From 1 July 2015, some business owners will have their pay as you go (PAYG) withholding cycles changed.

The cycle change is based on the amount you withheld under your Australian business number (ABN) in all branches during the 2013-14 Financial Year. If you withheld between $25,000 and $1 million, you will need to report and pay monthly. If the amount was more than $1 million, you will need to report and pay electronically according to the set payment dates for large withholders.

Those businesses affected will soon receive a letter from the ATO advising them of the change, and what to do if they want to remain on their current cycle.

You (or your accountant) can request to remain on an existing cycle if your estimates for the 2015-16 Financial Year are lower than the new thresholds. Any request to remain on an existing cycle must be sent to the ATO in writing within 14 days to:

Australian Taxation Office
PO Box 3575

For more information

You can find out more about changes to PAYG withholding cycles on the ATO website by searching for ’cycle changes’ or ’large withholders’, or by calling 13 72 86 (Fast Key Code 1 1 3).

Lloyd Priddle
Lloyd has had a very successful career as an accountant, director and author for almost 40 years. Holding post-graduate qualifications in Business, Lloyd has specialised in Business Development, and worked with the Queensland Government and local councils on numerous occasions through association with AusIndustry and the SBAS Natural Disaster Assistance Program. He is also board member of a number of commercial and not-for-profit entities.