• Open Forums

    Open Forums are an opportunity to meet with us in your area. They form part of our broader engagement strategy with registered tax and BAS agents.

    The intent of the forums is to:

    • hear directly from you about matters affecting you, your practice and the broader tax professional community
    • provide an opportunity to raise questions for discussion and interact with us in an open environment
    • allow us to share information on matters of key importance.

    What we discuss

    Our current discussion covers, but is not limited to:

    • Services and support for tax practitioners including            
      • the practitioner lodgment service (PLS)
      • improving online services and the Tax and BAS agent portals
      • Simpler BAS
    • Digital services including           
      • the latest on Single Touch Payroll
      • updates on authentication options and the ATO app
    • Employer obligations including            
      • the working holiday makers law change and what it means for you and your clients
      • Taxable payments annual reporting
    • Improving your client's payment experience including      
      • introducing 'purposeful first action' – providing earlier and more tailored engagement
      • new policy announcement on transparency of tax debt
    • Helping your clients prepare for the introduction of the superannuation changes, which started on 1 July 2017.
    • Your registration with the Tax Practitioners Board.

    Your attendance at an Open Forum may contribute towards your continuing professional education (CPE) with the Tax Practitioners BoardExternal Link.

    How to participate

    The schedule of Open Forums is updated regularly and numbers are limited for each forum. When you register, you will receive a confirmation email with further details.

    We are currently planning our program of Open Forums for July – December 2017. Check this page for updates as we confirm dates and locations.

    Last modified: 14 Jul 2017QC 44763