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  • Tax Time update - 30 July 2019

    Tax time update - as at 30 July 2019

    Lodgments by type and channel


    Type and channel

    Year to date total returns received

    (all years)

    Current year returns received

    Comparision - Current year received as at 30 July 2019








    20% increase








    16% increase








    34% 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.

    2.5m individual 2019 income tax refunds issued out as at 30/07/2019

    Single Touch Payroll

    • 16.2m total records are now finalised (96%) and available in pre-fill
      • 10.2m finalised Single Touch Payroll records (94%) available in pre-fill and approximately 600,000 to be finalised
      • 6m finalised PSAR lodgments available in pre-fill
    • There are currently over 2.3m more finalised income statement records in pre-fill compared to the same time last year.

    Single Touch Payroll communications phase 2

    The next phase of communications for STP has commenced (July-December 2019), targeting employers with 19 or less employees. The objectives of this phase are to raise awareness and ensure the audience understands what they need to do. Importantly, we will continue to work closely with tax professionals and software providers to support this transition.

    See also:

    • The news, events and resources page on the ATO website includes news, events, webinars and digital resources to help you and your clients understand Single Touch Payroll.

    ATO warns of unregistered preparers

    Last week the ATO sent out a keeping you safe at tax time media release encouraging taxpayers to keep an eye out for people posing as tax agents that are not registered with the TPB. This coincides with the arrest by NSW police of a man purporting to be a tax agent and defrauding clients of their tax refunds.

    The media release included details of how people can protect themselves from people falsely claiming to be registered tax agents. So far we have seen good pick up across regionals and metro news media.

    Next meeting

    The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 06 August 2019 commencing at 11.00am (AEST).

    Last modified: 02 Aug 2019QC 59813