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  • Varying PAYG instalments: what you need to know

    16 March 2022

    Pay as you go (PAYG) instalments allow you to make regular prepayments throughout the year towards the expected tax on your business and investment income. By paying regular instalments throughout the year, you should not have a large tax bill when you lodge your tax return.

    You can vary your PAYG instalments if you think your current payments will result in you paying too much or too little tax for the income year. You must make variations on or before the payment due date. Your varied amount will apply for all your remaining instalments unless you make another variation before the end of the income year. If you have been impacted by the recent floods, you may vary your PAYG instalments, as well as claim a credit at label 5B on your activity statement for previous instalments paid.

    We will not apply penalties or charge interest on variations for the 2021–22 income year if you have taken reasonable care to estimate your end of year tax liability.

    We encourage you to review your tax position regularly and vary your PAYG instalments if your situation changes.

    Calculating and paying the right PAYG instalment amounts will help you manage a healthy cash flow.

    Remember, registered tax agents can help you with tax advice.

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