Upcoming ATO open forums for practitioners: March to June 2019

 

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 March and June 2019.

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 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 current discussion points cover, but are not limited to:

  • the latest updates on the ATO’s digital initiatives, including
    • the rollout of “Online services for agents”, your new channel providing access to services currently available on the portals
    • digital communication solutions
    • benefits of e-invoicing for you and your clients
    • changes to identity and authorisation including myGovID
    • Single Touch Payroll
  • black economy updates including Australian business number system reform
  • ATO focus on agent compliance and its efforts to level the playing field
  • the extension to the taxable payments reporting system
  • the Tax Practitioner Board’s focus for 2019.

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.

New South Wales
Location Date Time
Wagga Wagga 20 March 2019 9.30am–1.30pm
Gosford – tax agents only 22 March 2019 9.00am–1.00pm
Hornsby 5 April 2019 9.00am–1.00pm
Wollongong 30 April 2019 9.30am–1.30pm
Gosford – BAS agents only 9 May 2019 9.30am–1.00pm
Parramatta 6 June 2019 9.00am–1.00pm
Sydney 20 June 2019 9.00am–1.00pm
Victoria
Location Date Time
Dandenong 5 March 2019 This session is full.
Shepparton 22 March 2019 9.30am–1.30pm
Box Hill – tax agents only 12 April 2019 9.00am–1.00pm
Melbourne 7 June 2019 9.00am–1.00pm
Maryborough 19 June 2019 9.30am–1.30pm
Western Australia
Location Date Time
Rockingham 8 March 2019 9.00am–1.00pm
Joondalup – BAS agents only 8 May 2019 9.30am–1.00pm
Queensland
Location Date Time
Sunshine Coast – tax agents only 28 March 2019 4.00pm–8.00pm
Sunshine Coast – BAS agents only 29 March 2019 9.30am–1.00pm
Mt Gravatt 9 April 2019 9.00am–1.00pm
Robina – BAS agents only 1 May 2019 9.30am–1.00pm
Chermside 12 June 2019 9.00am–1.00pm
Robina – tax agents only 19 June 2019 9.00am–1.00pm
South Australia
Location Date Time
Adelaide 9 April 2019 9.00am–1.00pm
Tasmania
Location Date Time
Hobart 2 April 2019 9.00am–1.00pm
Devonport 3 April 2019 9.30am–1.30pm
Northern Territory
Location Date Time
Darwin 12 June 2019 9.00am–1.00pm

Go to this ATO webpage to register.

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