Hon Ben Wyatt LLB MSc MLA

Hon Ben Wyatt LLB MSc MLA

Former Treasurer; Minister for Finance; Aboriginal Affairs; Lands

    Payroll tax exemption for Boosting Apprenticeships Commencements scheme

    14/12/2020 9:45 AM
    • McGowan Government supporting WA business to create traineeships and apprenticeships
    • Western Australian businesses to be exempt from payroll tax on wages subsidised by the Boosting Apprenticeships Commencements
    • Exemption ensures WA businesses receive the full benefit of the wage subsidy  

    The McGowan Government has exempted Western Australian businesses from paying payroll tax on wage subsidies announced in the 2020-21 Commonwealth Government Budget.


    The Boosting Apprenticeships Commencements wage subsidy is for apprentices or trainees of eligible businesses who commence and undertake training between October 5, 2020 and September 30, 2021. 


    The scheme allows eligible businesses of all sizes, industries and locations to be reimbursed up to 50 per cent of an apprentice or trainee's gross wages up to $7,000 per quarter.


    The payroll tax exemption on these subsidies will ensure WA businesses recovering from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic receive the full benefit of the program.


    This payroll tax exemption is estimated to cost about $4 million, with wages for up to 5,600 trainees eligible for the payroll tax relief.


    For more information, visit https://www.wa.gov.au


    Comments attributed to Finance Minister Ben Wyatt:


    "The McGowan Government is committed to supporting Western Australian businesses recover from the impacts of COVID-19.


    "This payroll tax exemption will ensure Western Australian businesses are able to receive the full benefit of the Boosting Apprenticeships Commencements scheme.


    "By supporting these businesses, the McGowan Government is supporting the creation of local traineeships and apprenticeships for Western Australians."


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