Random Audits on the Rise!

Hello Chasers,

Would your business pass an audit under the ATO’s microscope?

Tax time isn’t just stressful for individuals anymore! 

Businesses, beware! 

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is ramping up its compliance efforts, with a sharp increase in random and risk-based audits planned. Get ready for a potential knock on the door if your employer obligations aren’t squeaky clean.

Why the crackdown?

It seems some businesses are still falling short, making “common accounting errors” and failing to fulfill their duties. This translates to unfair advantages for non-compliant companies and lost entitlements for employees. The ATO is determined to level the playing field and ensure everyone plays by the rules.

What’s on the ATO’s radar?

PAYG withholding: Are you deducting and reporting employee income taxes correctly?

Superannuation Guarantee (SG): Are you paying the right amount of super for your employees?

Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT): Are you correctly reporting and taxing any employee benefits?

The good news … 

You can avoid unnecessary stress and potential penalties by staying compliant. Here are some points to consider:

  1. Get clear on your obligations: Don’t leave it to chance! Understand your specific employer duties and responsibilities.
  2. Embrace accurate and timely reporting: Don’t wait until tax season to scramble. Stay on top of deadlines and ensure your filings are error-free.
  3. Tighten your record-keeping: Keep meticulous records of payroll, financial statements, logbooks, and bank statements. These are your saving grace during an audit.
  4. Seek professional help: If needed, don’t hesitate to consult a qualified tax agent or accountant to guide you through the complexities of tax compliance.

Remember, prevention is always better than cure. By proactively addressing your employer obligations and maintaining accurate records, you can minimise the risk of an audit and sleep soundly knowing you’re on the right side of the ATO.

Furthermore, Payday super is coming in 2026! 

Don’t wait until the last minute. Start ensuring your systems are ready to handle these changes well in advance.

Is your business ready for the ATO’s increased scrutiny? 

Share your thoughts and questions in the comments below!

P.S. Don’t forget to share this post with your fellow business owners and help them stay tax compliant.

Have a great day!

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