Central Coast Accountants

Director penalty regime - take two!

Published on February 24, 2013 at 12:00 AM

The Government has reintroduced legislation into Parliament to extend the director penalty regime. This will, among other things, make directors personally liable for their company’s unpaid superannuation guarantee amounts.

The changes also aim to ensure that directors cannot discharge their director penalties by placing their company into administration or liquidation while PAYG withholding or superannuation guarantee remains unpaid and unreported for three months after the due date.

The changes also propose a new “PAYG withholding non-compliance tax” that arises when a company has failed to pay amounts withheld to the Commissioner of Taxation. This tax will be levied on directors or associates of directors, provided certain criteria are met.

TIP: In 2011 the Government withdrew its original legislation from Parliament following calls for more consultation after a Parliamentary committee noted that innocent directors could be caught by the proposed rules.

Directors and those considering becoming a director (or those who might be considered an associate of a director) should take note of the changes. Please contact our office if you have any questions.