There are now greater penalties in place for breaches of most Australian tax laws. The ATO has increased the value of a penalty unit from $110 to $170, the first such increase since 1997.
A maximum of 5 penalty units for a very late tax return increases $300 to $850 ($170 x 5)
from the previous $550 ($110 x 5).The new rate applies to offences that occurred after
28 December 2012, with breaches occurring before this date incurring the previous
penalty rate of $110. Furthermore, under the new legislation, the penalty unit will be up
for review every three years.
Individuals and businesses who fail to lodge returns on time will have to pay $170 for
each 28 days that the return is overdue, up to a maximum of 5 penalty units.
For businesses, penalties can apply for each late tax return including PAYG withholding
annual reports, FBT returns and activity statements such as BAS, IAS and GST.
Medium sized businesses with a turnover of between $1 million and $20 million face a
penalty of 2 times, so that a 5 penalty unit for an individual or small business, becomes
a 10 penalty unit with a fine of $1,700. Businesses should remember that the Failure to
Lodge (FTL) penalty cannot be claimed as a tax deduction. This can result in significant
financial consequences for multiple breaches.
Susan Flux, Brisbane
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I now very clear and feel confident on my future financial goals and taxation strategies and know they can be achieved with Tony's expert and professional help.
Shukri Barbara, Property Tax Specialists Sydney
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