The Commissioner of Taxation has announced additional time for
tax-related lodgments and associated payments for individuals and
businesses affected by the recent natural disasters in Queensland,
New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia.
Those in the affected postcodes will automatically have the
following lodgment and payment dates deferred:
lodgment and payment of the December monthly activity statement
from the original due date of 21 January 2011 to 21 March
lodgment and payment of the January monthly activity statement
from the original due date of 21 February 2011 to 21 March
lodgment and payment of December quarterly activity statements
from the original due date of 28 February 2011 to 28 March
lodgment and payment obligations of income tax due in February
2011 for a period of one month; and
lodgment of superannuation guarantee charge (SGC) statements
for the quarter ending 31 December 2010 from 28 February 2011 to 28
Declaration of Disasters
The Treasurer has declared that the following are disasters for
the purposes of establishing Australian disaster relief funds that
can receive tax deductible donations:
the Victorian floods, effective from 15 January 2011; and
the New South Wales floods, effective from 10 January
A similar declaration has been made by the Queensland Government
in relation to floods in that State.
Editor: New assistance measures will also be provided to
help communities and businesses devastated by Cyclone Yasi in Far
North Queensland, including concessional loans, grants, and wage
assistance for employers.
ATO targeting GST compliance
The ATO received specific funding in the 2010 Budget to look
closely at GST compliance, and will be implementing a dedicated
program over the next four years to deal with some specific
They will focus on:
the timely lodgment of activity statements;
verifying GST refund claims;
identifying and dealing with those that deliberately avoid GST;
addressing aging GST debts and those who deliberately use debt
as a way of avoiding their tax obligations.
They say that they are continuing to expand their ability to
identify non-lodgers and detect businesses that overclaim
entitlements, deliberately under-report or omit income and use cash
transactions to hide income.
They will do this in part by:
comparing businesses to small business benchmarks for their
industry to select businesses for audit – businesses that
do not report within their range may not be recording or paying tax
on all their transactions, especially cash transactions;
using benchmarks to calculate default assessments where a
business provides insufficient or unreliable information or has not
met their lodgment requirements; and
using new risk filters and risk models to detect incorrect or
fraudulent refund claims on activity statement credits.
50% Tax Break deduction under new Green Buildings scheme
The Assistant Treasurer has released a public consultation paper
regarding tax breaks for redevelopments that will substantially
improve the energy efficiency of existing buildings.
From 1 July 2011, the Tax Breaks for Green Buildings scheme will
offer businesses that invest in eligible assets or capital works to
improve the energy efficiency of their existing buildings
– from 2 stars or lower to 4 stars or higher –
the ability to apply for a one-off bonus tax deduction of 50% of
the cost of these improvements.
Editor: For more information on the eligibility criteria and
assessment and certification processes, please refer to the Tax
Breaks for Green Buildings information page at
Exemptions or concessions on stamp duty could apply when contemplating the purchase or transfer of NSW real estate.
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