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  • Tax file number (TFN) declarations

    The answers your payees provide on their Tax file number declaration determine the amount you need to withhold from their payments. A Tax file number declaration applies to any payments made after you receive the declaration. If you receive an updated declaration from a payee, it will override the previous one.

    If a payee does not give you a valid Tax file number declaration within 14 days of starting a payer/payee relationship, you must complete a Tax file number declaration with all available details of the payee and send it to us.

    When a TFN has not been provided

    You must withhold 47% from any payment you make to a resident payee and 45% from any payment you make to a foreign resident payee (ignoring any cents), if it is an annuity payment that is not a superannuation income stream and all of the following apply:

    • they have not quoted their TFN
    • they have not claimed an exemption from quoting their TFN
    • they have not advised you that they have applied for a TFN or have made an enquiry with us.

    If a payee states at question 1 of the Tax file number declaration they have lodged a Tax file number – application or enquiry for individuals with us, they have 28 days to provide you with their TFN.

    If the payee has not given you their TFN within 28 days, you must withhold 47% for any annuity payment you make to a resident payee and 45% for any annuity payment you make to a foreign resident payee (ignoring any cents) unless we tell you not to.

    When a TFN has not been provided do not allow for tax offsets or Medicare levy adjustments. Do not withhold any amount for:

    • Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debts
    • Student Start-up Loan (SSL) debts
    • Trade Support Loan (TSL) debts
    • Financial Supplement debts.
    Last modified: 14 Jun 2019QC 52073