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Industry provides conditional support for closing payroll tax loophole

The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) has provided conditional support for Treasurer Ben Wyatt's intention to stop the potential abuse of payroll tax training exemptions.

In Western Australia, employers are exempt from paying payroll tax on employees undertaking accredited training. A potential abuse could arise, where employers repeatedly enrol ongoing employees in training courses, as a way of avoiding the payment of payroll tax.

Ai Group State Manager Kristian Stratton said it was important to ensure the exemptions were not being abused, but argued the Treasurer must ensure any changes didn't act as a disincentive for training and upskilling.

"At a time when technology is transforming Western Australian workforces, the last thing we should be doing is discouraging industry from training and reskilling its workforce," said Mr Stratton.

"To remain competitive in a quickly changing world, it is vital that industry continues to invest in training.

"If some employers are abusing the system, the State Government has every right to ensure that the exemption is only provided for employees engaged in genuine training.

"However, Ai Group encourages the State Government to consult with industry to ensure that any policy response doesn't work to discourage the training and upskilling of WA workers."

Media enquiries: Kristian Stratton – 0407 611 807