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28 Nov 2019 Latest ATO updates

Future of tax administration 

On 14 November 2019, Jeremy Hirschhorn, Second Commissioner, Client Engagement, delivered his ‘Future of tax administration’ paper at the PricewaterhouseCoopers Global Tax Symposium in Paris. You can read his paper here

Make the move to myGovID and RAM 

From 1 April 2020, you will no longer be able to use AUSkey or Manage ABN connections (your myGov account linked to your ABN) to access government online services. 

These credentials will be replaced with two new digital services: 

  1. myGovID: the Australian government’s digital identity provider which makes it easy to prove who you are online.
  2. Relationship Authorisation Manager (RAM): allows you to link your myGovID to an Australian Business Number (ABN) and act on behalf of a fund online. 

There are a few things you can do to get ready before you make the move, including checking and updating your: 

The ATO is committed to supporting members of The Tax Institute to make the transition. Information on how agents can transition, along with a range of support materials, is available at myGovID and RAM for tax professionals. You can also download the following user guides and FAQs: 

More information can be found here

Online services for agents – help is available 

The tax and BAS agent portals will close at 11.30pm AEDT Friday 29 November 2019. If you haven't transitioned to Online services for agents, you need to make the change now. 

Online services for agents is designed with integrated help and prompts to assist you with completing tasks within the system. Use the ‘Help’ button on the right side of the screen within the system for information and assistance as you work through a task. This button is available on every page except the home page. 

Find out more here

Making a tip off 

The ATO is interested in phoenix, tax evasion and black economy tip-offs you may have about members of the community who gain an unfair advantage by intentionally doing the wrong thing. 

To report any known or suspected phoenix, tax evasion or black economy behaviour you can either: 

  • complete the tip-off form;
  • phone the Black Economy hotline on 1800 060 062. 

Find out more here. 

ATO Tax invoice podcast talks STP in last episode of the year 

Episode 17 on Single Touch Payroll of the ATO’s podcast Tax inVoice is now available

Tim Hoopmann, Founder of Spinn Business Solutions interviews Assistant Commissioner Jason Lucchese about Single Touch Payroll (STP) where they discuss why STP has been introduced, how to comply with the new reporting requirements and what to do if you haven't started reporting. 

Bushfires November 2019 

If you’ve been impacted by the bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland, the ATO will help you sort out your tax affairs later. 

When you are ready, and you need assistance, phone the ATO on 1800 806 218 for help. 

The ATO can give you extra time to pay your debt or lodge tax forms such as activity statements, fast track any refunds owed or set up a payment plan tailored to your individual circumstances including interest free period etc. 

Find out more here. 

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

If your business or residential address is in one of the identified impacted postcodes, the ATO will automatically grant a two month deferral for activity statements lodgments and payments due. You or your agent do not need to apply for a deferral. 

Deferred dates for tax and BAS agents 

  • For quarterly BAS due on 28 November 2019, the new deferred date is 28 January 2020
  • For monthly BAS due 21 November 2019, the new deferred date is 21 January 2020
  • For monthly BAS due 21 December 2019, the new deferred date is 21 January 2020. 

If you are affected by this disaster or your business is affected but is outside the identified impacted postcodes, phone the ATO on 1800 806 218, or contact your tax or BAS agent. 

If you are a tax or BAS agent operating outside of the impacted postcodes but have clients that are in the impacted postcode regions, the deferral options will apply to those clients. 

More information can be found here. 

ATO system shutdown 24 December 2019 to 2 January 2020 

From noon AEDT 24 December 2019, ATO systems will progressively become unavailable in preparation for a major system upgrade. Refer to the Systems maintenance page for a detailed explanation of systems that are affected.


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