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  • Tax Time update - 1 October 2019

    Tax Time update

    Lodgment stats as of 30/09/2019


    Type and channel

    Year to date total returns received (all years)

    Current year returns received

    Comparison - Current year returns received as at 30/09/2019






    13% increase






    9% increase






    26% increase

    Tax Practitioner


    Practitioner Lodgment Service (PLS)



    5% increase

    Paper statistics have been removed from this table as lodgments via paper are still working through our systems and being keyed.

    Single touch payroll

    - The total number of finalised and un-finalised STP records in pre-fill is 10.84 million. 98.3% of these are finalised

    - In addition there has been 8.08 million PSARs lodged

    - 99% of overall records (STP and PSAR) in pre-fill are finalised data.

    Kimberley communities targeted by promotors of a fraudulent tax scheme

    Promoters of a fraudulent tax scheme are targeting residents in Kimberley communities with the promise of a large tax return, prompting a warning by Consumer Protection and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

    Reports from Derby, Fitzroy Crossing and surrounding areas have revealed that some taxpayers have been approached by promoters offering to help submit their tax returns with a guarantee of a substantial payment. In some cases, the promoters have offered to pay for the taxpayers’ myGov login details.

    It’s believed the promoters ask for an upfront fee from participants and then advise them on what information to include in their online return to ensure they receive a large payment from the ATO.

    Commissioner for Consumer Protection Penny Lipscombe advises people who are approached in this way not to get involved. “If you get a guarantee of a large tax return from someone wanting to help you with your tax, or they ask for your myGov login details, they are up to no good,” Ms Lipscombe said.

    “It’s unclear if those being targeted are participating with the knowledge that it is a fraudulent scheme, or if they are oblivious to its illegal nature.

    “The ATO advises taxpayers not to share their myGov login details with anyone, including a tax agent, and only use a tax agent who is registered with the Taxation Practitioners Board to help with the preparation of tax returns.”

    People who think they have been caught up in the scheme or have information about the promoters are urged to contact the ATO on 13 28 61.

    Single Touch Payroll - advertising campaign

    A digital and radio campaign has been running from 23 September 2019 and will go through to mid-November 2019.

    Until 30 September messaging was focused on ‘STP is coming, get ready’. From 1 October messaging has shifted to ‘STP is here, it’s not too late to join’.

    Tips and Links

    • You and your employer clients should now be reporting through Single Touch Payroll (STP).
    • Effective from 1 October 2019, the status of self-managed super funds (SMSFs) which have annual returns more than two weeks overdue will change on Super Fund Lookup.
    • The recording and transcript for the latest Tax professionals conversations webcast held on 19 September is available. Topics covered include insights from Tax Time 2019, our work to combat the black economy and the new digital identity solution.
    • Christmas shut-down dates have now been published on our system maintenance page. You can also find these dates on our Practitioner lodgment service dashboardExternal Link and Agent online services dashboardsExternal Link.

    Next meeting

    The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 15 October 2019 commencing at 11.00am (AEDT).

    Last modified: 09 Oct 2019QC 60274