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ATO simplifies business activity statements

The Taxation Office has recently announced that it is working towards making a simpler BAS to reduce GST compliance for small businesses and also make GST record keeping and reporting easier.

This is a result of tax professionals, small businesses and industry associations expressing their concerns to the ATO over current BAS requirements. From 1 July 2017, the ATO is reducing the number of labels on activity statements. Small businesses will only need to report:

The ATO will remove the requirement to report export sales, capital purchases, non-capital purchases and other GST free sales. The changes are designed to reduce GST record keeping costs, save time and simplify account set up, bookkeeping processes and BAS preparation.

Posted on 1 June '16 by , under Tax.

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