Devastating bushfires continue to burn across large parts of Australia and Tasmania

If you’ve been impacted by these bushfires, don’t be concerned about your tax affairs. The ATO is encouraging small business operators to concentrate on recovery. A recent post from the ATO explained:

“Now is the time for you, your family and community. We’ll help you sort out your tax affairs later.

Where your business or residential address is in one of the identified bushfires impacted postcodes, we’ve automatically applied deferrals for lodgments and payments due. You or your agent do not need to apply for this deferral.

We have also automatically fast tracked your refund if you have one due to you.

Employers will still need to meet their ongoing super guarantee obligations for employees.

If you aren’t able to meet the deferred due date, we can work with you to find a solution. Phone our Emergency Support Infoline or speak with your registered tax professional.

We also don’t want you to worry if you’ve been impacted by the bushfires but are not in an identified postcode. Contact us when you’re ready and we will help you to get back on track.

For more information around specific support available, you can visit our dedicated bushfire webpage.

Next steps:

  • Visit our Bushfires 2019–20 page for more information and details of impacted postcodes
    • Call our Emergency Support Infoline on 1800 806 218

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