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  • ATO consultation arrangements report

    This report describes ATO consultation activities to 28 February 2019.

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

    It contains:

    Stewardship group news

    The Superannuation Industry Stewardship Group met on 25 February 2019 and discussed:

    • member perspectives on the Royal Commission and Productivity Commission reports as they relate to the superannuation industry
    • the activities occurring across the superannuation industry over the next 18 months
    • updates from three members about their organisational priorities and direction
    • progress of Single Touch Payroll (STP) as well as the employee commencement services
    • the ATO plans for use of the STP and Member Account Transaction Service (MATS) data.

    The Not-for-Profit (NFP) Stewardship Group met on 28 February 2019 and discussed:

    • improvements to the NFP client experience including
    • a potential pilot of an automated refund of franking credits process
    • sector engagement meetings
    • communication for the NFP sector of a proposed approach to annual leave loading payments for Superannuation Guarantee purposes
    • ATO NFP communication activities particularly what has been delivered and what is on the horizon
    • recent developments at Treasury including Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) reform and the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) review
    • an update from the ACNC on charity issues including legislative changes, reporting and regulation updates, and ACNC priorities.

    The group welcomed Director ACNC, Mel Yates and Assistant Commissioner Jennifer Moltisanti (new ATO NFP Client Experience lead) to the group and thanked departing members ACNC Assistant Commissioner and General Counsel Murray Baird, and ATO Assistant Commissioner Kate Roff for their contributions.

    Other news

    The ATO met with representatives from the tax practitioner community as part of the ‘Shareable content consultation group’ for them to review and provide feedback on two new draft products being developed for the Tax Time toolkit on the ATO website:

    • Residency for tax purposes
    • Foreign Income Tax Time toolkit.

    This program of work follows a pilot that ran for the second half of the 2018 calendar year. The group co-designed, reviewed and provided recommendations from the agent perspective on the first of a series of draft products for the Tax Time toolkit.

    The Tax Profession Digital Implementation Group met on 28 February 2019. The main topics of discussion included:

    • the digital substantiation program of work
    • ATO digital communications and preferencing
    • progressive rollout of ATO Online services for agents to tax and BAS agents
    • myGovID and Relationship Authorisation Manager program of work
    • granular data and real time analytics
    • Tax Time 2019.

    The 2018 Federal budget -Super Measures Group (SMG) met on 11 February 2019 and discussed:

    • an update to the current status of legislation
    • the compliance letters and emails that will target taxpayers who may make a personal super contribution deduction claim
    • feedback on the proposal to run ATO unclaimed superannuation money (USM) rollovers to funds on a weekly basis for the month of November 2019
    • an update on the message implementation guide (MIG) v3 technical documentation and next steps
    • Excess contributions determinations – defined benefit members – the impact of incorrectly reporting attributes in the Member Account Attribute Service (MAAS)
    • an update on the six measures that will impact funds in relation to the early release of super
    • an overview of the ATO online pre-deployment workshop scheduled for the 22 February.

    The 2018 Federal Budget - Consultation (Broader Group)External Link met on 25 February 2019 and discussed:

    • an update of the current status of legislation
    • the Protecting your super package passing both houses of parliament and the amendments made to the bill
    • updates to SMSF Rollovers into SuperStream and feedback on technical documentation
    • the Super Guarantee (SG) integrity measures bill that was awaiting Royal Assent.

    The Future Visibility of Superannuation Guarantee working group met on 19 February 2019 and discussed:

    • an overview of the current state
    • the STP income statement screens and SG MATS display screens
    • the STP and MATS transaction analysis and scenarios
    • the STP client engagement strategy.

    The ATO Online Visibility of Super Information Pre-deployment Readiness group met on 22 February 2019 and discussed:

    • an overview of the work to date
    • the key features and functionality available for the 2019 March deployment
    • an overview of the planned support to be provided to members through various communication products
    • what’s planned for future ATO Online Releases including STP
    • an overview of the Tax Agent ATO Online Beta product and the potential impacts on Tax Agents and what it might mean for the Industry superannuation funds.

    New matter for consultation

    [201904] Director identification number user research

    Registered: February 2019; expected completion: April 2019

    Purpose: To further understand the user experience relating to obtaining a proposed director identification number (DIN).

    New Draft Advice and Guidance products open for feedback

    There were no new draft advice and guidance products open for comment during February 2019:

    Completed consultation

    [201825] Digital record keeping

    Registered: October 2018; Completed: February 2019

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    Last modified: 03 Apr 2019QC 43732