Support to reflect pandemic impact

THE Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has a range of different approaches to support taxpayers and the community through tax time.

Assistant Commissioner Karen Foat says the ATO recognises that the community has experienced significant challenges this year.
She said the ATO’s support and guidance should make tax time easier, particularly where new circumstances mean that people are receiving a different type of income or able to claim new deductions.
“We know many of our clients and their agents will have questions about how different types of income and expenses may affect their obligations this year. We’re helping to make sure people know how to get it right,” she said.
“We have published information on our website to help you get it right when lodging this year, including the ‘Tax Time Essentials’ page which is a one stop shop for the things that are a little different this year and how they impact your return.
“If you’ve read through the information on our website and still have a question, search our online forum ‘ATO Community’. This forum is available 24 hours a day and we have a great community of expert members who respond to questions.
“In a lot of cases, there’s an ATO-endorsed response to help you.
“If not, post it yourself and we’ll have a response back to you as quick as we can.”
For more, visit