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The Nationals WA unveil payroll tax relief plan

For more information, contact Dave Grills (Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region).

The Nationals WA will deliver sweeping changes to the State’s payroll tax framework if elected to Government at the 2017 State election.


Announced at The Nationals WA State Conference last weekend, Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region Dave Grills MLC said the party’s plan to deliver significant payroll tax relief for small to medium business would encourage expansion, investment into new equipment and stimulate jobs growth in Western Australia.


“Under our plan, The Nationals WA will increase the payroll tax exemption threshold from $850,000 to $5 million for a period of two financial years,” Mr Grills said.


“It will also see the diminishing threshold retained for businesses with a wage bill between $5 million and $7.5 million offering further tax relief.”


Mr Grills said 10,000 of the 17,000 WA businesses that pay payroll tax would be exempt under the plan, which equated to more than 60 per cent of businesses.


“Industry lobby groups and small to medium businesses have been seeking reform to payroll tax for some time because it is often considered an impediment to business growth and development,” Mr Grills said.


“Major payroll tax reductions will help stimulate employment and make it easier for employers to invest in new equipment and infrastructure and hire additional workers.”


Mr Grills said the plan would also deliver the Small Business Kick-start Grant which would provide $5000 per employee for non-payroll taxable small businesses that create new jobs in their business and maintain the position for one year.


“Small businesses play a crucial role in providing employment opportunities along with training and skills development,” Mr Grills said.


“Such activity in particularly important in regional WA where small businesses are often the economic lifeblood of our communities.”


The Nationals WA leader Brendon Grylls MLA said the payroll tax reform agenda would be funded by revenue raised by increasing the iron ore Special Lease Rental from 25 cents per tonne to $5 per tonne.


“It is our aim to deliver payroll tax reform over the long term, however this cannot happen unless the State’s finances are in order,” Mr Grylls said.


“The Nationals WA have announced our plan to return the budget to surplus whilst maintaining investment in critical infrastructure and services which are needed in a softening economy.


“We will deliver our long term vision to support small to medium business through payroll tax relief when the Federal Government either implements a floor on the GST relativity at 75 cents in the dollar or exempts the iron ore Special Lease Rental from GST calculations.”


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For media enquiries contact Dave Grills MLC on (08) 9071 500 or email