Public Ruling PTA030.2 Penalty charges under superannuation guarantee charge

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What this ruling is about

  1. The Pay-roll Tax (Harmonisation) Amendment Act 2008 amended the Payroll Tax Act 1971 (the Payroll Tax Act) with effect from 1 July 2008 to harmonise certain aspects of Queensland’s payroll tax system with the systems of other jurisdictions.
  2. The definition of ‘wages’ in the Schedule of the Payroll Tax Act includes superannuation contributions.
  3. The term ‘superannuation contribution’ is defined in s.3 of the Payroll Tax Act as a contribution paid or payable by an employer for an employee, or by a company for a director of the company:
    1. as a superannuation guarantee charge under the Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992 (Cwlth) (the SGA Act)
    2. to a superannuation fund under the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 (Cwlth)
    3. to another form of superannuation, provident or retirement fund or scheme.
  4. The purpose of this Public Ruling is to clarify which components of a superannuation guarantee charge under the SGA Act are subject to payroll tax.

Ruling and explanation

  1. Superannuation guarantee charge for an employer for a quarter is made up of:
    1. the total of the employer’s individual superannuation guarantee charge shortfalls for the quarter
    2. the employer’s nominal interest component for the quarter
    3. the employer’s administration component for the quarter.1
  2. The sum of the three components referred to in paragraph 5 is subject to payroll tax.
  3. Payroll tax is not imposed on:
    1. any additional superannuation guarantee charge under s.492 or Part 7of the SGA Act
    2. any superannuation guarantee charge payable in relation to a contribution for which the employer has paid pay-roll tax when the contribution was payable, and for which there would have been a reduction in the charge percentage under the SGA Act if the contribution had been paid.4

Date of effect

  1. This Public Ruling takes effect from the date of issue.


David Smith
Commissioner of State Revenue
Date of issue: 3 July 2009


 Public Ruling Issued  Dates of effect
From To
PTA030.2 3 July 2009 3 July 2009 Current
PTA030.1 24 February 2009 1 July 2008 2 July 2009


  1. Section 17 of the SGA Act and ss.5 and 6 of the Superannuation Guarantee Charge Act 1992 (Cwlth)
  2. Section 49 of the SGA Act imposes general interest charge on unpaid superannuation guarantee charge.
  3. Part 7 of the SGA Act imposes additional superannuation guarantee charge if an employer other than a government body refuses or fails to provide a superannuation guarantee statement or information relevant to assessing the employer’s liability to pay superannuation guarantee charge.
  4. Section 3(2) of the Payroll Tax Act