03 Dec 1010
ATO’s BAS Agent Advisory Group
Deepti Paton ATIA attended a meeting of the ATO's BAS Agent Advisory Group on Monday 29 November 2010. At the meeting the group discussed the current landscape and challenges facing BAS agents, as a result of market evolution as well as changes in the regulatory environment. The group also discussed the ATO's communication strategy in respect of BAS agents' obligations in dealing with the ATO, the working plan for the group in the 2011 calendar year, lodgment statistics for registered BAS agents and the functionality of the BAS agent portal. The ATO also gave the group an update in relation to their initiatives in the cash economy space, and provided information on the BAS agent seminar program, as well as the Small Business Assistance Program which is designed to deliver assistance to small business at various stages of their business cycle, including set-up.