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  • PAYG instalments and company tax rates

    10 November 2020

    We have recently become aware that the reduction in the company tax rate was not applied correctly from 1 July 2020 for companies that are base rate entities with an aggregated turnover of less than $50 million.

    This resulted in pay as you go (PAYG) instalments being calculated using the former rate of 27.5% and not the correct 26%.

    We have now corrected this error and will issue you with a new PAYG instalment letter reflecting your updated instalment rate or amount. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

    We are taking the following corrective action

    For small businesses who have lodged and paid

    If you have lodged your activity statements and paid an amount based on the incorrect instalment calculation, we will refund the overpaid amount shortly. There is no further action required from you.

    If you have varied your instalment amount or rate, you will not be impacted by these changes.

    For small businesses yet to lodge

    When you lodge:

    • if you choose to lodge based on the current instalment calculation on your activity statement, we will apply the correct rate and refund any excess amount due to this error, or
    • if you have intended to vary your instalment rate or amount, you can still vary, and we will not adjust the varied amounts.

    If you have an amount payable, we have a range of options available to support you, including the ability to enter into a payment plan.

    Future activity statements

    All future activity statements will have the correct rate applied.

    If you have varied your instalment rate or amount, the variation will continue until the start of the next income year. You can continue to vary your activity statements if your rate or amount does not reflect your current trading situation.

    Remember, your tax or BAS agent can help you with your tax.

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