The ATO has announced a two-month
lodgement and payment deferral to taxpayers affected by recent bushfires across
the east coast.
ATO acting deputy commissioner Andrew Watson said that people
affected by the fires should focus on getting their other affairs in order and
not worry about their tax obligations at this time.
"We have applied automatic lodgement
and payment deferrals to postcodes impacted by the fires, meaning if you’ve
been impacted by the fires you don’t need to contact the ATO or your tax
professional — we’ve already done it for you,” Mr Watson said.
The quarterly business activity
statement (BAS) that would normally have been due on 11 November or
28 November for businesses using a tax professional will now be due on
28 January 2020.
Monthly BAS lodgers also have an
extra two months to lodge and pay, with the ATO automatically extending
the due date until 21 January 2020 for the form which would normally have
been due on 21 November.
Aside from businesses, individuals in
impacted areas who have lodged their 2018–19 income tax returns and have
received a bill that would normally be due on 21 November 2019 now have
until 21 January 2020 to pay.
The automatic deferrals do not apply
to large pay-as-you-go withholders.
The ATO has also reminded employers
that they are still required to meet their ongoing super guarantee obligations
for their employees.
According to the ATO, the ongoing
situation will be monitored to include additional areas and provide further
deferrals as needed.
Automatic deferrals have been put in
place for the following 16 local government areas impacted by the
New South Wales: