee has claimed the taxfree threshold and has weekly earnings of $1,238.24.
SFSS component = $1,238.99 × 2% = $25.00 rounded to the nearest dollar.
2. Employee has claimed the taxfree threshold and has fortnightly earnings of $2,311.59.
Weekly equivalent of $2,311.59 = $1,155.99 ($2,311.59 divided by two, ignoring cents and adding 99 cents).
Weekly SFSS component = $1,155.99 × 2% = $23.00 rounded to the nearest dollar.
Fortnightly SFSS component = $46.00 ($23.00 × 2).
3. Employee has claimed the taxfree threshold and has monthly earnings of $5,689.21.
Weekly equivalent of $5,689.21 = $1,312.99
($5,689.21 × 3/13, ignoring cents and adding 99 cents).
Weekly SFSS component = $1,312.99 × 3% = $39.00 rounded to the nearest dollar.
Monthly SFSS component = $169.00 ($39.00 × 13/3, rounded to the nearest dollar).
Do not withhold any amount for HELP/TSL or Financial Supplement debts from lump sum termination payments.
Rounding of withholding amounts to the nearest dollar
Withholding amounts calculated as a result of applying the formulas are rounded to the nearest dollar. Results ending in 50 cents are rounded to the next higher dollar.
Accounting software
Software written in accordance with the formulas in this schedule should be tested for accuracy against the sample data. The results obtained when using the coefficients in this schedule may differ slightly from the sums of the amounts shown in the PAYG tax tables. The differences result from the rounding of components.
Coefficients to work out the weekly amounts to withhold including the HELP/TSL component
Your employee’s total withholding, including the HELP/TSL component, can be calculated using the formula and coefficients stated below.
Using a formula
The formulas comprise linear equations of the form y = ax – b, where:
■ y is the weekly withholding amount expressed in dollars
■ x is the number of whole dollars in the weekly earnings plus 99 cents
■ a and b are the values of the coefficients for each set of formulas for each range of weekly earnings (or, in the case of fortnightly, monthly or quarterly earnings, the weekly equivalent of these amounts).
If two employees are taxed using a particular scale (for example, scale 2) but only one of them has a HELP/TSL debt, you will need to set up two separate scales in your payroll system. One scale will need to incorporate the HELP/TSL component and one that does not – for example, name one ‘scale 2’ and the other ‘scale 22’.
The HELP/TSL component does not apply if the employee has not provided a tax file number (TFN).
Where taxfree threshold not claimed in Tax file number declaration – Scale 1
NO HELP/TSL Debt
Weekly earnings
(x) less than
$
a
b
28
0.1900
0.1900
338
0.2341
1.2687
1,165
0.3500
40.4964
3,088
0.3900
87.1118
3,088 & over
0.4900
395.9580
WITH HELP/TSL Debt
Weekly earnings
(x) less than
$
a
b
28
0.1900
0.1900
338
0.2341
1.2687
667
0.3500
40.4964
786
0.3900
40.4964
904
0.3950
40.4964
972
0.4000
40.4964
1,072
0.4050
40.4964
1,165
0.4100
40.4964
1,192
0.4500
87.1118
1,275
0.4550
87.1118
1,441
0.4600
87.1118
1,560
0.4650
87.1118
3,088
0.4700
87.1118
3,088 & over
0.5700
395.9580
Where employee has claimed the taxfree threshold in Tax file number declaration – Scale 2
NO HELP/TSL Debt
Weekly earnings
(x) less than
$
a
b
370


401
0.1900
70.3077
502
0.2900
110.4923
711
0.2100
70.3077
1,538
0.3500
169.9231
3,461
0.3900
231.4615
3,461 & over
0.4900
577.6154
WITH HELP/TSL Debt
Weekly earnings
(x) less than
$
a
b
370


401
0.1900
70.3077
502
0.2900
110.4923
711
0.2100
70.3077
1,040
0.3500
169.9231
1,159
0.3900
169.9231
1,278
0.3950
169.9231
1,345
0.4000
169.9231
1,445
0.4050
169.9231
1,538
0.4100
169.9231
1,566
0.4500
231.4615
1,648
0.4550
231.4615
1,814
0.4600
231.4615
1,933
0.4650
231.4615
3,461
0.4700
231.4615
3,461 & over
0.5700
577.6154
Foreign residents – Scale 3
NO HELP/TSL Debt
Weekly earnings
(x) less than
$
a
b
1,538
0.3300
0.3300
3,461
0.3700
61.5385
3,461 & over
0.4700
407.6923
WITH HELP/TSL Debt
Weekly earnings
(x) less than
$
a
b
1,040
0.3300
0.3300
1,159
0.3700
0.3300
1,278
0.3750
0.3300
1,345
0.3800
0.3300
1,445
0.3850
0.3300
1,538
0.3900
0.3300
1,566
0.4300
61.5385
1,648
0.4350
61.5385
1,814
0.4400
61.5385
1,933
0.4450
61.5385
3,461
0.4500
61.5385
3,461 & over
0.5500
407.6923
Where employee claimed FULL exemption from Medicare levy in Medicare levy variation declaration – Scale 5
NO HELP/TSL Debt
Weekly earnings
(x) less than
$
a
b
370


711
0.1900
70.3077
1,538
0.3300
169.9231
3,461
0.3700
231.4615
3,461 & over
0.4700
577.6154
WITH HELP/TSL Debt
Weekly earnings
(x) less than
$
a
b
370


711
0.1900
70.3077
1,040
0.3300
169.9231
1,159
0.3700
169.9231
1,278
0.3750
169.9231
1,345
0.3800
169.9231
1,445
0.3850
169.9231
1,538
0.3900
169.9231
1,566
0.4300
231.4615
1,648
0.4350
231.4615
1,814
0.4400
231.4615
1,933
0.4450
231.4615
3,461
0.4500
231.4615
3,461 & over
0.5500
577.6154
Where employee claimed HALF exemption from Medicare levy in Medicare levy variation declaration – Scale 6
NO HELP/TSL Debt
Weekly earnings
(x) less than
$
a
b
370


678
0.1900
70.3077
711
0.2400
104.2125
847
0.3800
203.8279
1,538
0.3400
169.9233
3,461
0.3800
231.4617
3,461 & over
0.4800
577.6156
WITH HELP/TSL Debt
Weekly earnings
(x) less than
$
a
b
370


678
0.1900
70.3077
711
0.2400
104.2125
847
0.3800
203.8279
1,040
0.3400
169.9233
1,159
0.3800
169.9233
1,278
0.3850
169.9233
1,345
0.3900
169.9233
1,445
0.3950
169.9233
1,538
0.4000
169.9233
1,566
0.4400
231.4617
1,648
0.4450
231.4617
1,814
0.4500
231.4617
1,933
0.4550
231.4617
3,461
0.4600
231.4617
3,461 & over
0.5600
577.6156
Withholding amounts including the HELP/TSL component worked out using the coefficients may differ slightly from the sums of the amounts shown in the PAYG and HELP/TSL tax tables. The differences result from the rounding of components.
Sample data
With taxfree threshold
Weekly earnings
$
Weekly HELP/TSL component
$
Fortnightly earnings
$
Fortnightly HELP/TSL component
$
Monthly earnings
$
Monthly HELP/TSL component
$
1040
42.00
2080
84.00
4506.67
182.00
1041
42.00
2082
84.00
4511.00
182.00
1158
46.00
2316
92.00
5018.00
199.00
1159
52.00
2318
104.00
5022.33
225.00
1160
52.00
2320
104.00
5026.67
225.00
1277
58.00
2554
116.00
5533.67
251.00
1278
64.00
2556
128.00
5538.00
277.00
1344
67.00
2688
134.00
5824.00
290.00
1345
74.00
2690
148.00
5828.33
321.00
1346
74.00
2692
148.00
5832.67
321.00
1444
79.00
2888
158.00
6257.33
342.00
1445
87.00
2890
174.00
6261.67
377.00
1446
87.00
2892
174.00
6266.00
377.00
1565
94.00
3130
188.00
6781.67
407.00
1566
102.00
3132
204.00
6786.00
442.00
1647
107.00
3294
214.00
7137.00
464.00
1648
115.00
3296
230.00
7141.33
498.00
1813
127.00
3626
254.00
7856.33
550.00
1814
136.00
3628
272.00
7860.67
589.00
1932
145.00
3864
290.00
8372.00
628.00
1933
155.00
3866
310.00
8376.33
672.00
Weekly withholding amounts including HELP/TSL component
Amounts to be withheld
Weekly earnings
$
Scale 1
No taxfree threshold
$
Scale 2
With taxfree threshold
$
Scale 3
Foreign resident
$
Scale 5
Full Medicare exemption
$
Scale 6
Half Medicare exemption
$
27
5.00

9.00


28
6.00

9.00


116
26.00

38.00


117
26.00

39.00


249
57.00

82.00


250
57.00

82.00


337
78.00

111.00


338
78.00

112.00


369
89.00

122.00


370
89.00

122.00


400
100.00
6.00
132.00
6.00
6.00
401
100.00
6.00
132.00
6.00
6.00
501
135.00
35.00
165.00
25.00
25.00
502
136.00
35.00
166.00
25.00
25.00
666
193.00
70.00
220.00
56.00
56.00
667
220.00
70.00
220.00
57.00
57.00
677
224.00
72.00
223.00
59.00
59.00
678
224.00
72.00
224.00
59.00
59.00
710
237.00
79.00
234.00
65.00
66.00
711
237.00
79.00
235.00
65.00
67.00
785
266.00
105.00
259.00
89.00
95.00
786
270.00
106.00
259.00
90.00
95.00
846
294.00
127.00
279.00
110.00
118.00
847
294.00
127.00
280.00
110.00
118.00
903
317.00
146.00
298.00
128.00
137.00
904
321.00
147.00
298.00
129.00
138.00
916
326.00
151.00
302.00
133.00
142.00
917
327.00
151.00
303.00
133.00
142.00
971
348.00
170.00
320.00
151.00
161.00
972
354.00
171.00
321.00
151.00
161.00
1039
381.00
194.00
343.00
173.00
184.00
1040
381.00
236.00
385.00
215.00
226.00
1071
394.00
248.00
396.00
227.00
237.00
1072
399.00
249.00
397.00
227.00
238.00
1158
435.00
282.00
428.00
259.00
270.00
1159
435.00
288.00
435.00
265.00
277.00
1164
437.00
290.00
437.00
267.00
279.00
1165
438.00
291.00
437.00
267.00
279.00
1191
449.00
301.00
447.00
277.00
289.00
1192
456.00
301.00
447.00
277.00
289.00
1274
493.00
334.00
478.00
308.00
321.00
1275
500.00
334.00
478.00
309.00
321.00
1278
501.00
342.00
486.00
316.00
329.00
1281
503.00
343.00
487.00
317.00
330.00
1282
503.00
343.00
487.00
318.00
330.00
1344
532.00
368.00
511.00
341.00
355.00
1345
532.00
375.00
518.00
348.00
362.00
1347
533.00
376.00
519.00
349.00
363.00
1440
576.00
414.00
554.00
385.00
399.00
1441
583.00
414.00
555.00
385.00
400.00
1445
585.00
423.00
564.00
394.00
408.00
1537
628.00
461.00
599.00
430.00
445.00
1538
629.00
461.00
600.00
430.00
446.00
1559
638.00
471.00
609.00
439.00
455.00
1560
647.00
471.00
610.00
440.00
455.00
1565
649.00
473.00
612.00
442.00
458.00
1566
649.00
482.00
620.00
450.00
466.00
1647
687.00
518.00
655.00
485.00
502.00
1648
688.00
527.00
664.00
494.00
511.00
1813
765.00
603.00
737.00
567.00
585.00
1814
766.00
613.00
746.00
576.00
594.00
1844
780.00
626.00
759.00
590.00
608.00
1845
781.00
627.00
760.00
590.00
608.00
1932
821.00
667.00
799.00
629.00
648.00
1933
822.00
678.00
809.00
639.00
658.00
2119
909.00
765.00
892.00
723.00
744.00
2120
910.00
765.00
893.00
723.00
744.00
2490
1084.00
939.00
1059.00
889.00
914.00
2491
1084.00
940.00
1060.00
890.00
915.00
2652
1160.00
1015.00
1132.00
962.00
989.00
2653
1160.00
1016.00
1133.00
963.00
989.00
2736
1199.00
1055.00
1170.00
1000.00
1028.00
2737
1200.00
1055.00
1171.00
1001.00
1028.00
2898
1275.00
1131.00
1243.00
1073.00
1102.00
2899
1276.00
1132.00
1243.00
1074.00
1103.00
2913
1282.00
1138.00
1250.00
1080.00
1109.00
2914
1283.00
1139.00
1250.00
1080.00
1109.00
3087
1364.00
1220.00
1328.00
1158.00
1189.00
3088
1365.00
1220.00
1329.00
1159.00
1189.00
3461
1577.00
1396.00
1496.00
1326.00
1361.00
Fortnightly withholding amounts including HELP/TSL component
Amounts to be withheld
Fortnightly earnings
$
Scale 1
No taxfree threshold
$
Scale 2
With taxfree threshold
$
Scale 3
Foreign resident
$
Scale 5
Full Medicare exemption
$
Scale 6
Half Medicare exemption
$
54
10.00

18.00


56
12.00

18.00


232
52.00

76.00


234
52.00

78.00


498
114.00

164.00


500
114.00

164.00


674
156.00

222.00


676
156.00

224.00


738
178.00

244.00


740
178.00

244.00


800
200.00
12.00
264.00
12.00
12.00
802
200.00
12.00
264.00
12.00
12.00
1002
270.00
70.00
330.00
50.00
50.00
1004
272.00
70.00
332.00
50.00
50.00
1332
386.00
140.00
440.00
112.00
112.00
1334
440.00
140.00
440.00
114.00
114.00
1354
448.00
144.00
446.00
118.00
118.00
1356
448.00
144.00
448.00
118.00
118.00
1420
474.00
158.00
468.00
130.00
132.00
1422
474.00
158.00
470.00
130.00
134.00
1570
532.00
210.00
518.00
178.00
190.00
1572
540.00
212.00
518.00
180.00
190.00
1692
588.00
254.00
558.00
220.00
236.00
1694
588.00
254.00
560.00
220.00
236.00
1806
634.00
292.00
596.00
256.00
274.00
1808
642.00
294.00
596.00
258.00
276.00
1832
652.00
302.00
604.00
266.00
284.00
1834
654.00
302.00
606.00
266.00
284.00
1942
696.00
340.00
640.00
302.00
322.00
1944
708.00
342.00
642.00
302.00
322.00
2078
762.00
388.00
686.00
346.00
368.00
2080
762.00
472.00
770.00
430.00
452.00
2142
788.00
496.00
792.00
454.00
474.00
2144
798.00
498.00
794.00
454.00
476.00
2316
870.00
564.00
856.00
518.00
540.00
2318
870.00
576.00
870.00
530.00
554.00
2328
874.00
580.00
874.00
534.00
558.00
2330
876.00
582.00
874.00
534.00
558.00
2382
898.00
602.00
894.00
554.00
578.00
2384
912.00
602.00
894.00
554.00
578.00
2548
986.00
668.00
956.00
616.00
642.00
2550
1000.00
668.00
956.00
618.00
642.00
2556
1002.00
684.00
972.00
632.00
658.00
2562
1006.00
686.00
974.00
634.00
660.00
2564
1006.00
686.00
974.00
636.00
660.00
2688
1064.00
736.00
1022.00
682.00
710.00
2690
1064.00
750.00
1036.00
696.00
724.00
2694
1066.00
752.00
1038.00
698.00
726.00
2880
1152.00
828.00
1108.00
770.00
798.00
2882
1166.00
828.00
1110.00
770.00
800.00
2890
1170.00
846.00
1128.00
788.00
816.00
3074
1256.00
922.00
1198.00
860.00
890.00
3076
1258.00
922.00
1200.00
860.00
892.00
3118
1276.00
942.00
1218.00
878.00
910.00
3120
1294.00
942.00
1220.00
880.00
910.00
3130
1298.00
946.00
1224.00
884.00
916.00
3132
1298.00
964.00
1240.00
900.00
932.00
3294
1374.00
1036.00
1310.00
970.00
1004.00
3296
1376.00
1054.00
1328.00
988.00
1022.00
3626
1530.00
1206.00
1474.00
1134.00
1170.00
3628
1532.00
1226.00
1492.00
1152.00
1188.00
3688
1560.00
1252.00
1518.00
1180.00
1216.00
3690
1562.00
1254.00
1520.00
1180.00
1216.00
3864
1642.00
1334.00
1598.00
1258.00
1296.00
3866
1644.00
1356.00
1618.00
1278.00
1316.00
4238
1818.00
1530.00
1784.00
1446.00
1488.00
4240
1820.00
1530.00
1786.00
1446.00
1488.00
4980
2168.00
1878.00
2118.00
1778.00
1828.00
4982
2168.00
1880.00
2120.00
1780.00
1830.00
5304
2320.00
2030.00
2264.00
1924.00
1978.00
5306
2320.00
2032.00
2266.00
1926.00
1978.00
5472
2398.00
2110.00
2340.00
2000.00
2056.00
5474
2400.00
2110.00
2342.00
2002.00
2056.00
5796
2550.00
2262.00
2486.00
2146.00
2204.00
5798
2552.00
2264.00
2486.00
2148.00
2206.00
5826
2564.00
2276.00
2500.00
2160.00
2218.00
5828
2566.00
2278.00
2500.00
2160.00
2218.00
6174
2728.00
2440.00
2656.00
2316.00
2378.00
6176
2730.00
2440.00
2658.00
2318.00
2378.00
6922
3154.00
2792.00
2992.00
2652.00
2722.00
Monthly withholding amounts including HELP/TSL component
Amounts to be withheld
Monthly earnings
$
Scale 1
No taxfree threshold
$
Scale 2
With taxfree threshold
$
Scale 3
Foreign resident
$
Scale 5
Full Medicare exemption
$
Scale 6
Half Medicare exemption
$
117.00
22.00

39.00


121.33
26.00

39.00


502.67
113.00

165.00


507.00
113.00

169.00


1079.00
247.00

355.00


1083.33
247.00

355.00


1460.33
338.00

481.00


1464.67
338.00

485.00


1599.00
386.00

529.00


1603.33
386.00

529.00


1733.33
433.00
26.00
572.00
26.00
26.00
1737.67
433.00
26.00
572.00
26.00
26.00
2171.00
585.00
152.00
715.00
108.00
108.00
2175.33
589.00
152.00
719.00
108.00
108.00
2886.00
836.00
303.00
953.00
243.00
243.00
2890.33
953.00
303.00
953.00
247.00
247.00
2933.67
971.00
312.00
966.00
256.00
256.00
2938.00
971.00
312.00
971.00
256.00
256.00
3076.67
1027.00
342.00
1014.00
282.00
286.00
3081.00
1027.00
342.00
1018.00
282.00
290.00
3401.67
1153.00
455.00
1122.00
386.00
412.00
3406.00
1170.00
459.00
1122.00
390.00
412.00
3666.00
1274.00
550.00
1209.00
477.00
511.00
3670.33
1274.00
550.00
1213.00
477.00
511.00
3913.00
1374.00
633.00
1291.00
555.00
594.00
3917.33
1391.00
637.00
1291.00
559.00
598.00
3969.33
1413.00
654.00
1309.00
576.00
615.00
3973.67
1417.00
654.00
1313.00
576.00
615.00
4207.67
1508.00
737.00
1387.00
654.00
698.00
4212.00
1534.00
741.00
1391.00
654.00
698.00
4502.33
1651.00
841.00
1486.00
750.00
797.00
4506.67
1651.00
1023.00
1668.00
932.00
979.00
4641.00
1707.00
1075.00
1716.00
984.00
1027.00
4645.33
1729.00
1079.00
1720.00
984.00
1031.00
5018.00
1885.00
1222.00
1855.00
1122.00
1170.00
5022.33
1885.00
1248.00
1885.00
1148.00
1200.00
5044.00
1894.00
1257.00
1894.00
1157.00
1209.00
5048.33
1898.00
1261.00
1894.00
1157.00
1209.00
5161.00
1946.00
1304.00
1937.00
1200.00
1252.00
5165.33
1976.00
1304.00
1937.00
1200.00
1252.00
5520.67
2136.00
1447.00
2071.00
1335.00
1391.00
5525.00
2167.00
1447.00
2071.00
1339.00
1391.00
5538.00
2171.00
1482.00
2106.00
1369.00
1426.00
5551.00
2180.00
1486.00
2110.00
1374.00
1430.00
5555.33
2180.00
1486.00
2110.00
1378.00
1430.00
5824.00
2305.00
1595.00
2214.00
1478.00
1538.00
5828.33
2305.00
1625.00
2245.00
1508.00
1569.00
5837.00
2310.00
1629.00
2249.00
1512.00
1573.00
6240.00
2496.00
1794.00
2401.00
1668.00
1729.00
6244.33
2526.00
1794.00
2405.00
1668.00
1733.00
6261.67
2535.00
1833.00
2444.00
1707.00
1768.00
6660.33
2721.00
1998.00
2596.00
1863.00
1928.00
6664.67
2726.00
1998.00
2600.00
1863.00
1933.00
6755.67
2765.00
2041.00
2639.00
1902.00
1972.00
6760.00
2804.00
2041.00
2643.00
1907.00
1972.00
6781.67
2812.00
2050.00
2652.00
1915.00
1985.00
6786.00
2812.00
2089.00
2687.00
1950.00
2019.00
7137.00
2977.00
2245.00
2838.00
2102.00
2175.00
7141.33
2981.00
2284.00
2877.00
2141.00
2214.00
7856.33
3315.00
2613.00
3194.00
2457.00
2535.00
7860.67
3319.00
2656.00
3233.00
2496.00
2574.00
7990.67
3380.00
2713.00
3289.00
2557.00
2635.00
7995.00
3384.00
2717.00
3293.00
2557.00
2635.00
8372.00
3558.00
2890.00
3462.00
2726.00
2808.00
8376.33
3562.00
2938.00
3506.00
2769.00
2851.00
9182.33
3939.00
3315.00
3865.00
3133.00
3224.00
9186.67
3943.00
3315.00
3870.00
3133.00
3224.00
10790.00
4697.00
4069.00
4589.00
3852.00
3961.00
10794.33
4697.00
4073.00
4593.00
3857.00
3965.00
11492.00
5027.00
4398.00
4905.00
4169.00
4286.00
11496.33
5027.00
4403.00
4910.00
4173.00
4286.00
11856.00
5196.00
4572.00
5070.00
4333.00
4455.00
11860.33
5200.00
4572.00
5074.00
4338.00
4455.00
12558.00
5525.00
4901.00
5386.00
4650.00
4775.00
12562.33
5529.00
4905.00
5386.00
4654.00
4780.00
12623.00
5555.00
4931.00
5417.00
4680.00
4806.00
12627.33
5560.00
4936.00
5417.00
4680.00
4806.00
13377.00
5911.00
5287.00
5755.00
5018.00
5152.00
13381.33
5915.00
5287.00
5759.00
5022.00
5152.00
14997.67
6834.00
6049.00
6483.00
5746.00
5898.00
Coefficients to work out the weekly amounts to withhold including the SFSS component
Your employee’s total withholding, including the SFSS component, can be calculated using the formula and coefficients stated below.
Using a formula
The formulas comprise linear equations of the form y = ax – b, where:
■ y is the weekly withholding amount expressed in dollars
■ x is the number of whole dollars in the weekly earnings plus 99 cents
■ a and b are the values of the coefficients for each set of formulas for each range of weekly earnings (or, in the case of fortnightly, monthly or quarterly earnings, the weekly equivalent of these amounts).
If two employees are taxed using a particular scale (for example, scale 2) but only one of them has a Financial Supplement Debt, you will need to set up two separate scales in your payroll system. One scale will need to incorporate the SFSS component and one that does not – for example, name one ‘scale 2’ and the other ‘scale 22’.
The SFSS component does not apply if the employee has not provided a tax file number (TFN).
Where taxfree threshold not claimed in Tax file number declaration – Scale 1
NO FS Debt
Weekly earnings
(x) less than
$
a
b
28
0.1900
0.1900
338
0.2341
1.2687
1,165
0.3500
40.4964
3,088
0.3900
87.1118
3,088 & over
0.4900
395.9580
WITH FS Debt
Weekly earnings
(x) less than
$
a
b
28
0.1900
0.1900
338
0.2341
1.2687
667
0.3500
40.4964
904
0.3700
40.4964
1,165
0.3800
40.4964
1,441
0.4200
87.1118
3,088
0.4300
87.1118
3,088 & over
0.5300
395.9580
Where employee has claimed the taxfree threshold in Tax file number declaration – Scale 2
NO FS Debt
Weekly earnings
(x) less than
$
a
b
370


401
0.1900
70.3077
502
0.2900
110.4923
711
0.2100
70.3077
1,538
0.3500
169.9231
3,461
0.3900
231.4615
3,461 & over
0.4900
577.6154
WITH FS Debt
Weekly earnings
(x) less than
$
a
b
370


401
0.1900
70.3077
502
0.2900
110.4923
711
0.2100
70.3077
1,040
0.3500
169.9231
1,278
0.3700
169.9231
1,538
0.3800
169.9231
1,814
0.4200
231.4615
3,461
0.4300
231.4615
3,461 & over
0.5300
577.6154
Foreign residents – Scale 3
NO FS Debt
Weekly earnings
(x) less than
$
a
b
1,538
0.3300
0.3300
3,461
0.3700
61.5385
3,461 & over
0.4700
407.6923
WITH FS Debt
Weekly earnings
(x) less than
$
a
b
1,040
0.3300
0.3300
1,278
0.3500
0.3300
1,538
0.3600
0.3300
1,814
0.4000
61.5385
3,461
0.4100
61.5385
3,461 & over
0.5100
407.6923
Where employee claimed FULL exemption from Medicare levy in Medicare levy variation declaration – Scale 5
NO FS Debt
Weekly earnings
(x) less than
$
a
b
370


711
0.1900
70.3077
1,538
0.3300
169.9231
3,461
0.3700
231.4615
3,461 & over
0.4700
577.6154
WITH FS Debt
Weekly earnings
(x) less than
$
a
b
370


711
0.1900
70.3077
1,040
0.3300
169.9231
1,278
0.3500
169.9231
1,538
0.3600
169.9231
1,814
0.4000
231.4615
3,461
0.4100
231.4615
3,461 & over
0.5100
577.6154
Where employee claimed HALF exemption from Medicare levy in Medicare levy variation declaration – Scale 6
NO FS Debt
Weekly earnings
(x) less than
$
a
b
370


678
0.1900
70.3077
711
0.2400
104.2125
847
0.3800
203.8279
1,538
0.3400
169.9233
3,461
0.3800
231.4617
3,461 & over
0.4800
577.6156
WITH FS Debt
Weekly earnings
(x) less than
$
a
b
370


678
0.1900
70.3077
711
0.2400
104.2125
847
0.3800
203.8279
1,040
0.3400
169.9233
1,278
0.3600
169.9233
1,538
0.3700
169.9233
1,814
0.4100
231.4617
3,461
0.4200
231.4617
3,461 & over
0.5200
577.6156
Withholding amounts including the SFSS component worked out using the coefficients may differ slightly from the sums of the amounts shown in the PAYG and SFSS tax tables. The differences result from the rounding of components.
Sample data
With taxfree threshold
Amounts to be withheld
Weekly earnings
$
Weekly SFSS component
$
Fortnightly earnings
$
Fortnightly SFSS component
$
Monthly earnings
$
Monthly SFSS component
$
1040
21.00
2080
42.00
4506.67
91.00
1041
21.00
2082
42.00
4511.00
91.00
1119
22.00
2238
44.00
4849.00
95.00
1120
22.00
2240
44.00
4853.33
95.00
1198
24.00
2396
48.00
5191.33
104.00
1199
24.00
2398
48.00
5195.67
104.00
1277
26.00
2554
52.00
5533.67
113.00
1278
38.00
2556
76.00
5538.00
165.00
1279
38.00
2558
76.00
5542.33
165.00
1412
42.00
2824
84.00
6118.67
182.00
1413
42.00
2826
84.00
6123.00
182.00
1545
46.00
3090
92.00
6695.00
199.00
1546
46.00
3092
92.00
6699.33
199.00
1679
50.00
3358
100.00
7275.67
217.00
1680
50.00
3360
100.00
7280.00
217.00
1681
50.00
3362
100.00
7284.33
217.00
1813
54.00
3626
108.00
7856.33
234.00
1814
73.00
3628
146.00
7860.67
316.00
1815
73.00
3630
146.00
7865.00
316.00
1934
77.00
3868
154.00
8380.67
334.00
1935
77.00
3870
154.00
8385.00
334.00
Weekly withholding amounts including SFSS component
Amounts to be withheld
Weekly earnings
$
Scale 1
No taxfree threshold
$
Scale 2
With taxfree threshold
$
Scale 3
Foreign resident
$
Scale 5
Full Medicare exemption
$
Scale 6
Half Medicare exemption
$
27
5.00

9.00


28
6.00

9.00


116
26.00

38.00


117
26.00

39.00


249
57.00

82.00


250
57.00

82.00


337
78.00

111.00


338
78.00

112.00


369
89.00

122.00


370
89.00

122.00


400
100.00
6.00
132.00
6.00
6.00
401
100.00
6.00
132.00
6.00
6.00
501
135.00
35.00
165.00
25.00
25.00
502
136.00
35.00
166.00
25.00
25.00
666
193.00
70.00
220.00
56.00
56.00
667
207.00
70.00
220.00
57.00
57.00
677
210.00
72.00
223.00
59.00
59.00
678
211.00
72.00
224.00
59.00
59.00
710
223.00
79.00
234.00
65.00
66.00
711
223.00
79.00
235.00
65.00
67.00
846
273.00
127.00
279.00
110.00
118.00
847
273.00
127.00
280.00
110.00
118.00
903
294.00
146.00
298.00
128.00
137.00
904
303.00
147.00
298.00
129.00
138.00
916
308.00
151.00
302.00
133.00
142.00
917
308.00
151.00
303.00
133.00
142.00
1039
355.00
194.00
343.00
173.00
184.00
1040
355.00
215.00
364.00
194.00
205.00
1164
402.00
261.00
407.00
238.00
249.00
1165
403.00
261.00
408.00
238.00
250.00
1277
450.00
303.00
447.00
277.00
290.00
1278
450.00
316.00
460.00
291.00
303.00
1281
451.00
317.00
461.00
292.00
304.00
1282
452.00
318.00
462.00
292.00
305.00
1440
518.00
378.00
518.00
349.00
363.00
1441
533.00
378.00
519.00
349.00
364.00
1537
574.00
415.00
553.00
384.00
399.00
1538
575.00
415.00
554.00
384.00
400.00
1813
693.00
530.00
664.00
494.00
512.00
1814
693.00
549.00
683.00
513.00
531.00
1844
706.00
562.00
695.00
525.00
543.00
1845
707.00
562.00
695.00
525.00
544.00
2119
824.00
680.00
808.00
638.00
659.00
2120
825.00
681.00
808.00
638.00
659.00
2490
984.00
840.00
960.00
790.00
815.00
2491
984.00
840.00
960.00
790.00
815.00
2652
1054.00
909.00
1026.00
856.00
883.00
2653
1054.00
910.00
1027.00
857.00
883.00
2736
1090.00
945.00
1061.00
891.00
918.00
2737
1090.00
946.00
1061.00
891.00
918.00
2898
1159.00
1015.00
1127.00
957.00
986.00
2899
1160.00
1016.00
1127.00
958.00
987.00
2913
1166.00
1022.00
1133.00
963.00
992.00
2914
1166.00
1022.00
1134.00
964.00
993.00
3087
1241.00
1096.00
1205.00
1035.00
1065.00
3088
1241.00
1097.00
1205.00
1035.00
1066.00
3460
1438.00
1257.00
1357.00
1188.00
1222.00
3461
1439.00
1257.00
1358.00
1188.00
1223.00
Fortnightly withholding amounts including SFSS component
Amounts to be withheld
Fortnightly earnings
$
Scale 1
No taxfree threshold
$
Scale 2
With taxfree threshold
$
Scale 3
Foreign resident
$
Scale 5
Full Medicare exemption
$
Scale 6
Half Medicare exemption
$
54
10.00

18.00


56
12.00

18.00


232
52.00

76.00


234
52.00

78.00


498
114.00

164.00


500
114.00

164.00


674
156.00

222.00


676
156.00

224.00


738
178.00

244.00


740
178.00

244.00


800
200.00
12.00
264.00
12.00
12.00
802
200.00
12.00
264.00
12.00
12.00
1002
270.00
70.00
330.00
50.00
50.00
1004
272.00
70.00
332.00
50.00
50.00
1332
386.00
140.00
440.00
112.00
112.00
1334
414.00
140.00
440.00
114.00
114.00
1354
420.00
144.00
446.00
118.00
118.00
1356
422.00
144.00
448.00
118.00
118.00
1420
446.00
158.00
468.00
130.00
132.00
1422
446.00
158.00
470.00
130.00
134.00
1692
546.00
254.00
558.00
220.00
236.00
1694
546.00
254.00
560.00
220.00
236.00
1806
588.00
292.00
596.00
256.00
274.00
1808
606.00
294.00
596.00
258.00
276.00
1832
616.00
302.00
604.00
266.00
284.00
1834
616.00
302.00
606.00
266.00
284.00
2078
710.00
388.00
686.00
346.00
368.00
2080
710.00
430.00
728.00
388.00
410.00
2328
804.00
522.00
814.00
476.00
498.00
2330
806.00
522.00
816.00
476.00
500.00
2554
900.00
606.00
894.00
554.00
580.00
2556
900.00
632.00
920.00
582.00
606.00
2562
902.00
634.00
922.00
584.00
608.00
2564
904.00
636.00
924.00
584.00
610.00
2880
1036.00
756.00
1036.00
698.00
726.00
2882
1066.00
756.00
1038.00
698.00
728.00
3074
1148.00
830.00
1106.00
768.00
798.00
3076
1150.00
830.00
1108.00
768.00
800.00
3626
1386.00
1060.00
1328.00
988.00
1024.00
3628
1386.00
1098.00
1366.00
1026.00
1062.00
3688
1412.00
1124.00
1390.00
1050.00
1086.00
3690
1414.00
1124.00
1390.00
1050.00
1088.00
4238
1648.00
1360.00
1616.00
1276.00
1318.00
4240
1650.00
1362.00
1616.00
1276.00
1318.00
4980
1968.00
1680.00
1920.00
1580.00
1630.00
4982
1968.00
1680.00
1920.00
1580.00
1630.00
5304
2108.00
1818.00
2052.00
1712.00
1766.00
5306
2108.00
1820.00
2054.00
1714.00
1766.00
5472
2180.00
1890.00
2122.00
1782.00
1836.00
5474
2180.00
1892.00
2122.00
1782.00
1836.00
5796
2318.00
2030.00
2254.00
1914.00
1972.00
5798
2320.00
2032.00
2254.00
1916.00
1974.00
5826
2332.00
2044.00
2266.00
1926.00
1984.00
5828
2332.00
2044.00
2268.00
1928.00
1986.00
6174
2482.00
2192.00
2410.00
2070.00
2130.00
6176
2482.00
2194.00
2410.00
2070.00
2132.00
6920
2876.00
2514.00
2714.00
2376.00
2444.00
6922
2878.00
2514.00
2716.00
2376.00
2446.00
Monthly withholding amounts including SFSS component
Amounts to be withheld
Monthly earnings
$
Scale 1
No taxfree threshold
$
Scale 2
With taxfree threshold
$
Scale 3
Foreign resident
$
Scale 5
Full Medicare exemption
$
Scale 6
Half Medicare exemption
$
117.00
22.00

39.00


121.33
26.00

39.00


502.67
113.00

165.00


507.00
113.00

169.00


1079.00
247.00

355.00


1083.33
247.00

355.00


1460.33
338.00

481.00


1464.67
338.00

485.00


1599.00
386.00

529.00


1603.33
386.00

529.00


1733.33
433.00
26.00
572.00
26.00
26.00
1737.67
433.00
26.00
572.00
26.00
26.00
2171.00
585.00
152.00
715.00
108.00
108.00
2175.33
589.00
152.00
719.00
108.00
108.00
2886.00
836.00
303.00
953.00
243.00
243.00
2890.33
897.00
303.00
953.00
247.00
247.00
2933.67
910.00
312.00
966.00
256.00
256.00
2938.00
914.00
312.00
971.00
256.00
256.00
3076.67
966.00
342.00
1014.00
282.00
286.00
3081.00
966.00
342.00
1018.00
282.00
290.00
3666.00
1183.00
550.00
1209.00
477.00
511.00
3670.33
1183.00
550.00
1213.00
477.00
511.00
3913.00
1274.00
633.00
1291.00
555.00
594.00
3917.33
1313.00
637.00
1291.00
559.00
598.00
3969.33
1335.00
654.00
1309.00
576.00
615.00
3973.67
1335.00
654.00
1313.00
576.00
615.00
4502.33
1538.00
841.00
1486.00
750.00
797.00
4506.67
1538.00
932.00
1577.00
841.00
888.00
5044.00
1742.00
1131.00
1764.00
1031.00
1079.00
5048.33
1746.00
1131.00
1768.00
1031.00
1083.00
5533.67
1950.00
1313.00
1937.00
1200.00
1257.00
5538.00
1950.00
1369.00
1993.00
1261.00
1313.00
5551.00
1954.00
1374.00
1998.00
1265.00
1317.00
5555.33
1959.00
1378.00
2002.00
1265.00
1322.00
6240.00
2245.00
1638.00
2245.00
1512.00
1573.00
6244.33
2310.00
1638.00
2249.00
1512.00
1577.00
6660.33
2487.00
1798.00
2396.00
1664.00
1729.00
6664.67
2492.00
1798.00
2401.00
1664.00
1733.00
7856.33
3003.00
2297.00
2877.00
2141.00
2219.00
7860.67
3003.00
2379.00
2960.00
2223.00
2301.00
7990.67
3059.00
2435.00
3012.00
2275.00
2353.00
7995.00
3064.00
2435.00
3012.00
2275.00
2357.00
9182.33
3571.00
2947.00
3501.00
2765.00
2856.00
9186.67
3575.00
2951.00
3501.00
2765.00
2856.00
10790.00
4264.00
3640.00
4160.00
3423.00
3532.00
10794.33
4264.00
3640.00
4160.00
3423.00
3532.00
11492.00
4567.00
3939.00
4446.00
3709.00
3826.00
11496.33
4567.00
3943.00
4450.00
3714.00
3826.00
11856.00
4723.00
4095.00
4598.00
3861.00
3978.00
11860.33
4723.00
4099.00
4598.00
3861.00
3978.00
12558.00
5022.00
4398.00
4884.00
4147.00
4273.00
12562.33
5027.00
4403.00
4884.00
4151.00
4277.00
12623.00
5053.00
4429.00
4910.00
4173.00
4299.00
12627.33
5053.00
4429.00
4914.00
4177.00
4303.00
13377.00
5378.00
4749.00
5222.00
4485.00
4615.00
13381.33
5378.00
4754.00
5222.00
4485.00
4619.00
14993.33
6231.00
5447.00
5880.00
5148.00
5295.00
14997.67
6236.00
5447.00
5885.00
5148.00
5300.00
Coefficients to work out the weekly amounts to withhold including HELP/TSL and SFSS components
Your employee’s total withholding, including the HELP/TSL and SFSS components, can be calculated using the formula and coefficients stated below.
Using a formula
The formulas comprise linear equations of the form y = ax – b, where:
y is the weekly withholding amount expressed in dollars
x is the number of whole dollars in the weekly earnings plus 99 cents
a and b are the values of the coefficients for each set of formulas for each range of weekly earnings (or, in the case of fortnightly, monthly or quarterly earnings, the weekly equivalent of these amounts).
If two employees are taxed using a particular scale (for example, scale 2) but only one of them has a HELP/TSL debt and a Financial Supplement debt, you will need to set up two separate scales in your payroll system. One scale will need to incorporate the HELP/TSL and SFSS components and one that does not – for example, name one ‘scale 2’ and the other ‘scale 22’.
The HELP/TSL and SFSS components do not apply if the employee has not provided a tax file number (TFN).
Where taxfree threshold not claimed in Tax file number declaration – Scale 1
NO HELP/TSL and FS Debt
Weekly earnings
(x) less than
$
a
b
28
0.1900
0.1900
338
0.2341
1.2687
1,165
0.3500
40.4964
3,088
0.3900
87.1118
3,088 & over
0.4900
395.9580
WITH HELP/TSL and FS Debt
Weekly earnings
(x) less than
$
a
b
28
0.1900
0.1900
338
0.2341
1.2687
667
0.3500
40.4964
786
0.4100
40.4964
904
0.4150
40.4964
972
0.4300
40.4964
1,072
0.4350
40.4964
1,165
0.4400
40.4964
1,192
0.4800
87.1118
1,275
0.4850
87.1118
1,441
0.4900
87.1118
1,560
0.5050
87.1118
3,088
0.5100
87.1118
3,088 & over
0.6100
395.9580
Where employee has claimed the taxfree threshold in Tax file number declaration – Scale 2
NO HELP/TSL and FS Debt
Weekly earnings
(x) less than
$
a
b
370


401
0.1900
70.3077
502
0.2900
110.4923
711
0.2100
70.3077
1,538
0.3500
169.9231
3,461
0.3900
231.4615
3,461 & over
0.4900
577.6154
WITH HELP/TSL and FS Debt
Weekly earnings
(x) less than
$
a
b
370


401
0.1900
70.3077
502
0.2900
110.4923
711
0.2100
70.3077
1,040
0.3500
169.9231
1,159
0.4100
169.9231
1,278
0.4150
169.9231
1,345
0.4300
169.9231
1,445
0.4350
169.9231
1,538
0.4400
169.9231
1,566
0.4800
231.4615
1,648
0.4850
231.4615
1,814
0.4900
231.4615
1,933
0.5050
231.4615
3,461
0.5100
231.4615
3,461 & over
0.6100
577.6154
Foreign residents – Scale 3
NO HELP/TSL and FS Debt
Weekly earnings
(x) less than
$
a
b
1,538
0.3300
0.3300
3,461
0.3700
61.5385
3,461 & over
0.4700
407.6923
WITH HELP/TSL and FS Debt
Weekly earnings
(x) less than
$
a
b
1,040
0.3300
0.3300
1,159
0.3900
0.3300
1,278
0.3950
0.3300
1,345
0.4100
0.3300
1,445
0.4150
0.3300
1,538
0.4200
0.3300
1,566
0.4600
61.5385
1,648
0.4650
61.5385
1,814
0.4700
61.5385
1,933
0.4850
61.5385
3,461
0.4900
61.5385
3,461 & over
0.5900
407.6923
Where employee claimed FULL exemption from Medicare levy in Medicare levy variation declaration – Scale 5
NO HELP/TSL and FS Debt
Weekly earnings
(x) less than
$
a
b
370


711
0.1900
70.3077
1,538
0.3300
169.9231
3,461
0.3700
231.4615
3,461 & over
0.4700
577.6154
WITH HELP/TSL and FS Debt
Weekly earnings
(x) less than
$
a
b
370


711
0.1900
70.3077
1,040
0.3300
169.9231
1,159
0.3900
169.9231
1,278
0.3950
169.9231
1,345
0.4100
169.9231
1,445
0.4150
169.9231
1,538
0.4200
169.9231
1,566
0.4600
231.4615
1,648
0.4650
231.4615
1,814
0.4700
231.4615
1,933
0.4850
231.4615
3,461
0.4900
231.4615
3,461 & over
0.5900
577.6154
Where employee claimed HALF exemption from Medicare levy in Medicare levy variation declaration – Scale 6
NO HELP/TSL and FS Debt
Weekly earnings
(x) less than
$
a
b
370


678
0.1900
70.3077
711
0.2400
104.2125
847
0.3800
203.8279
1,538
0.3400
169.9233
3,461
0.3800
231.4617
3,461 & over
0.4800
577.6156
WITH HELP/TSL and FS Debt
Weekly earnings
(x) less than
$
a
b
370


678
0.1900
70.3077
711
0.2400
104.2125
847
0.3800
203.8279
1,040
0.3400
169.9233
1,159
0.4000
169.9233
1,278
0.4050
169.9233
1,345
0.4200
169.9233
1,445
0.4250
169.9233
1,538
0.4300
169.9233
1,566
0.4700
231.4617
1,648
0.4750
231.4617
1,814
0.4800
231.4617
1,933
0.4950
231.4617
3,461
0.5000
231.4617
3,461 & over
0.6000
577.6156
Withholding amounts including the HELP/TSL and SFSS components worked out using the coefficients may differ slightly from the sums of the amounts shown in the PAYG, HELP/TSL and SFSS tax tables. The differences result from the rounding of components.
Sample data
Weekly withholding amounts including HELP/TSL and SFSS components
Amounts to be withheld
Weekly earnings
$
Scale 1
No taxfree threshold
$
Scale 2
With taxfree threshold
$
Scale 3
Foreign resident
$
Scale 5
Full Medicare exemption
$
Scale 6
Half Medicare exemption
$
27
5.00

9.00


28
6.00

9.00


116
26.00

38.00


117
26.00

39.00


249
57.00

82.00


250
57.00

82.00


337
78.00

111.00


338
78.00

112.00


369
89.00

122.00


370
89.00

122.00


400
100.00
6.00
132.00
6.00
6.00
401
100.00
6.00
132.00
6.00
6.00
501
135.00
35.00
165.00
25.00
25.00
502
136.00
35.00
166.00
25.00
25.00
666
193.00
70.00
220.00
56.00
56.00
667
233.00
70.00
220.00
57.00
57.00
677
237.00
72.00
223.00
59.00
59.00
678
238.00
72.00
224.00
59.00
59.00
710
251.00
79.00
234.00
65.00
66.00
711
251.00
79.00
235.00
65.00
67.00
785
282.00
105.00
259.00
89.00
95.00
786
286.00
106.00
259.00
90.00
95.00
846
311.00
127.00
279.00
110.00
118.00
847
311.00
127.00
280.00
110.00
118.00
903
335.00
146.00
298.00
128.00
137.00
904
349.00
147.00
298.00
129.00
138.00
916
354.00
151.00
302.00
133.00
142.00
917
354.00
151.00
303.00
133.00
142.00
971
377.00
170.00
320.00
151.00
161.00
972
383.00
171.00
321.00
151.00
161.00
1039
412.00
194.00
343.00
173.00
184.00
1040
412.00
257.00
406.00
236.00
246.00
1071
426.00
270.00
418.00
248.00
259.00
1072
432.00
270.00
418.00
249.00
259.00
1158
469.00
305.00
452.00
282.00
294.00
1159
470.00
311.00
458.00
288.00
300.00
1164
472.00
314.00
460.00
290.00
302.00
1165
473.00
314.00
460.00
291.00
302.00
1191
485.00
325.00
471.00
301.00
313.00
1192
491.00
325.00
471.00
301.00
313.00
1274
531.00
359.00
503.00
334.00
346.00
1275
538.00
360.00
504.00
334.00
347.00
1278
540.00
380.00
524.00
354.00
367.00
1281
541.00
381.00
525.00
356.00
369.00
1282
542.00
382.00
526.00
356.00
369.00
1344
572.00
408.00
551.00
382.00
395.00
1345
572.00
416.00
558.00
389.00
402.00
1347
573.00
416.00
559.00
389.00
403.00
1440
619.00
457.00
598.00
428.00
442.00
1441
641.00
457.00
598.00
429.00
443.00
1445
643.00
466.00
607.00
437.00
452.00
1537
690.00
507.00
646.00
476.00
491.00
1538
690.00
507.00
646.00
476.00
492.00
1559
701.00
517.00
656.00
486.00
502.00
1560
709.00
518.00
657.00
487.00
502.00
1565
712.00
520.00
659.00
489.00
505.00
1566
712.00
529.00
667.00
497.00
513.00
1647
753.00
568.00
705.00
535.00
551.00
1648
754.00
577.00
713.00
544.00
560.00
1813
838.00
657.00
791.00
621.00
639.00
1814
839.00
685.00
819.00
649.00
667.00
1844
854.00
700.00
833.00
663.00
682.00
1845
854.00
701.00
834.00
664.00
682.00
1932
899.00
745.00
876.00
706.00
725.00
1933
899.00
755.00
886.00
716.00
736.00
2119
994.00
850.00
977.00
807.00
829.00
2120
995.00
850.00
978.00
808.00
829.00
2490
1183.00
1039.00
1159.00
989.00
1014.00
2491
1184.00
1039.00
1160.00
990.00
1015.00
2652
1266.00
1122.00
1238.00
1069.00
1095.00
2653
1266.00
1122.00
1239.00
1069.00
1096.00
2736
1309.00
1164.00
1280.00
1110.00
1137.00
2737
1309.00
1165.00
1280.00
1110.00
1138.00
2898
1391.00
1247.00
1359.00
1189.00
1218.00
2899
1392.00
1248.00
1359.00
1190.00
1219.00
2913
1399.00
1255.00
1366.00
1196.00
1226.00
2914
1400.00
1255.00
1367.00
1197.00
1226.00
3087
1488.00
1343.00
1452.00
1282.00
1313.00
3088
1488.00
1344.00
1452.00
1282.00
1313.00
3461
1716.00
1534.00
1635.00
1465.00
1500.00
Fortnightly withholding amounts including HELP/TSL and SFSS components
Amounts to be withheld
Fortnightly earnings
$
Scale 1
No taxfree threshold
$
Scale 2
With taxfree threshold
$
Scale 3
Foreign resident
$
Scale 5
Full Medicare exemption
$
Scale 6
Half Medicare exemption
$
54
10.00

18.00


56
12.00

18.00


232
52.00

76.00


234
52.00

78.00


498
114.00

164.00


500
114.00

164.00


674
156.00

222.00


676
156.00

224.00


738
178.00

244.00


740
178.00

244.00


800
200.00
12.00
264.00
12.00
12.00
802
200.00
12.00
264.00
12.00
12.00
1002
270.00
70.00
330.00
50.00
50.00
1004
272.00
70.00
332.00
50.00
50.00
1332
386.00
140.00
440.00
112.00
112.00
1334
466.00
140.00
440.00
114.00
114.00
1354
474.00
144.00
446.00
118.00
118.00
1356
476.00
144.00
448.00
118.00
118.00
1420
502.00
158.00
468.00
130.00
132.00
1422
502.00
158.00
470.00
130.00
134.00
1570
564.00
210.00
518.00
178.00
190.00
1572
572.00
212.00
518.00
180.00
190.00
1692
622.00
254.00
558.00
220.00
236.00
1694
622.00
254.00
560.00
220.00
236.00
1806
670.00
292.00
596.00
256.00
274.00
1808
698.00
294.00
596.00
258.00
276.00
1832
708.00
302.00
604.00
266.00
284.00
1834
708.00
302.00
606.00
266.00
284.00
1942
754.00
340.00
640.00
302.00
322.00
1944
766.00
342.00
642.00
302.00
322.00
2078
824.00
388.00
686.00
346.00
368.00
2080
824.00
514.00
812.00
472.00
492.00
2142
852.00
540.00
836.00
496.00
518.00
2144
864.00
540.00
836.00
498.00
518.00
2316
938.00
610.00
904.00
564.00
588.00
2318
940.00
622.00
916.00
576.00
600.00
2328
944.00
628.00
920.00
580.00
604.00
2330
946.00
628.00
920.00
582.00
604.00
2382
970.00
650.00
942.00
602.00
626.00
2384
982.00
650.00
942.00
602.00
626.00
2548
1062.00
718.00
1006.00
668.00
692.00
2550
1076.00
720.00
1008.00
668.00
694.00
2556
1080.00
760.00
1048.00
708.00
734.00
2562
1082.00
762.00
1050.00
712.00
738.00
2564
1084.00
764.00
1052.00
712.00
738.00
2688
1144.00
816.00
1102.00
764.00
790.00
2690
1144.00
832.00
1116.00
778.00
804.00
2694
1146.00
832.00
1118.00
778.00
806.00
2880
1238.00
914.00
1196.00
856.00
884.00
2882
1282.00
914.00
1196.00
858.00
886.00
2890
1286.00
932.00
1214.00
874.00
904.00
3074
1380.00
1014.00
1292.00
952.00
982.00
3076
1380.00
1014.00
1292.00
952.00
984.00
3118
1402.00
1034.00
1312.00
972.00
1004.00
3120
1418.00
1036.00
1314.00
974.00
1004.00
3130
1424.00
1040.00
1318.00
978.00
1010.00
3132
1424.00
1058.00
1334.00
994.00
1026.00
3294
1506.00
1136.00
1410.00
1070.00
1102.00
3296
1508.00
1154.00
1426.00
1088.00
1120.00
3626
1676.00
1314.00
1582.00
1242.00
1278.00
3628
1678.00
1370.00
1638.00
1298.00
1334.00
3688
1708.00
1400.00
1666.00
1326.00
1364.00
3690
1708.00
1402.00
1668.00
1328.00
1364.00
3864
1798.00
1490.00
1752.00
1412.00
1450.00
3866
1798.00
1510.00
1772.00
1432.00
1472.00
4238
1988.00
1700.00
1954.00
1614.00
1658.00
4240
1990.00
1700.00
1956.00
1616.00
1658.00
4980
2366.00
2078.00
2318.00
1978.00
2028.00
4982
2368.00
2078.00
2320.00
1980.00
2030.00
5304
2532.00
2244.00
2476.00
2138.00
2190.00
5306
2532.00
2244.00
2478.00
2138.00
2192.00
5472
2618.00
2328.00
2560.00
2220.00
2274.00
5474
2618.00
2330.00
2560.00
2220.00
2276.00
5796
2782.00
2494.00
2718.00
2378.00
2436.00
5798
2784.00
2496.00
2718.00
2380.00
2438.00
5826
2798.00
2510.00
2732.00
2392.00
2452.00
5828
2800.00
2510.00
2734.00
2394.00
2452.00
6174
2976.00
2686.00
2904.00
2564.00
2626.00
6176
2976.00
2688.00
2904.00
2564.00
2626.00
6922
3432.00
3068.00
3270.00
2930.00
3000.00
Monthly withholding amounts including HELP/TSL and SFSS components
Amounts to be withheld
Monthly earnings
$
Scale 1
No taxfree threshold
$
Scale 2
With taxfree threshold
$
Scale 3
Foreign resident
$
Scale 5
Full Medicare exemption
$
Scale 6
Half Medicare exemption
$
117.00
22.00

39.00


121.33
26.00

39.00


502.67
113.00

165.00


507.00
113.00

169.00


1079.00
247.00

355.00


1083.33
247.00

355.00


1460.33
338.00

481.00


1464.67
338.00

485.00


1599.00
386.00

529.00


1603.33
386.00

529.00


1733.33
433.00
26.00
572.00
26.00
26.00
1737.67
433.00
26.00
572.00
26.00
26.00
2171.00
585.00
152.00
715.00
108.00
108.00
2175.33
589.00
152.00
719.00
108.00
108.00
2886.00
836.00
303.00
953.00
243.00
243.00
2890.33
1010.00
303.00
953.00
247.00
247.00
2933.67
1027.00
312.00
966.00
256.00
256.00
2938.00
1031.00
312.00
971.00
256.00
256.00
3076.67
1088.00
342.00
1014.00
282.00
286.00
3081.00
1088.00
342.00
1018.00
282.00
290.00
3401.67
1222.00
455.00
1122.00
386.00
412.00
3406.00
1239.00
459.00
1122.00
390.00
412.00
3666.00
1348.00
550.00
1209.00
477.00
511.00
3670.33
1348.00
550.00
1213.00
477.00
511.00
3913.00
1452.00
633.00
1291.00
555.00
594.00
3917.33
1512.00
637.00
1291.00
559.00
598.00
3969.33
1534.00
654.00
1309.00
576.00
615.00
3973.67
1534.00
654.00
1313.00
576.00
615.00
4207.67
1634.00
737.00
1387.00
654.00
698.00
4212.00
1660.00
741.00
1391.00
654.00
698.00
4502.33
1785.00
841.00
1486.00
750.00
797.00
4506.67
1785.00
1114.00
1759.00
1023.00
1066.00
4641.00
1846.00
1170.00
1811.00
1075.00
1122.00
4645.33
1872.00
1170.00
1811.00
1079.00
1122.00
5018.00
2032.00
1322.00
1959.00
1222.00
1274.00
5022.33
2037.00
1348.00
1985.00
1248.00
1300.00
5044.00
2045.00
1361.00
1993.00
1257.00
1309.00
5048.33
2050.00
1361.00
1993.00
1261.00
1309.00
5161.00
2102.00
1408.00
2041.00
1304.00
1356.00
5165.33
2128.00
1408.00
2041.00
1304.00
1356.00
5520.67
2301.00
1556.00
2180.00
1447.00
1499.00
5525.00
2331.00
1560.00
2184.00
1447.00
1504.00
5538.00
2340.00
1647.00
2271.00
1534.00
1590.00
5551.00
2344.00
1651.00
2275.00
1543.00
1599.00
5555.33
2349.00
1655.00
2279.00
1543.00
1599.00
5824.00
2479.00
1768.00
2388.00
1655.00
1712.00
5828.33
2479.00
1803.00
2418.00
1686.00
1742.00
5837.00
2483.00
1803.00
2422.00
1686.00
1746.00
6240.00
2682.00
1980.00
2591.00
1855.00
1915.00
6244.33
2778.00
1980.00
2591.00
1859.00
1920.00
6261.67
2786.00
2019.00
2630.00
1894.00
1959.00
6660.33
2990.00
2197.00
2799.00
2063.00
2128.00
6664.67
2990.00
2197.00
2799.00
2063.00
2132.00
6755.67
3038.00
2240.00
2843.00
2106.00
2175.00
6760.00
3072.00
2245.00
2847.00
2110.00
2175.00
6781.67
3085.00
2253.00
2856.00
2119.00
2188.00
6786.00
3085.00
2292.00
2890.00
2154.00
2223.00
7137.00
3263.00
2461.00
3055.00
2318.00
2388.00
7141.33
3267.00
2500.00
3090.00
2357.00
2427.00
7856.33
3631.00
2847.00
3428.00
2691.00
2769.00
7860.67
3636.00
2968.00
3549.00
2812.00
2890.00
7990.67
3701.00
3033.00
3610.00
2873.00
2955.00
7995.00
3701.00
3038.00
3614.00
2877.00
2955.00
8372.00
3896.00
3228.00
3796.00
3059.00
3142.00
8376.33
3896.00
3272.00
3839.00
3103.00
3189.00
9182.33
4307.00
3683.00
4234.00
3497.00
3592.00
9186.67
4312.00
3683.00
4238.00
3501.00
3592.00
10790.00
5126.00
4502.00
5022.00
4286.00
4394.00
10794.33
5131.00
4502.00
5027.00
4290.00
4398.00
11492.00
5486.00
4862.00
5365.00
4632.00
4745.00
11496.33
5486.00
4862.00
5369.00
4632.00
4749.00
11856.00
5672.00
5044.00
5547.00
4810.00
4927.00
11860.33
5672.00
5048.00
5547.00
4810.00
4931.00
12558.00
6028.00
5404.00
5889.00
5152.00
5278.00
12562.33
6032.00
5408.00
5889.00
5157.00
5282.00
12623.00
6062.00
5438.00
5919.00
5183.00
5313.00
12627.33
6067.00
5438.00
5924.00
5187.00
5313.00
13377.00
6448.00
5820.00
6292.00
5555.00
5690.00
13381.33
6448.00
5824.00
6292.00
5555.00
5690.00
14997.67
7436.00
6647.00
7085.00
6348.00
6500.00
Schedule 9 – Tax table for seniors and pensioners
Use for payments to low income aged persons and pensioners
For payments made on or after 1 July 2015
This document is a withholding schedule made by the Commissioner of Taxation in accordance with sections 1525 and 1530 of Schedule 1 to the Taxation Administration Act 1953 (TAA). It applies to withholding payments covered by Subdivisions 12B (except sections 1250 and 1255), and 12D of Schedule 1 to the TAA.
Use the Withholding lookup tool to quickly work out the amount to withhold.
Using this table
You should use this table if you make payments to:
■ seniors and pensioners who, at the end of the relevant financial year, are 65 years of age or older (for example, to be eligible for the year ending 30 June 2016, an employee must be born on or before 30 June 1951).
■ veterans receiving a service pension and/or war widows/widowers receiving an income support supplement from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs who are at least 60 years of age.
This table applies to weekly payments including:
■ salary, wages, allowances and leave loading paid to employees
■ director’s fees
■ payments to labour hire workers
■ compensation, sickness or accident payments that are calculated at a periodical rate and made because a person is unable to work (unless the payment is made under an insurance policy to the policy owner)
■ a nonsuper income stream
■ a super income stream.
This tax table can only apply if the employee has provided you with either:
■ a Withholding declaration (NAT 3093) answering yes to questions 4, 5 and 8
■ a Withholding declaration – short version for seniors and pensioners (NAT 5072) answering yes to questions 4, 5 and 6.
Get it done
You can download a printable version of Tax table for seniors and pensioners (NAT 4466, 466KB) in Portable Document Format (PDF).
Working out the withholding amount
1. Calculate your employee's total weekly earnings, add any allowances and irregular payments that will be included in this week’s pay to the normal weekly earnings, ignoring any cents.
2. Input the amount from step 1 into the Withholding lookup tool, as per instructions in the tool.
3. Use the appropriate column to find the correct amount to withhold. If your employee is:
– single, use column 2
– a member of an illnessseparated couple, use column 3
– a member of a couple, use column 4.
4. If your employee is entitled to a tax offset or a Medicare levy adjustment, subtract its weekly value from the withholding amount found in step 3.
Example
An employee has weekly earnings of $619.75. To work out the correct amount to withhold, ignore cents and input $619 into the Withholding lookup tool.
If the employee is:
■ single, use column 2 to find the correct amount to withhold ($5.00)
■ a member of an illnessseparated couple, use column 3 to find the correct amount to withhold ($10.00)
■ a member of a couple, use column 4 to find the correct amount to withhold ($23.00).
Calculating fortnightly or monthly withholding amounts
First calculate the weekly equivalent of fortnightly or monthly earnings. If you pay:
■ fortnightly – divide the sum of the fortnightly earnings and the amount of any allowances subject to withholding by two. Ignore any cents in the result and then add 99 cents.
■ monthly – obtain the sum of the monthly earnings and the amount of any allowances subject to withholding (if the result is an amount ending in 33 cents, add one cent). Multiply this amount by three and then divide by 13. Ignore any cents in the result and then add 99 cents.
Then calculate fortnightly or monthly withholding amounts as follows:
■ fortnightly – work out the rounded weekly withholding amount applicable to the weekly equivalent of earnings, before any adjustment for tax offsets. Multiply this amount by two.
■ monthly – work out the rounded weekly withholding amount applicable to the weekly equivalent of earnings, before any adjustment for tax offsets. Multiply this amount by 13, divide the product by three and round the result to the nearest dollar.
Using a formula
The withholding amounts shown in this table can be expressed in a mathematical form.
You should read this section with Statement of formulas for calculating amounts to be withheld (NAT 1004).
If you have developed your own payroll software package, you can use the following formulas and the coefficients outlined below.
The formulas comprise linear equations of the form y = ax – b, where:
■ y is the withholding amount expressed in dollars
■ x is the weekly earnings rounded down to whole dollars plus 99 cents
■ a and b are the values of the coefficients for the formulas shown in the relevant Values of the coefficients a and b for each set of formulas tables.
Rounding of withholding amounts
Withholding amounts calculated as a result of applying the formulas are rounded to the nearest dollar. Results ending in 50 cents are rounded to the next higher dollar.
If no TFN is provided, ignore cents when you calculate withholding amounts.
Accounting software
Software written in accordance with the formulas should be tested for accuracy against the withholding amounts obtained using the Withholding lookup tool. You should only use such software if it produces the exact amounts.
Values of the coefficients a and b for each set of formulas
Single
Weekly earnings(x) less than
a
b
$595
—
—
$629
0.1900
113.1923
$635
0.3150
191.8365
$711
0.4150
255.3827
$794
0.5550
354.9981
$972
0.4750
291.4519
$1,538
0.3500
169.9231
$3,461
0.3900
231.4615
$3,461 & over
0.4900
577.6154
Illnessseparated
Weekly earnings(x) less than
a
b
$576
—
—
$609
0.1900
109.5385
$635
0.3150
185.7788
$711
0.4150
249.3250
$794
0.5550
348.9404
$923
0.4750
285.3942
$1,538
0.3500
169.9231
$3,461
0.3900
231.4615
$3,461 & over
0.4900
577.6154
Member of a couple
Weekly earnings(x) less than
a
b
$532
—
—
$565
0.1900
101.1154
$635
0.3150
171.8149
$711
0.4150
235.3611
$794
0.5550
334.9764
$812
0.4750
271.4303
$1,538
0.3500
169.9231
$3,461
0.3900
231.4615
$3,461 & over
0.4900
577.6154
Medicare levy parameters
Old
New
Weekly earnings threshold
620
635
Weekly earnings shadein threshold
775
794
Medicare levy family threshold
46,000
46,000
Weekly family threshold divisor
52
52
Additional child
3,156
3,238
Shading out point multiplier
0.1000
0.1000
Shading out point divisor
0.0800
0.0800
Weekly levy adjustment factor
620.7500
635.4600
Medicare levy
0.0200
0.0200
Tax file number (TFN) declarations
The answers your employees provide on their Tax file number declaration (NAT 3092) determine the amount you need to withhold from their payments. A Tax file number declaration applies to any payments made after you receive the declaration. If you receive an updated declaration from an employee, it will override the previous one.
If an employee does not give you a valid Tax file number declaration within 14 days of starting an employer/employee relationship, you must complete a Tax file number declaration with all available details of the employee and send it to us.
When a TFN has not been provided
You must withhold 49% from any payment you make to a resident employee and 47% from a foreign resident employee (ignoring any cents), if all of the following apply:
■ they have not quoted their TFN
■ they have not claimed an exemption from quoting their TFN
■ they have not advised you that they have applied for a TFN or have made an enquiry with us.
If an employee states at question 1 of the Tax file number declaration they have lodged a Tax file number – application or enquiry for individuals (NAT 1432) with us, they have 28 days to provide you with their TFN.
If the employee has not given you their TFN within 28 days, you must withhold 49% from any payment you make to a resident employee and 47% from a foreign resident employee (ignoring any cents) unless we tell you not to.
Do not allow for any tax offsets or Medicare levy adjustment. Do not withhold any amount for:
■ Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debts
■ Trade Support Loan (TSL) debts
■ Financial Supplement debts.
When your employee has a HELP, TSL or Financial Supplement debt
If your employee has a HELP, TSL or Financial Supplement debt, you may need to withhold additional amounts from their payments. Your employee will need to notify you of this on their Tax file number declaration or Withholding declaration.
Work it out
To calculate additional withholding amounts for:
■ HELP or TSL debts – refer to HELP/TSL weekly tax table (NAT 2173)
■ Financial Supplement debts – refer to SFSS weekly tax table (NAT 3306).
Allowances
Generally, allowances are added to normal earnings and the amount to withhold is calculated on the total amount of earnings and allowances.
Find out more
For more information, refer to Withholding from allowances.
Leave loading
If you pay leave loading as a lump sum, you need to use Tax table for back payments, commissions, bonuses and similar payments (NAT 3348) to calculate withholding.
If you pay leave loading on a prorata basis, add the leave loading payment to the earnings for that period to calculate withholding.
Claiming tax offsets
If your employee chooses to claim their entitlement to a tax offset through reduced withholding, they must give you a Withholding declaration.
To work out your employee's annual tax offset entitlement into a weekly value, use the Ready reckoner for tax offsets. Deduct this amount from the amount shown in column 2 or 3 of the Withholding lookup tool.
Ready reckoner for tax offsets
Amount Claimed
$
Weekly value
$
1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

20

30
1.00
40
1.00
50
1.00
57
1.00
60
1.00
70
1.00
80
2.00
90
2.00
100
2.00
200
4.00
300
6.00
338
6.00
400
8.00
500
10.00
600
11.00
700
13.00
800
15.00
850
16.00
900
17.00
1000
19.00
1100
21.00
1173
22.00
1200
23.00
1300
25.00
1400
27.00
1500
29.00
1600
30.00
1700
32.00
1750
33.00
1800
34.00
1900
36.00
2000
38.00
2500
48.00
2588
49.00
3000
57.00
If the exact tax offset amount claimed is not shown in the ready reckoner, you add the values for an appropriate combination.
Example
Tax offsets of $422 claimed. Add values of $400, $20 and $2
= $8 + $0 + $0
= $8.
Therefore, reduce the amount to be withheld by $8.
Withholding declarations
An employee can use the Withholding declaration (NAT 3093) to advise you of a tax offset they choose to claim through reduced withholding. For more information on tax offsets, refer to Claiming tax offsets.
Employees can also use a Withholding declaration to advise you of changes to their situation that may vary the amount you need to withhold.
Changes that may affect the amount you need to withhold include:
■ becoming or ceasing to be an Australian resident for tax purposes
■ claiming or discontinuing a claim for the taxfree threshold
■ advising of a HELP, TSL or Financial Supplement debt (or changes to them)
■ entitlement to a seniors and pensioners tax offset.
When your employee provides you with a Withholding declaration it will take effect from the next payment you make. If you receive an updated declaration from an employee, it will replace the previous one.
An employee must have provided you with a valid Tax file number declaration before they can provide you with a Withholding declaration.
Medicare levy adjustments
To claim the Medicare levy adjustment (available to some low income earners with dependants), an employee must lodge a Medicare levy variation declaration (NAT 0929) with their Tax file number declaration.
Find out more
For instructions on how to work out the Medicare levy adjustment, refer to Medicare levy adjustment weekly tax table (NAT 1010).
Schedule 11 – Tax table for employment termination payments
For payments made on or after 1 July 2015
This document is a withholding schedule made by the Commissioner of Taxation in accordance with sections 1525 and 1530 of Schedule 1 to the Taxation Administration Act 1953 (TAA). It applies to withholding payments covered by paragraph 1285(b) of Schedule 1 to the TAA.
Using this table
You should use this table if you pay an individual an amount that is either:
■ an employment termination payment (ETP)
■ a delayed termination payment – that is, a payment that would be an ETP except it was paid more than 12 months after the relevant termination of employment (for more information, see Delayed termination payments).
Find out more
For information about ETP’s for employers and employees, refer to Taxation of termination payments.
Employment termination payments
An ETP is a lump sum payment you make under either of the following circumstances:
■ to an employee when their employment is terminated (referred to as a 'Life benefit' ETP)
■ to an employee’s estate because their employment has been terminated due to death (referred to as a 'Death benefit' ETP).
ETPs include lump sum payments paid upon resignation, retirement or death. A payment from a super fund is not an ETP.
A payment must generally be made within 12 months of termination to qualify as an ETP. A payment made outside 12 months is a delayed termination payment, unless we have given approval for the payment to be treated as an ETP.
Tax treatment of ETPs
ETPs can comprise of two different components:
■ Tax free component
■ Taxable component.
You only withhold from the taxable component.
Depending on the type of ETP, the concessional tax treatment may be limited to the smaller of:
■ the ETP cap, or
■ the wholeofincome cap.
The top rate of tax applies to amounts paid in excess of these caps.
The ETP cap amount for the 201516 income year is $195,000. This amount is indexed annually.
The wholeofincome cap amount for the 201516 income year is $180,000. This amount is not indexed. This cap is reduced by the other taxable payments that your employee receives in the income year. For example, salary or wages that you have paid to your employee.
In some cases, you may need to include an ETP in the taxable payments when working out the wholeofincome cap.
Find out more
Refer to Taxation of termination payments.
The ETP payment summary has an ETP code that you use to describe the type of ETP and which cap has been applied to it. For more information about the codes, see Payment summaries.
ETP caps
The following table lists the types of ETPs subject to withholding and the applicable cap for each type of payment.
Column 1
ETP cap only applies to:
Column 2
Smaller of the ETP cap and wholeofincome cap applies to:
a payment made under an early retirement scheme that exceeds the taxfree limit* (only the amount in excess of the limit is an ETP).
a ‘golden handshake’ whether paid under:
■ contract
■ industrial award obligation
■ recognition of prior service.
a genuine redundancy payment that exceeds the taxfree limit* (only the amount in excess of the limit is an ETP).
a nongenuine redundancy payment.
a payment made because of the employee’s permanent disability.
severance pay.
compensation payment for personal injury.
a gratuity.
compensation for unfair dismissal.
a payment in lieu of notice.
compensation for harassment.
a payment for unused sick leave.
compensation for discrimination.
a payment for unused rostered days off.
lump sum payments paid on the death of an employee.
an ETP not covered in column 1.
* The taxfree limit for the 201516 income year is $9,780 plus $4,891 for each year of completed service.
For payments in column 2 both caps apply. Withholding will be made at the top rate of tax on the amount over the smallest cap. For more information, see How to work out the withholding amount.
Steps to work out smallest cap
Follow these steps to work out the smaller of the ETP cap and wholeofincome cap.
Step
Action
1
Add up all taxable payments you made to your employee (excluding the ETP).
2
Subtract the step 1 result amount from $180,000.
3
The result from step 2 is the calculated wholeofincome cap.
4
Compare the calculated wholeofincome cap from step 3 and the ETP cap amount of $195,000 for 201516 (or the balance of ETP cap if a payment component has already applied to the ETP cap where there has been multiple payments for the same termination).
5
If both caps are equal, use the wholeofincome cap. The smallest of the two caps at step 4 is the cap to apply to the ETP taxable component.
Multiple payments for same termination
For various reasons, ETPs may be made in more than one instalment. Payments made after the initial payment that are subject to the ETP cap, will be subject to a lower ETP cap because the cap amount is reduced by the amount of all previous payments for the same termination.
Lump sum payments that are not ETPs may also be subject to PAYG withholding. Use the applicable tax table to work out the amount to be withheld from these payments.
Find out more
For unused annual leave, leave loading or long service leave payments, refer to Tax table for unused leave payments on termination of employment (NAT 3351).
Do not allow for any tax offsets or Medicare levy adjustments.
Do not withhold any amount for:
■ Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debts
■ Trade Support Loan (TSL) debts
■ Financial Supplement debts.
Death benefit ETPs
A death benefit termination payment is received by a person after another person’s death, in consequence of termination of the other person’s employment. The amount you withhold depends on a number of factors including whether the payment is made:
■ directly to a dependant of the deceased
■ directly to a nondependant of the deceased
■ to the trustee of the deceased estate.
Use table A to work out how much to withhold
Find out more
For information on deceased estates and their tax obligations go to:
■ Deceased estates
Working out the withholding amount
An ETP can be made up of a taxfree component and taxable component. You must withhold an amount from the taxable component, including death benefit ETPs.
Do not withhold from the taxfree component of the ETP.
Find out more
Information about ETP components, refer to Taxation of termination payments.
When a TFN is provided
If your employee who is receiving an ETP has given you their tax file number (TFN) on a Tax file number declaration (NAT 3092), use table A to work out how much to withhold.
A Tax file number declaration remains effective until 12 months after you make the last payment to them.
Withholding amounts calculated by applying table A are rounded to the nearest dollar. Results ending in 50 cents are rounded upwards.
When a TFN has not been provided
You must withhold 49% from the taxable component of an ETP you make to a resident employee and 47% from a foreign resident employee (ignoring any cents) who has not given you their TFN.
Examples
The examples will help you work out how much to withhold.
Example 1: ETP cap
Lloyd is an employee of BigBiz Pty Ltd and is 41 years of age. His preservation age is 60. He is made redundant from his position at BigBiz and receives an ETP of $45,000.
The ETP has no taxfree component.
BigBiz is required to withhold from the ETP. Lloyd has previously provided his TFN to BigBiz and claimed the taxfree threshold.
BigBiz classifies the payment as a genuine redundancy and using table A, works out that only the ETP cap applies.
As Lloyd is under preservation age and his entire ETP fits within the ETP cap amount, BigBiz withholds $14,400 from Lloyd’s ETP. This is 32% of Lloyd’s taxable component of $45,000.
Example 2: Wholeofincome cap – payment less than cap
Jane is an employee of SmallBiz Pty Ltd and is 50 years of age. Jane’s preservation age is 60 (see Preservation age). Jane resigns from SmallBiz to start a new business.
Up until Jane’s date of resignation, SmallBiz paid Jane salary and wages totalling $84,000. Under her employment contract, Jane will receive a ‘golden handshake’ of $10,000 from SmallBiz. This payment is an ETP and has a taxfree component of $2,000 (relating to service before July 1983) and a taxable component of $8,000. SmallBiz is required to withhold an amount under the PAYG withholding system. Jane had previously provided her TFN to SmallBiz.
SmallBiz does not withhold from the taxfree component of $2,000, but must withhold an amount from the taxable component of $8,000.
SmallBiz classifies the payment as a ‘golden handshake’. Using table A and the following steps, SmallBiz works out which cap to apply and the withholding rate:
Step
SmallBiz action
Result
1
Adds up all taxable payments (excluding the ETP) paid to Jane.
$84,000
2
Subtracts the step 1 amount from $180,000. This is the calculated wholeofincome cap.
$96,000
3
Determines the smallest cap by comparing result from step 2 against ETP cap amount of $195,000.
Wholeofincome cap is smallest
4
Uses table A to determine withholding rate on amounts up to calculated wholeofincome cap of $96,000 remembering Jane is under preservation age.
32%
5
Uses table A to determine withholding rate on amounts above the wholeofincome cap of $96,000. As whole $8,000 ETP is under cap, no further calculation is required.
Nil
SmallBiz withholds $2,560 from Jane’s ETP of $10,000. This is 32% of Jane’s taxable component of $8,000.
Example 3: Wholeofincome cap – payment greater than cap
Chris, aged under preservation age, has his employment terminated by MediumBiz in January. His employment termination does not meet the criteria of a genuine redundancy.
MediumBiz paid Chris $50,000 in leave entitlements as a lump sum and $50,000 in salary and wages before his termination. In addition to this income, Chris is also paid $130,000 as an ETP comprising of $100,000 taxable component and has a tax free component of $30,000 (relating to service before July 1983).
As the ETP is not a genuine redundancy, MediumBiz classifies the payment as a ‘golden handshake’. Using table A and the following steps, MediumBiz works out which cap to apply and the withholding rate:
Step
MediumBiz action
Result
1
Adds up all taxable payments (excluding the ETP) paid to Chris.
$100,000
2
Subtracts the step 1 amount from $180,000. This is the calculated wholeofincome cap.
$80,000
3
Determines smallest cap by comparing result from step 2 against ETP cap amount of $195,000.
Wholeof income cap is smallest
4
Uses table A to determine withholding rate on amounts up to calculated wholeofincome cap of $80,000 remembering Chris is under preservation age.
32%
5
Uses table A to determine withholding rate on amounts over the calculated wholeofincome cap of $80,000. ETP $100,000 less cap amount $80,000, gives $20,000 over the cap.
49%
MediumBiz withholds $35,400 from Chris’s ETP of $130,000. This is $25,600 ($80,000 x 32%) plus $9,800 ($20,000 x 49%) of Chris’s taxable component of $100,000.
Example 4: ETP subject to both ETP cap and wholeofincome cap
Alec, 30, is made redundant by MacroBiz after 5 years of service and receives a termination payment of $65,678 that is part genuine redundancy ($40,678) and part gratuity ($25,000). Until his redundancy, Alec had received $140,000 in salary and wages for the income year.
In this situation the part of the payment that is subject to the ETP cap only is always dealt with first.
Alec’s employer calculates the genuine redundancy amount over the taxfree limit* as $6,443 (being $40,678 less $34,235 due to the 5 years of service). This is an ETP and using table A, works out that only the ETP cap applies. Alec is under preservation age, so MacroBiz withholds $2,062 (32% of $6,443).
Using table A and the following steps, MacroBiz then works out which cap to apply and the withholding rate on Alec's $25,000 gratuity part of the ETP.
Step
MacroBiz action
Result
1
Adds up all taxable payments, salary and wages paid to Alec.
$140,000
2
Subtracts the step 1 amount from $180,000. This is the calculated wholeofincome cap.
$40,000
3
Determines smallest cap by comparing result from step 2 against ETP cap of $188,557 (ETP cap $195,000 for 201516 less the $6,443 ETP).
Wholeofincome cap is smallest
4
Uses table A to determine withholding rate on amounts up to calculated wholeofincome cap of $40,000 remembering Alec is under preservation age.
32%
5
Uses table A to determine withholding rate on amounts over the calculated wholeofincome cap of $40,000. As the $25,000 gratuity is under the cap, no further calculation is required.
Nil
MacroBiz withholds $2,062 from the $6,443 part of the ETP for genuine redundancy and $8,000 from the $25,000 gratuity part of the ETP. MacroBiz must issue Alec with two separate ETP payment summaries covering each part of the payment.
* For more information about calculating the taxfree portion of a genuine redundancy payment, refer to Taxation of termination payments
Payment summaries
You must provide your employee with one or more PAYG payment summary – employment termination payment (NAT 70868) forms within 14 days of making an ETP. The payment summary now includes an ETP code that you use to describe the type of payment and determines which cap, ETP cap or wholeofincome cap, is applied. Below is a table showing the type of ETPs and which code applies:
Life benefit ETP
Code
Description
R
ETP because of:
■ early retirement scheme
■ genuine redundancy
■ invalidity or
■ compensation for:
– personal injury
– unfair dismissal
– harassment
– discrimination
O
Other ETP not described by R, for example, golden handshake, gratuity, payment in lieu of notice, payment for unused sick leave, payment for unused rostered days off.
Multiple payments for same termination
Code
Description
S
This is a code R payment and you made one of the following payments to your employee in a previous income year for the same termination:
■ a code R payment
■ a code O payment
■ a transitional termination payment.
P
This is a code O payment and you made one of the following payments to your employee in a previous income year for the same termination:
■ a code R payment
■ a code O payment
■ a transitional termination payment.
Death benefit ETP
Code
Description
D
Death benefit ETP paid to a dependant of the deceased
B
Death benefit ETP paid to a nondependant of the deceased and you made a termination payment to the nondependant in a previous income year for the same termination
N
Death benefit ETP paid to a nondependant of the deceased
T
Death benefit ETP paid to a trustee of the deceased estate
* Transitional termination payments were certain ETPs paid to an employee under an employment contract entered into before 10 May 2006. They were taxed concessionally if paid before 1 July 2012.
Find out more
■ Information about transitional ETPs, refer to Taxation of termination payment.
■ Information about payment summaries, refer to PAYG payment summaries and guidelines.
Payment summaries can also be printed using software that conforms with ATO reporting specifications.
Find out more
For more details and reporting specifications, visit Software developers homepage.
Preservation age
Preservation age is determined using your employee’s date of birth. The preservation table below shows the preservation age based on date of birth:
Date of birth
Preservation age
Before 1/7/1960
55
1/7/1960 – 30/6/1961
56
1/7/1961 – 30/6/1962
57
1/7/1962 – 30/6/1963
58
1/7/1963 – 30/6/1964
59
After 30/6/1964
60
Table A: Withholding rates for ETPs
Income component derived by your employee in the income year
Age of person at the end of the income year that the payment is received
Component subject to PAYG withholding
Rate of withholding
Cap to apply
Life benefit ETP – taxable component
Payment is because of:
■ early retirement scheme
■ genuine redundancy
■ invalidity
■ compensation for personal injury, unfair dismissal, harassment or discrimination.
Under preservation age
Up to the ETP cap amount1
32%
ETP cap
Preservation age or over
Up to the ETP cap amount1
17%
ETP cap
All ages
Amount above the ETP cap amount1
49%
ETP cap
Life benefit ETP – taxable component
Payment is:
■ a ‘golden handshake’
■ nongenuine redundancy payment
■ severance pay
■ a gratuity
■ in lieu of notice
■ for unused sick leave
■ for unused rostered days off.
Under preservation age
Up to the relevant cap amount
32%
Smallest of ETP cap and wholeofincome cap2
Preservation age or over
Up to the relevant cap amount
17%
Smallest of ETP cap and wholeofincome cap2
All ages
Amount above the relevant cap amount
49%
Smallest of ETP cap and wholeofincome cap2
Death benefit ETP paid to nondependants – taxable component3
All ages
Up to the ETP cap amount
32%
ETP cap
Amount above the ETP cap amount
49%
ETP cap
Death benefit ETP paid to dependants – taxable component3
All ages
Up to the ETP cap amount
Nil
ETP cap
Amount above the ETP cap amount
49%
ETP cap
Death benefit ETP paid to a trustee of a deceased estate4
Nil
1. The ETP cap amount for the 201516 income year is $195,000. The amount is indexed annually.
2. The wholeofincome cap amount for the 201516 income year and future years is $180,000. This amount is not indexed.
3. A dependant includes both a child and spouse of the deceased. A child of the deceased includes all of the following:
– an adopted child, stepchild or exnuptial child
– a child of the deceased’s spouse
– someone who is a child of the deceased within the meaning of the Family Law Act 1975 (for example, a child who is considered to be a child of a person under a state or territory court order giving effect to a surrogacy agreement).
A spouse of the deceased includes another person (of any sex) who:
■ the deceased was in a relationship and that was registered under a prescribed state or territory law
■ although not legally married, lived with the deceased on a genuine domestic basis in a relationship as a couple.
A dependant includes:
■ any person with whom the deceased had an interdependency relationship, and this includes a close personal relationship between two people who live together, where one or both provides for the financial and domestic support and personal care of the other
■ a person who was a dependant of the deceased just before the latter died.
4. If an ETP will be paid to the trustee of a deceased estate, no amount should be withheld.
Delayed termination payments
Generally, a payment must be made within 12 months of termination to qualify as an ETP. A payment made outside 12 months is a delayed termination payment, unless we have given approval for the payment to be treated as an ETP.
When a TFN is provided
If your employee has given you their TFN, withhold an amount equal to 32% from the payment. Withholding amounts calculated are rounded to the nearest dollar. Results ending in 50 cents are rounded to the next higher dollar.
When a TFN has not been provided
You must withhold 49% from the payment you make to a resident employee and 47% from a foreign resident employee (ignoring any cents) who has not given you their TFN.
Schedule 12 – Tax table for superannuation lump sums
For payments made on or after 1 July 2015
This document is a withholding schedule made by the Commissioner of Taxation in accordance with sections 1525 and 1530 of Schedule 1 to the Taxation Administration Act 1953 (TAA). It applies to withholding payments covered by paragraph 1285(a) of Schedule 1 to the TAA.
Using this table
You should use this table if you make a super lump sum payment to an individual.
Super lump sums
A super lump sum payment includes lump sum payments paid to an individual who has satisfied a condition of release. For example, retirement or death and lump sum payments to the trustee of a deceased estate.
The following lump sum payments from a super fund, approved deposit fund, retirement savings account or any other super product are subject to withholding:
■ payments made to a person because they are a member of a super fund, a depositor of an approved deposit fund, or a holder of a retirement savings account or any other super product
■ some super lump sum payments paid on the death of one person if paid to another person
■ a payment when a super pension is exchanged for a lump sum.
A super lump sum paid to the trustee of a deceased estate after the death of a person is not subject to PAYG withholding.
Lump sum payments from a complying super fund made to individuals who are suffering from a terminal medical condition do not have amounts withheld from them.
Do not allow for any tax offsets or Medicare levy adjustments. Do not withhold any amount for:
■ Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debts
■ Trade Support Loan (TSL) debts
■ Financial Supplement debts.
Working out the withholding amount
When a TFN is provided
Calculating a withholding amount for super lump sum
If your payee receives a super lump sum and has provided you with their TFN, you must calculate the amount to withhold by applying the rates set out in table A.
A super lump sum can be made up of two components:
■ a taxfree component
■ a taxable component (consisting of taxed and untaxed elements).
You may be required to withhold an amount from the taxable component, including a super lump sum death benefit paid to a nondependant. Do not withhold from the taxfree component.
If the person entitled to receive the super lump sum asks you to roll over their lump sum, you are generally not required to withhold from any of the rolled over amount. However, you may be required to withhold if the benefit being rolled over consists of an amount that is an untaxed element that exceeds the untaxed plan cap.
A super lump sum death benefit cannot be rolled over – whether paid to dependants or nondependants.
When a TFN has not been provided
If your payee has received a super lump sum and has not provided you with their TFN before the payment is made, you must withhold the following:
■ 49% from the taxable component in a payment to a resident payee (ignoring any cents)
■ 47% from the taxable component in a payment to a foreign resident payee (ignoring any cents).
If your payee is over 60 years of age at the date the payment is received, and the lump sum does not contain an untaxed element, you are not required to withhold where they have not provided their TFN.
If the lump sum contains an untaxed element, you are required to withhold from this element at 49% for resident payees or 47% for foreign resident payees (ignoring any cents).
Table A: Withholding rates for super lump sums
Income component derived by the payee in the income year
Age of person at the date the payment is received
Component subject to PAYG withholding
Rate of withholding
Member benefit – taxable component – taxed element in the fund
Under preservation age
Whole amount
22%
Preservation age to 59 years
Amount up to low rate cap1
Nil
Amount above the low rate cap1
17%
60 years and above
Whole amount
Nil
Member benefit – taxable component – untaxed element in the fund
Under preservation age
Amount up to untaxed plan cap2
32%
Amount above untaxed plan cap2
49%
Preservation age to 59 years
Amount up to low rate cap1
17%
Amount above the low rate cap1 up to the untaxed plan cap2
32%
Amount above untaxed plan cap2
49%
60 years and above
Amount up to untaxed plan cap2
17%
Amount above untaxed plan cap2
49%
Lump sum death benefit paid to nondependants4 – taxable component – taxed element in the fund
Any
Whole amount
17%
Lump sum death benefit paid to nondependants4 – taxable component – untaxed element in the fund
Any
Whole amount
32%
Lump sum death benefit paid to dependants3 – taxable component – taxed and untaxed elements in the fund
Any
None
Nil
Rollover super benefits – taxable component – taxed element in the fund
Any
Whole amount
Nil
Rollover super benefits – taxable component – untaxed element in the fund
Any
Amount up to the untaxed plan cap2
Nil
Amount above untaxed plan cap2
49%
Super lump sum benefits less than $200
Any
None5
Nil
Super lump sum benefit (terminally ill recipient)
Any
None
Nil
1. For the 201516 income year, the low rate cap is $195,000 and is indexed annually. The low rate cap in relation to super lump sums paid to an individual who has reached their preservation age is the maximum amount of the taxable component that is allowed the lowest rate of tax. The low rate cap is a lifetime limit. The low rate cap is allocated to the taxed element first before allocating the remaining low rate cap to the untaxed element.
2. For the 201516 income year, the untaxed plan cap is $1,395,000 and is indexed annually. For the low rate cap or the untaxed plan cap in prior years, phone us on 13 10 20 or visit Super.
3. If the super lump sum death benefits are being paid to an individual who was a dependant of the deceased, do not withhold amounts from that payment. A dependant includes both a child and a spouse of the deceased.
A child of the deceased includes all of the following:
■ an adopted child, stepchild or exnuptial child
■ a child of the deceased’s spouse
■ someone who is a child of the deceased within the meaning of the Family Law Act 1975 (for example, a child who is considered to be a child of a person under a state or territory court order giving effect to a surrogacy agreement).
A spouse of the deceased includes another person (of any sex) who:
■ the deceased was in a relationship and that was registered under a law of a prescribed state or territory
■ although not legally married, lived with the deceased on a genuine domestic basis in a relationship as a couple.
A dependant includes:
 any person with whom the deceased had an interdependency relationship, and this includes a close personal relationship between two people who live together, where one or both provides for the financial and domestic support and personal care of the other.
 a person who was a dependent of the deceased just before the latter died.
Before accepting that a person is financially dependent, phone us on 13 10 20 for more information.
If the super death benefit is to be paid to the trustee of a deceased estate, an amount should not be withheld.
4. Any individual who is paid a lump sum death benefit is treated as a death benefits dependant of a deceased person if the deceased died in the line of duty as a member of the defence force, a member of the Australian Federal Police or the police force of a state or territory, or a protective service officer (as defined in the Australian Federal Police Act 1979).
5. There is no withholding required from the whole amount if it is paid by a regulated super fund, complying approved deposit fund or retirement savings account provider as a super lump sum and it is the payee’s entire benefit.
Rounding of withholding amounts
Withholding amounts calculated by applying this table are rounded to the nearest dollar. Results of 50 cents or higher are rounded upwards. If a TFN is not provided, ignore cents when calculating withholding amounts.
Example
Super lump sum made by a super provider from a taxed element.
Heather and Dean are members of the AAFund super fund and their ages are 56 and 61 years respectively. They have decided to retire and take some of their super as a lump sum. The preservation age for both of them is 55.
According to their entitlements, Heather and Dean will both receive a super lump sum of $250,000 from AAFund. Each super lump sum has a taxfree component of $30,000 and a taxable component of $220,000. Heather and Dean have previously provided their respective TFNs to AAFund.
AAFund does not need to withhold from the taxfree component of $30,000, but must withhold an amount from the taxable component of $220,000. The taxable component of the super lump sum paid by AAFund is wholly made up of taxed elements.
Amount to withhold for Heather:
As Heather is over her preservation age, she is entitled to the low rate cap.
1. Amount up to low rate cap = $195,000 (201516 income year cap amount)
2. Amount above low rate cap = $25,000 ($220,000 – $195,000)
3. Using table A amount to withhold from $25,000 = $4,250 (17% of $25,000)
Note: The low rate cap is indexed annually.
Amount to withhold for Dean:
As Dean is over 60 years of age, no part of his super lump sum payment is subject to withholding.
Payment summaries
Within 14 days of making a lump sum payment, you must provide a PAYG payment summary – superannuation lump sum (NAT 70947) to the recipient of the super lump sum.
Payment summaries can also be printed using software that conforms with ATO reporting specifications.
Find out more
For information and reporting specifications visit Software developers.
Preservation age
Preservation age is determined using your payee’s date of birth. The preservation table below will help with this:
Date of birth
Preservation age
Before 1/7/1960
55
1/7/1960 – 30/6/1961
56
1/7/1961 – 30/6/1962
57
1/7/1962 – 30/6/1963
58
1/7/1963 – 30/6/1964
59
After 30/6/1964
60
Schedule 13 – Tax table for superannuation income streams
For payments made on or after 1 July 2015
This document is a withholding schedule made by the Commissioner of Taxation in accordance with sections 1525 and 1530 of Schedule 1 to the Taxation Administration Act 1953 (TAA). It applies to withholding payments covered by paragraph 1280(a) of Schedule 1 to the TAA.
Using this table
You should use this table if you make a payment of a super income stream, including a super death benefit income stream to your payee.
Tax file number (TFN) declarations
The answers your payees provide on their Tax file number declaration (NAT 3092) determine the amount you need to withhold from their payments. A Tax file number declaration applies to any payments made after you receive the declaration. If you receive an updated declaration from a payee, it will override the previous one.
If a payee does not give you a valid Tax file number declaration within 14 days of starting a payer/payee relationship, you must complete a Tax file number declaration with all available details of the payee and send it to us.
When a TFN has not been provided
You must withhold 49% for residents and 47% for foreign residents from the taxable component (ignoring any cents), if a super income stream payment is made to your payee and all of the following apply:
■ they have not quoted their TFN
■ they have not claimed an exemption from quoting their TFN
■ they have not advised you that they have applied for a TFN or have made an enquiry with us.
However, if your payee is aged 60 years or above, only withhold from the untaxed element of the taxable component.
If a payee states at question 1 of the Tax file number declaration they have lodged a Tax file number – application or enquiry for individuals (NAT 1432) with us, they have 28 days to provide you with their TFN.
If the payee has not given you their TFN within 28 days, you must withhold 49% from any payment you make to a resident payee and 47% from a foreign resident payee from the relevant element(s) of the taxable component of the super income stream payment (ignoring any cents) unless we tell you not to.
Do not allow for any tax offsets or Medicare levy adjustments. Do not withhold any amount for:
■ Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debts
■ Trade Support Loan (TSL) debts
■ Financial Supplement debts.
Working out the withholding amount
This table is divided into the following three parts. Certain characteristics of your payee and the payment will determine which part is used to work out the withholding amount – if:
■ the taxable component is comprised wholly of a taxed element – use part A
■ the taxable component contains an untaxed element – use part B
■ the payment is a super death benefit income stream – use part C.
Rounding of withholding amounts
Withholding amounts calculated using formulas should be rounded to the nearest dollar. Results ending in exactly 50 cents are rounded to the next higher dollar. Do this rounding directly, that is, do not make a preliminary rounding to the nearest cent. Where no TFN has been provided, cents are ignored when withholding amounts are calculated.
Components of a super income stream benefit
A super income stream may have two components:
■ the taxfree component
■ the taxable component which includes an
– element taxed in the fund (taxed element), and/or
– element untaxed in the fund (untaxed element).
For super income streams that started to be paid before 1 July 2007 the taxfree component will generally comprise the return of the payee’s own contributions made before 1 July 2007 for which they have not claimed a personal superannuation contribution deduction in their income tax return.
For super income streams that started to be paid on or after 1 July 2007, the taxfree component will comprise the crystallised segment and the contributions segment.
The taxable component of a super income stream is the amount of the income stream minus the taxfree component.
The taxable component of a super income stream will generally comprise a taxed element where the income stream is paid from a taxed source; for example, where the income stream is funded from contributions and earnings that have been subject to tax in a super fund.
The taxable component of a super income stream will generally comprise an untaxed element where the income stream is funded from an untaxed source; for example, some state and Commonwealth public sector super schemes.
Find out more
For more information, refer to Working out components of a super benefit.
Part A: Taxable component is comprised wholly of a taxed element
Step 1 Use the following table to work out whether the taxable component is subject to withholding.
Age
Withholding applies to:
Below 60 years
Taxable component
60 years and over
No withholding
If your payee is 60 years of age or over, no withholding is required.
If your payee is less than 60 years of age, go to step 2.
Step 2 Use the appropriate PAYG withholding tax table to calculate the withholding amount relevant to the amount worked out at step 1. The tax table you use depends on the period for which the income stream covers – that is, weekly, fortnightly or monthly.
Some payees may be eligible to claim the seniors and pensioners tax offset (SAPTO). If the payee gives you a Withholding declaration (NAT 3093) indicating that they want to claim a SAPTO entitlement through PAYG withholding, you should refer to Tax table for seniors and pensioners (NAT 4466) to work out the amount to withhold from the amount calculated in step 1.
Step 3 Use the appropriate formula to calculate the Medicare levy adjustment:
■ If your payee’s taxable component (on a weekly basis) is less than the Medicare levy threshold for singles, their Medicare levy adjustment is nil.
■ If your payee’s taxable component (on a weekly basis) is greater than the Medicare levy threshold for singles, but less than the Medicare levy shade out point (SOP) for singles, their Medicare levy adjustment = (taxable component – Medicare levy threshold for singles) x 0.10.
■ If your payee’s taxable component (on a weekly basis) is greater than or equal to the Medicare levy SOP for singles, but less than $947, their Medicare levy adjustment = taxable component x 0.02.
■ If your payee’s taxable component (on a weekly basis) is greater than $946, their Medicare levy adjustment is nil.
Instructions on Medicare levy adjustments are contained in Statement of formulas for calculating amounts to be withheld (NAT 1004).
Step 4 Some super income streams may be eligible for a tax offset. Use the following table to calculate the tax offset amount for your payee.
Super income stream – taxable component
Age
Tax offset
Below preservation age
Nil
Preservation age to below 60 years
Taxed element × 15%
Disability super income stream – taxable component
Age
Tax offset
Below preservation age
Taxed element × 15%
Preservation age to below 60 years
Taxed element × 15%
Step 5 Calculate the notional amount to withhold by first subtracting the tax offset per payment (step 4) from the withholding amount (step 2).
Notional amount to withhold = withholding amount – tax offset
Then compare the notional amount to withhold with the Medicare levy adjustment calculated at step 3.
If the notional amount to withhold is:
■ less than the amount calculated at step 3, withhold the amount calculated at step 3.
■ more than the amount calculated at step 3, withhold the notional amount to be withheld.
Fortnightly, monthly and quarterly equivalents for step 3
If you make a fortnightly, monthly or quarterly payment, use the instructions contained in Statement of formulas for calculating amounts to be withheld (NAT 1004) to calculate the appropriate amounts for the thresholds and formulas in step 3.
Part B: Taxable component contains an untaxed element
Step 1 Use the following table to work out which elements of the taxable component are subject to withholding.
Age
Taxable component of super income stream contains
Withholding applies to the following amount(s)
Untaxed element
Taxed element
Below preservation age
Yes
Yes
Sum of untaxed and taxed elements
No
Yes
Taxed element
Yes
No
Untaxed element
Preservation age to below 60 years
Yes
Yes
Sum of untaxed and taxed elements
No
Yes
Taxed element
Yes
No
Untaxed element
60 years and over
Yes
Yes
Untaxed element
No
Yes
No withholding
Yes
No
Untaxed element
Step 2 Use the appropriate PAYG withholding tax table to calculate the withholding amount relevant to the amount worked out in step 1. The tax table you use depends on the period for which the income stream covers – that is, weekly, fortnightly or monthly.
Some payees may be eligible to claim the SAPTO. If the payee gives you a Withholding declaration indicating they want to claim a SAPTO entitlement through PAYG withholding, you should use the Tax table for seniors and pensioners (NAT 4466) to work out the amount to withhold from the amount calculated in step 1.
Step 3 Some super income streams may be eligible for a tax offset. Use the following table to work out the tax offset amount for the payee.
Super income stream – taxable component
Age
Tax offset
Below preservation age
Nil
Preservation age to below 60 years
Taxed element × 15%
Untaxed element  Nil
60 years and over
Untaxed element x 10%
Disability super income stream – taxable component
Age
Tax offset
Below preservation age
Taxed element × 15%
Untaxed element  Nil
Preservation age to below 60 years
Taxed element × 15%
Untaxed element  Nil
60 years and over
Untaxed element x 10%
Step 4 Work out the amount to withhold by subtracting the tax offset per payment (step 3) from the withholding amount (step 2).
Amount to withhold = withholding amount – tax offset
If the tax offset amount is greater than the withholding amount, the amount to withhold is nil.
Part C: Payment is a super death benefit income stream
Step 1 Use the following table to work out which elements of the taxable component are subject to withholding.
Super death benefit paid to a dependant1
Age of deceased
Age of recipient
Taxable component of super death benefit income stream contains
Withholding applies to the following amount(s)
Untaxed element
Taxed element
Below 60 years
Below 60 years
Yes
Yes
Sum of untaxed and taxed elements
Yes
No
Untaxed element
No
Yes
Taxed element
60 years and over
Yes
Yes
Untaxed element
Yes
No
Untaxed element
No
Yes
No withholding
60 years and over
Yes
Yes
Untaxed element
Yes
No
Untaxed element
No
Yes
No withholding
1 Dependants include all children of the deceased under the age of 18, any spouse of the deceased (including a former spouse and a current or former de facto spouse) and any person with whom the deceased had an interdependency relationship. An interdependency relationship includes a close personal relationship between two people who live together, where one or both provides for the financial and domestic support and personal care of the other. A dependant can also be a person who was financially dependent on the deceased. Before accepting that a person is financially dependent, phone us on 13 10 20.
Step 2 Use the appropriate PAYG withholding tax table to calculate the withholding amount relevant to the amount worked out in step 1. The tax table you use depends on the period for which the income stream covers – that is, weekly, fortnightly or monthly.
Some payees may be eligible to claim the SAPTO. If the payee gives you a Withholding declaration indicating they want to claim a SAPTO entitlement through PAYG withholding, you should use the Tax table for seniors and pensioners (NAT 4466) to work out the amount to withhold from the amount calculated in step 1.
Step 3 Some super income streams may be eligible for a tax offset. Use the following table to work out the tax offset amount for the payee.
Super death benefits paid to a dependant
Age of deceased
Age of recipient
Tax offset
Below 60 years
Below 60 years
Taxed element x 15%
Untaxed element  Nil
60 years and over
Untaxed element × 10%
60 years and over
Any age
Untaxed element x 10%
Step 4 Work out the amount to withhold by subtracting the tax offset per payment (step 3) from the withholding amount (step 2).
Amount to withhold = withholding amount – tax offset
If the tax offset amount is greater than the withholding amount, the amount to withhold is nil.
Super death benefits paid to a nondependant
A person who is not a dependant of the deceased is not able to receive a super income stream. A super death benefit income stream that was being paid to a nondependant prior to 1 July 2007 is taxed in the same manner as a super death benefit income stream paid to a dependant.
Examples
These examples use the PAYG withholding tax tables that apply from 1 July 2015.
Case A: Taxable component comprised wholly of a taxed element
Example 1
Courtney is 61 and is receiving fortnightly super income stream of $1,000.
The taxfree component of Courtney’s fortnightly super income stream is $200.
The taxable component of the super income stream is $800
Step 1: As Courtney is over 60 years of age and her taxable component is comprised wholly of a taxed element, no withholding is required.
Example 2
Maree is 56 and is receiving fortnightly super income stream of $1,200. Maree’s preservation age is 55.
The taxfree component of Maree’s fortnightly super income stream is $300. The taxable component of Maree’s super income stream is $900.
Step 1: As Maree is 56, withholding applies to the taxable component.
Step 2: As Maree is paid fortnightly, use Fortnightly tax table (NAT 1006) to work out the withholding required from the $900 taxed element. This amount is $40, assuming that Maree is claiming the taxfree threshold.
Step 3: Calculate Maree’s fortnightly Medicare levy adjustment. As Maree’s fortnightly payment is more than $802 (the Medicare levy threshold for singles, on a fortnightly basis) but less than $1,004 (the Medicare levy SOP for singles, on a fortnightly basis), her Medicare levy adjustment is calculated as:
Medicare levy adjustment = ($900 – $802) x 0.10
= $9.80
= $10 per fortnight (rounded to the nearest dollar)
Therefore, Maree’s Medicare levy adjustment is $10 per fortnight.
Step 4: Maree is entitled to a tax offset.
Tax offset = taxed element x 15%
= $900 x 15%
= $135
Step 5: To calculate the notional withholding amount, reduce the withholding amount ($40 as worked out in step 2) by the value of the tax offset ($135 as worked out in step 4). That is:
Notional withholding amount = $40 – $135
= $95
Since the notional withholding amount is negative and less than the Medicare levy adjustment, the amount to be withheld from Maree’s fortnightly super income stream is $10. This is the Medicare levy adjustment amount.
Case B: Taxable component comprises a taxed element and an untaxed element
Ralph is 63 and receives fortnightly super income stream of $3,000.
The taxfree component of Ralph’s fortnightly super income stream is $900. The taxable component of his super income stream is $2,100.
Step 1: Ralph’s $2,100 taxable component is comprised of a $600 taxed element and a $1,500 untaxed element. As Ralph is over 60 years of age, no withholding will apply to the taxed element. Withholding will apply to the $1,500 untaxed element.
Step 2: Using the Fortnightly tax table (NAT 1006), work out the withholding required from the $1,500 untaxed element. This is $186, assuming that Ralph is claiming the taxfree threshold.
Step 3: Ralph is entitled to a tax offset.
Tax offset = untaxed element x 10%
= $1,500 x 10%
= $150
Step 4: Reduce the withholding amount ($186 as worked out in step 2) by the value of the tax offset ($150).
Final withholding amount = withholding amount less tax offset
= $186 – $150
= $36
Case C: Super death benefit income stream where the taxable component comprises a taxed element and an untaxed element
Harriet is 58 and her husband, 58, dies in July 2015. As a result of her husband’s death, Harriet receives a fortnightly super death benefit income stream of $2,000.
The taxfree component of Harriet’s super death benefit income stream is $400. The taxable component of Harriet’s super death benefit income stream is $1,600.
Step 1: Harriet’s $1,600 taxable component is comprised of a $600 taxed element and a $1,000 untaxed element. As Harriet is 58 and her husband was also under 60, withholding will apply to the full taxable component.
Step 2: Using the Fortnightly tax table (NAT 1006), work out the withholding required from the $1,600 taxable component. This is $220, assuming that Harriet is claiming the taxfree threshold.
Step 3: Harriet is entitled to a tax offset.
Tax offset = taxed element x 15%
= $600 x 15%
= $90
Step 4: Reduce the withholding amount ($220 as worked out in step 2) by the value of the tax offset ($90).
Final withholding amount = withholding amount less tax offset
= $220 – $90
= $130
Preservation age
Preservation age is determined using your payee’s date of birth. The preservation table below will help with this:
Date of birth
Preservation age
Before 1/7/1960
55
1/7/1960 – 30/6/1961
56
1/7/1961 – 30/6/1962
57
1/7/1962 – 30/6/1963
58
1/7/1963 – 30/6/1964
59
After 30/6/1964
60