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David Bradbury

Assistant Treasurer, Minister Assisting for Financial Services & Superannuation and Minister for Competition Policy & Consumer Affairs

5 March 2012 - 18 September 2013

Media Release of 29/05/2013

NO.092

Pay As You Go Reforms Introduced to Parliament

The Gillard Government has today introduced legislation to require all large entities in the Pay As You Go (PAYG) instalment system to make their instalments monthly, instead of quarterly.

This will improve consistency across the PAYG instalment system and the GST system.

No entity will pay more tax as a result of the changes. Instead, tax instalments for large taxpayers will be better aligned to when they earn their income, just like wage and salary earners. The changes continue the Gillard Government's work to address timing disparities in the tax system.

"Following consultation, the Government took the decision in the recent Budget to extend the measure to all large entities in the PAYG system. This will ensure that there is a level playing field for all Australian businesses – regardless of their corporate structure," said Assistant Treasurer David Bradbury.

For example, life insurance companies that offer investment services for superannuation funds will ultimately be subject to the same arrangements as superannuation funds themselves.

The changes will be phased in over almost four years, starting with corporates that have a turnover of $1 billion or more from 1 January 2014. Large entities with a turnover of $20 million or more will have more than three years to prepare for the change.

The Government has also moved to further improve the PAYG instalment regime by giving the Commissioner of Taxation a new power to work with business to determine alternative methods of calculating instalment income, minimising compliance costs.

The Government will also continue to consult with industry to identify longer term reforms to improve the PAYG instalment system for all businesses, large and small. This will include a more detailed examination of a number of proposals that industry brought forward in response to a discussion paper released on 28 February 2013.

"The Government has responded to consultation comments to ensure these changes can be rolled out with minimal impact on large businesses. It is another example of the benefits of genuine consultation and I thank all of those who took the time to contribute," said Mr Bradbury.

29 May 2013