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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    • Industry assistance payments to taxi licence holders
      We want to help taxi licence holders (can also include hire car and limousine) understand their tax obligations if they receive an industry assistance payment in relation to that licence from a state or territory government.
    • LinkedIn: Focus on Medium and Large Business
      Our LinkedIn showcase page provides tailored updates and latest news for medium to large businesses.
    • Business bulletins newsletter is now fortnightly
      To give you timelier information, our Business bulletins newsletter is now available fortnightly.
    • Reporting of foreign exchange (FX) gains and losses
      After consideration of the feedback provided in the course of consultation which took place in 2017, we have finalised the rules in Appendix A for the second year of reporting.
    • Downsizing contributions into superannuation
      From 1 July 2018, people who exchange a contract for sale of their main residence and are 65 years old or older may be eligible to make a downsizer contribution into their superannuation of up to $300,000 from the proceeds of selling their home.
    • Targeted amendments to Division 7A
      In the 2018-19 Federal Budget the Government announced that unpaid present entitlements will come within the scope of Division 7A of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 (Division 7A). The targeted amendments of Division 7A from the previous 2016-17 Budget will be progressed as a consolidated package with a 1 July 2019 start date.
    • CRT Alert 049/2018 - Housing affordability measures update
      The draft Law Companion Rulings and Frequently Asked Questions for the First Home Super Saver (FHSS) Scheme and Downsizing contributions into superannuation measure have been published. The ATO Online Portal, an alternative solution for large super funds to report downsizing contributions, won't be available by 1 July 2018 but is expected to be ready by […]
    • Super housing measures
      The Australian Government has passed two housing affordability measures: the First Home Super Saver (FHSS) Scheme and Downsizing contributions into superannuation. People 18 years or over can access the FHSS Scheme and people 65 years or over can make downsizing contributions into their super.
    • Reporting information about the JMEI
      This page contains the data required to be published for each year of the JMEI.
    • First Home Super Saver Scheme
      The First Home Super Saver (FHSS) scheme allows people to save money for their first home inside their superannuation fund.
    • Improved Legal database
      Our improved Legal database offers you a better experience, and helps you more easily find relevant information.
    • Shaping your digital experience
      We want to know what your expectations and preferences are for our products. Take part in a short survey on our ATO Beta test site.
    • Our publication order limits have changed
      We are reducing the order limits for all registered tax agents to one copy for each 2018 tax-time publication.
    • Trading names are being retired
      Make sure you register your trading names as business names with ASIC.
    • Claiming personal super contributions deductions
      Changes to personal super contributions deductions means more of your clients may be eligible to claim them this tax time. Find out what your clients need to do before the 30 June deadline.
    • Tree farming (forestry operations)
      Your tax obligations including income you need to declare and the deductions you can claim when running a forestry operation – otherwise known as tree farming.
    • Black Economy increasing the integrity of the Commonwealth procurement process
      On 8 May 2018, the Government announced that from 1 July 2019 businesses wanting to tender for Australian Government contracts over $4 million (including GST) will need a Statement of tax record (STR) from the ATO.
    • Webinar for SMSF professionals - use of reserves
      Register for our 23 May webinar, where we will discuss what you need to know about the use of reserves by SMSFs and our compliance approach.
    • Add new clients before lodging
      To prevent errors when lodging using the practitioner lodgment service (PLS), make sure you add new clients to your client list before you lodge. Find out how.
    • Targeted by scammers?
      It's National Scams Awareness week and the focus is to urge people to stop and check, 'is this for real?' Read about threat-based impersonation scams and how to verify or report them.