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  • 1 Salary or wages 2018

    This question is about income from salary or wages from which tax was withheld. Income from salary or wages includes:

    • salary and wages
    • commissions
    • bonuses
    • income from part-time or casual work
    • parental leave pay
    • dad-and-partner pay
    • amounts for lost salary or wages paid under
      • an income protection policy
      • a sickness or accident insurance policy
      • a workers compensation scheme
       
    • foreign employment. If you are an Australian Government agency employee (and not a member of a disciplined force), include here income earned from delivering Australian official development assistance. For more information, see Exempt foreign employment income.

    If you received income for work or services performed in the Joint Petroleum Development Area (JPDA), you should have a PAYG payment summary – foreign employment. You may need a copy of the JPDA fact sheet to work out how to deal with your JPDA income at this item.

    Did you earn income from salary or wages shown on a PAYG payment summary – individual non-business or PAYG payment summary – foreign employment?

    No

    Go to question 2 Allowances, earnings, tips, directors fees etc 2018, or return to main menu Individual tax return instructions 2018.

    Yes

    Read on.

    If your PAYG payment summary – individual non-business shows any allowances, include them at item 2 Allowances, earnings, tips, directors fees etc.

    Answering this question

    You will need your PAYG payment summary – individual non-business, PAYG payment summary – foreign employment, or a comparable statement such as a letter or signed statement, from each employer or payer, showing the following details:

    • gross income (shown as 'Gross payments' on your payment summary)
    • payment type indicator (if you are a working holiday maker)
    • total tax withheld
    • foreign tax paid, if applicable, and
    • the employer's or payer's Australian business number (ABN) or withholding payer number (WPN).

    If you do not have all your payment summaries or comparable statements, contact your employer or payer for a copy or comparable statement. If you are unsuccessful in obtaining any of these, see Lost or missing PAYG withholding payment summary.

    Completing your tax return

    For the purposes of this question, 'payment summary' includes comparable statements. Do not combine amounts from different payment summaries unless instructed at step 3.

    Step 1

    Print the occupation from which you earned most of your income from salary or wages under Your main salary and wage occupation at item 1.

    Be as specific as possible when you describe how you earned your salary and wages, for example, 'insurance clerk' rather than 'clerk', 'facilities manager' rather than 'manager', 'bar attendant' rather than 'student'. For public servants, provide work type, for example, 'call centre operator'.

    Step 2

    If you have more than five payment summaries, go to step 3. Otherwise, read on.

    For each payment summary, write at item 1:

    • the payer's Australian business number (ABN) or withholding payer number
    • the 'Total Australian tax withheld' amounts under Tax withheld
    • the gross payment amounts under Income.

    If your payment summary includes Gross payment type H, print H in the payment type box. Gross payment type H applies to income you earned while you were on a 417 or 462 working holiday visa. If this applies to you, then you must complete item A4.

    You have finished this question. Go to question 2 Allowances, earnings, tips, directors fees etc 2018.

    Step 3

    Sort your PAYG payment summaries as follows:

    • PAYG payment summary – individual non-business
    • PAYG payment summary – individual non-business with Gross payment type H
    • PAYG payment summary – foreign employment.
    • For PAYG payment summaries – individual non-business (with no Gross payment type H)
      • add up the total tax withheld, write the total under Tax withheld at the left of C
      • add up the gross payment amounts, write the total under Income at C
      • leave the Australian business number (ABN) blank if you have more than one payment summary of this type. If you have only one payment summary of this type, write the ABN.
       
    • For PAYG payment summaries – individual non-business with Gross payment type H
      • add up the total tax withheld, write the total under Tax withheld at the left of D
      • add up the gross payment amounts, write the total under Income at D
      • write H in the payment type box
      • leave the Australian business number (ABN) blank if you have more than one payment summary of this type. If you have only one payment summary of this type, write the ABN.
       

    If you had PAYG payment summaries – individual non-business with Gross payment type H you must complete item A4.

    • For PAYG payment summaries – foreign employment
      • add up the total tax withheld, write the total under Tax withheld at the left of E
      • add up the gross payment amounts, write the total under Income at E
      • leave the Australian business number (ABN) blank if you have more than one payment summary of this type. If you have only one payment summary of this type, write the ABN.
       

    You have now finished this question; go to question 2 Allowances, earnings, tips, directors fees etc 2018.

    Helpful hints

    Make sure you keep all your records for five years from the date you lodge your tax return. A shorter record-keeping period may apply in some situations. There is more information on record keeping and written evidence in Keeping your tax records.

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      Last modified: 31 May 2018QC 54208