Technology, Tax and Going Electronic – Part 2

June 2019 | Accounting & Tax

Businesses – the ATO is closing the gaps

The ATO is now closing the gaps, and are honing-in on non-compliance by businesses.

Single Touch Payroll is the latest change that is going to hit all businesses. In our view, this is the most significant change to business since the introduction of the GST.

The ATO is now making all businesses, regardless of size, register for Single Touch Payroll from 1 July 2019, which means that your payroll data is going to be transmitted to the ATO each pay period. Then, they will put the information for each staff member via their payslips onto their MyGov account, including the superannuation that you are required to pay.

Each quarter now, for superannuation, employers are to use a Clearing House. The Clearing House will then transmit that data to the ATO. Using technology to match the payroll data with the Clearing House data, the ATO will quickly find which employers are not paying their employees’ super on time, and then can trigger an audit on not just super compliance, but also other taxes, including but not limited to GST, Fringe Benefits Tax, and a range of other issues.

It is, therefore, essential that business clients of all sizes:

  • Are using compliant payroll and accounting software for the ATO;
  • Set your accounting software up successfully, in particular for superannuation for staff. We’ve seen instances where the settings have not been established, and superannuation has been overpaid. For more information, please click here for the article.
  • Set-up your systems for logbooks and recording personal use of motor vehicles to ensure compliance with Fringe Benefits Tax; and
  • Review your other systems for expenses to make sure that you have copies of all of your invoices and other justification for claims with the ATO.

AAG has been working to assist clients with streamlining their business and processes to assist with compliance with the ATO regulations, superannuation, and workplace relations, and at the same time, deliver them efficiently.

We’ve recently assisted several clients who have their in-house bookkeeper or Financial Manager, to review the settings of their payroll or accounting system, or to recommend an upgrade.

We also provide full bookkeeping, payroll and financial management assistance to clients throughout the year, and not just at the end of the year for the annual tax returns and financials.

Important information and disclaimer

This publication has been prepared by AustAsia Group, including AustAsia Accounting Services Pty Ltd (Registered Tax Agent No 7587 3005).

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