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By Jotham Lian / 14th Oct 2020

Employers will now have approximately one month to implement income tax cut changes as the ATO updates its tax withholding schedules.

The Tax Office has now updated its withholding schedules and tax tables to reflect the new personal income tax thresholds that were passed by parliament last week.

The changes will apply to payments made on and from 13 October this year, with employers now given until mid-November to implement the adjustments.

"As the changes to withholding are made part way through the income year, employers and other payers who are unable to immediately implement these changes into their payroll will have until 16 November 2020 to do so," said the ATO.

While the tax cuts have been backdated to 1 July this year, the tax table changes do not take into account any over-withheld amounts that individual taxpayers have paid since the start of the financial year.

Instead, this over-withheld amount will be factored into the tax assessment of an individual at the end of the income year.

"Employees and other payees will receive their entitlement to the reduced tax payable for the entire 2020-21 income year when they lodge their income tax return," the ATO said.

View the updated tax tables here.

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