Upcoming ATO open forums for practitioners: February to June 2020

As part of its ongoing engagement with tax practitioners, the ATO has announced some upcoming ATO open forums for practitioners. It will again be holding these open forums in a range of locations across Australia between February and June 2020.

Open forums are an opportunity for tax practitioners to have an open two-way dialogue with the ATO, allowing it to share information on matters of key importance and for the ATO to hear directly from tax practitioners about matters that are affecting them.

The ATO says the intent of the forums is to:

  • hear directly from practitioners about matters affecting them and their practice, as well as the broader tax professional community
  • provide an opportunity to raise questions for discussion and interact with the ATO in an open environment
  • allow ATO representatives to share information on matters of key importance.

What is to be discussed
The ATO says that a range of topics will be covered. For example practitioners can get advice about establishing their identity with myGovID and how to set up authorisations and link their business in Relationship Authorisation Manager.

The ATO will also share the latest on a number of initiatives including Single Touch Payroll, communications preferencing, modernising business registers and more. The Tax Practitioners Board will also discuss their areas of focus for 2020.

Attendance at an open forum generally contributes towards CPD with the Tax Practitioners Board.

How to participate
The schedule of open forums is updated regularly and numbers are limited for each forum. Some are targeted to tax agents only, and some to BAS agents only (which is noted in the schedule below). The following open forums are scheduled for the coming months (scroll down for link to register), with more to be added in the new financial year.

NSW

Location Date Time
Newcastle 27 February 2020 9.00am – 1.00pm
Castle Hill 24 March 2020 9.00am – 1.00pm
Albury 31 March 2020 9.00am – 1.00pm
Dubbo 3 April 2020 9.00am – 1.00pm
Sydney 8 April 2020 7.30am – 11.30am
Sydney 30 April 2020 9.00am – 1.00pm
Manly 18 June 2020 9.00am – 1.00pm
Grafton 23 June 2020 9.00am – 1.00pm

Victoria

Location Date Time
Macedon 26 March 2020 9.00am – 1.00pm
Melbourne 17 April 2020 9.00am – 1.00pm
Dandenong – BAS agents only 6 May 2020 9.30am – 1.30pm
Richmond – BAS agents only 12 May 2020 9.30am – 1.30pm
Moonee Ponds 16 June 2020 9.00am – 1.00pm

Western Australia

Location Date Time
Midland – tax agents only 24 June 2020 2.00pm – 6.00pm
Midland – BAS agents only 25 June 2020 9.30am – 1.30pm

Queensland

Location Date Time
Toowoomba 10 March 2020 9.00am – 1.00pm
Gold Coast – tax agents only 29 April 2020 2.00pm – 6.00pm
Gold Coast – BAS agents only 30 April 2020 9.30am – 1.30pm
Carindale – BAS agents only 8 May 2020 9.30am – 1.30pm

South Australia

Location Date Time
Mt Gambier 3 March 2020 9.00am – 1.00pm
Adelaide 10 June 2020 9.00am – 1.00pm

Northern Territory

Location Date Time
Darwin 4 June 2020 9.00am – 1.00pm

Tasmania

Location Date Time
Hobart 19 March 2020 8.00am – 12.00pm
Launceston 20 March 2020 9.00am – 1.00pm

Register for an Open Forum here

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