03 Dec 1010 ATO’s Lodgment Working GroupTax Counsel Deepti Paton ATIA attended a meeting of the ATO's Lodgment Working Group last Friday 26 November 2010. At the meeting the group discussed the working plan for the group in the 2011 calendar year, lodgment statistics for registered tax and BAS agents, the operation of the current deferrals policy and availability of the tax agent's lodgment concession. The group was also provided with an update on the ATO's move towards electronic interaction with tax agents (including the results of ATO research into the portal upgrade program) and the ATO's strategy to raise awareness of new withholding tax measures for closely held trusts.
The ATO also gave the group a short overview on the ATO's Tax Practitioner Services Lodgment Assistance program which may be available for tax agents who are facing difficulties in meeting their lodgment program. Further details on this program are available here.