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  • 15 May 2015

    Key messages from the agenda

    The ATO Tax Practitioner Advisory Group meeting was held on Friday 15 May 2015.

    A summary of topics discussed is provided below, to assist professional associations to communicate key messages to members.

    SuperStream

    SuperStream is a government reform aimed at improving the efficiency of the superannuation system. It introduces standard mandatory electronic processing of superannuation data and payments.

    The reform affects employers and super funds, including self-managed superannuation funds.

    Employers with 20 or more employees have until 30 June 2015 to meet the SuperStream requirements when sending superannuation contributions on behalf of employees. Small employers have until 30 June 2016 to meet the SuperStream requirements.

    Accounting professionals play an important role in proactively helping employers to get ready for, and to implement the change.

    Tax practitioners are encouraged to use the following pages on the ATO website for information that will help clients prepare for the changes.

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    Tax Time 2015

    Where individuals and sole traders have registered with myGov and linked to the ATO, there will be more services available in ATO Online. Tax practitioners who have clients with a myGov registration will see a difference in the way some correspondence and activity statements are delivered.

    Tax practitioners are able to access a list of the correspondence that has been issued to individual clients and view it in the Tax Agent Portal.

    The ATO will continue to expand the suite of online products and digital services, including myTax. There will be an increase in the use of social media messages with images and videos to increase awareness of products and services.

    In July 2015 the new release app will enable users to voice authenticate, include a business performance check tool and an individual deductions tool. The deductions tool will enable clients to record their deductible expenses (including taking photos of receipts) throughout the year and upload them to the ATO for Tax Time 2016.

    The ATO website will be updated shortly with the key changes for this year.

    Tax practitioners, professional associations and the ATO will continue to meet regularly to work together on mutual progress and emerging issues during tax time. Key messages from the meetings will be distributed and published on the ATO website.

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