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What Is TPAR-When And What Needs To Be Done?

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What Is TPAR-When And What Needs To Be Done?

Some businesses and government entities need to lodge a Taxable payments annual report (TPAR). You lodge a TPAR for payments made to contractors for services.

Due date of TPAR is 28 August each year.

Payments businesses and government entities need to report

Businesses need to report payments made to contractors or subcontractors during the financial year.

For government entities, there are specific requirements for TPAR reporting

Businesses who must lodge a Taxable payment reporting system (TPRS)

If your business is primarily in building and construction services, find out if you need to lodge a TPAR.

If you are providing cleaning services, find out if you need to lodge a TPAR.

If you are providing road freight and courier services, find out if you need to lodge a TPAR.

If you are providing information technology services, find out if you need to lodge a TPAR.

If you are providing security, investigation or surveillance services, find out if you need to lodge a TPAR.

When your business provides TPRS services and other unrelated services

From 1 July 2019, if your business provides both courier and road freight services, you must combine the payments you receive for both these services. Do this when you work out if you need to lodge a TPAR.

If TPRS services are only part of the services your business provides, you need to work out what percentage of the payments you receive are for TPRS services each financial year. You do this to determine if you need to lodge a TPAR.

This does not apply to building and construction services you provide.

If the total payments you receive for TPRS services are:

  • 10% or more of your business income: you must lodge a TPAR
  • less than 10% of your business income: you do not need to lodge a TPAR.

Steps to work out if you need to lodge

Step 1: calculate your total payments received from contractors for each relevant service.

Add up all payments your business received for each relevant TPRS service during the financial year. Include payments received when employees, contractors or sub-contractors performed services on your behalf.

Step 2: calculate your current or projected business income

If you have been operating your business for:

  • the full financial year: use your current business income for the year
  • less than 12 months of the financial year: use your projected business income. Do this by working out what your business income will be for the next full financial year.

Step 3: calculate what percent of your business income is from a relevant service

Calculate this percentage by using the following formula for each financial year:

Total payments received for a relevant service ÷ current or projected business income x 100 %

You must lodge a TPAR if:

  • 10% or more of your business income for the financial year is from a relevant service, and
  • you made payments to contractors for a relevant service during the year.

If you need to lodge a TPAR, report the total contractor payments made to each contractor for the relevant service provided on your behalf.

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