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Tax Relief for Natural Disaster Victims from the ATO

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You might think you won’t catch a break when it comes to taxes.

The devasting effects of natural disasters interfere with your daily life and responsibilities. Earlier this year, the North Queensland natural disaster led to flood-wrecked homes and cattle losses amounting to over $1 billion; according to the Insurance Council of Australia.

Here’s important information you need to know when it comes to facing a natural disaster.

What’s a natural disaster?

First off, the ATO defines a natural disaster such as a cyclone, flood, bushfire, or storm. The ATO determines the affected areas by postcodes who receive assistance from the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA). Any additional postcodes will be added once damage assessments have been finalised.

Click here to view the affected postcodes for the North Queensland disaster.

Otherwise, contact the ATO directly by phoning them at 1800 806 218 if you or your business is affected by a natural disaster outside of the postcodes.

Need more time?

Above all, the ATO knows that taxes are not your priority following a natural disaster. This means that they give you more time to lodge your return, pay, and respond to fulfill your tax obligations for individuals and employers.

For example, they allow the following: Read the rest of this entry »

What If I Lost or Did Not Get My PAYG?

14 July is the deadline for your employer to issue you your PAYG.


What do I do if I have not received my PAYG by 14 July?

From where you stand, there are no obvious penalties you could impose on your employer. However, they are in fact subject to another deadline: on 14 August, they must have their complete PAYG report for all employees submitted to the ATO. If they fail to do so, they will be faced with a failure-to-lodge on time penalty.

With that out of the way, you still need access to your PAYG so that you can lodge your tax return on time. What can you do?

You have three options:

  1. Contact your employer. Give them the benefit of the doubt and consider that they have a lot on their plate and it slipped their mind.
  2. Wait until 14 August and give the ATO a call. Remember, that’s the deadline for employers to submit the full company report.
  3. See Can I lodge without a PAYG? below.


What if I have ceased employment with a company?

If you are no longer employed by a company as of this year, you may have a higher chance of not receiving your PAYG on time. Although these are documents generally compiled and mailed together, there tends to be a bit of tension between employees and their former employers. If bridges were burned or you’re simply out-of-sight, out-of-mind, you may need to step up and make a call to your former employer. Either way, your employer has 14 days to issue your PAYG from the date you make a written request.


Can I lodge without a PAYG?

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