Australian Taxation Office


The News Wrap: New ATO unit to tackle corporate tax dodging

7:00AM | Tuesday, 2 July 2013 |  The Australian Taxation Office has set up a new unit to tackle corporate tax dodging. Meanwhile, Infrastructure Australia is calling for funding reform for major projects, and mining services companies are under pressure as the mining boom fades.

The 10 biggest issues facing start-ups in 2013: #3 Dealing with the ATO

6:10PM | Friday, 21 June 2013 |  In the latest of a 10-part series looking at the challenges start-ups face in 2013, we examine the taxman. Many start-ups struggle meeting all their obligations under tax law.

Australian businesses slugged with eighth highest tax rate: Study

5:15PM | Tuesday, 28 May 2013 |  Australia recorded the eighth highest business tax rate in a recent 26 country comparison study.

Start-ups issued warning over Australian Business Number crackdown

5:44AM | Wednesday, 15 May 2013 |  Start-ups could face fines in excess of $10,000 if they make false or misleading statements when applying for an Australian Business Number, after the tax office received special funding in the 2013 federal budget for a crackdown.

Fewer businesses trading at a loss: ATO

5:49PM | Tuesday, 7 May 2013 |  The number of companies operating in Australia at a loss has decreased, according to the latest figures from the Australian Taxation Office.

Small Business Commissioner pressures government departments to pay SMEs promptly

3:24PM | Tuesday, 19 March 2013 |  Australia's Small Business Commissioner is putting pressure on government departments and agencies to settle accounts with small business suppliers promptly.

Start-ups urged to “sit out” of R&D program amid red tape concerns

1:05PM | Monday, 21 January 2013 |  The government’s R&D Tax Incentive has attracted claims of excessive red tape, with one tax expert suggesting start-ups “sit out” until the recordkeeping requirements are made much clearer.

Five ways SMEs will be affected by Wayne Swan’s budget cuts

10:33PM | Monday, 22 October 2012 |  Small businesses are bracing themselves for a hit following the release of Treasurer Wayne Swan’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook, which has downgraded the 2012-13 projected surplus to $1.1 billion.

Tax watchdog calls for improvements to ATO’s audit processes

10:54PM | Friday, 5 October 2012 |  The tax watchdog wants the Tax Office to improve its audit processes, after the ATO wrongly investigated almost 6,000 small business owners as part of a crackdown on the cash economy.

Start-ups tipped to benefit as R&D tax credits switch to quarterly basis

9:48PM | Thursday, 13 September 2012 |  The introduction of a quarterly credits system for the R&D Tax Incentive will “vastly enhance” start-ups’ ability to fund their research and development activities, according to a specialist advisory service.