The National Retail Association (NRA) has welcomed the announcement by the Queensland State Government to provide payroll tax relief to businesses impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. Under the measure, small and medium businesses throughout Queensland with a wage bill up to $6.5 million may be eligible to defer their payroll tax payment for six months. The NRA urges other states to follow suit.
NRA CEO Dominique Lamb said the announcement would be welcomed by many retailers. The impact faced by retailers can be varied by a decline in trade is currently being impacted by the reduced tourism trade, supply chain impacts and a general downturn in consumer sentiment.
“Payroll tax reform is a simple and effective way to offer financial relief to businesses with immediate effect. Last month we publicly called for a 12-month payroll tax holiday, this measure doesn’t go as far as that but it is good news nonetheless,” Lamb said.
“Queensland is a state with many iconic tourist attractions and the impact the Coronavirus has had on this sector has had a direct knock-on effect to retailers”, she said.
“We urge all our Queensland members to check if they are eligible by assessing any drop in economic activity they’ve suffered since the travel ban came into place on February 1. This is a good announcement by the Queensland Government and we hope it is an initiative that will be adopted by other state governments”, Lamb stated.
Last month the NRA released its ambitious blueprint, designed to tackle the unprecedented challenges confronting the sector and set Australian retail on course for recovery.