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The Payment Times Reporting Scheme was introduced in 2021 and requires eligible businesses to report the payment terms and times when dealing with small businesses. The aim of the scheme is to improve payment outcomes for small businesses.
There are a number of criteria that determine who is required to report, including the type of business structure and annual income thresholds.
Find out more about who needs to report
Reporting entities are large businesses in Australia that have:
Find out more about the income thresholds.
Is your company a member of a corporate structure? If yes, you may still be caught by the payment times reporting scheme if you fall within the above income thresholds.
There is guidance material available for entities who are part of a corporate group.
It is recommended that all reporting entities review the Guidance note 2: Preparing a payment times report before completing and submitting a report.
If eligible, you must prepare and submit reports every 6 months through the Payment Times Reporting Portal. The timing of lodgement is dependent on the reporting entity’s income year, which is based on the financial year used for tax purposes.
Find out more about reporting period requirements.
A template report is available. In order to complete the report, businesses should have the following information available:
Find out more about what is in a report?
Businesses are required to report on an invoice payment if all of the following apply:
Find out more about which invoices are required to be reported.
If you are required to report, but fail to do so, there are several compliance and enforcement tools which may be applied to you. This includes:
Find out more about compliance and enforcement.