Correcting a mistake made in an earlier business activity statement (BAS) is different to making an adjustment:
- An error or mistake relates to an amount that was incorrect at the time of lodgment.
- An adjustment relates to a reported sale or purchase that was correct at the time of lodgment, but something occurred later that changed the amount of reported GST.
Examples of mistakes you may have made in a previously lodged BAS include:
- clerical or transposition errors
- classifying a GST-free sale or purchase as taxable
- classifying a taxable sale or purchase as GST-free
- double counting some of your purchases.
Many mistakes relating to GST and fuel tax credits can be corrected in your next BAS. If you can't correct your mistake in your next BAS, you will need to lodge a revision.
Corrections that impact PAYG withholding
If you are an employer and you need to fix your STP reporting, you may also identify that the PAYG withholding you reported to us for a previous tax period was too high or too low. To correct this, you can either:
- Revise an earlier activity statement for the earlier tax period to show the correct amount. For large withholders, follow the existing process for notifying us of changes to your PAYG withholding liability in an earlier tax period.
- Carry forward the correction to your reported PAYG withholding for the current tax period, subject to some limits. See Correcting information reported through STP.
When you become aware of the need for an adjustment, you generally report it in the activity statement for your current reporting period.
Examples of when to make an adjustment include where:
- the price of a sale or purchase changes
- goods are returned and the sale is cancelled.
For fuel tax credits, see Making adjustments and correcting errors.
You can lodge your changes online or by paper form:
- Businesses can use
- Sole traders can use
- Online services for business
- Standard Business Reporting (SBR)-enabled software
- Online services for individuals (you will need a myGov account linked to the ATO).
- If you lodge by paper and need a revision form, you can phone us on 13 28 66.