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06 Aug 2020 ATO News

Commissioner's message to Tax Professionals in Victoria

As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop, the ATO understands that the tax profession is facing a unique and ongoing set of challenges.

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ATO COVID-19 help if you need it

ATO support is available if you or your clients have been impacted by COVID-19.

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Additional support during COVID-19

Support with your tax obligations during COVID-19, including lodgment and payment options, varying your PAYG instalments or changing your GST reporting cycle.

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Where to find ATO COVID-19 FAQs

Information that was previously published as frequently asked questions during the early stages of COVID-19 has been relocated for easier access and reference.

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Loans put on hold during COVID-19

The ATO has clarified their position on loans that have been put on hold during COVID-19.

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Tax Time resources in languages other than English

ATO translated resources make tax time easier.

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2020 Completed matters

The list of ATO consultation matters registered in 2020 that have been completed or actioned through other processes.

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Services Australia income compliance program refunds

If you receive a refund from the Services Australia income compliance program, you or your tax agent do not need to take any action for tax purposes.

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Plutus Payroll founder jailed in Operation Elbrus

Mr. Simon Anquetil is the fifth person to be jailed for Operation Elbrus. He has been sentenced to seven years and six months for his role in a syndicate that is alleged to have defrauded the Commonwealth of more than $105 million.

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Current year performance

The ATO publishes monthly information about how they are performing against their commitments to service. New updates have been released.

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Advice under development - international issues

The ATO is developing advice and guidance on the following international issues.

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Advice under development - administration issues

The ATO is developing advice and guidance on the following administration issues.

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2020 completed issues

The ATO has updated a list of public advice and guidance issues that have been completed.

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Tax Time 2020 videos for the tax profession

A series of videos for tax professionals highlighting some key changes and tips for Tax Time 2020.

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Foreign exchange rates

List of daily, monthly and annual foreign exchange rates. Updated to include monthly rates from the Reserve Bank of Australia for July 2020.

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Matters under consultation with the ATO

The ATO has updated a list of the matters under consultation with the community. Information outlines the matters at hand and their current status, details of parties involved and projected completion dates.

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Consultation paper - Occupation and industry specific advice and guidance

This consultation paper invites your feedback on occupation and industry specific advice and guidance.

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2018 Australian CRS reportable accounts by jurisdiction

The ATO has updated information regarding Australian financial accounts held by foreign tax residents as at 31 December 2018 collected under the Common Reporting Standard (CRS).

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Residential rental property

Due to COVID-19, some new circumstances affect tax outcomes for residential rental properties.

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