On this page:
- Doing your tax return
- Education debt
- Child Support and Government Payments
- Medicare levy surcharge and Private Health Insurance Rebate
- Remote Area Benefits
These fact sheets dive in and give greater detail on salary packaging benefits and their impacts. Speak with your AccessPay advisor for guidance on setting up a salary packaging arrangement that works best for you.
Doing your tax return
Participation in your employer’s salary packaging program enables you to reduce your taxable salary legally, and therefore, pay less income tax. One of the consequences of participation is that an amount known as a ‘Reportable Fringe Benefits’ will be recorded on your PAYG payment summary.
To find out more information, see the Reportable Fringe Benefits Amount Fact Sheets:
Salary packaging can still be beneficial if you have an education debt (such as HELP); however, it is likely to increase your fortnightly education debt repayment by 1% to 2% of your gross income. So while you may repay your debt at a faster rate, you will still make considerable tax savings.
We suggest that, as your required education debt repayment will increase at tax time, you advise your employer’s payroll office to tax you an additional amount each fortnight so that when end-of-financial year calculations are made, a lump sum will be available to make your education debt payment.
If you have an education debt, please disclose this to AccessPay so we can provide assistance with this calculation and ensure your salary packaging is set up correctly.
Child Support and Government payments such as Centrelink
A salary packaging arrangement may impact the amount of benefit you receive from Centrelink, and can also impact on other financial payments such as Child Support Payments.
Salary packaging and the Medicare levy surcharge and Private Health Insurance Rebate
Guidance regarding the potential impact of salary packaging on the Medicare levy surcharge and Private Health Insurance Rebate.
Remote Area Benefits
Employees who live and work in an area classified as “Remote” by the Australian Tax Office (“ATO”), ,may be able to access Remote Area Housing Assistance and/or Remote Area Holiday Transport