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How the New Budget Can Benefit Your BAS Payments

taxcalcThe new budget and Business Activity Statements (BAS) payments.

A Business Activity Statement (BAS) is a tax report that is required of businesses on either a monthly or quarterly basis. It is used to report business goods and services tax (GST), pay as you go (PAYG) instalments, PAYG withholding tax and any other tax obligations that your business may have.

Do I need to make BAS payments?

If you are registered as a business in Australia, and have been given an Australian Business Number (ABN) then the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will automatically send you a BAS when it is required for you to lodge. If you’re a business with an ABN and haven’t received anything from the ATO, then you should contact them, as all Australian businesses that are registered are required to lodge a BAS by the due date.

What’s new in 2017?

If you are already familiar with BAS payments, and are interested more in what has changed this tax year.  Here are a couple of key points:

  • $20,000 instant tax write off extended

Small businesses can write-off the tax on any asset purchase under $20,000. This could be an exciting opportunity for your business to buy any large ticket items that you need for growth. This program has now been extended until June 30 2018, and can make such a difference that we’ve got a whole page dedicated to helping you make the most of it.

Full information on the $20,000 tax write off.

  • Small business turnover threshold increased 

Businesses with an annual turnover of less than $10 million can now qualify for small business benefits. Previously the limit was an annual turnover under $2 million, so this is a significant difference.

Can you help me with my tax return?

No. finder.com.au are a comparison service, we’re not a tax service. But, we have found and previewed some of Australia’s premier tax services. So if you’re getting lost in BAS payments and struggling to make the most of your tax return, why not check out our reviews and see if you can find a professional tax service to help you with your return.

Shirley Liu

Shirley is finder.com.au's publisher for banking and investments. She has completed a Masters in Commerce (Finance) and is the author of hundreds of articles. She is passionate about helping Aussies make an informed decision, save money and find the best deal for their needs.

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