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  • Tax Time update – 2 July 2018

    Table 1: Tax returns received – Year to date (overall), current year 2018

    Lodgment – Type and channel

    Overall year to date returns received as at 2 July 2018

    Current year returns received as at 2 July 2018

    Comparison – Current year returns received as at 2 July 2017

    Individual – Electronic

    122,044

    100,253

    58,276

    Individual – Paper

    48

    1

    0

    Non-individual – Electronic

    22,809

    1,047

    231

    Non-individual – Paper

    20

    9

    1

    Self-preparer – myTax

    92,431

    86,816

    50,779

    Tax practitioner – Practitioner Lodgment Service (PLS)

    48,692

    13,288

    722

    Tax practitioner – Electronic Lodgment Service (ELS)

    2,447

    0

    5,163

    Table 2 – Electronic returns received

    Summary

    Overall year to date returns received as at 2 July 2018

    Current year returns received as at 2 July 2018

    Comparison – current year returns received as at 2 July 2017

    Individual

    122,044

    100,253

    58,276

    Non-Individual

    22,809

    1,047

    231

    Total electronic

    144,853

    101,300

    58,507

    Table 3 – Paper returns received

    Summary

    Overall year to date returns received as at 2 July 2018

    Current year returns received as at 2 July 2018

    Comparison – current year returns received as at 2 July 2017

    Individual

    48

    1

    0

    Non-Individual

    20

    9

    1

    Total paper

    68

    10

    1

    Telephony service standard performance as at close of business 2 July 2018

    From 1 July 2018 we have received approximately 39,399 inbound calls to general queues and 6,239 to tax practitioner queues and achieved service commitments of:

    • General taxpayer calls – 84% (YTD) of calls are answered within 5 minutes
    • Tax practitioner calls – 90% (YTD) of calls are answered within 2 minutes

    What's new if pre-filling?

    Use the pre-filling service to cross-check information provided by your clients with data held by us. This will help ensure the accuracy of returns.

    Pre-filling information is available through the Tax Agent Portal and the practitioner lodgment service (PLS).

    The pre-filling service 2018 includes the following updates and new data:

    • pay as you go payment summary data for Australian annuities and superannuation streams (previously called superannuation income stream payment summary)
    • a dividend and interest income message indicating which of your clients may not have reported all their income last year
    • a work-related expense message indicating which of your clients made higher-than-expected claims last year (now available in the PLS)
    • a new amount pre-filled where your client had capital proceeds from disposals of shares and units
    • an indication where amended data has been received from a third party about shares and units disposals (only available in the portal)
    • government grants information included in the Taxable payments annual report
    • calculated income average amount for special professionals removed and message added
    • the early stage venture capital limited partnership tax offset and early stage investor tax offset carried forward from previous year
    • ATO interest on fringe benefits tax and insolvency accounts
    • item D10 'Cost of managing tax affairs' is now split into new sub-components, including item D10N 'Interest charged by the ATO'
    • item 24 'Other income' is now split into a new sub-component, including 24X 'Category 2 (ATO interest)'
    • contact number removed from taxpayer details within the portal
    • item M1Y 'Number of dependent children and students' will pre-fill based on numbers reported in the client's previous return (only available in the portal)
    • item IT8 'Number of dependent children' will pre-fill based on numbers reported in the client's previous return (now available in the PLS).

    Remember, the pre-filling service only reflects the information received by us at the date you request the data.

    We expect most pre-filling information to be available by early August.

    See also:

    Tax Time 2018 processing

    Prior year income tax returns continue to be processed until 6 July, 2017. A safety net is in place for 2018 income tax returns lodged during this time where assessments will be held and calculations checked to ensure that the system is performing correctly.

    From 6 July, 2018 income tax returns will commence to be processed automatically.

    Tips and links

    The tax time tool kit is now available to help you and your clients this tax time.

    We are writing to employers who started reporting through Single Touch Payroll (STP) before 1 July 2018 about their employees' payment summaries. Some of these may be your clients.

    Check for the latest tax-related scam alerts. Be wary of emails, phone calls and text message claiming to be from the ATO.

    You can subscribe to receive daily email updates from the ATO.

    Next meeting

    The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, 10 July 2018 commencing at 10.00am (AEST).

    Last modified: 06 Jul 2018QC 56197