Notice of intent acknowledgment

The ATO are writing to individuals who claimed a personal superannuation contribution deduction in their 2019 tax return and a notice of intent acknowledgment has not been reported by their fund.

21 May 2020

Are your members topping up or starting a new pension?

There could be adverse consequences on your members transfer balance cap if they top up, or start a new pension.

18 May 2020

Division 7A and lodgment date

As part of the ATO response to COVID-19, the 15 May 2020 lodgment date for company 2018–19 income tax returns has been automatically extended to 5 June 2020.

13 May 2020

2020 FBT returns

Request a fringe benefits tax (FBT) client list and check which of your clients need to lodge FBT returns this year.

12 May 2020

STP exemption for closely held payees

If you pay someone directly related to your business,the reporting exemption now extended.

12 May 2020

Inappropriate use of myGov

The ATO are reminding tax practitioners that using your clients’ personal login details to access their individual ATO Online accounts through myGov is not an approved channel to manage your clients’ tax affairs.

6 May 2020

JobKeeper enrolments extended for initial payments

The Commissioner has extended the time to enrol for the initial JobKeeper periods from 30 April 2020 until 31 May 2020.

29 Apr 2020

Enroling for JobKeeper Payment

JobKeeper Payment is now open for enrolment through Online services for agents.

21 Apr 2020

Cash flow boost for employers – schemes to artificially create or inflate entitlements

The ATO are aware of schemes that may be used to create inappropriate entitlements to the cash flow boost for employers.

17 Apr 2020

Cash flow boost for employers – fraudulent arrangements


will be looking out for businesses which try to fraudulently access the cash flow boost for employers.

17 Apr 2020

Employers need to get ready for JobKeeper now

The new JobKeeper Payment has now passed through parliament and the Australian Taxation Office is working to assist business to access the scheme, helping them to retain their employees.

16 Apr 2020

JobKeeper Payment is here

Understand what employers can do to ready themselves for the JobKeeper payment.

15 Apr 2020

Super guarantee amnesty update

Remind clients of the timeframe for the superannuation guarantee (SG) amnesty, so they can make unpaid SG payments by 7 September 2020. By law, the ATO cannot extend the period of the amnesty.

14 Apr 2020

New working from home claim shortcut

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is announcing special arrangements this year due to COVID-19 to make it easier for people to claim deductions for working from home.

7 Apr 2020

Varying your PAYG instalments

Advice for taxpayers seeking to vary their PAYG instalments as a result of COVID-19.

6 Apr 2020

A better payment experience

The ATO has made improvements to their payment processes to make it easier for your clients to pay their tax.

1 Apr 2020

Superannuation guarantee amnesty

On 6 March 2020 a super guarantee (SG) amnesty was introduced allowing eligible employers to disclose and pay unpaid SG without penalty and to claim a tax deduction. Employers will have until 11:59 PM 7 September to disclose, lodge and pay.

30 Mar 2020


Information and assistance if you have been affected by COVID-19 outbreak

17 Mar 2020

Your auditor report is critical for SAR lodgment

You must receive your SMSF auditor’s report before you lodge your SMSF annual return.

12 Mar 2020

Appoint your auditor before the end of March

For SMSF annual returns due on 15 May, you need to have engaged an auditor by 31 March.

12 Mar 2020

A late SMSF annual return will change the status of your fund

SMSFs more than two weeks overdue on any annual return lodgment will have their status changed on Super Fund Lookup.

12 Mar 2020

Support measures to assist those affected by COVID-19

The ATO will implement a series of administrative measures to assist Australians experiencing financial difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

12 Mar 2020

Superannuation guarantee amnesty

On 6 March 2020 the government introduced a super guarantee (SG) amnesty, allowing eligible employers to disclose and pay unpaid SG without penalty and to claim a tax deduction. The amnesty will be available until 6 September 2020. As the end date falls on a weekend, employers will have until 11:59 PM 7 September to disclose, lodge and pay.

10 Mar 2020

Acquiring a clearance certificate when selling a property

You require a clearance certificate if you are selling taxable Australian real property. Find out how to apply for one.

12 Feb 2020

Help small businesses get their expenses right

The ATO 2019 Small Business Tax Time Toolkit may assist you and your small business clients complete accurate expense claims.

10 Feb 2020

Lodging your TPAR

The Taxable payments annual report (TPAR) is due by 28 August. Businesses can lodge online or on paper. Government entities must lodge online. Watch the ATO video to find out how to lodge online.

7 Feb 2020

SMSF investing in new residential property?

New residential property is a popular investment for many self-managed super funds. Make sure you know if you have GST obligations and what to do.

30 Jan 2020

Taxable payments reporting for businesses hiring cleaning or courier contractors

Read more about the requirements for businesses providing cleaning services to complete a Taxable payments annual report (TPAR).

24 Jan 2020

Valuing car parking fringe benefits

You must check that a valuation, required under the market value method, is reasonable despite engaging an arm’s length valuer.

24 Jan 2020

AUSkey closes in nine weeks

AUSkey will no longer be available from late March. To continue using Online services for agents and your SBR-enabled software you will need to set up your myGovID.

20 Jan 2020

Natural disasters

If you or your clients are affected by natural disasters, such as cyclone, flood, bushfire drought or storm, the ATO can help you with your lodgment program and reconstructing records.

9 Jan 2020

Limiting deductions for vacant land

In the 2018–19 Federal Budget the Government announced that it would limit deductions for expenses associated with holding vacant land.

7 Jan 2020

What activity statement financial processing means for tax professionals

From December 2019, activity statement financial processing (ASFP) improves, the way ATO financial information is displayed for tax professionals.

6 Jan 2020

Bushfires 2019-20

If you’ve been affected by bushfires, find out about the support available to you.

6 Jan 2020

Expanding tax incentives for investments in affordable housing

Resident individuals who invest in qualifying affordable housing after 1 January 2018 may be eligible for an additional ten percentage point CGT discount.

23 Dec 2019

Full Federal Court finds Racing Clubs are liable for SGC on unpaid super for jockeys

This week, the Full Federal Court ruled in favour of the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), agreeing that horse racing clubs and state racing boards are required to pay superannuation contributions on behalf of jockeys.

18 Dec 2019

Small employers urged to make the switch to Single Touch Payroll

The ATO is urging small employers who’ve not yet made the switch to Single Touch Payroll (STP) to get in touch if they need help to transition.

19 Nov 2019

Super Scheme Smart

There are a number of schemes targeting Australians planning for their retirement. These schemes encourage individuals to send money inappropriately through their self-managed super fund (SMSF).

19 Nov 2019

ATO grants two month deferral for bushfire victims in New South Wales and Queensland

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) today announced that it will grant a two month lodgment and payment deferral to taxpayers impacted by the recent catastrophic bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland.

18 Nov 2019

Work Christmas parties and gifts

Unwrapping fringe benefits tax (FBT) this festive season. The FBT implications of providing Christmas parties and gifts.

11 Nov 2019

Limiting deductions for vacant land

In the 2018–19 Federal Budget the Government announced that it would limit deductions for expenses associated with holding vacant land.

31 Oct 2019

Salary sacrificing super – information for employers

An employee can ‘sacrifice’ part of their salary or wages into super contributions under an agreement with you. You then pay this amount to their fund.

31 Oct 2019

Removing tax deductibility of non-compliant payments

You can only claim deductions for payments you make to your workers where you have complied with the PAYG withholding and reporting obligations for that payment.

30 Oct 2019

Capital gains tax changes for foreign investors

On 9 May 2017, the government announced that Australia’s foreign resident capital gains tax (CGT) regime will be extended to deny foreign and temporary tax residents access to the CGT main residence exemption.

29 Oct 2019

Improvements to payment plans in Online services for agents

The ATO have added new features to Online services for agents to help you support your clients, and make it easier for them to pay their tax debts.

28 Oct 2019

Expanding tax incentives for investments in affordable housing

Resident individuals who invest in qualifying affordable housing after 1 January 2018 may be eligible for an additional ten percentage point CGT discount.

24 Oct 2019

Applying the margin scheme correctly

Make sure your clients are eligible to use the margin scheme before they sell property, and that amendments to the law are applied correctly.

9 Oct 2019

External collection agencies

The ATO are continuing to use external collection agencies to obtain overdue lodgments on their behalf. In late September you may receive an email with a list of your clients who have overdue lodgment obligations. The ATO will contact these clients and may refer them to an external collection agency.

26 Sep 2019

Assessing the risk: allocation of profits within professional firms

How the ATO assess the risk of Part IVA applying to the allocation of profits from a professional firm where the income is not personal services income.

24 Sep 2019

Have you used the margin scheme correctly?

Familiarise yourself with the margin scheme before selling property, to determine your eligibility to use the scheme and ensure the law is applied correctly.

20 Sep 2019

Hiring working holiday makers?

Things employers need to do to meet your obligations when hiring working holiday makers.

05 Sep 2019

TPAR extends to new industries

How road-freight, IT and security, surveillance and investigation services can get ready for their first taxable payment annual report (TPAR).

4 Sep 2019

Get PAYG withholding obligations right to claim a deduction

The rules around claiming deductions for payments to workers have changed. Employers that don’t meet their PAYG withholding obligations can no longer claim these payments next tax time.

4 Sep 2019

No longer accepting spreadsheet TBAR lodgments from 31 October

Since the introduction of online TBAR lodgment via Online services for agents, agents will no longer be able to lodge the TBAR spreadsheet form after 31 October 2019.

19 Aug 2019

ATO watching for foreign income this Tax Time

The ATO is urging taxpayers who receive any foreign income from investments, family members or working overseas to make sure they report it this tax time.

15 Aug 2019

Disclosure of business tax debts

The Government introduced a bill on 24 July 2019 that will allow the ATO to disclose business tax debt information to registered credit reporting bureaus of businesses that have not engaged with the ATO to manage their debts.

14 Aug 2019

Federal Court provides clarification on the personal services income rules

The Federal Court handed down two decisions relating to personal services income (PSI) rules yesterday.

13 Aug 2019

FBT on home phone and internet expenses

Reimbursing employees or paying a third party for their internet expenses? Find out more information on how you can help your clients to comply with their fringe benefits tax obligations.

24 Jul 2019

Taxable payments annual report due 28 August

If your business paid contractors during the 2018–19 financial year you may need to lodge a Taxable payments annual report (TPAR). TPAR lodgments are due by 28 August 2019.

24 Jul 2019

Include sales of new property in your BAS

If you supply (sell) new residential property or land that new residential property could be built on, you must report sales and GST in your business activity statement.

24 Jul 2019

When to lodge a family trust election

A trust must pass the family control test on 30 June 2019 before a family trust election can be made for the 2018–19 income year.

2 Jul 2019

Lodging your TPAR

You need to lodge your Taxable payments annual report (TPAR) by 28 August. Businesses can do this online or by paper form. Government entities must lodge their report online.

27 Jun 2019

ATO puts the brakes on dodgy car claims

The ATO is making work-related car expenses a key focus again during Tax Time 2019. This follows warnings by the ATO last year that work-related car expenses would face greater scrutiny.

25 Jun 2019

STP and closely held payees

Information on the quarterly reporting concession for closely held payees

19 Jun 2019

Unreported ‘cash in hand’ payments to workers no longer tax deductible

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) today reminded employers that any ‘cash in hand’ payments made to workers from 1 July 2019 will not be tax deductible.

18 Jun 2019

Tax time tips for small business – 2019

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is lending a helping hand to nearly four million small businesses to get their tax right this tax time.

14 Jun 2019

Single Touch Payroll starts 1 July – small employers are you ready?

The ATO strongly encourage all employers with 19 employees or less to get on board and start reporting through Single Touch Payroll from 1 July 2019.

11 Jun 2019

Guidance on super guarantee leave loading

The ATO has recently updated their guidance on how to treat super guarantee on leave loading for your employees

6 Jun 2019

Deferral notification registered agents 4 June

Information for tax agents about the 5 June concessional arrangement for tax returns with a lodgment due date of 15 May 2019.

6 Jun 2019

Study and training loans – what’s new

Content related to any new legislation for study and training loans.

5 Jun 2019

ATO to iron out false laundry claims

The ATO will target false clothing and laundry work-related expense claims this tax time. In 2018, around six million people claimed work-related clothing and laundry expenses totalling nearly $1.5 billion.

4 Jun 2019

Increasing access to company losses

A new ‘similar business test’ now makes it easier for businesses to use past year losses to reduce their taxable income.

4 Jun 2019

Take care of yourself and your staff, contact us early in times of difficulty

Take care of yourself and your staff, contact us early in times of difficulty.

3 Jun 2019

System availability and start of return processing

The ATO will start full processing of 2019 tax returns on 5 July 2019. They expect to start paying refunds from 16 July 2019.

30 May 2019

Inactive low-balance super accounts

Super funds are required to transfer the balance of inactive low-balance accounts to us and, where possible, we’ll proactively consolidate these into active super accounts.

24 May 2019

Auditing an SMSF that is winding up

Guidance for SMSF auditors on auditing an SMSF that is is winding up

17 May 2019

Trustee obligations on ATO radar: TFN reports

The ATO is currently looking into various trustee obligations, such as TFN reports. Find out what you need to do to get things right.

17 May 2019

Help with your lodgment program

If you are experiencing difficulties managing your lodgment program due to unforeseen circumstances, help is available.

8 May 2019

Director penalty regime

As a director, you must ensure your company complies with its tax and super obligations. Failure to do so will result in a personal liability.

3 May 2019

How the ATO deals with non-compliance

The ATO main focus is encouraging SMSF trustees to comply with the super laws, but there are occasions when stronger responses are warranted.

3 May 2019

Key changes to ATO portal

Information about key features available in Online services for agents.

2 May 2019

ATO receives cryptocurrency data to assist tax compliance

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is collecting bulk records from Australian cryptocurrency designated service providers (DSPs) as part of a data matching program to ensure people trading in cryptocurrency are paying the right amount of tax. Data to be provided to the ATO will include cryptocurrency purchase and sale information. Deputy Commissioner Will Day said the data will make up a key element in the ATO’s compliance program.

30 Apr 2019

Tax office to double audits of dodgy rental deductions

Rental property owners are being warned to ensure their claims are correct this tax time, as the ATO will double the number of audits scrutinising rental deductions.

17 Apr 2019

2019 Tax time summary of non-individual form changes

A summary of expected changes to certain tax returns and schedules for the 2019 income year. It also includes expected changes to the International dealings schedule.

16 Apr 2019

FBT issues on ATO radar

With the end of another fringe benefits tax (FBT) year approaching, the ATO want to tell you about the FBT issues that are currently hot on their radar so you can avoid costly mistakes.

3 Apr 2019

Statement of tax record

From 1 July 2019, tenderers and their first tier subcontractors applying for Commonwealth Government contracts over $4 million (including GST), must obtain a statement of tax record (STR) showing satisfactory engagement with the tax system.

26 Mar 2019

Ordinary time earnings – annual leave loading

Information outlining the ATO view on when annual leave loading is part of ordinary time earnings, the evidence required to comply with that view, and ATO compliance approach for historical quarters.

12 Mar 2019

Time for small employers to get ready for Single Touch Payroll

Legislation to extend Single Touch Payroll (STP) reporting to all employers from 1 July 2019 is now law.

7 Mar 2019

What’s new for small business

Small businesses have access to a range of tax concessions. This page summarises the latest changes to concessions available to small businesses.

30 Jan 2019

New data on shares helps taxpayers to get it right

The Australian Taxation Office is once again extending its data matching program, this time focussing on share data.

30 Oct 2018

Shifty sales suppression tools now against the law

It is now illegal to manufacture, distribute, possess, use or sell electronic sales suppression tools (ESSTs).

10 Oct 2018

Ban on electronic sales suppression tools

An electronic sales suppression tool (ESST) is a tool used to facilitate tax evasion by manipulating business transaction records and under-reporting income.

5 Oct 2018

What’s new for small business

Small businesses have access to a range of tax concessions. This page summarises the latest concessions available to small businesses.

26 Sep 2018

What can you claim if you’re a flight attendant, police officer or a nurse?

With work-related expenses and rental property claims high on its radar this year, the Australian Taxation Office is stepping up help and advice for taxpayers who aren’t quite sure what they can and cannot claim.

29 Aug 2018

Black Economy Taskforce: extension of the taxable payments reporting system (TPRS)

In the 2017–18 federal Budget, the Government announced that businesses that supply courier or cleaning services will need to report payments made to contractors if the payments are for courier or cleaning services. In the 2018–19 federal Budget the Government announced that businesses that supply road freight, security, investigation, surveillance or information technology services will need to report payments made to contractors if the payments are for road freight, security investigation, surveillance or information technology services from 1 July 2019.

22 Aug 2018

Attention all car owners – you must declare what you share!

As part of the ATO focus on sharing activities, they are turning their attention to anyone earning income through car sharing platforms, in a bid to make sure they stay on the right side of the tax law.

22 Aug 2018

ATO posts review for online rentals

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is launching an extensive data-matching program to identify taxpayers receiving income from short term rentals. Information from online platform sharing sites for around 190,000 Australians will be examined to identify taxpayers who have left out rental income and over-claimed deductions.

13 Aug 2018

Penalty relief

Penalty relief applies to inadvertent errors in tax returns and activity statements. If the ATO finds an inadvertent error they will show you what it is and how to get it right next time.

02 Jul 2018

Clothing claims put through the wringer this Tax Time

A focus on work-related clothing and laundry expenses this Tax Time will see the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) more closely examine taxpayers’ whose clothing claims don’t suit them.

14 Jun 2018

Targeted amendments to Division 7A

In the 2018–19 Budget the government announced that unpaid present entitlements will come within the scope of Division 7A of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936. The targeted amendments of Division 7A from the previous 2016–17 Budget will be progressed as a consolidated package with a 1 July 2019 start date.

24 May 2018

Work-related car expenses media grabs

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has announced that it will be closely examining claims for work-related car expenses this tax time and has released video content for television stations interested in covering the story.

3 May 2018

ATO driven to scrutinise car claims this tax time

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has announced that it will be closely examining claims for work-related car expenses this tax time as part of a broader focus on work related expenses.

3 May 2018

Focus on holiday home rentals

The ATO are setting their sights on the large number of mistakes, errors, and false claims being made by rental property owners who use their property for their own personal holidays.

28 Mar 2018

Research and development registration

If your client intends to claim the Research and development (R&D) tax incentive for 2017, they must register. Submit their R&D registration application with the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science by 30 April 2018.

14 Mar 2018

From kebab shop to chiropractor, you can now instantly check your business performance

The ATO has released its latest small business benchmarks, providing over 100 different industries with average cost of sales and average total expenses. Businesses as varied as seafood retailers, bricklayers and dentists can see clearly what the relevant benchmarks are for their industry.

8 Mar 2018

Time for employers to get ready for Single Touch Payroll

The ATO is urging employers with 20 or more employees to act now and prepare for Single Touch Payroll (STP) – the next step in streamlining payroll reporting.  From 1 July 2018, employers will need to report their employees’ tax and super information to the ATO through payroll software that is STP ready.

6 Mar 2018

Australians on notice to keep their receipts

The ATO is warning taxpayers they will be paying close attention to claims for ‘other’ work-related expenses this year, and is reminding people to keep appropriate records.

20 Feb 2018

Changes to company tax rates

From the 2017–18 income year, companies need to be base rate entities to apply the lower 27.5% company tax rate. Base rate entities have a turnover less than $25 million and are carrying on a business.

12 Dec 2017

ATO finalises its position in relation to SMSF event-based reporting

After detailed consultation with the self-managed super fund (SMSF) sector, the ATO announced today that its implementation of SMSF event-based reporting from 1 July 2018 will be limited to those SMSFs with members with total superannuation account balances of $1 million or more.

9 Nov 2017

New approach for truck drivers to claim their meal expenses

The ATO has worked closely with the trucking industry to reinstate the ‘meal-by-meal’ approach for truck drivers who claim travel expenses for meals. Find out more about how this affects your truck driver clients.

27 Oct 2017

Car claims in the crosshairs

Media release warning taxpayers that the ATO are paying close attention to claims for work-related car expenses this tax time.

25 Aug 2017

Tax Avoidance Taskforce – Trusts

In the 2013–14 Budget, the government announced it would provide funding over four years for a multi-agency taskforce to take compliance action against taxpayers involved in tax avoidance or evasion using trusts.

25 Aug 2017

Trusts – tax consequences of trust splitting

The ATO are currently developing an advice or guidance product to clarify their view on the tax consequences of trust splitting arrangements.

18 Aug 2017

Setting the record straight on Single Touch Payroll

The ATO is aware of recent media commentary regarding the implementation of aspects of Single Touch Payroll. This commentary relates specifically to proposed changes to the process when an employee starts a job.

16 Aug 2017

Voice authentication

Use voice authentication to quickly and securely verify your identity when you access ATO online services through the ATO app or by contact the ATO by phone.

13 Jun 2017

Homing in on holiday homes

In the lead up to the June long weekend the ATO is reminding taxpayers that they are paying close attention to rental properties located in popular holiday destinations around Australia.

7 Jun 2017

ATO approach to dealing with super guarantee non-compliance

The ATO recognises the importance of the Superannuation Guarantee and works to ensure employees are paid their entitlements.

3 May 2017

Practical tips

Practical tips provide you with information and instructional advice about common errors and changes to processes.

10 Oct 2016

Claiming the small business income tax offset

The ATO have identified some common errors when reporting net small business income to claim the small business income tax offset. Find out how you can avoid these errors and correctly claim the offset for your clients.

21 Sep 2016

Reporting PAYG instalments on a company tax return

Avoid errors when completing PAYG instalments raised on the calculation statement for your client’s company tax return.

12 Aug 2016

Accountants Desktop one minute budget summary on our Facebook page

4 May 2016

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