Income tax returns impacted by the coronavirus in Australia(COVID-19)

The outbreak of COVID-19 is affecting the employees and the businesses and the economies and also the domestic and global economies. According to the tax professionals, coronavirus disruptions are having material influence on corporate transfer pricing (TP) documents like functional analysis where the crucial adjustments and lead to disputes.

The state and Federal Tax Returns are interlinked with data flowing from federal to state return. Consequently, the news by Treasury Department that has announced an extension of 90-days for paying off money might have wondering that what the state is doing in response to the pandemic coronavirus. While federal changes have been confirmed by some of the states, but other states are adjusting their changes in tax deadline in response to the coronavirus pandemic.


Australia Coronavirus Tax Relief

The federal relief proposals of $189 billion (AUD) approximately have been announced by Australian Government. The different State Governments in Australia has also declared the relief packages and deferrals (in some cases) of payroll tax payments. The Federal relief package consists of direct payments to their citizens. For the job seekers who are influenced by pandemic, there will be payment of $550 after every two weeks along with current income support payments. The expectation of the Government of this payment to cost $14.1 billion. There will be payment of $750 to be made only once, for eligible recipients.

From certain retirement accounts, individuals will be able to have a temporary access up to $10,000.The aid-packages will provide relief to the businesses with the help of subsidized loans and lending by central bank, and relief from laws of insolvency, and accelerated depreciation. These measures will be applied until the June end.

Deadline Changes Of Coronavirus (Covid-19) Tax Payments

The Australian Government has declared 90-days extension in tax payment because of coronavirus pandemic.

Deadline of COVID-19

On 20 March, 2020, the Treasury Department has declared the following COVID-19 deadline guidelines regarding taxes, giving the taxpayers and businesses, timeline of 90 days for filing and paying off 2019 tax. The important dates are:

Deadline of Tax Return (15 July, 2020) —– Your Tax Filing will now be due on this date. If you would need more time, then the request for an extension would be 15 October, 2020.

Deadline of Tax Payment (15 July, 2020) —– If you owe to pay income tax for 2019, the IRS payment can be delayed until this time. You will not be penalized if you will be paying before this deadline.

Eligibility for Payment Deferral and filing the taxes

The eligibility for tax filers being eligible for coronavirus tax extension are as follows:

• Corporations filing form 1120
• Trust and States Filing Form 1041
• Individual Form 1040 filers
• Fiscal year partnership, association and companies with due date i.e. 15 April, 2020.

Can The Tax Payment And Filing Be Delayed?

The tax return and extension must be filed by you by 15 July as normal. The tax payment deferral of 90-days is in automation at the time of filing which means that the penalities and interest are waived automatically for 90 days and will not accrue for qualifying tax payers and businesses until 15 July.

Need More Time To Prepare For Return?

In order to request an extension till 15 July, 2020, you must file Form 4868. As your payment would be due by extended payment deadline, the extension would be October 15 to file your return.

Will Receiving A Refund Affect The Tax Payer?

If a person is receiving a refund, it must not affect him. According to the Treasury Department, you can still expect to receive the refund within the regular time-period. Most of them are received within 21 day of electronic filing.

Types Of Payment Covered In Deferral

The deferral covers income tax payments and associated interest and penalties like penalty of failure to pay. The estimated tax payments are also included in it, which will be due on 15 April,2020 for the tax year 2020. There is no limit on the amount of tax payment that you can defer.

We are dedicated to presenting details on the evolving financial climate with  Reliable Melbourne Accountants that you can trust. For more details, please visit our Coronavirus businesses and Tax Impacts blog  if you wish to remain informed about the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

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