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Section 14A of the Payroll Tax Act 1971 (the Payroll Tax Act) exempts from payroll tax, wages paid or payable to employees on parental, adoption or surrogacy leave. The exemption:
applies to wages paid or payable to employees taking parental, adoption or surrogacy leave
applies to all wages other than fringe benefits
is limited to a maximum of 14 weeks’ pay
applies irrespective of whether leave is taken
before or after the birth
before or after the adoption
before or after the child starts residing with the employee under a surrogacy arrangement
must be supported by keeping relevant records.1
For any one pregnancy, adoption or surrogacy arrangement, the exemption is limited to wages for a maximum of 14 weeks’ full-time leave for both full-time and part-time employees or the equivalent amount if taken over a longer period (maximum entitlement).2
This Ruling explains how the maximum entitlement is calculated and provides examples.
Ruling and explanation
The exemption applies to a maximum amount equivalent to 14 weeks’ pay at each employee’s normal rate of pay, regardless of whether the employee is a full-time or part-time employee. The leave may also be taken over more than 14 weeks at a reduced rate of pay per week.
Example 1 Stella is a full-time employee and elects to take adoption leave at half pay over a period of 28 weeks. Wages relating to the 28-week period are exempt.
Example 2 John is a part-time employee and elects to take parental leave at half pay over a period of 28 weeks. Wages relating to the 28-week period are exempt.
Date of effect
This Public Ruling takes effect from the date of issue.
Commissioner of State Revenue
Date of issue: 26 June 2013
Dates of effect
26 June 2013
26 June 2013
12 December 2012
16 April 2011
25 June 2013
See Public Ruling PTA012—Exemption for parental and adoption leave pay and Public Ruling PTAQ014A.1—Exemption for surrogacy leave pay. Public Ruling PTA012 is under review to reflect the amendments made to section 14A(4)(b) by the Revenue Amendment and Trade and Investment Queensland Act 2013.
Sections 14A(4)(a) and 14A(4)(b) of the Payroll Tax Act. Section 14A(4)(b), as amended by the Revenue Amendment and Trade and Investment Queensland Act 2013 is taken to have had effect on and from 16 April 2011; see s.143 of the Payroll Tax Act as inserted by section 45 of the amending Act.