Payments reporting extended to couriers and cleaners

Payments reporting extended to couriers and cleaners

The government will extend the taxable payments reporting system (TPRS) to contractors in the courier and cleaning industries. The measure will have effect from 1 July 2018 and is estimated to have a gain to revenue of $318m in the forward estimates period.

The TPRS is a transparency measure and already operates in the building and construction industry, where it has resulted in improved contractor compliance. Under the TPRS, businesses are required to report payments they make to contractors (individual and total for the year) to the ATO.

This measure brings payments to contractors in the courier and cleaning industries into line with wages paid to similar workers, which are reported to the ATO. Businesses in these industries will need to ensure that they collect information from 1 July 2018, with the first annual report required in August 2019.

Source: Budget Paper No 2, p 35.

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