Due to improvements to reporting requirements through a program known as Single Touch Payroll, which is mandatory for most businesses in Australia from 1 July, this information will appear pre-filled into people’s income tax return.
Assistant commissioner Karen Foat said this change is due to employers reporting wages, tax and super information into the ATO each payday.
“Around 9 million Australians will be able to see their year-to-date salary and wages, PAYG withholding tax, and any employer super contributions in near real time,” said Ms Float.
“If you use a tax agent to lodge your return, you don’t need to do anything. We provide your agent with this information and they can lodge your return as usual," she said.
Most employers have until 31 July 2019 to finalise their employees’ income statements, so the ATO encourages taxpayers to hold off on lodging their tax returns.
Taxpayers who have linked their myGov account to the ATO online services will receive a message when their income statement is ready.
“We know from previous years that the early birds who lodge in the first weeks of July are far more likely to make mistakes or submit incomplete data. That’s why we suggest waiting and letting the ATO do most of the work pre-filling your tax return,” said Ms Foat.
The ATO is also advising taxpayers with multiple jobs to be careful this end of financial year. It is advised by the ATO that those with multiple employers should wait until all their employers have provided payment summaries to the ATO.
Private health insurance statement
The ATO has also advised that taxpayers with private health insurance should be aware that they are no longer required to provide statements to their members.
If taxpayers lodge a tax return online using myTax or lodge through a registered tax agent, health insurance details should be pre-filled.