SA election 2018: Liberals would raise payroll tax threshold to $1.5 million

Relieved: Josh Maczkowiack's business would benefit from the higher payroll tax threshold promised by the Liberal Party. Photo: Peri Strathearn.
Relieved: Josh Maczkowiack's business would benefit from the higher payroll tax threshold promised by the Liberal Party. Photo: Peri Strathearn.

Raising the payroll tax threshold by $900,000 would be a load off Josh Maczkowiack's mind, and that of other small to medium business owners.

Businesses which pay less than $1.5 million in wages will not have to pay payroll tax if the Liberals win the upcoming state election, party leader Steven Marshall has announced.

Mr Maczkowiack's business, IGA Fresh Westside in Murray Bridge, has been edging up against the current threshold for some time, and adjusting its budget to make sure it does not cross it.

"We've only got so much money to spend on wages," he said.

“It just means someone’s hours get cut, or as owners, we have to sacrifice our own wage.

"Straight away you go ahh.

"It doesn't mean I'm going to go straight out and spend $100,000 on wages, but it does mean I'm not worried about that tax.

"If I need to put someone on, I can, and I'm not having to put my staff under pressure to do more with less people, which leads to better customer service."

Mr Maczkowiack mentioned the issue to Mr Marshall when he visited Murray Bridge in December.

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