Monthly Archives: August 2018

Taxable Payments Annual Report

28th August is the end date for lodging the ATO’s Taxable Payments Annual Report.  This form requires those businesses within the building and construction industry to report all payments to contractors within the building and construction industry.

Building and constructions includes more services than one might think as evidenced by the following link –

You need a good accounting system to simplify the reporting of Taxable Payments Annual Report as you need to report the following for each contractor:-

  • Name
  • ABN
  • Address
  • Gross payment including GST as well as the total GST amount. It is important to note that for those who run an accrual accounting system, reporting is based not off the date of the contractor invoices, but they year in which they are paid.

If you are struggling with this reporting requirement, we would be happy to help you or refer you to a good book-keeper.

Ways you can lodge the Taxable Payments Annual Report

  • The main software providers enable the Taxable Payments Annual Report to be lodged from the software.
  • You can also lodge by paper.
  • You may also wish to view the following YouTube clip from the ATO on how to lodge the Taxable Payments Annual Report through the Taxpayer Portal.

So what to the ATO do with all this data?

They crossmatch all payments reported to each business within the building construction industry to their reported income.  The ATO had a field day some years ago with a pilot program of plasterers within the Hunter Valley.  Obviously it is paying dividends if the ATO still requires this reporting – so much so that it has now been expanded to other industries from July 2018.

2018 Company Tax rate

At last we know what the 2018 Company Tax rate will be for small and medium size businesses!  So whilst the House of Reps was in uproar today, at least the Senate did something.

What a joke it is that only now do we know with certainty what tax rate applies from 1st July 2017.

Finally we can finalise Tax Returns with certainty!

If you would like to read more about this, please refer to our August edition of Tips & Traps.