Thursday, 19 July 2012

THE NEW ATO DOCUMENT YOU HAVE TO READ

THE NEW ATO DOCUMENT YOU HAVE TO READ

WHY?
It talks about the focus of the ATO on possible audit processes this financial year.
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DOCUMENT FROM ATO 2012-2013 FOCUS
can be downloaded on the ATO website. www.ato.gov.au/download.asp?file=/content/downloads/COR00326650_NAT7769.pdf



FROM ATO PAPER ABOVE:


SMALL-TO-MEDIUM ENTERPRISES
There are around 183,000 businesses in Australia with an annual turnover of between $2 million and $250 million, which the ATO classifies as small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs). Of these, around 80% have a turnover of between $2 million and $10 million.
Over the coming year, our compliance program for SMEs will focus on the following compliance risks:
Over the coming year, our compliance program for SMEs will focus on the following compliance risks: 
n participation of wealthy individuals in the tax and superannuation systems
n use of trusts to inappropriately minimise tax
n Division 7A – treatment of private company profits
n capital gains – non-disclosure and incorrect reporting n employer compliance with fringe benefits tax rules
n integrity of business systems for GST and excise obligations
n GST and property transactions





OTHER COMPLIANCE ISSUES
As well as the key compliance issues we are focusing on in 2012–13, we continue to monitor the compliance of micro enterprises with the full range of their tax and superannuation obligations, including the following issues: 
 GST and property transactions – we will continue to monitor and investigate taxpayers who dispose of real property and fail to report the transaction on their activity statement or misclassify the transaction for GST purposes.
We will match information from third party sources (such as sales data from state and territory revenue offices) with information reported on activity statements (see SMEs, page 35). 





ALSO NEWS TODAY OTHERS COMMENT ON THIS
sources:
http://www.smartcompany.com.au/tax/050793-ato-compliance-2012-tax-office-uses-data-matching-instead-of-audits-and-cracks-down-on-individuals-expense-claims.html
and
http://www.propertyobserver.com.au/news/property-transactions-to-face-increased-ato-scrutiny-in-2012-13/2012071955660?utm_source=Property+Observer+List&utm_campaign=74464d16a6-July_9_20124_10_2012&utm_medium=email

Details of a crackdown on how property transactions are reported for tax purposes have been revealed in the ATO’s Compliance program for 2012-13, which highlights “particular issues” that will attract the attention of the taxman with a warning that it will “deal firmly with those who intentionally seek to obtain advantage over their competitors through the inappropriate use of the tax and superannuation systems”.
“The annual compliance program outlines the actions we are taking to deter, detect and deal with those who do not meet their tax and superannuation responsibilities,” says Bruce Quigley second commissioner of compliance at the ATO.
Property developers
In relation to GST and property transactions, the ATO says it will increase its focus on property developers with a history of non-compliance.
“By engaging with taxpayers at registration and throughout the property lifecycle, we will encourage them to correctly assess and report their liabilities and, where necessary, require them to provide security bonds against projected future tax liabilities,” says the ATO.
The ATO highlights that it has a strong relationship with the states and territories in developing and supporting its complementary compliance programs.
As an example it says it received a referral from the Northern Territory Revenue Office that initiated a series of audits on property developers “disengaging from the tax system and thus evading payment of income tax and GST on property sales”.