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You may have tax and superannuation obligations if you employ or contract workers into your business, either full-time or part-time. This includes your family members and you, if you are a director. Your obligations may include:
You have responsibilities from the day your employee (or contractor) starts working for you to the day they stop. You also have some responsibilities if you stop being an employer altogether.
Preparing to engage workers
If your business is about to engage workers (either employees or contractors) for the first time, you will need to know how to set up the necessary taxation and superannuation arrangements.
Worker’s first day
When a worker starts work you will need to:
On payday you will need to determine the rate of tax that you need to withhold from payments you make.
Prepare ahead for super and FBT
While your super guarantee and fringe benefits tax payments are not linked to your workers’ payday, you need to understand these payments, record keeping and reporting obligations and plan to meet them.
Payments and reporting
Most reporting and payment responsibilities occur when you complete and lodge your activity statement, usually monthly or quarterly. An annual report and a balancing payment (or refund) may be required. Superannuation payments are required at least quarterly.
Worker’s last day
When an employee or contractor stops working for you, you’ll have final reporting and payment obligations. If they are eligible for an employment termination payment (ETP), you will have additional PAYG withholding obligations.
No longer an employer
Once you stop engaging workers, you need to ensure you have met all your final payment and reporting obligations. You also need to cancel your PAYG withholding registration.
Keeping employment and contractor records is an essential part of running your business and helps you to claim all your deductions. You must keep your records in an accessible form (either printed or electronic) for five years.
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