Help To Get In Front Of Outstanding Tax Returns l Canny Group

Behind on your tax?  It’s time to get in front of those tax returns weighing you down!  You are not alone!  In fact, you would be surprised to find that we have a team of accountants that specialise in   bringing clients up to date with their lodgements, some exceeding 25 years of outstanding tax returns.  The hardest part – ripping off the band aid and making the call to us to get it started!  We have put together a step by step guide on how we can help you get in front of your outstanding tax returns, introducing; Help To Get In Front Of Outstanding Tax Returns l Canny Group.

It is necessary to loge a tax return if you are employed, contracted, or operating a company or trust and earning above the tax-free threshold or if tax has been paid on any income you have received.  If the total income earned for the financial year is below the tax-free threshold, you are still required to lodge a tax return.

All Australian residents are entitled to the tax-free threshold which currently makes the first $18,200 of earned income, tax free.  After that you are taxed accordingly to the relevant rate.

Any additional income needs to be declared.  This may be investment income, such as interest earned on savings or rent received from an investment property.  The types of income you need to declare are;

  • Employment income
  • Super pensions + annuities
  • Government payments + allowances
  • Investment income
  • Business, partnership + trust income
  • Foreign income
  • Other income, such as compensation and insurance payments, discounted shares under employee shares schemes and prizes and awards

QUICK QUESTION… Does it matter if I have two jobs?

If you receive more than once income at the same time, in the instance of having two jobs, you should only claim the tax-free threshold on one job.  Generally we would recommend claiming the tax-free threshold on one job you earn the most from.  As an extra option, you may also want to speak to your employer to ask them to deduct an additional amount of tax per pay cycle to cover any unknown tax liabilities that may occur, however, it is always best to pick up the phone to speak to one of our team first!

We are also here to be able to help you in regards to any income that you may also receive in other forms, such as Centrelink allowances and/or pensions.  Be mindful that Centrelink payments generally won’t have tax withheld, therefore you may find that there may be tax payable when you complete your tax return.

WALK ME THROUGH IT… What steps do I need to take?

Step #1 // Call Our Office

We don’t mind that you haven’t lodged your tax return in however many years!  There have been plenty of stressed and worried clients that have walked into our office over the years and every single time, they have left feeling relieved with a weight off their shoulder and some with a refund in their back pocket!  We are not here to judge, we are here to make you feel comfortable and safe no matter how many years you have outstanding.

When you call, you will need to have a few details on hand so that we are able to download all of your historical information from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO); details such as your date of birth and your tax file number.

Step #2 // We Take Over

We will log onto the ATO Tax Agent Portal and add you onto our system to show the Australian Taxation Office that we are acting as your Tax Agent.  From here we are able to download and check exactly what and how many years are outstanding.  This is an important step in the process as it allows us to download all of your historical information – in the case that you have list of misplaced any of your PAYG Payment Summaries, don’t worry as it is highly likely that we will be able to download them.  From here we are able to check if you have any outstanding debts with the ATO.

Step #3 // Making a Start

Before you come in, one of our accountants who specialises in multiple outstanding returns will review the information that we have been able to access from the ATO Tax Agent Portal and prepare the returns to draft.

Step #4 // Starting The Magic

Turn up to your appointment so we can start the magic!  We will make a start by going through all of your outstanding returns with you – going over the information that we have been able to obtain from the ATO and helping you piece together any missing bits and pieces of information

Step #5 // Detective Work

Finding missing information.  We will identify what information, if any, is missing and make a list so that you can follow it up – easily and simply!

Step #6 // Crossing The Finish Line

Once complete, we will give you a copy of the estimates so you know well in advance what the estimate refund or assessment is likely to be.  We sit down with you to go over these individually and thoroughly so that it all makes sense and you are clear on the outcome/s.

Step #7 // Lodgement Time

We lodge all outstanding tax returns with the ATO.

Step #8 // Assessments

Once assessed by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) we will take the time to check your tax returns and ensure that the assessments are correct in accordance with the information that we provided to the ATO on your tax returns.

Step #9 // Fines, Penalties + Refunds

If you have received any fines or penalties, our next step is to contact the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and discuss these with them on your behalf.  If there are unusual circumstances that have led to the late lodgement of tax returns; such as illness, injury, divorce, relationship breakdown, accident or otherwise as your appointed tax agent, we will discuss these with the ATO and apply for remission of the penalties and interest that may have been applied to your account.

We understand there may be various reasons that have led people to get behind in their tax returns – it’s our job to be here for you to help you catch up!

Paying tax is all a part of life, as your Accountant, our role is to make sure that you don’t pay any more tax than required.  We are here with you through the entire process and to help you get back on top of making it an annual habit to lodge your income tax return.

Get in touch today to make the first move and let us take care of the rest!