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The ATO is making changes to the ways in which business activity statements will be lodged after taking on feedback from tax professionals and small businesses.
The changes will be made to on-demand reports and activity statements (AS) which will be visible in online services for agents (OSFA) over the next couple of months.
Included in the planned changes are the addition of new fields to the on-demand outstanding activity statement (current + previous three years) report, allowing agents to easily identify where each AS has been delivered and by what channel; easily identify the active role registration types that apply for each client and to see whether an AS obligation is eligible for flexible lodgement under disaster support arrangements.
There will also be improved data filtering options after agents have downloaded the report including the addition of new fields to the on-demand income tax lodgement (current + previous three years) report that will display whether each income tax period is eligible for flexible lodgement under disaster support arrangements for the substituted accounting period.
There will also be a new digital instalment notice for pay as you go and GST instalments that will be available for those who have a digital preference and will contain all the relevant information for clients to pay their instalment amounts. This form will be downloadable from client contact history in OSFA, allowing agents to easily pass on to their clients.