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  • Intermediaries

    • [201823] Effective life review of assets
    • [201806] Professional firms – Allocation of profit guidelines and Everett Assignment web material [UPDATED]
    • [201802] Irritants in the ATO debt experience
    • [201655] Improving digital services for tax practitioners [UPDATED]
    • [201615] Single Touch Payroll [UPDATED]

    [201806] Professional firms – Allocation of profit guidelines and Everett Assignment web material

    Registered: February 2018

    Expected completion: March 2019


    The ATO is compiling feedback provided by the working group and assessing alternative risk assessment methodologies proposed.

    In June 2018 the ATO provided further certainty regarding the year ending 30 June 2018, stating that those taxpayers who have entered into arrangements prior to 14 December 2017 which comply with the guidelines and do not exhibit any of the high risk factors outlined below can continue to rely on the suspended guidelines for the year ending 30 June 2018.


    To review existing ATO guidance products with a view to issuing revised and updated guidance.


    The 'Assessing the Risk: Allocation of profits within professional firms guidelines' and Everett Assignment web material published in 2015 stated that they would be reviewed in 2017. In reviewing the guidelines the ATO has become aware they are being misinterpreted in relation to arrangements that go beyond the scope of the guidelines.

    The ATO is consulting with interested stakeholders on replacement guidance.

    Some of the concerns identified to date include the following arrangements:

    • lack of any meaningful commercial purpose regarding arrangements such as:                          
      • disposal of an equity interest through multiple assignments
      • the creation of new discretionary entitlements such as Dividend Access Shares
      • utilising amortisation leading to differences between tax and accounting income
    • disregard for Capital Gains Tax (CGT) consequences and inappropriate use of CGT concessions
    • assignments where profit sharing is not directly proportionate to the equity interest held
    • the creation of artificial debt deductions
    • undertaking an assignment to dispose of an equity interest to a self-managed superannuation fund
    • assignments where the arrangement is not on all fours with the principles of Everett and Galland.

    Who we are consulting

    • professional bodies, including representatives of tax and accounting professional associations
    • tax practitioners


    Simon Webster, Director, Professional Firms telephone (03) 9275 5328External Link

    Chris Hill telephone (03) 9275 4277External Link

    [201802] Irritants in the ATO debt experience

    Registered: January 2018

    Expected completion: December 2018


    The Professional Services Reference Group together with professional association representatives will hold their final meeting in December 2018.

    Individual project teams will showcase their outcomes and the projects addressing debt irritants will then close. Responsibility for ongoing work to continue addressing debt irritants will be discussed at this meeting.

    Key messages are available from the Professional Services Reference Group web page.


    To work through the ATO debt experience with tax professionals and key ATO stakeholders to understand and develop a shared solution for systemic irritants.


    Working together we will analyse the debt experience and processes for tax professionals and identify pain points as well as what is working well. For each of the pain points we will brainstorm the ‘problem’ in order to understand the underlying issues and work together to develop mutually beneficial solutions.

    Who we are consulting

    Members of the Professional Services Reference Group.


    Ken Kua, Director - Intermediaries Experience, Intermediaries and Lodgment telephone (02) 6216 6404External Link

    [201655] Improving Digital Services for tax practitioners

    Registered: September 2016

    Expected completion: December 2018


    Beta testing of the new Online Services for agents continues with a diverse group of participants consisting of tax and BAS agents. There are approximately 600 tax and BAS agents participating.

    The beta testing will enable all functionality in the new Online services for agents to be user tested. This is to ensure we capture all user feedback and have a plan to action it where appropriate before making the service available to the broader agent community.

    Availability of Online services for agents in a public beta is expected shortly after the close of the formal consultation period.

    Digital Service Providers are currently assisting us to prioritise the development of future application programming interfaces to support improvements to software services.


    To co-design, plan and test products developed in the Improving Digital Services project through a range of integrated and innovative activities before communicating and releasing to the wider tax professional community.


    The Improving Digital Services project will transition services from the ATO Tax and BAS Agent Portals to a contemporary platform – ATO Online. Agents will have significantly improved services, including redesigned functionality and some enhancements directly from the ATO.

    Digital service providers will be able to include similar functionality in their software products if they choose, along with some additional functionality not available from the ATO.

    The ATO will co-design and consult on features as they are developed, including private and public beta testing

    Who we are consulting

    We are consulting with:


    Sonia Corsini, Project Manager, Improved Digital Services, Intermediaries and Lodgement, telephone: (08) 8208 1026External Link

    Allan Gaskill, Change Manager, Improved Digital Services, Intermediaries and Lodgement telephone (03) 8343 7760External Link

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