Australian Taxation Office-(ATO) reminder to small businesses this tax time

Small businesses are again in the ATO’s sights this tax time.

 

With a focus on stamping out deductions not related to business income, overclaiming of expenses, omission of business income and insufficient records to substantiate claims.

The ATO receives external data from a variety of sources, including the taxable payments reporting system for certain industries. This data can be used to data-match information included in tax returns to ensure completeness and accuracy.

It is obvious that businesses can only claim what they are entitled to with the claiming process differing depending on the type of business structure. For example, sole traders need to claim deductions in their individual tax return in the “Business and professional items” schedule, while partnerships, trusts, and companies need to claim deductions in their respective tax returns.

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