Lump sum payments for unused annual leave or long service leave received by a deceased estate are tax-free.
Tax treatment of lump sum payments for unused annual and long service leave
Where a person terminates employment, they may receive lump sum payments for unused amounts of annual leave and long service leave. For tax purposes, these payments form part of their assessable income1 and a tax offset may then apply to reduce the rate of tax payable.
Exception: Lump sums received by the person’s estate
Where a person dies and their employer makes lump sum payments for unused annual leave and long service leave to their estate, an
exception applies so that these payments are not assessable income of the estate and are received tax-free. In this case, the employer
is not required to withhold tax from the leave payments and they are not included on the employee’s PAYG summary.
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