ATO introduces payment deferral options for businesses affected by Coronavirus

Mar 13, 2020

The ATO has announced measures to assist businesses by deferring certain tax payments if they are impacted by the Coronavirus. Options available to assist businesses impacted by COVID-19 include:

  • Deferring by up to four months the payment date of amounts due through the business activity statement (including PAYG instalments), income tax assessments, fringe benefits tax assessments and excise
  • Allow businesses on a quarterly reporting cycle to opt into monthly GST reporting in order to get quicker access to GST refunds they may be entitled to
  • Allowing businesses to vary Pay As You Go (PAYG) instalment amounts to zero for the April 2020 quarter. Businesses that vary their PAYG instalment to zero can also claim a refund for any instalments made for the September 2019 and December 2019 quarters
  • Remitting any interest and penalties, incurred on or after 23 January 2020, that have been applied to tax liabilities
  • Working with affected businesses to help them pay their existing and ongoing tax liabilities by allowing them to enter into low interest payment plans.

Employers will still need to meet their ongoing super guarantee obligations for their employees.

The measures above are not automatic and need to be applied for. The ATO have setup a hotline to request assistance on 1800 806 218. Alternatively you can contact us for assistance to negotiate with the ATO on your behalf.