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Surprise ATO visits to Tasmanian businesses & information sessions

Up to 500 Tasmanian small businesses can expect a surprise visit from the ATO during March 2019, in particular those that advertise as being ‘cash only’ or those that operate outside of the ATO’s performance benchmarks, with certain industries more at risk of such visits than others.

These visits are part of the ATO’s compliance activities geared towards combating the black economy, e.g. underreporting income or underpaying workers, and the ATO states that businesses in the following industries are more likely to get a visit:

  • Restaurants and cafes
  • Vehicle repairers
  • Personal care businesses including hairdressers and nail salons
  • Pharmacies
  • Construction businesses
  • Clothing stores
  • Grocery stores / small supermarkets
  • Butchers

The ATO will also hold two information sessions in Tasmania prior to the commencement of the visits, one in Launceston and one in Smithton:

Launceston: Monday 18 March

Peppers Silo Hotel (89-91 Lindsay Street, Invermay) from 7pm-8pm.

There will also be an ‘Introduction to business records’ session at the same venue from 8pm-9pm for interested businesses.

Smithton: Monday 25 March

Circular Head Community and Recreation Centre (72 Nelson Street) from 7pm-8pm.

There will also be an ‘Introduction to business records’ session at the same venue from 8pm-9pm for interested businesses.

We encourage businesses operating in the identified industries to attend one of the information sessions to familiarise themselves with the current ATO approach and what to expect should you find yourself on the receiving end of such a surprise visit.

(Note: if you want to attend, please register here.)

The ATO have advised that during the next financial year they will be performing even more visits to small businesses across the country as part of their compliance activities. You can read more about the upcoming visits on the ATO website.

Please contact your Ruddicks adviser should you have any questions about the upcoming ATO visits.


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