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Tax relief measures announced by state and territory governments
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Tax relief measures announced by state and territory governments

State and territory governments have announced a range of tax relief measures in response to COVID-19.

Last updated 14 May 2020

The latest round of support includes provisions for:

  • Payroll tax: State and territory governments announce JobKeeper-related payroll tax exemptions for eligible employers.

Updated 30 April 2020

Changes included:

  • Land tax: Discount measures for eligible land owners in various jurisdictions.
  • Payroll tax: All states and territories have now announced payroll tax relief for eligible parties.

Updated 18 April 2020

Changes included:

  • Land tax: Victoria’s State Revenue Office (SRO) announced land tax discounts for eligible landlords. Learn more here.

Updated 15 April 2020

Changes included:

  • Land tax: Discounts available for eligible land owners in VIC, NSW, QLD and ACT that are tied to rent relief provided to tenants, as well as land tax payment deferrals.
  • Payroll tax: Relief has been expanded in certain jurisdictions.

Updated 1 April 2020

Changes included:

  • Gaming Levy and liquor licensing: Several states have introduced gaming and liquor licensing support measures for eligible operators including jurisdiction-specific waiver of licensing fees, gaming tax deferrals and more. Refer to the full list for more information.
  • Payroll tax: New South Wales has broadened payroll tax support now enabling eligible employers to defer payroll tax for an additional three months, and up to six months for certain businesses.
  • Congestion car parking: New South Wales has deferred the parking space levy until 30 September 2020.
  • Land tax: South Australia announced an increase to relief under the Land Tax Transition Fund.
  • Fire Services Levy and Emergency Services Levy: The ACT has frozen the 2020-21 levy at the current 2019-20 level.

Updated 30 March 2020

Changes included:

  • Payroll tax: Jurisdiction-specific supplementary support measures in Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Northern Territory including state-specific payroll tax waivers, refunds or rebates.
  • Land tax: South Australia has allowed deferral of land tax instalments for up to six months, while Tasmania has waived land taxes for commercial properties for FY20/21 for eligible parties.
  • Tax administration: New measures from the Western Australian Government including remission of penalty taxes and interest-free payments for eligible taxpayers.

The team at Pitcher Partners stands ready to assist clients to access the measures, including applications for deferral of liabilities and payment plans.

This content is general commentary only and does not constitute advice. Before making any decision or taking any action in relation to the content, you should consult your professional advisor. To the maximum extent permitted by law, neither Pitcher Partners or its affiliated entities, nor any of our employees will be liable for any loss, damage, liability or claim whatsoever suffered or incurred arising directly or indirectly out of the use or reliance on the material contained in this content. Pitcher Partners is an association of independent firms. Pitcher Partners is a member of the global network of Baker Tilly International Limited, the members of which are separate and independent legal entities. Liability limited by a scheme approved under professional standards legislation.
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