When you start a business, you need to perform various tasks. Knowledge regarding company taxes is important because, for a company, understanding tax requirements will help you to avoid penalties. Australian tax rules and regulations are very strict. Penalties will apply if someone fails to pay taxes on time. In today’s blog, we’ll discuss how penalties are calculated.
Failure to Meet Tax Obligations
If you fail to meet tax obligations, you’ll be liable for a penalty. The ATO will notify you and include:
- the reason why you have to pay a penalty
- the amount of penalty
- the due date for payment (at least 14 days after they give you notice)
Penalties for Failing to Meet Tax Obligations
|Tax Obligation||Penalties for not meeting tax obligations|
|Keeping records as required||20 penalty units|
|Keeping or generating declarations as required||20 penalty units|
|Providing access and facilities to an authorised tax officer||20 penalty units|
|Applying for or cancelling GST registration when needed||20 penalty units|
|Issuing adjustment notes or tax invoices when required||20 penalty units|
|For the same taxable supply or adjustment event, neither the principal nor the agent may produce a tax invoice or adjustment note||20 penalty units|
|Registering as a Pay As You Go (PAYG) withholder when required||5 penalty units|
|Filing an activity statement electronically when needed||5 penalty units|
|Paying an amount electronically when needed||5 penalty units|
Compliance and Penalties
Penalties may apply for purchasers or suppliers:
If a supplier forgets to send a supplier notification to a purchaser, then a supplier may incur one of the following penalties:
Strict liability offence
100 penalty units that may be sued before the court
100 penalty units
Penalties won’t apply if you:
- you had a belief that you were exempt from the notice obligations.
- made an honest and reasonable error regarding the application of the notice requirements to a specific supply.
Most commonly, there are two types of penalties for purchasers:
- If a purchaser forgets to pay an amount, the administrative penalty is equivalent to the amount the purchaser needed to pay. Exceptions to this include:
- there has been reliance on the notice of a supplier
- the purchaser has given a bank cheque to the supplier, which is payable to the Commissioner of Taxation for the withholding amount.
- If a purchaser forgets to notify the ATO, they must withhold
- failure to lodge administrative penalty: one penalty unit for each 28-day period
- entities may incur higher penalty units based on their turnover.
How to Request a Penalty Remission?
You can request for a partial remission or cancellation (full remission) of any incurred penalty, including penalties that fail to:
- lodge documents on time
- withhold amount as needed
- meet other tax obligations
When you request a review of a penalty, make sure to include:
- your full name
- contact details
- your Australian Business Number (ABN) or tax file number (TFN)
- the reasons you think it is appropriate for ATO to remit the penalty in your circumstances
- penalty amounts detail and the dates when penalties were imposed
Now, you have an idea of what would happen if you don’t lodge taxes on time. Therefore, make sure to pay your taxes on the mentioned date. Moreover, you can speak to Reliable Melbourne Accountants for more information.
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