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06 Jun 2019 Tax Time 2019

The ATO will start full processing of 2018-19 tax returns on 5 July 2019 and expect to start paying refunds from 16 July 2019. 

The ATO aims to finalise the majority of electronically-lodged current year tax returns within 12 business days of receipt. 

You can access tax time publications as they are released by visiting Forms and instructions and selecting Tax Time 2019. 

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ATO to target false clothing and laundry claims this Tax Time 

The ATO will target false clothing and laundry work-related expense claims this Tax Time. In 2018, around six million people claimed work-related clothing and laundry expenses totalling nearly $1.5 billion. 

Assistant Commissioner Karen Foat said that although many Australians can claim clothing and laundry expenses, it is unlikely that half of all taxpayers are required to wear uniforms, protective clothing or occupation-specific clothing to earn their income. 

The ATO is also concerned about the number of people claiming deductions for conventional clothing. “Your workplace may expect you to wear clothing items like suits or black pants. But an official ‘dress code’ doesn’t qualify as a uniform and you can’t make a claim for normal clothing, even if your employer requires you to wear it, or you only wear it to work,” Ms Foat said. 

The ATO’s sophisticated data analytics is constantly improving and can identify unusual claims by comparing taxpayer claims to others in similar occupations. 

Read more here. 

System availability and start of return processing 

You can find key dates in the ATO’s preparation for Tax Time 2019 here

Prevent delays in processing returns 

Longer than standard processing times occur if the ATO needs to cross-check data with other government agencies, your clients' details don't match the ATO’s records or they have to verify additional information provided in a tax return. 

Find out how to prevent delays here

Pre-filling service 

The pre-filling service helps to ensure the accuracy of returns by allowing you to cross-check information provided by your clients, with information that we hold. 

Pre-filling information is available through Online services for agents, the Tax Agent Portal and the practitioner lodgment service (PLS). The pre-filling service 2019 includes updates and new data. 

Find out more here.


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