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  • Tax Time update - 3 September 2019

    Lodgment stats as of 2/09/2019


    Type and channel

    Year to date total returns received (all years)

    Current year returns recieved

    Comparison - Current year returns received as at 2/09/2019




    15% increase




    11% increase




    29% increase

    Tax Practitioner
    Practitioner Lodgment Service (PLS)



    6% increase

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

    • We have received over 2.9 million calls which is more than 900,000 than last year.
    • We have issued over 5.5 million Individual 2019 income tax refunds with a total value of over $14.2 billion.

    Single touch payroll

    • The total number of finalised and un-finalised STP records in pre-fill is 10.84 million. 98.14% of these are finalised
    • There has been an increase of 39,000 PSARs lodged
    • 98.92% of overall records (STP and PSAR) in pre-fill are finalised data.

    Small Business tax performance measure

    Following the release of the Small Business Tax Performance Measure on 27 August communications activities included:

    • an email to members of the TPSG with links to the media release including video and audio grabs, and transcripts
    • an article agents contribute to positive tax performance published to the Tax professionals newsroom and in the newsletter highlighting:
      • the key role tax professionals play in contributing to a positive tax performance, and
      • that small business voluntarily reported and paid 87.5% of the income tax expected.

    While we don’t have the detail about the performances and how it was calculated, there are some key things we want small businesses and agents to do:

    • For small businesses – keep good records and make sure your correctly reporting your income and expenses. We know tax can be complicated for some small business owners but help is available so make sure you seek support when you need it.
    • For tax professionals – we see that when small business owners have regular contact with a tax professional they are usually reporting correctly. We do see some mistakes as a result of tax professionals failing to show due diligence – so ask some questions and make sure you get all the information you need to report correctly.

    ATO Open Forums

    The ATO has just released the latest schedule of Open Forums to be held between August and December 2019.

    Open Forums are a chance to meet with the ATO, in your location, ask questions, raise matters for discussion and interact in an informal, face to face environment. Places are limited, so register early to avoid missing out!

    To find out when and where the Open Forums will be held and some of the topics of discussion, please visit Open Forums.

    Your attendance at an Open Forum may contribute to your continuing professional education with the Tax Practitioners BoardExternal Link.

    Next meeting

    The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 17 September 2019 commencing at 11.00am (AEST).

    Last modified: 18 Sep 2019QC 60132