ATO News Feed

The Australian Tax Office regularly publishes updates and new information for individuals and companies.

The 20 latest of these updates are listed on this page.

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    • Scam alerts
      Check for the latest tax-related scam alerts. Be wary of emails, phone calls and text message claiming to be from the ATO.
    • New small business benchmarks are available on the ATO app
      We have updated our small business benchmarks with the latest data. The easiest way to calculate your clients' benchmarks is by using the Business performance check tool on the ATO app.
    • Consultation on public documents
      Details of public documents currently subject to, or planned to undergo consultation.
    • How we use benchmarks
      Benchmarks are one of the tools we use to identify businesses that may be avoiding their tax obligations.
    • Is your business healthy?
      Use our benchmarks to help diagnose issues early.
    • Trust vesting
      What happens to a trust on vesting will depend on the requirements set out in the trust deed. There can be significant tax and trust law consequences if the trustee does not administer the trust after vesting in a way that is consistent with those requirements.
    • How we interpret and apply the law
      Interpreting and applying the law is central to our administration of the tax and super systems.
    • Revolutionising our public advice and guidance
      Explains the changes we are making to improve how we produce, communicate and deliver our public advice and guidance.
    • Law companion rulings
      A law companion ruling is a type of public ruling. It gives our view on how recently enacted law applies and is usually developed at the same time as the drafting of the Bill.
    • Super changes: More resources for APRA funds
      More resources for APRA funds to help their members understand the upcoming super changes have been added to our website.
    • How our advice and guidance protects you
      If you make a mistake as a result of following our advice or guidance you're entitled to certain levels of protection depending on the type of advice or guidance, the law it covers, and the reason for the mistake.
    • ATO advice products (rulings)
      Advice products are generally in the form of a binding ruling. A ruling is an expression of how a provision of a tax law applies to a taxpayer who has obligations or entitlements under the law.
    • It is time to switch to the PLS
      From April you can only lodge 2017 and future individual tax returns electronically using the practitioner lodgment service (PLS). If you still need to make the switch to the PLS, find out what you need to do.
    • Diverted profits tax
      On 4 April 2017 the Treasury Laws Amendment (Combating Multinational Tax Avoidance) Act 2017, to implement the diverted profits tax (DPT), received Royal Assent. The DPT law applies to DPT tax benefits arising in an income year commencing on or after 1 July 2017 and imposes a 40% tax.
    • Public rulings
      Public rulings are binding advice. They express our interpretation of the laws we administer. Public rulings include product and class rulings.
    • Focus on work-related expenses
      Remind your clients to keep records when incurring work-related expenses as they need to be able to show how they worked out their claims come tax time. Find out more.
    • Significant global entities
      An overview of the significant global entity (SGE) concept and associated legislative measures, including Country-by-Country (CbC) reporting, Multinational Anti-Avoidance Law (MAAL) and general purpose financial statements (GPFS).
    • GST and adult and community education
      Help your clients in the adult and community education (ACE) sector understand when they have GST obligations.
    • SMSF news alert: Guidance for SMSFs about transitional capital gains tax (CGT) relief
      Further information about transitional capital gains tax (CGT) relief for self-managed super funds (SMSFs) trustees and professionals relief is now available on our website.