WA Employers Warned About Payroll Contractor Tax “Scam”

Employers have been urged to check if payroll taxes are being paid to the State Government if they are using payroll processing contractors, after revelations taxes have not been passed on by some contractors. Recent audits have indicated that a number of payroll processors are receiving payroll tax from employers but they are not handing…

Government Claims Budget Recovering Despite Increasing Deficit

The McGowan Government believes WA’s finances are “heading in the right direction” despite a rise in WA’s budget deficit and debt. Treasurer Ben Wyatt said while revealing the Mid-year Review on Wednesday that the review was a result of “responsible financial management”, reflecting the government’s aim of containing spending. WA’s finances improved by $568 million…

Payroll Tax Exemption Change to Fund Training Places

The McGowan government will tighten payroll tax training exemptions for businesses that will result in new funded training places next year. 9,600 new jobs will be created under the new scheme that will come into effect from December 1 this year that will prevent companies from avoiding paying payroll tax. “We need a system which…

Opposition Says “NO” To Labor’s Gold Tax Push

  The McGowan Government has relaunched their Gold Tax plan but the Opposition made it clear that they will not support it. During a joint press conference this morning, WA Treasurer Ben Wyatt and Minister for Mining & Petroleum Bill Johnston put forward their new Gold Tax plan. Under new rules, gold royalty rate will…

Gold Royalty Hike a Possibility After Talks Between Government, Industry

The WA Government could be reviving its gold royalty hike after Ben Wyatt revealed he is considering options to make the failed policy work without significantly impacting marginal mines. The Treasurer said there was a possibility the policy could be brought back after discussions with miners, though nothing had been decided yet. Premier Mark McGowan…

EXCLUSIVE: One Nation Stands Against Gold Levy

In the September budget, WA Treasurer Ben Wyatt announced a new tax on the gold sector as a solution to the dire state of WA’s finances, however on Tuesday, the WA One Nation Party are set to make a motion against it. Earlier this week, Mr Wyatt publicly criticised gold miners for refusing to pay…

New WA Jobs Expected Following New Goldfields Projects

More than 600 new jobs are expected to be created following the start of new gold projects in the Goldfields. Major gold projects will begin over the next 18 months, with the Dacian Mount Morgans project and Gruyere Gold Project to begin production. “It has been so pleasing to hear the positive jobs news coming…

BUDGET 2017: Big Employers To Foot WA’s Budget Repair

WA’s ‘big end of town’ is set to cop a beating on payroll tax as the McGowan Government looks to big employers and corporations to repair the budget. From the 1st, July next year, WA’s large employers will have to pay an extra 6% on payroll tax if their total payroll goes over $100 million.…