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  • Open Forums

    Register for a tax professionals ATO Open Forum to understand upcoming changes, ask questions and discuss issues.

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    What open forums offer

    With guest speakers from the ATO and the Tax Practitioners Board, our open forums are interactive webinars. You and your staff will have an opportunity to:

    • hear about the latest updates and upcoming changes to tax and super
    • raise questions and join in discussions about matters of importance.

    Your attendance may contribute towards your continuing professional educationExternal Link (CPE) with the Tax Practitioners Board.

    Current open forums

    Registrations for our 2023 open forum sessions are now open.

    How to join in

    Review the Open forum sessions and click on the link for the Open forum session that you would like to attend.

    You will receive a confirmation email with:

    • event details
    • information about how to join using Webex.

    If you need to contact us about your registration, you can contact us here atoopenforums@ato.gov.au.

    Table 1: Open forum sessions

    Open forum sessions

    Session topics

    An update from the ATOExternal Link

    Thursday 18 May

    11:00 am to 1:00 pm AEST

    Fringe benefits tax time and what’s new:

    • Brief overview of tax time requirements.
    • Update on the FBT changes this year    
      • Electric vehicles (new law) – a summary of the measure and ATO guidance.
      • Taxation Ruling TR 2021/2 Fringe benefits tax: car parking benefits – changes to the meaning of a commercial car parking station and what this means in practice.
       

    Tax Practitioners Board (TPB):

    • Best practice regulation.
    • TPB compliance approach.
    • Compliance focus areas.
    • How the TPB are proactively addressing high-risk tax practitioners and unregistered preparers.

    Single Touch Payroll (STP):

    • Expanding STP      
      • Why?
      • What is expanding?
      • STP Phase 2 changes
      • How to prepare.
      • Resources.
       

    Cyber Security:

    • Data Breaches – the importance of having a data breach response plan and how to protect and recover from a data breach within your practice. 
    • ATO impersonation scam observations, education and awareness.

     

    An update from the ATOExternal Link

    Wednesday 14 June

    11:00 am to 1:00 pm AEST

    Self-managed super funds (SMSFs):

    • An overview of the ATO’s SMSF compliance program for 2023, including key risks.
    • Results of the ATO’s compliance program for 2023 SMSF.
    • Compliance focus for 2023–24.

    Lodge and pay:

    • Tax-time education and awareness – your obligations as we approach tax time.

    Employer obligations:

    • Payroll governance.
    • Worker classification – practical compliance approach update.
    • Fringe benefits tax – due date reminder for tax professionals.
    • Super guarantee – rate rise from 1 July 2023, late payment reminder.
    • STP – finalisation due 14 July and onboarding.

    Tax Practitioners Board:

    • Latest information about the new policy guidance we have developed to assist tax practitioners meet their obligations.
    • Discuss a range of topics to help tax practitioners comply with the Code of Professional Conduct, including    
      • What is a BAS service?
      • What is a tax agent service?
      • What is a fee or other reward?
       
    • Updates to our Confidentiality of client information sheet.

     

    Last modified: 15 May 2023QC 44763