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The ATO has issued a message to tax professionals about its lodgment program performance requirements.

The ATO says that since the start of the lodgment program framework on 1 July 2013, it has seen a significant increase in the on-time lodgment performance by tax agents. In 2013-14 agents lodged 10.5 million tax returns on time, which is 155,149 more returns compared to 2012-13.

To support and encourage continuous improvement in lodgment performance, the ATO says that it has started to apply treatments. If an agent's lodgment performance is below 65% or has substantially declined since last year the ATO will contact them.

The ATO says that if an agent's lodgment performance is above 65%, but they have not yet met the benchmark of 85%; they may be able to improve their performance by reviewing their client list and removing any clients that they no longer represent.

For a copy of the message, go here


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