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Help for taxpayers – Bushfires and floods

The government and the ATO have announced help for taxpayers affected by the recent floods and bushfires that have been plaguing the country for the past weeks.

The government has announced that it will provide tax deductible status to relief funds established to help Australians affected by bushfires and floods. In addition, the ATO will automatically make arrangements to defer the following taxation obligations for taxpayers in the affected areas:

  • Lodgment and payment of the monthly
    December, January and February activity
    statements to 29 April 2013; and
  • Lodgment and payment of December
    quarterly activity statements from the
    original due date of 28 February 2013 to
    29 April 2013.

Taxpayers do not need to apply for a deferral. There are some exclusions, particularly for large withholders and for super guarantee payments generally

If you feel like you need support in making your way through the uncertainties and tough times ahead, or simply have a question or want more information, please contact PJS Accountants on (07) 33903177 or click here to contact us.