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Payroll Tax

A tax in which an employer retains a certain percentage of an employee's wages or salary and gives it to the IRS or tax agency instead of the employee. This reduces or eliminates the possibility that the employee will spend his/her tax liability, and give the government cash flow to fund certain operations. See also: Withholding.

payroll tax

a TAX on a firm's total WAGE bill. The tax may be paid wholly by the firm or on some shared basis with employees. Insofar as such a tax alters the relative price of LABOUR and CAPITAL, it may result in the firm substituting capital for labour.
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Payroll taxes are imposed on employers and employees and are taken out of an employee's salary.
As of this month, Queensland now has one of the highest payroll tax threshold rates and lowest tax rates in the country.
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If the payroll tax proposal had merit, the campaign for it would attract financial and political support.
This classification is important because, unless an exception applies, the common law employer is liable for the collection, payment, and reporting of payroll taxes and is subject to tax assessments and penalties for failures.
Employers and employees are not subject to payroll taxes at any time on employer contributions to retirement plans.
"I have a very simple question: Did you support a payroll tax? Yes or no, and is that a good idea?" Cruz said.
Additionally, the rules could increase the payroll tax burden on business owners who are already fully complying with the law.
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