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Seems that businesses or sole traders who lodge via a tax agent may be subject to the 'discretion' of ATO for lodgement of tax return after March. The following is from https://www.ato.gov.au/General/JobKeeper-Payment/Sole-traders-and-other-entities/
We have the discretion to give further time, but only in limited circumstances, including if you:
As I understand it, sole traders within the first year are not required/advised to make activity statements until the first tax return has been lodged at the first EOFY which hasn't yet occurred for this year. This makes sole traders who have been in operation since July 1st, 2019 ineligible based on what appears to be a technicality regarding activity/statements.
I don't see why the discretion should only apply to those who have used a registered tax agent as many, like myself, manage my own taxes.
Oh thank you! That wording is new since yesterday. The enrolment form does not include it though, so I guess I'll have to either wait, or see if my tax agent can register for me.
Hey There, Thanks so much for this Info - If you find out anything else with regards to how this translates into the online application, let us know as there is currently no option for a ( discretion to give further time, but only in limited circumstances...) which I am assuming is a commissioner exemption' OR stat dec that exempts those who are doing their tax through a registered agent’s lodgement program OR has an automatic ATO lodgement deferral in place. Confusing stuff and I just don't know why they would make this harder then it already is - IM sure there is a reason none the less. Let's keep each other informed and hope to hear back from someone @ the ATO with a direct answer.
Hi everyone, thanks for your patience. I can confirm that @jd-one has provided the correct information. We have updated our website to reflect the discretions we can give around the 2018/19 tax return lodgment. All the best to everyone.
Thanks so much for the update.
However, there still seems to be a lot of confusion for businesses who only started operating this financial year (hence no 2018/19 tax return) and are not required to be registered for GST (hence no BAS).
Could you please provide some clarity here?