No tax deductions if you don’t meet your tax obligations
New laws passed by parliament last month directly target the behaviour of taxpayers that don’t meet their obligations.
Tax deductions denied if taxpayers do not meet their PAYG withholding tax obligations, from 1 July 2019 they will not be able to claim
a tax deduction for payments:
- of salary, wages, commissions, bonuses or allowances to an employee;
- of directors’ fees;
- to a religious practitioner;
- under a labour hire arrangement; or
- made for services where the supplier does not provide their ABN.
The main exception is where you realised there is a mistake and voluntarily corrected it. For example, if you made payments to a contractor but then later realised that they should have been paid as an employee and no PAYG was withheld.