Pay as you go (PAYG) withholding is a system for withholding amounts from payments to employees and businesses. An entity will have withholding obligations if the entity:

  • has employees, including company directors and officeholders 
  • has other workers such as contractors, and voluntarily agrees to withhold tax from payments to them 
  • makes payments to other businesses, if they don't quote an Australian business number (ABN) to the entity 

If you are an employer or run a business and withhold amounts from payments, you need to:

  • register for PAYG withholding 
  • withhold amounts from wages and other payments 
  • lodge activity statements and pay the withheld amounts to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) provide payment summaries to employees and other payees 
  • provide the ATO with an annual report once each income year has ended.