BAS Agents

August 2016

Registration requirements for BAS Agents contacting the ATO on behalf of clients – August 2016

Filed under: Economy and Finance, BAS Agents, Tax,

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has issued a reminder to BAS Agents and others about registration requirements for them to contact the ATO on behalf of their clients.

Fuel tax credit rates changed again – August 2016

Filed under: Economy and Finance, BAS Agents, Tax,

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has announced that some Fuel Tax Credit Rates which were changed from 1 July 2016 have been further varied from 1 August 2016.

Taxable payments annual report due soon – August 2016

Filed under: Economy and Finance, BAS Agents, Trade and industry, Building Industry,

BAS Agents with clients in the building and construction industry who paid contractors during 2015-16 should be aware their Taxable Payments Annual Report (TPAR) is due by 28 August 2016.

Election 2016 finally decided – changes affecting BAS Agents – August 2016

Filed under: Economy and Finance, BAS Agents, Politics, Australian Politics, Elections,

More than four weeks after the 2 July election the outcome finally became clear, with the Coalition holding a slim majority in the House of Representatives and needing the support of nine non-Government senators to pass legislation through the Senate.

July 2016

Changes to BAS Agent ATO concessions – July 2016

Filed under: Economy and Finance, BAS Agents, Tax,

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has announced the concessional dates available to BAS Agents for ATO lodgment and payment as part of the 2016-17 BAS Agent Lodgment Program.

June 2016

Restrictions on amendments to BAS statements – June 2016

Filed under: Economy and Finance, BAS Agents, Tax,

New, more restrictive time limits on amendments to BAS statements take effect from 1 July 2016 as a result of the introduction of indirect tax self-assessment rules in 1 July 2012.

Simplifying BAS statements – June 2016

Filed under: Economy and Finance, BAS Agents, Tax,

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has outlined progress on the proposed changes to simplify BAS statements.

ATO acknowledges on-going problems with BAS Agent Portal – June 2016

Filed under: Economy and Finance, BAS Agents, Tax,

ATO acknowledges on-going problems with BAS Agent Portal – June 2016

Expanded BAS agent services finalised – June 2016

Filed under: Economy and Finance, BAS Agents, Superannuation, Tax,

The Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) has finalised and formalised the expanded services which BAS Agents can provide, including Superannuation Guarantee (SG) and building industry Taxable Payments reports.

May 2016

Simplified BAS – May 2016

Filed under: Economy and Finance, BAS Agents, Tax, Politics, Budget,

The Government announced plans to simplify BAS requirements as part of the 2016 Budget.

February 2016

Payroll software security standards to be changed – February 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, BAS Agents, Tax,

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) is undertaking consultations on changes which will be required to payroll software to improve the security of payroll data including Tax File Numbers.

Fuel tax credits – February 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, BAS Agents, Tax,

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has announced that fuel tax credit rates changed from 1 February 2016.

New ATO service for sole traders – February 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, BAS Agents, Tax,

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has announced it is offering sole traders access to voice-activate services which provides them with information about their current BAS and PAYG payments and outstanding obligations.

Changes to BAS Agents’ portal functions – February 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, BAS Agents, Tax,

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has announced a series of changes to the BAS Agents Portal with a BAS Agent Portal Dashboard to quickly alert BAS Agents to any existing difficulties with the portal and a new correspondence function.

Tax Practitioner Board requirements for outside contractors – February 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, BAS Agents, Tax,

The Tax Practitioner Board (TPB) has finalised new TPB registration requirements for firms and individuals providing tax-related services to third parties.

Small Business Ombudsman appointed – February 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, BAS Agents, Tax,

The Government has announced the appointment of Kate Carnell as the new Small Business Ombudsman.

Payroll –  ATO draws attention to cents per km allowance changes – February 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, BAS Agents, Tax,

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has issued a reminder about changes to the cents per km business travel rules.

ATO beta requests feedback – February 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, BAS Agents, Tax,

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has asked AAT members and others to provide feedback to it on its new ‘Beta site’ and centralised news feeds for BAS Agents and others.

FBT ‘rebatable employer’ requirements – February 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, BAS Agents, Tax,

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has issued a reminder to BAS Agents and other advisers asking them to inform or remind their ‘rebatable employer’ clients of procedures needed to meet their a fringe benefits tax (FBT) obligations.

Changes to small business structure to be easier – February 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, BAS Agents, Tax,

The Government has introduced legislation in parliament to enable Australian small businesses to change their legal structure without attracting a capital gains tax (CGT) liability.

January 2016

ATO notice over incorrect SMSF bank details – January 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, BAS Agents, Tax,

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has sent a notice to approximately 1,000 registered tax agents who have provided incorrect bank account details on SMSF (Self-Managed Superannuation Fund) annual returns.

ATO testing simplified content website – January 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, BAS Agents, Tax,

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has established a ‘beta site’ which they are using to test new content, and is asking for feedback.

ATO introduces tax pre-payments – with interest – January 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, BAS Agents, Tax,

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has announced new arrangements allowing BAS Agents’ clients to pre-pay their tax liabilities, in some cases qualifying for ‘early payment interest’.

BAS agent annual declarations required – January 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, BAS Agents, Tax,

The Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) has issued a reminder that from 1 January 2016 all registered tax and BAS agents must complete an annual declaration to demonstrate they are meeting their obligations as a registered tax practitioner.

TPB flags greater focus on new technologies – January 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, BAS Agents, Tax,

The Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) chairman Ian Taylor has foreshadowed a strong focus on cloud computing and digital technologies in the Board’s activities in 2016.

New Tax Practitioner Board members announced – January 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, BAS Agents, Tax,

The Assistant Treasurer Kelly O’Dwyer has appointed five new members of the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB).

TPB advises over conflicts of interest from software recommendations – January 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, BAS Agents, Tax,

The Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) has issued advice to registered agents about managing conflicts of interest.

Changes to BAS statements coming says ATO – January 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, BAS Agents, Tax,

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has foreshadowed changes to BAS statements, with plans for a simplified BAS for users of the ATO’s digital channels to be implemented in July 2017.

November 2015

Revised draft legislation for GST on digital imports – November 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, BAS Agents, Tax,

Treasury has published a revised version of the draft legislation proposed to extend GST to digital products and other services imported by Australian consumers.

Single Touch Payroll remains on ATO agenda – November 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, BAS Agents, Tax,

Comments by a senior Australian Tax Office (ATO) officer suggest the ATO is still keen to press ahead with the Single Touch Payroll scheme.

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