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Simpler BAS for small businesses

The ATO have introduced a simpler BAS to take effect from 1 July 2017 to help reduce GST compliance costs for small businesses.

From 1 July 2017, small businesses will only need to report GST on sales (1A); GST on purchases (1B) and Total sales (G1) on their BAS. Businesses will no longer need to report Export sales (G2), other GST free sales (G3), Capital purchases (G10) and Non-capital purchases (G11).

Newly registered small businesses will have the option to report less GST information on a simpler BAS from 19 January 2017.

Small businesses registering from 19 January 2017 will need to do the following:
– If ‘quarterly’ GST reporting cycle is selected when registering for GST, you will need to select ‘Option 2: Calculate GST quarterly and report annually’ on your first BAS.
– If a ‘monthly’ GST reporting cycle was selected at registration, you can insert ‘0’ at G2, G3, G10 and G11 on your BAS.
– If an ‘annual’ GST reporting cycle was selected at registration, you can leave G2, G3, G10 and G11 blank on your Annual GST Return.

Posted on 12 January '17 by , under Tax.

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