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Tax Tip Tuesday: When do I pay PAYG Instalments for my Business?

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A PAYG Instalment forms part of a small businesses BAS (Business Activity Statement). But what exactly is a PAYG Instalment? And when do you need to pay it for your business?

What is a PAYG Instalment?

A PAYG Instalment (or Pay As You Go Instalment) is the ATO’s way of making us prepay our income tax during the year for our Business.

When do you pay PAYG Instalments?

When you lodge your Income Tax Return for your small business, any PAYG Instalments paid during the year will be a credit against the Income Tax calculated. So by prepaying your tax it will help to reduce or avoid those lumpy tax payments at the end of the year, which no business wants!

A PAYG Instalment amount is calculated based on your previous tax return lodged. So, if you paid some tax last year for your business, it is likely that you will have to pay PAYG Instalments this year. However, if it is your first year of operation you won’t pay PAYG instalments, as you haven’t lodged your first tax return yet. Also, if your business was in a tax loss position last year, you will not pay tax instalments as the tax payable last year was nil. Continue reading “Tax Tip Tuesday: When do I pay PAYG Instalments for my Business?”

How does my Tax Return affect my PAYG Instalments?

Tax tips, accounting, PAYG Instalments, bookkeeping, small business, nudge accounting, startupsSo you have been organised this year and have prepared the Income Tax Return for your small business. Last year was a great year, which means that you are stuck with a tax bill. At first you think lets lodge it on the last day so I can defer paying the tax as late as possible.

What does this mean for the quarterly PAYG Instalments you have to pay?

Lets look at an example:
A small business works out the taxable income for the year ended 30 June 2014 is $100,000. Company income tax on this is $30,000.

The company has paid quarterly PAYG Instalment of $2,000 per quarter. The total PAYG Instalments is $8,000.

On this basis, the balance of the income tax payable when the return is lodged is $22,000.

Depending on when the income tax return is lodged, the small business will need to make a catch up PAYG Instalment in that quarter. What this means for the PAYG Instalments is as follows:

(a) If the income tax return is lodged in the September 2014 quarter, the quarterly PAYG Instalments going forward will be approximately $7,500 per quarter.

(b) If the income tax return is lodged in the December 2014 quarter, the quarterly PAYG Instalment for the December quarter will be approximately $13,000, then $7,500 for the following quarters.

(c) If the income tax return is lodged in the March 2015 quarter, the quarterly PAYG Instalment for the March quarter will be approximately $18,500, then $7,500 for the following quarter.

(d) If the income tax return is lodged in the June 2015 quarter, the quarterly PAYG Instalment
for the June quarter will be approximately $24,000.

Bear in mind for the above example that the quarterly instalments remain at $2,000 per quarter until the income tax return is lodged.

So in summary, once a return is lodged, the ATO will reassess the quarterly PAYG instalments. We just need to be aware of how this is calculated so business cash flow for the rest of the financial year is not so lumpy.

This Tax Tips Tuesday is brought to you with love by Nudge Accounting. You can read more about PAYG Instalments and other Tax Tips here.

Tax Tips Tuesday – What are PAYG Instalments?

Tax tips, accounting, PAYG Instalments, bookkeeping, small business, nudge accounting, startupsPay As You Go Instalments (PAYG Instalments) is the Australian Tax Office’s way of making us prepay our income tax during the year. This means that when you lodge your Income Tax Return for your small business, any PAYG Instalments paid during the year will be a credit against the Income Tax calculated.

So, although no one likes to pay tax, PAYG Instalments helps avoid or reduce the lumpy tax payments at year end. Generally, this is paid through the Business Activity Statements each quarter and the ATO gives two options to calculate how much to pay:

  • PAYG Instalment Amount (this is a fixed dollar amount they provide)
  • PAYG Instalment Method (this is a % that you apply to business or investment income)

Registration for PAYG Instalments will be triggered once the ATO sees your income tax return includes business or investment income (eg dividends, interest, partnership or trust distributions) and, if you are a sole trader, when your income from these sources is more than $4,000. Continue reading “Tax Tips Tuesday – What are PAYG Instalments?”

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