What is an employment termination payment?

Lump sum payment

An employment termination payment (ETP) refers to a lump sum payment made to an employee when their employment is terminated. ETPs are subject to specific tax treatment, and they may include various components depending on the circumstances of the termination. Some common components of an ETP include the following.

Genuine redundancy payment

A payment made when a job is genuinely no longer required, and the employee is dismissed due to redundancy.

Unused leave payments

Payment for accrued but unused annual leave and long service leave.

Golden handshake or gratuity

A lump sum payment made by the employer to the employee upon termination, often as part of a negotiated termination package.

Compensation for loss of job

Payments made as compensation for the loss of employment.

Payments in lieu of notice

If an employer chooses not to give the required notice period, they may make a payment in lieu of notice.

It's important to note that the tax treatment of ETPs can vary based on the components and the circumstances of the termination. Some components may be tax-free or taxed at concessional rates, while others may be subject to higher rates of taxation. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) provides detailed information and guidelines on the taxation of employment termination payments.

Since tax laws and regulations can change, it's advisable to consult with a tax professional or check the latest information on the ATO website for the most up-to-date and accurate details regarding employment termination payments in Australia.

What is an employment termination payment?

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