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Two-month ATO deferral for bushfire victims in NSW and QLD

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If you’ve been hit by a bushfire, the last thing you should be worrying about are your tax obligations. That’s why the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has announced it has granted a two-month lodgment and payment deferral to taxpayers impacted by the bushfires in NSW.

For any small businesses based in one of the identified impacted postcodes, the ATO will automatically defer when activity statements lodgments and payments are due. Business owners or their agents don’t need to apply for a deferral.

  • For quarterly Business Activity Statement (BAS) which were due on 11 November or 28 November for businesses using a tax professional, the new deferred date is 28 January 2020.
  • For monthly BAS which were due on 21 November, the new deferred date is 21 January 2020.
  • For monthly BAS normally due on 21 December, the new deferred date is 21 January 2020

The automatic deferrals do not apply to large pay as you go withholders. The ATO will also automatically fast track your refund if you have one due to you.

Employers will still need to meet their ongoing super guarantee obligations for employees.

Find out more about what support is available on the ATO website.

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