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ATO ramping up its “e-Audit” option

  The ATO has recently published information on its use of “e-Audit” technology, which it has begun to use as part of its tax compliance push. An e-Audit is carried out via technology that tests files stored in a taxpayer’s electronic records, which can verify if the stored data is accurate and complete. If a

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ATO is looking for feedback on its PLS dashboard

  The ATO has developed a practitioner lodgment service (PLS) dashboard to provide information on how the PLS is performing. The dashboard is in a public beta phase, which lets ATO operatives test and make improvements based on user feedback before it is made fully available. Tax practitioners — basically the people who will be

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The riskier side of allocating profits within professional firms

Now and then the ATO issues guidances on how its general anti-avoidance legislation can apply to professional firms that allocate profits to individual professional practitioners with proprietorship in the firm. Firms potentially affected include those providing services in the accounting, architectural, engineering, financial services, legal and medical professions and many more. Guidelines were issued three

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PCGs versus binding advice – it’s the law, not the vibe

Practical compliance guidelines (PCGs) have been brought up as a topic for discussion at a number of recent forums, notably at consultation groups the ATO hosts, which can include representatives of tax, accounting and legal professional associations, industry bodies, the Board of Taxation, Treasury and the ATO. At the table of various consultative meetings is

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It’s not just taxpaying clients on thin ice over dodgy claims

In the ATO’s most recent tax professional webcast, a viewer posed the statement: “Agents lodging incorrect claims should be weeded out.” In response, one of the panel, Assistant Commissioner Kath Anderson, agreed that it is in everybody’s best interests to have a level playing field, but added, referring to practitioners, not their clients: “We need

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