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You have to withhold tax from payments you make to:

  • your employees
  • other workers, such as contractors that you have a voluntary agreement with to withhold PAYG amounts
  • businesses that don't quote their Australian business number (ABN) to you

You do this by collecting PAYG withholding and sending the withheld amounts to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) at regular intervals. By withholding amounts from payments you make, you help your payees meet their tax liabilities at the end of the financial year.

Find more information on PAYG withholding.

Register for PAYG withholding


If you have to withhold from payments, you must register for PAYG withholding before you’re first required to withhold an amount.

Register for PAYG withholding (and other taxes)

You can register for PAYG withholding online through the Business Registration Service. You can use the same form to register for other taxes at the same time.

What you need to do once you have registered


Once you're registered for PAYG withholding and make payments subject to withholding, you must:

  • lodge activity statements and pay the withheld amounts to the ATO
  • provide payment summaries to all employees and other payees by 14 July
  • provide a PAYG withholding payment summary annual report to the ATO by 14 August

You won’t need to provide payment summaries to your employees or lodge an annual report to the ATO for amounts you’ve reported and finalised through Single Touch Payroll (STP).

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Check which other taxes you need to register for.

Find out what PAYG instalments are.