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  • Every year counts – small businesses

    We're working to improve your experience of the tax and superannuation systems based on what you told us you needed. The blueprint outlines how the ATO is reinventing the experience you have.

    Some changes will happen in the near future and others will take longer. We want to make every year count, so you'll see a program of improvements being delivered now and in the years ahead.

    You can read more about our changes and how we're improving below or download the Every year counts timeline for small businesses (Portable Document Format, 392KB)This link will download a file.

    Improvements in 2016–17

    Here are key initiatives you've told us are important that have been or will be delivered in 2016–17:

    • Improving access to government online services – you can now use online services more easily to do your tax and super by logging in with your myGov account to access services on behalf of your company, partnership or trust.
    • If you're new to Excise or wine equalisation tax (WET), you receive additional support when you start to have excise or WET obligations, including regular contact to help you stay on track in the first year.
    • A simpler BAS experience – you or your agent may be asked to test the simpler BAS. This is designed to reduce your GST record keeping by having fewer GST labels to complete.
    • Managing your cash flow pilot – you or your agent may be asked to pilot a cash flow management education package to help you better plan and manage your business commitments, including tax and super.
    • Record keeping – if you're a sole trader, you can use the myDeductions tool in the ATO app to record your business income and expenses on the go. At tax time you can email the detailed data to your tax agent for them to review and lodge, or upload the data to prefill your tax return.
    • Registering a new business – can now go to a single location to apply for an ABN and complete a number of other government registration obligations. Following a soft launch ,the Business Registration Service Public Beta is now available on Link. This service is in Beta phase with additional functions still to be developed and implemented.This initiative is being delivered with the Department of Industry.

    In addition to the experience outlined above, you may be involved in consultation and co-design activities on key improvements, such as:

    • Contemporary online excise – we are working with excise payers and representatives to co-design a contemporary online excise experience.
    • New credentials – we will continue our work on new ways to enable you to access online services securely, such as using your mobile device to manage your tax and super.

    Improvements in 2015–16

    In 2015–16, we focused on fixing the basics and delivered new, tailored services to transform how you deal with us and give you certainty about where you stand.

    You now have access to more online information, services and tools that make it easier to manage your tax and super obligations and keep your business on track. Here are some of the improvements we delivered in 2015–16:

    Last modified: 30 Jun 2017QC 49612