It is meant to make reporting business income to the ATO easier, but Simpler BAS appears to be creating some confusion for taxpayers.
From July 1, the ATO changed its requirements so that businesses with a turnover of less than $10M had reduced BAS reporting requirements. You may have noticed that your software and the ATO portal have been updated so that you are only required to provide information in the following fields:
- G1 – Total sales
- 1A – GST on sales
- 1B – GST on purchases
You are no longer required to provide information on export sales, GST-free sales, capital purchases and non-capital purchases.
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In the 2015/16 financial year, over $8 Billion of work-related car expenses were claimed by taxpayers. A “significant portion” of these claims were at the limit of requiring detailed records and this has raised a flag to the ATO. They’ve announced that they will be paying “close attention” to these claims.
When making any tax related claim, the onus of proof is always on the tax payer. If asked, you need to be able to substantiate your claims with detailed records – and that is why we always ask for supporting documentation to confirm your eligibility for a claim.
So be aware, car-related expenses are on the ATOs radar.
For further information on what you can claim, please click here, or contact your accountant.