A Guide to Weekly Tax Tables in Australia (2023 & Beyond)


For many Australians, navigating the tax system can feel like deciphering an ancient language. But don’t worry, Blaze Accountants and Business Consultants are here to shed light on a crucial tool – the weekly tax table.

This blog serves as your one-stop guide to understanding weekly tax tables in Australia, including their purpose, how to use them effectively, and how they impact your finances. Let’s dive in and ensure you’re maximizing your tax efficiency!


What is a Weekly Tax Table?

A weekly tax table is a handy resource provided by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to assist employers in accurately withholding tax from their employees’ salaries and wages. It essentially outlines the amount of tax that needs to be deducted based on an employee’s weekly earnings and tax filing status.

Why are Weekly Tax Tables Important?

Weekly tax tables play a vital role in ensuring a smooth and efficient tax collection process. Here’s how:

  • Accuracy: Using the correct tax table guarantees the right amount of tax is withheld from employee salaries, minimizing the risk of underpayment or overpayment throughout the year.
  • Streamlined Payroll: Tax tables simplify the payroll process for employers by providing a clear reference for tax deductions.
  • Tax Planning: Employees can utilize tax tables to estimate their potential tax liability and plan their finances accordingly.

Understanding the Weekly Tax Table Structure

The ATO offers various tax tables catering to different pay frequencies. The most common is the weekly tax table, which is structured as follows:

  • Weekly Earnings: This column lists various income brackets representing an employee’s gross weekly pay.
  • With Tax-Free Threshold: This section reflects the amount withheld after considering the tax-free threshold, which is the portion of income exempt from taxation.
  • No Tax-Free Threshold: This column indicates the tax deducted if an employee claims no tax-free threshold.

Using the Weekly Tax Table: A Step-by-Step Guide

Here’s how you (as an employer) or your payroll department can leverage the weekly tax table:

  1. Gather Information: Collect the employee’s gross weekly pay and their tax file number (TFN) declaration form, which indicates their tax filing status (including claiming the tax-free threshold).
  2. Locate the Relevant Table: Access the current weekly tax table from the ATO website  https://www.ato.gov.au/tax-rates-and-codes/tax-tables-overview.
  3. Identify the Earnings Bracket: Find the employee’s gross weekly pay on the “Weekly Earnings” column.
  4. Determine Tax Withholding: Based on the employee’s tax filing status (with or without claiming the tax-free threshold) select the appropriate column and locate the corresponding tax amount to be withheld.

Weekly Tax Table 2023 and Beyond

The current weekly tax tables apply from 1 July 2023. However, it’s important to note that the legislated stage 3 income tax cuts are scheduled to commence on 1 July 2024 (for the 2024-25 income year). This means the tax tables might be revised to reflect the lower tax rates.

Beyond Weekly Tax Tables: Additional Considerations

While tax tables simplify tax withholding, additional factors might influence an employee’s tax liability:

  • Salary Sacrifices: Contributions made towards salary sacrifice schemes (e.g., superannuation) can reduce taxable income.
  • Tax Offsets: Certain tax offsets can further lower tax payable, such as the low and middle income tax offset.
  • Taxable Allowances: Allowances provided by employers, like relocation allowances, might be taxable and impact tax deductions.

For these scenarios, consulting a registered tax agent can ensure accurate tax calculations and optimize your financial position.

Navigating Australia’s tax system can be complex. At Blaze Accountants and Business Consultants, our team of qualified professionals offers comprehensive tax advice and services. We can assist you with:

  • Understanding your tax obligations
  • Interpreting and utilizing tax tables effectively
  • Optimizing tax deductions and claiming available offsets
  • Ensuring compliance with ATO regulations
  • Managing your tax liabilities efficiently


The weekly tax table serves as a valuable tool for employers and employees alike. By understanding its purpose and utilizing it accurately, you can streamline the tax withholding process and ensure financial well-being.

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