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    WA’s peak industry associations representing more than 27,500 businesses and over 500,000 employees have joined together to reiterate the importance of payroll tax reform.

    The Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA (CCI), the Australian Hotels Association, Association of Mining and Exploration Companies, Civil Contractors Federation, Master Builders Association, Real Estate Institute of WA and the WA Road Transport Association have welcomed the Liberal Party’s commitment to increase the payroll tax threshold to $900,000, should they be re-elected on March 11 and now calls upon WA Labor leader Mark McGowan to also commit to increasing the threshold, with a view to abolishing the tax entirely in the future.

    Speaking on behalf of the industry associations, CCI Chief Executive Officer Deidre Willmott said because payroll tax reform is vital to creating jobs and stimulating growth for WA businesses, WA’s peak industry bodies have united to reinforce the importance of this issue to WA Labor.

    “The business community – including the building, property, transport and logistics and SME sectors –seek the same level of support from WA Labor to lifting the payroll tax threshold,” Ms Willmott said.

    “Lifting the payroll tax threshold will help put Western Australians back to work, especially when four out of five WA jobs are created by the private sector.”

    Payroll tax presents a significant barrier to employment as it deters small business owners from taking on more staff as they approach the tax threshold.

    Research commissioned by CCI found that lifting the payroll tax threshold by $100,000 would create nearly 900 jobs for workers – directly and indirectly – with a $283 million economic benefit to the state.

    With WA’s jobless rate the highest in the nation, whichever party forms the next government must use payroll tax reform as a key component of job creation.