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  • ATO consultation arrangements report

    This report describes ATO consultation activities to 30 June 2018.

    This report is prepared monthly and shared with our stewardship groups and registered stakeholders.

    It contains:

    Stewardship group news

    The Tax Practitioner Stewardship Group met on 8 June 2018 and discussed:

    • ATO investment priorities
    • modernising business registers
    • ATO online services for agents
    • Federal Budget impacts on the future tax practitioner experience
    • Superannuation Guarantee
    • Single Touch Payroll

    Weekly tax time meetings with members commenced on 19 June 2018 and are held to discuss emerging issues, seek member feedback and share progress on tax time with weekly updates containing processing statistics, contact centre volumes and key tax time messages and warnings published.

    The National Tax Liaison Group met on 28 June 2018 and discussed:

    • independent review pilot for small business
    • updates from Treasury, including mandatory disclosure and stapled structures
    • continual amendments to company tax return forms particularly the reportable tax position schedule
    • the announced measures from the Black Economy Taskforce reportExternal Link recommendations
    • proposed next steps for the concept of justified trust
    • 2018-19 Federal Budget measures including the proposed three-yearly audit cycle for some SMSFs; Division 7A integrity rule; thin capitalisation - valuation of assets, and treatment of consolidated entities; definitions used for the new R&D measure intensity tests
    • ATO plans for outbound communications over the next five years
    • ATO plans for administration of the whistleblower protection measureExternal Link.

    The Superannuation Industry Stewardship Group held an out of session meeting on Wednesday 13 June 2018 with the Productivity Commission to discuss the draft report into the competitiveness and efficiency of Australia’s superannuation system. SISG members had the opportunity to ask questions after the Productivity Commission outlined their approach, member outcomes and package of improvements.

    Other news

    During the month, members of the Tax Practitioner Stewardship Group and BAS Agent Association Group met via teleconferences to discuss:

    New matters for consultation

    No new consultation matters commenced in June 2018.

    Matters in progress

    Consultation is in progress for 12 matters – for more details see Matters under consultation.

    Completed consultation

    [201814] New broad class of recipient created tax invoice (RCTI)

    Registered: May 2018; completed: June 2018

    [201761] Fringe Benefits Tax – definition of taxi

    Registered: September 2017; completed: June 2018

    See also:

    Last modified: 25 Jul 2018QC 43732