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Frequency of PAYG instalments Most taxpayers pay PAYG instalments quarterly, either 21 or 28 days after each quarter ends (the exact date is advised by the ATO). However, PAYG instalments are payable monthly instead of quarterly for certain large entities as follows: From 1 January 2016 for corporate tax entities with a turnover of $20 million or more and for all other entities in the PAYG system with a turnover of $1 billion or more. From 1 January 2017 for all entities with a turnover of $20 million or more. On the other hand, concessionary arrangements apply to the following taxpayers: Those who are not carrying on a business that requires them to be registered for GST (or are not partners in a GST-registered partnership) and whose income tax for the previous year was assessed at less than $8,000 – may pay one annual instalment. Primary producers, authors, artists and sports persons – may pay two instalments. Quarterly PAYG instalments calculation methods A quarterly PAYG instalment may be calculated using either: The instalment income method. The gross domestic product (GDP)-adjusted notional tax method. All taxpayers are entitled to use the instalment income method, but access to the GDP-adjusted notional tax method is typically confined to: Individuals. Companies and superannuation funds that recorded a business or investment income of $2 million or less in their most recently assessed income tax return. Instalment income method In this method, instalments are calculated using the following formula: Instalment income for the quarter × PAYG instalment rate
Chartered Accountants Program Taxation Australia Page 1-87 Unit 1 – Core content Instalment income method Instalment income for the quarter PAYG instalment rate For all taxpayers, ‘instalment income’ is the sum of: ordinary income, and net gains from Division 230 financial arrangements in the quarter for which an instalment is due Superannuation funds must also include statutory income (e.g. capital gains) in their instalment income (s. 45-120 in Schedule 1 TAA 1953) Note: Expenses incurred in deriving ordinary income do not reduce the instalment income amount because such expenses are taken into account by the ATO in calculating the PAYG instalment rate The ATO advises the taxpayer of the PAYG instalment rate. It is calculated by reference to the taxpayer’s data (i.e. income, deductions and tax offset entitlements) in the most recently lodged tax return The instalment rate can be varied down by the taxpayer using calculations that are based on their current year’s tax data, but excessive variations will attract an interest charge on the tax shortfall GDP-adjusted notional tax method PAYG instalments calculated under this method are based on the income tax liability that arises from the taxpayer’s most recently lodged income tax return adjusted for movements in GDP (published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics). The ATO notifies taxpayers of the amount and frequency of GDP-adjusted PAYG payments.

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