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Notifying ATO of public officer post merger

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Hi, we are looking to change the public officer to a new individual post acquisition of a company. However, can the old public officer (prior to the merger) still legally sign off the final income tax return for the stub period before it joins the new income tax consolidated group?

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Hi @JackieL,

 

Once the public officer has changed, from that date they will no longer be able to act on behalf of the entity.

 

This means that prior to the merger, they would still be authorised as the public officer, but after that, they won't be able to act for the entity.

 

Whoever the public officer is at the time of signature is the one who will be required to sign the return.

 

You can look at the requirements of a public officer and how to update your details on our website.

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ATO Community Support

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Hi @JackieL,

 

Once the public officer has changed, from that date they will no longer be able to act on behalf of the entity.

 

This means that prior to the merger, they would still be authorised as the public officer, but after that, they won't be able to act for the entity.

 

Whoever the public officer is at the time of signature is the one who will be required to sign the return.

 

You can look at the requirements of a public officer and how to update your details on our website.